Makino´s 2009 Advance Manufacturing and High-Precision Technology Expo to Feature Speakers, Demonstrations and Exhibitors  
Auburn Hills, MI - Makino’s 2009 Advanced Manufacturing and High-Precision Technology Expo will be held September 16 through 17, 2009 at the Auburn Hills, Michigan Tech Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain industry leading advice and witness cutting edge machining demonstrations from Makino and other prominent companies. Makino's bi-annual expo continues to support manufacturers with industry leading technologies and techniques. Featured presenters at the event include IRN owner and president, Kim Korth, who will discuss what's ahead for the North American auto industry, Partner of Booz & Company, Conrad Winkler, will address how manufacturers can leap from decline to revitalization, and Dr. Samuel D. Kahan, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit Branch, will discuss the current recession and provide a forecast into 2010. Additional presentations delivered by Makino will cover a diversity of machining topics from micromachining to automation.
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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces Proficy® Machine Edition 6.0 Simplifying Programming and Speeding Time To Solution Expands its Kiva Order Fulfillment System to Accommodate Growth
Charlottesville, VA - GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced the availability of the latest version of its award winning Proficy® Machine Edition programming software. Proficy Machine Edition is a universal development environment for HMI, motion, and control applications that all share a single workspace and tool set. Coupled with an efficient, user-friendly structure and standardized user interface, Proficy Machine Edition is designed for ease-of-use and quick time-to-solution for the entire project lifecycle. From configuring and developing to commissioning and maintaining, Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 increases the efficacy of applications providing users with a sustainable advantage for their business.   Woburn, MA - Kiva Systems, a developer of breakthrough mobile robotic solutions for warehouse automation, announced that leading online retailer has purchased significant additional capacity for its Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System. Zappos first installed Kiva’s ItemFetch split-case picking solution in June 2008 to pick, pack, and ship a variety of products, including shoes, apparel, and accessories. The expansion at its Shepherdsville, KY fulfillment center is driven by unit growth from these product categories. "With the Kiva system we can order additional material handling capacity less than three months before we need it to be operational. This gives Zappos unprecedented nimbleness in responding quickly to market developments," said Craig Adkins, Vice President of Services and Operations at Zappos.
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Brenton Announces New Series 10 Case Packer: Cost Effective Upgrade from Manual Hand Pack Operations   Rexroth Reduces Planning Time by Up to 90 Percent with MTpro Planning Software for VarioFlow Chain Conveyor Systems
Alexandria, MN - Brenton announced today its new Series 10 case packer which provides customers with a flexible alternative to upgrade their manual low speed hand pack operations. The Series 10 was designed to occupy similar floor space on the packaging line as hand pack operations, with the added benefit of fully automatic performance. The Series 10 Case Packer accommodates RSC cases and automatically performs multiple packaging operations, including case erecting, loading, and sealing sections within its compact footprint. Various types of product infeed systems are available as well as case sealing alternatives including either hot melt glue or tape, where a slide-out DEKKA(TM) tape head allows operators to perform quick changeovers.   Stuttgart - The food and packaging industries place very special demands on assembly systems. The MTpro planning software now helps to create custom systems. It reduces planning time by up to 90 percent, making comprehensive planning and layout generations possible for the first time without a CAD system. The software consists of a CAD product catalog that includes all data sheets and assembly instructions, an automatic parts list calculation, and offer preparation. The system design and configuration can be quickly visualized in 3-D, checked, and then imported as a volume model in a common CAD system. In doing so, MTpro rules and standards adjust the product parameters to the installation situation and perform further calculations, e.g. for the required chain length. As a result, users can quickly and easily plan and compare several assembly line variants and then revise the construction after completion of the planning phase.
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Prodigy® PCI Programmable Motion Cards with Ethernet Connectivity   Rockwell Automation PlantPAx System Integrates Process Control and Process Safety While Meeting Industry Requirements for Separation
Lincoln, MA USA - Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD) announces the newest addition to its latest advancement in the Prodigy® family of motion cards, the Prodigy/CME PCI card. Just like PMD’s PC/104 and Stand-Alone card options, the new programmable PCI card provides machine designers the capability to download and run motion programs directly on the cards. This new capability off-loads the PC host and increases the flexibility to distribute motion programs throughout the machine. The Prodigy/CME PCI card is an ideal solution for demanding scientific, automation, industrial, and robotic applications. These motion control cards support multiple motor types, including DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and step motors.   MILWAUKEE - For manufacturers looking to better integrate process control and process safety applications, the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System has new capabilities, including integration of ICS Triplex Trusted SIL 3 triple modular redundant (TMR) technology and the scalable AADvance process safety systems. These capabilities help users avoid unplanned incidents and hazards that pose risk to personnel, assets and the environment. The new integration allows process control and process safety systems to communicate directly with each other and share important data, such as diagnostic information, system status, alarms, events and other critical information. This helps improve productivity, minimize troubleshooting time and provides faster recovery from interruptions without compromising safety or security.
