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Choose the right size drive for your packaging machine
Choose the right size drive for your packaging machine
Packaging machine users want productivity in a small footprint and streamlined solutions for their lines. The Altivar™ 32 variable speed drive has a slim, book-style footprint, side-by-side mounting capability, and can accept a self-protected disconnect. Register to win yours today!
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Altivar 32 Variable Speed Drive
Altivar 32 Variable Speed Drive
The Altivar 32 variable speed drive’s slim, book-style footprint, side-by-side mounting capability, and ability to accept a self-protected disconnect reduces panel space up to 40% and wiring costs up to 30%. Watch this 2-minute video to learn more today!
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Reduce your costs and time to market
Reduce your costs and time to market
Learn how MachineStruxure™ with Ethernet I/O can help packaging machine builders design integrated, cost-effective machines based on a single platform for control, drives, and HMIs and get machines to market faster. Download our FREE brochure today!
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Experience the power of simplicity
Experience the power of simplicity
To hold the line against rising engineering costs, OEMs must introduce new technology-driven approaches for long-term viability. The Lexium™ 32 servo drive range with servo motors gives system designers exceptional performance, an unprecedented level of sophistication, and outstanding power in an easy to use solution. Learn more today!
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Aseptic Stik Pak machine provides longer shelf life for products at a lower cost
Aseptic Stik Pak machine provides longer shelf life for products at a lower cost
A stick pak machine manufacturer aims to set the standard in aseptic packaging in many industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. Download this case study to learn more today!
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NEW AUTOMATION PRODUCTS
Belt drive actuators >>
Designed to optimize performance and reliability at a modest cost, MSA Series Belt Drive Actuators from Misumi Corporation can be configured to carry loads up to 227 kg (500 lbs.), with travel speeds ranging from 1200 to 10,000 mm/sec, and standard lengths up to 6.25 meters, with custom lengths upon request.
Misumi Corporation
Ultra-miniature photoelectric sensors >>
Available in four sensing modes, the R2 Series Ultra-Small Sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs feature a 24 mm x 7.5 mm x 11.2 mm housing, industry standard mounting footprint, a flush and wear-resistant antistatic glass lens and a 45° cable outlet to maximize mounting flexibility.
Pepperl+Fuchs
Transformerless medium voltage drive >>
The ACS 2000, ABB’s active front end drive for general purpose applications where a medium voltage installation is required-- such as pumps, fans, blowers and conveyors--is now available with higher power capabilities, up to 3000 HP.
ABB Drives & Power Products
Engineering tool simplifies modular machine programming >>
Lenze Americas has simplified efficient machine programming with its FAST application template and ready-made standard software modules so that machine designers and programmers can quickly and reliably handle a majority of the software engineering requirements for standardized machine modules.
Lenze Americas
Embedded PC from boosts small controller performance >>
Suitable for a wide range of PLC and motion control applications in small- and medium-sized machines, systems, or buildings, Beckhoff’s new DIN rail mounted CX9020 Embedded PC increases controller scalability, enhances user functionality and flexibility, is remarkably compact, and equipped with a powerful 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.
Beckhoff Automation
MES/MOM as a strategic business enabler

MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) has announced the launch of a new program aimed at showing the business value of MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management) solutions to company executives considering such investments. The "Executive Point-of-View" program will frame these real-time Operations solutions in a business context, helping a company's senior leadership understand the value of a potential solution and the guiding principles required for implementation success.

The program further aims to help demystify the space, educating executives in practical business terms about what MES/MOM is and what it can mean for their organization. It will address many of the questions companies ask when considering an investment in real-time operations solutions, including:

• What is MES/MOM, and what will it do for our business?

• How is this different from our ERP solution?

• What are the real benefits? What benefits have others in our industry realized.

• What are MES/MOM best practices? What should we avoid?

MESA will team with Brock Solutions, a long-time MESA supporter and integrator in the real-time space, to drive the initiative and deliver the program. On behalf of MESA, Brock's experienced consultants will work with a company's senior leadership to understand the business and challenges. The team will develop an initial hypothesis for MES/MOM as a business enabler and map those goals to people, processes, and applicable technologies. The program will clearly articulate if and how MES/MOM can enable the company's business initiatives.

Engagements are expected to occur over a 2 to 4-week time period, culminating in a wrap-up workshop with Brock reviewing their findings with the broader executive team as a group. General information and findings not proprietary to a company's engagement will come back to MESA to be prioritized and added to the pool of Executive Point-of-View deliverables.

MESA itself does not staff business consultants and has no plans to do so. The not-for-profit prefers to build a broad set of tools that will better enable manufacturers/producers and solution providers to work more effectively together. That effectiveness is hampered due to a knowledge gap between business leaders and their teams.

MESA president Mike Yost said, "Our members are telling us loud and clear they need MESA's help educating their business leaders on the value of MES/MOM solutions. Brock has extensive experience working with executive teams from a variety of industries to help educate executives in practical, business terms about what MES/MOM is and what it can mean for their organization. I'm excited to be teaming with them to address one of our members' most pressing priorities."

Stephanie Mikelbrencis of Brock Solutions will lead the initial executive engagements. Julie Fraser, MESA's Outreach Director, will lead the overall program within MESA. Mikelbrencis, also a MESA Americas Board member, commented, "A week doesn't go by that we're not asked by our customers and others we meet in the market to help fill a gap in their understanding of MES/MOM from a business context. We at Brock have been delivering consulting services to many organizations to provide the kind of clarity and alignment required for an executive team to make decisions on how to best start down the MES/MOM path. We think MESA should have similar tools for its members and are excited to spearhead the initiative to formalize them."

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