New distributed I/O technology will reduce costs, developer says

A newly patented technology for distributed I/O points in machine control will reduce costs for machine builders with a single configurable I/O module, its developer claims.


A newly patented technology for distributed I/O points in machine control will reduce costs for machine builders with a single configurable I/O module, its developer claims. Berkeley Process Control Inc . announced recently that it has received a Notice of Allowance for patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Soft-I/O technology. The development involves distributed control of discrete and analog devices with a single configurable product. Previously, says the company, hundreds of specialized I/O modules were required to control various I/O devices in a typical machine with labor required to assemble and wire each device.

Company president Paul Sagues said, "With a single Soft-I/O module, a machine builder is empowered to easily configure and control virtually any I/O device that may interact with a machine." A single Soft-I/O product replaces hundreds of types of modules with one configurable module, he goes on. The technology supports and enhances a distributed control architecture using standard cable interconnections and Ethernet hardware.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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