Edge Computing, Embedded Systems
Want to banish the "magic" from machine vision integration and pay less? Machine vision systems today reflect commercial microprocessor advancements as well as software enhancements to make systems easier, more powerful, and less expensive. The power of Intel's Pentium microprocessor with MMX (multi-media capability) has allowed many suppliers to leverage commercial technology that is les...
Cumming, Ga.— AUTOMATIONdirect.com has introduced the WinPLC starter kit, featuring Think & Do software release 5.0 and the WinPLC embedded PC control hardware platform. According to the company, the Think & Do software release 5.0 is the first PC control package to support the Windows CE operating system, as well as Microsoft Windows NT.
Fremont, Calif.— Elo TouchSystems Inc. has announced the first Universal Serial Bus (USB) compatible touch monitors that are pre-configured in the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system for instant operation in a plug-and-touch environment. These new products may be added to existing systems or networks by plugging them into the computer without the need for loading separate devices drivers.
To help users avoid Christmas-like "some assembly required" hassles when buying PC controls, Xycom Automation (Saline, Mich.) is bundling soft-logic control with traditional PC hardware. In a discussion with Control Engineering at National Manufacturing Week, Tom Gross, Xycom Automation's ceo, says the remade firm will deliver control products tested to work together, ...
Chicago, Ill. -- National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), part of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), March 15-18, included the following announcements: Industrial Ethernet association forms In an effort to clear confusion surrounding use of Ethernet in industrial applications, Mike Justice, president of Synergetic Micro Systems (Downers Grove, Ill.) has formed the Industrial Ethernet Association. To start, the user and vendor trade group will use www.industrialethernet.com as a clearinghouse for technical information, including an Ethernet terminology white paper; online discussion forums and published standards also are planned on the website.
I enjoyed the "4-20 mA Transmitters, Alive and Kicking" article in Control Engineering, October 1998 (p.109). It was informative and well presented.Danny Thomas Lents, research analyst, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Tex.
Kanata, Ontario, Canada— QNX Software Systems Ltd. (QSSL) has introduced QNX RTOS support for the Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) from Citrix Systems Inc. With the ICA software client for QNX, users see and work only with the application's interface; the application executes 100% on a Citrix WinFrame or MetaFrame server.
Harrisburg, Pa.— Z-Pack High Speed Generation 3 offers 6- and 10-row versions of backplane connectors with contacts on a 2.5-mm pitch, yeilding up to 60 or 100 contacts per 25 mm. To support high-speed rates, the connectors offer a 50-ohm controlled impedance and a dual-microstrip configuration with an integral ground plane built between each row of contacts.
Lincoln, Neb.— Pro II X 3A is a 3A-approved capacitance probe for food-grade applications. It can be used in liquids, solids, and slurries. RF interference is eliminated by operating at below RF range. The probes hold calibration of better than one picofarad over a temperature range of –40 to 185 °F.
Itasca, Ill.— Fluoroseal "FE" Severe Service Plug Valve is designed for use in critical chemical processing applications with toxic and lethal services. The valve includes live loaded secondary and tertiary stem seals to eliminate fugitive emissions through the stem seal. Tested in the laboratory and field, "FE" valve is said to exceed the requirements of the U.