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Packaging World     VP/Editor, Pat Reynolds
SPONSOR: aerotech, inc. September 20, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Single- and multi-axis motion controllers scalable to your application >>

From the economical single-axis Soloist stand-alone controller, to the 1-10 axis stand-alone Ensemble, to our software-based 1-32 axis Automation 3200, Aerotech has a scalable, easy-to-use controller to fit your packaging needs. All of our high-performance controllers use a common software platform.

Aerotech, Inc.

Linear and rotary servomotors and drives >>

Aerotech U-channel and flat linear motors meet the needs of the most exacting applications, while our brushless rotary servomotors provide precision motion with low torque ripple, smooth velocity, and maximum torque and acceleration. PWM and linear drives are available, and controls, for a complete motion package.

Aerotech, Inc.

Integrated machine control with Aerotech's MotionPAC >>

The Aerotech MotionPAC integrated machine control system offers a 30% to 50% reduction in development time, high-performance motion fully integrated with the standard PLC environment, easy-to-use diagnostics and tools, is based on IEC61131-3, is programmable in .NET, and is PC-based.

Aerotech, Inc.

ACT series high-speed linear motor actuators >>

The ACT is a high performance, cost-effective linear-servomotor-driven actuator that is faster and more accurate than a ball screw or belt-drive without the costly, time-consuming maintenance. As an integrated, assembled mechanical system, ACT also eliminates the design complexity of assembling individual components.

Aerotech, Inc.

Automation control solutions brochure >>

The brochure highlights automation controllers and software, drives, linear and rotary motors, and positioning mechanics.

Aerotech, Inc.

Weigh/price labelers as data sources

Weigh/price labeling machines are well known and highly prized for their ability to weigh, price, and label fresh and frozen foods. But a recently released white paper from Ossid, a Pro Mach division, makes the case for using these workhorse machines as a means of bringing real-time data acquisition capability to better manage the packaging operations through up-to-the-minute information.

The white paper details how technological advances enable today's weigh/price labeling machines to not only weigh, price, and label packages faster, easier, and more reliably, but also to collect and archive real-time data on packaging line productivity and throughput. Packagers that leverage data acquisition capabilities to monitor production and make process improvements gain strategic advantages that are key to improving performance and profitability.

Furthermore, the open architecture of weigh/price labelers now available makes integration with upstream and downstream systems seamless, offering users the opportunity to further automate their packaging systems. Since collected data is archived, traceability information is available quickly and easily should a quality issue arise.

"Weigh/price labeling machines," the white paper concludes, "have evolved from standalone equipment on a packaging line to an essential data gathering tool. With their ability to capture and archive data and communicate with up and downstream systems, these machines provide producers with a wealth of information. Data acquisition enables producers to monitor production, optimize processes, and expedite product traceability as well as streamline operations and achieve improved productivity and profitability."           

For a copy of the white paper, go to

NEW Automation Products

Switches for hygienic applications

IDEC's low-profile 22mm CW switches project only 2.5mm when mounted on a panel and the 3-across contact block design protrudes 39.9 mm behind the panel. Designed for any application requiring a hygienic surface, the smooth design cuts down on surface area, preventing dust and other particles from accumulating ... Read more

Web-based sizing and selection tool for linear motion applications

Thomson's Linear MOTIONEERING®: Ball and Lead Screws is a web-based sizing and selection tool that simplifies machine design by quickly identifying the best ball and lead screw options for the linear motion requirementsfrom the company's range of inch and metric screws ... Read more

Coreless DC motors

Portescap's AthlonixT series of coreless DC motors satisfies demanding intrinsic safety application requirements with proprietary REE (Reduced Electro Erosion) technology. Athlonix motors are said to provide higher power density, increased efficiency (approaching 90%) with lighter weight ... Read more


Flat panel computer for harsh, hazardous environments

The Wolverine III Rugged Flat Panel Computer from GE Intelligent Platforms is designed specifically to withstand harsh, hazardous conditions including dust, shock, vibration and extremes of temperature. The computer's resistive 15-in. antiglare, scratch-resistant touchscreen is readable even in direct sunlight... Read more

Compact HMI with Ethernet connectivity

The AGP4104 from Pro-face is a 3.5-in. HMI with Ethernet connectivity that simplifies the user's option to connect to a vast selection of third party PLC's, drives, bar code readers, and other devices. Features crisp, clear and bright, 200 x 80 resolution Monochrome LCD Display ... Read more

Disconnect and fuse terminal blocks

Wago's 2006 Series Disconnect and Fuse Terminal Blocks consists of push-in termination for ferruled or solid conductors, including WAGO-exclusive pivoting disconnect and blade-style fuse models. The 2006 Series provides wide fusing choices and segment-leading UL ratings to the company's TOPJOBS family ... Read more


Packaging World Showcase


Looking for a new packaging machinery or materials supplier?

Packaging World's PACK EXPO 2011 Showcase digital edition is filled with detailed information about packaging machinery and material suppliers. Search from the convenience of your laptop or PC; click hotlinks for direct access to advertiser websites and print or email supplier information to colleagues. Check out our 2011 edition. Click to view >>

Upcoming events:

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
This event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, examines the modern cold chain as well as evolving sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, clinical and biologics and cell therapies, September 26-30.

Process Expo
The industry's only single-destination food equipment expo featuring end-to-end food processing and packaging machinery and services across all food sectors, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 1-4.

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