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Precision Pneumatic Cylinder Sensing

When referring to pneumatic cylinders, we are seeing a need for reduced cylinder and sensor sizes. This is becoming a requirement in many medical, semiconductor, packaging, and machine tool applications due to space constraints and where low mass is needed … Continue reading

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How to Maintain Your Rotating Connection

In the design of automation equipment everyone is looking for an edge.  How can I make parts faster or easier or safer?  I’m sure you don’t encounter the need for 360 degree rotation everyday; but when you do, it can … Continue reading

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Automatic Size Change on a Budget – Part 2

In last month’s discussion “Automatic Size Change on a Budget – Part I”, we talked about the designer’s dilemma: accomplish size change at low cost with an unsophisticated manual size change mechanism, or achieve high-performance automatic size change using costly servo drives. This month we will look at some alternatives that nicely bridge the gap between affordability and automatic (or, semi-automatic) operation. Continue reading

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I Can Do Quick Recipe Changes on the Fly, Can You?

In my recent travels of the east coast from Boston to Tampa, customers have been looking for quality solutions to be able to run multiple products, and multiple sizes, and multiple form-factors, all on one production line. Two things about this seem to be in every application: 1) Change-over needs to be simple for the operators. 2) Management needs to see the cost/time savings, be it planned or unplanned downtime. But how can I do multiple recipes or multiple jobs on one machine? Continue reading

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Automatic Size Change on a Budget – Part 1

Increasingly, flexible manufacturing systems are being employed to allow the same equipment to produce a variety of different products, depending on demand. The key to the economic success of these systems is keeping changeover time to a minimum. Short changeover times mean more average production per hour and a smaller economical lot size. The time spent changing over a machine is part of what is called planned downtime. Planned downtime, if left unmanaged, can become a real sap on overall productivity. Continue reading

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Print and Apply Sensing Solutions

Did you know that you can improve your production and label quality by adding sensors to your process?

Sensors can help:
– Anticipate roll change-outs to improve run time
– Verify label composition and placement, reducing product rejection
– Increase application reliability and detect jams automatically to reduce waste
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