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Label ID Inspection

October 6, 2011 11:47 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The CI-Vision vision label identification inspection solution from Metter-Toledo (Columbus, OH) automatically inspects labels on packaging to confirm that the label matches the product inside the package. Inspections include barcode and 2D data matrix verification, label control number verification, and graphical label ID verification.

Twin Shaft Vibratory Drive

September 28, 2011 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new twin shaft vibratory drive from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) features a proprietary design that produces the linear vibration required to deliver consistent motion to its high capacity fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, and conveyors. Developed for smooth, high volume, 24/7 operation, the twin shaft drive operates at comfortable sound pressure levels of less than 80 dBA, 11 percent quieter than OSHA’s permissible industry standard.


September 19, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VERNON Tool RAZOR, a new robotic tube cutting and profiling system from VERNON Tool (Oceanside, CA), a Lincoln Electric company, offers functions ideal for high-production tube and pipe fabricators in heavy fabrication, agricultural, construction, vehicle, and tube frame manufacturing. The rugged RAZOR improves productivity and quality by consolidating the typical multi-step fabrication process—set-up, layout, manual/CNC machining and end prep—into one operation.


Pneumatic Servo Dispensing System

September 9, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pneumatic Servo Dispensing (PSD) system from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is a positive rod displacement metering system that combines the cost efficiency of a pneumatic drive motor with the controlling accuracy of a servo drive motor.  The PSD system eliminates the need for a servo drive motor or material flow meters in a dispensing system.

GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps

September 9, 2011 9:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has introduced the GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps, designed with the versatility to handle a wide variety of non-corrosive solvents and industrial liquids. Ideal for in-line blending and mixing, the pumps are available in four different models. With flow rates ranging from 40 and 528 gpm, the pumps are equipped with head-mounted gear-reduction drives that feature oil-lubricated, hardened helical gears.

BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock

August 26, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock from ACS Valves (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada) is designed to ensure optimal bulk density and throughput of hard-to-convey materials such as fine powders and flakes that, in high-pressure pneumatic conveying applications, can easily over-aerate and reduce material feed efficiency.

Series RVDT Automatic Valve

August 9, 2011 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc. (Cedar Grove, NJ) has introduced a new automatic valve that performs multiple functions in a piping system, including pressure relief, backpressure control, pump bypass, and anti-siphon protection. The new ½ inch, lug-mounted Series RVDT uses an adjustable non-wetted spring to control backpressure in a liquid piping system.

Quiet Sheet Metal Work

July 7, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield Township, MI) introduces its new Slide-A-Mark to quiet the marking of sheet metal parts. The stamp holder is mounted stationary on the opposite side of the part in a special molded sound suppressor material that is slightly raised above the stamps.


New NITRA Solenoid Valves

June 28, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.

Labeling Gets Faster

June 27, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.

Keep Metal Out

June 27, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has developed its heavy-duty Model CF Metal Separator, which can be installed directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding, or blow molding machine. It removes both magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants from a slow, downward moving column of material, reducing machine downtime, costly repairs, and improving product purity.

A Gateway To Networking

June 23, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is now offering the MB-GATEWAY, a single-port Modbus Gateway module that converts Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU. The module uses an automatic read function and is equipped with a RJ45 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port and one RS-422/485 serial port. The gateway module is 35mm DIN-rail mountable, and it supports NetEdit or Web browser configuration tools.

Fluid For Machining Any Metal

June 21, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIMCOOL Fluid Technology (Cincinnati, OH) has created CIMTECH 609, a hybrid fluid developed for grinding performance and improved machining ability. According to the company, it works with most aluminum alloys, titanium, exotic alloys, cast iron, carbon steels, high speed steel, high alloy steels, and stainless steels.


Linear Actuators For Any Application

June 17, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The linear actuator line from Exlar (Chanhassen, MN) has been expanded to include the new K Series Universal rod style linear actuators. According to the company, the K Series has options to mount any type of motor, permitting operators to choose the configuration best suited for a specific application.

