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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.

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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.

Get Your Plant Wired

May 16, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BL20 Economy gateways from TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) provides a flexible in-the-cabinet system for distributed I/O with EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP, and can be paired with a broad range of I/O slices to suit virtually any application. In addition, RFID can be incorporated into any distributed I/O product with the necessary RFID-S slices.

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Get No Backlash

May 13, 2011 7:51 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Ruland Manufacturing (Marlborough, MA) offers its Oldham couplings, which have typically been used in motion control applications where zero-backlash performance is needed. However, according to the company, the couplings can be used as an alternative to straight jaw couplings on general industrial equipment such as pumps, valves, gearboxes, and conveyor systems.

Electric Motors For Severe Environments

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has redesigned the frame of the IEE 841 electric motor to its new W22 platform, which offers extended benefits for severe-duty applications. The NEMA Premium electrical design of the motor delivers high torque and low temperature, while the electromechanical design meets the IEE 841 Standard.

Robotic Tooling That Survives Washdowns

May 9, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The QC-77 Robotic Tool Changer, developed by ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) allows robots to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling in extremely stringent food-processing environments. A stainless-steel design resists attack by organic and inorganic compounds while withstanding aggressive washdown methods.

An Industrial-Safe UPS

April 29, 2011 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cyberex Cyberwave Industrial three-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS) from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) operates at a greater efficiency and provides better control of the UPS output. With operation to an ambient temperature of 122°F with only a 10 percent power derating, the Cyberex is suited well to rugged industrial environments.

More User-Friendly Stretch Wrapping

April 29, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Q-300XT stretch wrapping machine from Lantech (Louisville, KY) improves operator friendliness with a larger load-placement window for its automatic film cut-and-clamp system, according to the company. The system allows the fork truck operator to simply drive up, position the pallet on the turntable, start the machine with a lanyard switch or a wireless Click-n-Go remove, and drive away, all without ever getting off the fork truck.

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Control Your Microwaves

April 26, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) is offering two full-featured Fractional-N PLLs with integrated Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) — the HMC837LP6CE and HMC840LP6CE — with a low-noise VCO and a precision charge-pump. According to the company, they feature exact frequency mode operation, deliver phase noise and spurious performance, and consume only 630 mW.

Boilers, Burners, And Controls, Together

April 26, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver-Brooks (Milwaukee, WI) has launched the CBEX, an integrated boiler, burner, control, and heat recovery system that achieves higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions in a 15 percent smaller footprint. According to the company, the system can meet today’s tougher emissions requirements, including 5 ppm NOx without selective catalytic reduction and 1 ppm CO.

Laser Cutting Gets Better

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati, OH) has expanded its laser cutting product line with the CL-900 series fiber laser cutting system, which combines a low operating cost with high-performance 12,000 ipm linear-motor axis drives. The CL-900 cuts mild steel two to three times faster than conventional lasers, while reducing operating costs by up to 40 percent.

Pick From 22 Different Positioners

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA. Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced the addition of several new products to its family of Standard Precision Positioning Stages. The stages come in 22 different styles, which can be selected depending on specific applications requirements, such as: moving axes, positioning accuracy, load capacity, feed mechanism, linear guidance structure, or type of clamping mechanism.

Easier Pallet Wrapping

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combi Packaging Systems LLC (Canton, OH) is now offering the SW-10 Stretchwrapper, which has basic components and requires no formal installation. According to the company, it is a more affordable pallet wrapper that is designed to boost productivity. It has been manufactured with a manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system that simplifies threading of the film, and a hinged column that reclines for shipping, allowing for minimal shipping costs.

Computers Survive In Tough Environments

April 18, 2011 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT) has announced the release of the Everest S9000 stainless steel rugged computer terminal. According to the company, the S9000 was designed for customers who need an IP 65 and NEMA 4-approved, sealed unit to meet hygienic standards in food processing, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Go Wireless Up To 400 Feet

April 15, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has released a new wireless process transmitter — the UWPC-2-NEMA — to convert process signal to wireless up to 400 feet. The product accepts 0 to 1V, 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, and 4-20mA signals. Free software for monitoring, recording, and data logging is included, in addition to a low-power operation/sleep mode for longer battery life.

UL-Listed Power Supplies

April 11, 2011 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced it has obtained UL listing for its CE-approved 220VAC SSG Series UPS product line. The SSG Series UPS are designed to operate in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard UPS products, with an operational temperature range of -4° to 131°F.

A Smarter Control Interface

April 7, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AR) had added a compact IP65-rated operator panel with a CANopen interface to its range of motion control products. The panel provides machine builders with a cost-effective way to implement simple human-machine interfaces. The KPD202-501 panel uses a backlit, 4-line x 20-character LCD with six programmable function keys.

Smaller, Large-Ranged Power Supplies

March 21, 2011 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) is offering the “PSW Series” AC/DC wide voltage input, DIN rail power supplies, which offer a 50 percent smaller size and a wider input voltage range (180VAC-550VAC and 254VDC-780VDC). The latest family has been designed for high efficiency (up to 93 percent), according to the company.

Water Jetting Goes Automatic

March 18, 2011 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) has developed wireless controls for its automated water jet Crawler, which is a surface preparation tool for towers and other large structures that does not expose personnel to the risk of falling. The SRT-10-W Crawler removes coatings and scale faster than manual methods using only ultra-high pressure water (up to 40,000 psi).

New, Better Butterfly Valves

March 18, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) has announced two new butterfly valve series, the first of which is the FK Polypropylene Butterfly Valve Series. This line offers superior strength and chemical resistance in highly-corrosive environments. The valves feature double, self-lubricating seals and direct-mount actuator capability.

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