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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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How Eli Lilly Does In-Line Medical Device Inspection

Quality management of Eli Lilly medical devices got faster and more accurate with the use of an advanced vision system incorporating a 5 Megapixel camera and telecentric lens that inspects at the point of assembly.
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Two parallel-driven belt conveyors driven with different speeds during the turning process bring the bags gently into the required position.
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Palletizer Provides Optimized Stack Configuration for Dry Mortar

German mortar supplier Schwenk Putztechnik relies on a new twin-belt turning device for gentle palletizing of bags, resulting in more efficient production and greater changeover flexibility.
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PackML Workshop Draws OEMs, CPG Companies to The Automation Conference

A special component of The Automation Conference 2014, produced for the third time by Summit Media Group in May, was a “Demystifying PackML” workshop held one day ahead of the conference
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25 peeks at interpack

So many innovations came out of interpack 2014, who has time for paragraph breaks?
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