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ITEI’s Dr. Dan Liu introduces the Chinese EtherCAT standard.
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China Adopts EtherCAT as a National Technology Standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group, which recently welcomed the organization’s 1000th member from Asia, announced another milestone in the global adoption of this industrial Ethernet standard: EtherCAT ha
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Clear-label sensor
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Clear-label sensor

A clear-label sensor from Lion features all push-button controls as opposed to more conventional screw adjustments. Though designed primarily for clear film labels, it can also be used on paper labels.
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Anti-vibration Technology
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Anti-vibration Technology

The Bosch-Rexroth anti-vibration technology, demonstrated on a two-axis delta style robot, makes it possible to increase packaging machinery speed by 33%.
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Banner: Compact Programmable Safety Controller

The XS26-2 is expandable for a wide range of assembly applications.
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SYNCHRONIZATION. Modern industrial Ethernet systems now make it possible to implement high-precision, high-performance synchronization in time frames of 100 nanoseconds, enabling packaging machinery OEMs to achieve reaction times in their machines as fast as 60 microseconds.
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What’s Next for Packaging Machinery Automation?

Contributing Editor Keith Campbell scoured the miles of aisles at the interpack 2014 show in Düsseldorf, Germany, to deliver this insightful view of what might be next in the world of packaging machinery controls and automation.
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Mitsubishi: Servo System

The MR-JE features one-touch auto-tuning, vibration suppression, machine diagnosis functionality and high tolerance against instantaneous power failures.
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Amacoil: Linear Drives

Model RG linear drive assemblies now feature an option for fine adjustment of travel distance.
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Omron: Machine Automation Controller

The Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller now provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL and Firebird.
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Robomotion is interested in 3D printing end effector tooling.
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Cabinet-Free Packaging Machines?

Label printing, 3D printing and cabinet free packaging machines are among the trends in packaging machinery automation that blogger and contributing editor Keith Campbell described discovered at the interpack 2014 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, this fall.
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Olive Producer Embraces Automation

The 100-year-old company's first foray into robotics involved installation of a robotic retort tray loader for their packaging line. Says the project engineer, “This experience really changed our mindset regarding automation.”
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