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Stainless Steel Servo Motors with One Cable Technology
Stainless steel servo motors with one cable technology
This dynamic new wash-down capable servo motor from Beckhoff combines the power and feedback system into one standard motor cable.
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Beckhoff Panels, Now with Multi-touch Technology
Beckhoff panels, now with multi-touch technology
The highly functional CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series feature innovative multi-touch technology as well as a contemporary and elegant device design.
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Multi-core Performance from DIN Rail Mountable Embedded PC
Multi-core performance from DIN rail mountable Embedded PC
Ideal for controlling packaging machines, the new CX2000 Embedded PC series from Beckhoff Automation integrates leading edge multi-core processor performance with a highly modular design.
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Compact HD Bus Terminals, 16 I/O channels in 12 mm format
Compact HD bus terminals, 16 I/O channels in 12 mm format
To deliver increasingly compact I/O solutions for manufacturers and machine builders, Beckhoff has expanded its Bus Terminal I/O system with the new, ultra-compact HD Bus Terminals. These space-saving 'High Density' Bus Terminals feature 16 digital I/O channels in the housing of a 12 mm electronic terminal block.
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Servo Control from 12 mm EtherCAT® I/O Terminal
Servo control from 12 mm EtherCAT® I/O terminal
To deliver increasingly compact I/O solutions for manufacturers and machine builders, Beckhoff has expanded its Bus Terminal I/O system with the new, ultra-compact HD Bus Terminals. These space-saving 'High Density' Bus Terminals feature 16 digital I/O channels in the housing of a 12 mm electronic terminal block.
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NEW AUTOMATION PRODUCTS
Updated MOM software >>
The latest version of Parsec Automation’s TrakSYS Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software – 8 R2 – provides a highly-integrated application that helps manufacturers to significantly improve asset utilization and efficiency, increase capacity of the current capital equipment, reduce production costs, decrease lead time, and improve profitability.
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Air-to-air heat exchangers >>
Available in 120VAC and 24 VDC models, AutomationDirect’s Stratus line now includes air-to-air heat exchangers – a closed-loop cooling system that employs the heat pipe principle to exchange heat from an electrical enclosure to the outside.
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Synchronized drive control for printing, converting applications >>
A complete package for machine builders, system integrators, and end-users in printing and converting applications, Siemens’ Simotion Synchronized Drive Control (SDC) standard application solution allows more than 100 axes of motion to be engaged on system architecture.
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3D printing + an automated changeover tool

Among the contributing editors we assigned to help us cover Pack Expo Las Vegas was Special Projects Editor Bob Sperber. At The Innovation Stage he heard a presentation on automated changeover. It was by Chris Canna, Project Manager with Schneider Packaging Equipment. Sperber’s excellent report is below. But first, while we’re on the subject of Schneider Packaging Equipment, a word about something they were showing at their Pack Expo Booth: a robot with end-of-arm tooling that had been 3D printed. It was being used to pick and place empty PET containers. I’m sure Schneider isn’t the only packaging machinery OEM to make parts this way, but it was the first example I’ve seen—not a prototype or model or one-off, but a real live printed part on a functioning packaging machine. I’d like to hear from other OEMs who are using 3D printing to make machine parts. As this technology spreads, what will be its impact on the spare parts business that forms such a sizeable part of many an OEM’s business?

Changeover times are hard to control, and they can compromise productivity. Areas that are hard to control include operator error; complex adjustments for various machine settings and sequences; the need to make ongoing adjustments; and variations in the level of employee training and expertise at a given machine.

Automating changeovers can reduce changeover time, increase throughput, and improve OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), explained Chris Canna, project Manager with Schneider Packaging Equipment, in a presentation at the 2013 Pack Expo innovation stage. In one application of his automated system, a machine with 14 points of adjustment yielded a 28-minute changeover time savings to provide system payback in four months.

Canna explained how his company's ProAdjust solution makes such automatic adjustments on common types of machinery, including fillers, cartoners, stamping presses, laser cutters, mixers, case packers, palletizers, and case loaders. The solution consists of a controller and integrated "power packs" that provide the motion. These can scale-up from a single mechanical adjustment point to hundreds, and they can be added to new equipment or retrofitted to older equipment in the field. The solution is targeted for use no matter the control or machinery make installed at the plant.

No programming is required. The solution features a disk-shaped "teach pendant.” It looks a bit like a hand-held flying saucer, but actually it’s a rugged, wireless user interface that uses simple touchscreen and scroll/jog wheels to let users enter machine changeover recipes.

The pendant uses simple point-and-click touch screen interface components for easy creation of “recipes” of parameters for each SKU running on a machine. It communicates with power packs that can adjust each axis automatically, or be moved with a hand wheel or jogged using the remote hand-held teach pendant to teach new positions or adjust for material fluctuations.

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