Out-Of-The-Box Positioning

June 16, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers an “out-of-the-box” solution for linear position gaging with its new EAZY-GAGE Bundle. The package combines spring-loaded LVDT position sensors with an EAZY-CAL Mini-Module LVDS Signal Conditioner. According to the company, it takes the guesswork out of gaging applications by providing a fully calibrated and complete linear position gaging system ready for immediate operation.

Picking Made Easier, Faster

June 14, 2011 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic (Grand Rapids, MI) has launched its RapidPick System, which uses a “goods to person” design that delivers split case items to an operator in a configuration that allows pick rates up to 1,000 line items per hours. According to the company, it offers high pick accuracy because only one SKU is presented to the operator at a time, in the desired sequence.

Make Mixing Cheaper

June 13, 2011 6:12 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

A compact in-line static mixer that injects multiple chemicals and saves up to 70 percent over the cost of conventional static mixers, according to Westfall Manufacturing Company (Bristol, RI), is now available. The Westfall Model 2800 Static Mixer is a fixed plate that features an internal orifice design with angled tabs, which are computer-designed and tested to arrive at the optimal shape for mixing with minimal head loss.

Longer Daisy Chains

June 3, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) is now offering the HE359 series universal remote I/O module. It connects via 2-wire RS485 Modbus RTU to any PLC, allowing a total of 31 I/O modules to be daisy-chained on a single RS485 link. Available I/O modules include digital in, relay out, analog in, analog out, RTD, and thermocouple.

A More 'Zippy' Bagging Solution

June 2, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Zippy Bagger models from WeighPack (Lachine, QC Canada) operate at speeds up to 35 cpm within a compact footprint, according to the company. They will automatically draw a bag, open it, and seal it after filling. The systems can run both polyethylene and laminated wicketed bags in 6” to 20” lengths.

Go Ethernet

May 31, 2011 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is offering its GS-EDRV100 Ethernet drive module, which provides a high-performance link between a control system and any GS or DURApulse AC drive. The module mounts on a 35mm DIN rail, and connects the drive to an Ethernet hub or PC by transmitting the signals to a number of servers.

More Versatile Actuators

May 26, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spartan Peripheral Devices (Vaudreuil, QC, Canada) is selling the ME4840 and ME4940 Spring Return Modulating Actuator with a wider input signal range. They are not on-board selectable with a Jumper J3 selectable range from: 0-10Vdc 2-10Vdc 0-5Vdc 5-10Vdc 4-20mA Users can choose from Spring Open or Spring Closed models with direct or reverse control action.

Flexible, Modular Power

May 24, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. (Camarillo, CA) has announced the availability of its i-PWER Low Profile Modular (LPM) AC-DC power supply family. The flexible series offers up to 1,500W of power in the six-slow chassis (LPM615 model) or up to 900W in a four-slop chassis (LPM409 model). Four available output modules can easily be fitted into the four- or six-slot chassis, which provides customers with their exact voltage and current requirements.

Easier Motion Control

May 23, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) has recently launched the Lenze 8400 Inverter Series, which features L-Force automation technology for tailored motion control solutions that deliver stable and dynamic performance in material handling operations. In addition, the series incorporates intelligent features, including memory modules, online diagnostics, and optional integrated safety systems.

Cut Plastic With Lasers

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OEM quality CO2 laser optics for low-power lasers used in cutting plastics are now available from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI). The CO2 Laser Lenses and Mirrors are optimized for use at 10.6µm and meet ISO-10110 specifications for optical elements. They are available for Cincinnati®, Coherent®, Epilog®, Synrad®, Universal®, and similar lasers, and are comparable to the originals, according to the company.

Faster Heating With Steam

May 17, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Johnson Inc. (Tree Rivers, MI) offers direct injection steam heaters to provide a cost-effective way to accurately heat water and water-based slurries by injecting steam directly into the fluid. In addition, they can handle a wide range of flow rates, allowing for precise temperature control while conserving energy.

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