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Sept. 1, 2009
Gore announces cable study results W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Landenberg, Pa., announces the results of a cable particulation study it contracted with

Gore announces cable study results

W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Landenberg, Pa., announces the results of a cable particulation study it contracted with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart, Germany. Fraunhofer reports the following ISO 14644-1 cleanroom certifications: GORE trackless cable: Class 1; Low-vibration chain with GORE high flex flat cables: Class 1; Conventional chain with GORE high flex flat cables: Class 5; and Conventional chain with round cables: Class 4. For more details, visit to review the white paper, Cable Particulation Study for Cleanroom Environments.

CENTA moves to larger facility

CENTA Corp., Westmont, Ill., has moved to a new facility in Aurora, Ill., with more than 23,000 sq. ft for office, warehouse, and manufacturing, and assembly space. The company makes flexible couplings and shafting for power transmission systems in the marine and industrial markets. For more information, visit

Minarik, Assembléon partner on installation

The nine-year partnership between Minarik Drives, South Beloit, Ill., and Assembléon, Alpharetta, Ga., moves forward with the first U.S. installation of the new MC-1 SMT (surface mount technology) pick-and-place equipment. The equipment combines a high mix capability with accurate chip and IC shooting, making it one of the most versatile pick and place machines on the market. The MC-1 fits in the same footprint as the previous Assembléon machines, allowing fast installation with no additional expenditures for electrical or air supply requirements. The new MC1 machines are linked to a server network for more accurate data management as well as the ability to release new product designs to the manufacturing floor in real time and with greater accuracy. For more information, visit

WAGO offers free add-on instructions

WAGO Corp., Germantown, Wis., offers free add-on instructions for Allen-Bradley RS-Logix 5000, allowing users of the PLC to easily implement control logic that supports the functionality of WAGO-IO-System distributed I/O modules. The instructions let customers readily adapt standard analog, digital, and specialty module I/O functions into ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and DriveLogix controllers. Integration of the instructions into RS-Logix 5000 software (version 16 and up) is straightforward: Use the import feature, select the proper file, and insert it into existing PLC code. The fully documented function will appear as a native component of the software. For more information, visit

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