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Tex-Option Releases New ‘Tex-Flex’ Modular System   Kepware Launches the Next Generation of Automation Communications
Blissfield, MI - Tec-Option announces the release of its latest product, the "Tec-Flex" system. "Tec-Flex" is an ultra-flexible assembly system that combines many processes into a single machine. At the heart of the system is an interchangeable tooling plate that can support processes such as spot welding, fastener welding, hole piercing, bushing insertion, part marking and more. These tooling plates are accessible from the rear of the machine which allows for even more processes to be performed, such as MIG welding, robot welding and material handling. Because the system is modular, the tooling plate can be exchanged with another to take advantage of unused machine time. The removed tooling can be taken to the maintenance area for PM or cleaning, without disturbing current production.   Portland, ME - Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that it has released its next generation of KEPServerEX, version 5, available now for OEMs, Channel Partners and End Users. KEPServerEX is the world's #1 selling communications product in the automation marketplace. This new release has been in development for over two years and represents Kepware's next generation communication platform delivering; a new architecture and a wealth of new features and benefits while retaining a similar look, feel and compatibility with earlier versions. The new architecture is designed for portability - able to be delivered on other than Microsoft run-time environments. It is designed to achieve Microsoft Vista and Server 2008 Logo Compliance
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B&R’s Seamless System Diagnostics Via the Web   Haydon Kerk Non Captive Double Stack Linear Actuator
The new System Diagnostics Manager from B&R offers users a wide range of diagnostics options. Based on the B&R real-time operating system, the new tool allows seamless system diagnostics from any location using any web browser (Intranet or Internet). User-specific diagnostics tools for analyzing a system with regard to configuration or runtime settings are now no longer needed. Use of the Automation Studio software tool is not necessary. The only requirement for using all of the diagnostics options is a web browser and a TCP/IP connection. Through the use of the System Diagnostics Manager, users profit from simple and fast access to diagnostics data during commissioning, field tests and operation of the machine.   Waterbury, CT - Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc., a premier manufacturer of linear motion products, offers the 35000 Series Size 14 double stack non-captive linear actuators. These compact actuators are based on some of the most advanced technology in the world today. The non-captive version of this linear actuator includes a precision leadscrew and a proprietary nut design integrated directly within the motor. The Size 14 double stack non-captive actuator is ideal for use in applications where a long stroke length is needed (20+ inches). Specific applications include precision linear stages, X-Y stages, and other multi-axis systems in medical, semiconductor, flat panel, and solar cell manufacturing.
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Honeywell Introduces Touchscreen Operator Interface for HC900 Control System Operators   Cornerstone Automation’s New SortMaster Offering Diverts up to 60 Cartons Per Minute
PHOENIX, AZ - Honeywell released a touchscreen operator interface that helps plant operators using Honeywell HC900 Control Systems more easily manage their processes. The Honeywell 900 Control Station is a panel-mounted interface available for all new HC900 installations. It also can be retrofitted for existing, compatible systems. The new operator interface, featuring a 10.4-inch color display touchscreen, introduces enhanced graphic features designed to reduce set-up time and simplify operation while improving security and versatility in the field. Preformatted displays, custom graphic tools, plus more than 4,000 pre-built process graphic objects make it easy for system designers to create unique color graphic touchscreen displays that schematically symbolize the layout and functions of the process, facilitating operator acceptance. The interface also helps simplify process changeovers by allowing operators to select from previously stored recipe variables, setpoint programs, setpoint schedules and sequences.   Prosper, TX - Cornerstone Automation Systems Inc. introduces the SortMaster 130 HS, a new product to the SortMaster line of conveyor sorters and diverters. The CASI SortMaster 130 HS (high speed) is a pusher sorter designed for rejecting cartons from roller and many belted conveyors. This solution is ideal for applications requiring over 30 cartons per minute and helps avoid cutting existing conveyor. Its compact footprint is ideal for existing facilities where space is limited. Higher throughput is often key to increasing the efficiency of modern distribution centers. CASI provides various sortation systems using state of art equipment along with our superior controls to provide a turnkey solution.
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ESS Technologies’ Monoblock Filler/Capper for Micro-Tubes and Micro-Vials   Pemco Introduces New Wrapping and Packing Systems for the Paper Converting Industry
Blacksburg, VA - The ESS Technologies, Inc. Monoblock Filler/Capper for Micro-Tubes and Micro-Vials offers servo driven filling and capping components and handles over 100 micro-tubes per minute. The large, full color touch screen provides an operator interface to adjust the servo controls for the diving nozzles as well as the pump fill rates. Mechanical filling systems may be specified for lower filling speeds or systems that require intrinsically safe controls. A unique infeed design delivers tubes directly into the zero-backlash turret, eliminating the need for a container infeed system. This allows for a fast and easy changeover that can be completed in less than 15 minutes typically. The ESS designed capping station and magnetic stainless steel clutch system guarantee precise, reliable, and repeatable results. The stainless steel exterior and hard-anodized aluminum inner frame allow for ease of cleaning.   Sheboygan, WI - Pemco Inc., a company of the Körber PaperLink Group, has announced the latest machines in its family of cut-size ream wrapping and packaging systems for the paper converting industry. The Model 33 ream wrapper and the Model 163 case packer/lidder each include Pemco’s state of the art proven servo technology, combined with new capabilities. "Recognizing the industry’s need for high versatility, ever greater efficiency, and reliability without compromise, we designed these machines to expand on the capabilities of our other machines - which themselves are highly capable and proven," said Jeff Vogel, Vice President Engineering & Production at Pemco.
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Automated Solutions Inc: Your Source for Large Scale Industrial Automation & Process Design
Automated Solutions, Inc. (ASI) specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of custom material handling equipment. Our experienced staff designs, builds and installs complete, custom automated equipment solutions. It is our job to listen and respond, and at the heart of every success is our single focused approach. Every system is tailored exactly to your specific requirements, not a pre-designed machine that may be more than what you really need. We will work with you from start to finish. We handle every aspect of the project in-house from design of the initial concept, to production, to installation, to operator and maintenance training, and acceptance testing sign-off.
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