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SPONSOR: Red Lion October 8, 2008 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

G306A Operator Interface Panel with TFT Display>>

Red Lion's G306A features an advanced TFT active matrix display for greater contrast, brightness, and readability.

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Large Digital Display for Analog Inputs>>

The programmable Red Lion LDA 5-digit display is available in 2.25"and 4" high red LED digits, for exceptional readability.

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ICM8 Communication Gateway for Online Data Monitoring>>

The cost-effective Red Lion ICM8 offers online data monitoring of temperature controllers and PAX Series Panel Meters.

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CSOUT High-Density Analog Output Module>>

The CSOUT for Red Lion's Modular Controller Series offers four independently programmable, simple to configure outputs.

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XCCN CANopen Option Card for Red Lion HMI Products>>

The XCCN option card from Red Lion adds a CANopen communication port to their Data Station Plus and Enhanced Modular Controller.

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PackML brings benefits to this OEM

Electrical engineering manager Joe Faust of Douglas Machine says that by making the programming architecture in Douglas's new Invex case-packing machine PackML-compliant, the firm was able to take cost out of the machine-building process.

"Conforming to PackML guidelines leads to modularity in design and standards in software and hardware that reduce engineering programming time, which leads to savings in the overall cost of building a machine," says Faust.

When asked if packaged goods companies responsible for most of the packaging machinery purchases out there are requesting PackML compliance from Douglas, Faust had this to say:

"They're not exactly clamoring for it. At the larger companies they're more likely to know about it, and for the most part they can visualize the benefits to be gained. But they struggle when it comes to getting through the details of implementation. Say they have these machines with Pack Tags in them. They're still struggling with how to get the data out in a meaningful way. They're not sure what the data is telling them."

For more on PackML and the benefits it can bring to both packaging machinery OEMs and buyers of packaging machinery, stop by Booth C-65 at Pack Expo International November 9-13 at Chicago's McCormick Place. That's where the OMAC Packaging Workgroup will be demonstrating "The Benefits of Packaging Line Integration."

NEW Automation Products

Thin interlock switches

The HS6E solenoid-type interlock safety switch from Idec is just 15 mm wide but offers a 500N retention locking force and various mounting layouts. When properly installed on a machine gate or door, the switches can lock out or monitor an area where potential machine hazards may exist. When a door is opened... Read more

Bar-code scanners

Sick's CLV620 and CLV630 line of bar-code scanners is designed to be compact yet powerful, for a range of logistics applications in high-speed packaging. Scanners in this family have both onboard serial and Ethernet communication versions. Other advanced features, like tracking packages with encoder input and an IP 65 enclosure rating, give the scanner platform high-end performance. These fast, flexible scanners ... Read more

Linear motion stage

The ALS130H series linear motor stage from Aerotech provides good step-to-step resolution for high-precision alignment. With its subnanometer resolution, bi-directional repeatability to 75 nm, and excellent low-velocity performance, the solution is suitable for high-performance test, measurement, inspection, and other demanding applications. The unit employs... Read more

Industrial ethernet switches

Wago's new 852 Series of Ethernet switches provides a range of scalable solutions for network infrastructures. The series ranges from simple Ethernet switches to configurable, multifunction Ethernet communication switches. Features such as a rugged housing provide the whole series with an operating ... Read more

Upcoming events:
ISPE08 Annual Meeting
Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry professionals from around the world will gather this October at ISPE 2008 Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, to share expertise and gain insight to navigate the horizon of industry change.
Safety Automation Forum
Learn about safety's importance within the manufacturing industry and discover why safety is good business. Plan to attend this new event produced by Automation World and Rockwell Automation. Safety Automation Forum is November 18, 2008 in Nashville, TN.

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