SPS/IPC/Drives 2006: Ethernet, safety, security
Ethernet in automation, safety and security in automation, and motion control were among key topics discussed at SPS/IPC/Drives 2006. The exhibit and conference for automation technologies, ran Nov. 28-30, 2006, in Nuremberg, Germany, with more than 1,200 exhibitors covering HMIs, drives, interface and sensor technologies, software, electromechanics, and other systems and components.
Ethernet in automation, safety and security in automation, and motion control were among key topics discussed at SPS/IPC/Drives 2006. The exhibit and conference for automation technologies, ran Nov. 28-30, 2006, in Nuremberg, Germany, with more than 1,200 exhibitors covering HMIs, drives, interface and sensor technologies, software, electromechanics, and other systems and components. The 2005 exhibit drew nearly 36,000 visitors. Forums, panel discussions, and conference technical sessions complemented exhibits, which included wireless and other network technologies; Linux in automation; and sensing, measuring, and testing products.
DST 45-100 servomotor series from Baumüller is said to render the torque motor servo-ready. Product provides a higher torque density while reducing device volume by some 30%. The usual speed range of up to 4,500 rpm remains covered. Housing design protects against dirt. Motors are intended for applications in sensitive industrial environments such as textiles, robotics, and packaging and as direct drives.
CANopen industrial network protocol specifications were discussed at the CAN in Automation (CiA) exhibit: CANopen application layer (CiA 301 and CiA 302), the standardized gateways for TCP/IP networks (CiA 309), AS-interface (CiA 446), and multi-layered CANopen networks (CiA 400).
Kontron exhibit included Intel Core Duo platforms ranging from ETX 3.0, ETXexpress/COM Express, Mini-ITX, and Flex-ATX, PICMG1.3 slotCPU, 3U/6U/CompactPCI to dual-core-based industrial PCs for OEMs such as a 2U and 4U 19-in. rackmount IPC/industrial server, hot-swappable 3U and 6U CompactPCI systems, box-IPC, and a new touch panel PC.
An “Ethernet automation” tutorial from Moxa showed how industrial-level products can be used on one Ethernet network. Moxa Ethernet switch family has a range of features such as gigabit redundancy and plug-and-play capability; embedded computers come with embedded Linux or Microsoft Windows CE and wide operating temperature design.
Siemens Automation & Drives products included the Simatic FS660I laser scanner, Simotion motion control modules, Simocode pro motor management system, and Simatic PXO240 optical proximity switches for hazardous areas. The 1FT7 servo motor offers high-performance for machine tools and production machinery. The new 3SE5 position switch with tumbler said to enhance safety of personnel and machinery.
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