PID, APC

PID, APC May 1, 1998

24-axis positioning stage

Santa Clara, Calif.— A 24-axis linear-motor driven positioning stage that provides independent motion along all 24 axes has been introduced by Northern Magnetics. This positioning stage provides rapid acceleration and deceleration for high-productivity applications. It features heavy-duty construction with lightweight moving parts for higher acceleration.

By Staff
PID, APC May 1, 1998

The Windows Principles

Like it or not, Microsoft and the Internet impact much of what we write about in the pages of Control Engineering. Whether it's software, networking, smart sensors—even training and support—issues involving one or both of these entities are sure to surface.Because of this, I was curious to hear what Microsoft founder and ceo, Bill Gates, would reveal during his keynote address...

By Jane S. Gerold, Editorial Director
PID, APC April 1, 1998

PC Advances, Mergers, Hardware Evolution Among Leading Industry Trends

Roy Slavin, chairman, president and ceo, Wonderware Corp.The on-going consolidation of smaller suppliers in various market segments is likely to continue into 1998. Yet, the industry as a whole will remain robust. Varying regional economic conditions will require major national suppliers to continue to actively grow their global business mix.

By Barbara Axelson, CONTROL ENGINEERING
PID, APC April 1, 1998

Riding the whirlwind of change and opportunity

Sometimes we need to be reminded of what we already know. Control and automation professionals have always been aware that technical training and on-site experience are the key to success. However, as manufacturing grows more technologically and financially chaotic, traditional knowhow may seem to be powerless in the face of today's upheaval.

By Jim Montague, News Editor
PID, APC April 1, 1998

CPU modules for PLCs

Irving, Tex.— Entrelec is now offering two compact, 45-mm wide, rail-mounted CPU modules for PLC systems. The S200 CPU creates a micro PLC for local applications when combined with the company's flexible I/O modules. The S250 CPU, when combined with one of Entrelec's fieldbus nodes, is used in remote locations where distributed intelligence is required to create a "smart node.

By Staff
PID, APC March 1, 1998

Integrating Plant, ERP Systems

Phoenix, Ariz. —EnterpriseBatch software allows manufacturing organizations to integrate the disparate information in business and plant-floor systems, using corporate recipe and formula data as a natural focal point. Unlike previously available point-to-point solutions, the software is said to enable Global 5000 organizations that have multiple control and business systems to manage pro...

By Staff
PID, APC March 1, 1998

Imaging Tools

Montreal, Quebec, Canada —ActiveMIL-Lite is a collection of ActiveX controls for building Microsoft Windows-based imaging applications using rapid application development (RAD) tools. These ActiveX controls for image capture, transfer, and display using Matrox frame grabbers and image processors gives developers access to the algorithms of the Matrox Imaging Library.

By Staff
PID, APC March 1, 1998

North America, Asia Lead AC Drive Surge

AC drive business worldwide continues to expand rapidly, driven by a burgeoning North American market and ongoing expansion in Asia, according to the new AC Drive Worldwide Outlook by Automation Research Corp. (ARC). The combined markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMA) remain the largest regional segment, followed by Japan and North America.

By Staff
PID, APC March 1, 1998

PCI Carrier Board

Wixom, Mich.— Acromag's new APC8620 PCI board interfaces up to five IndustryPack-type ANSI/VITA-4 modules to a PC. By installing analog, digital, and serial I/O modules on the APC8620 carrier card in any combination, users can efficiently develop custom I/O boards with high channel density. Users can also choose from more than 40 Acromag IP modules or hundreds available from third parties.

By Staff
PID, APC March 1, 1998

Model-Predictive Controller Solves Complex Problems

Model-predictive control is the latest trend in multivariable control technology. Model-predictive controllers (MPCs) use mathematical models to predict the future behavior of the processes they control, then adjust their control efforts to produce the desired results. MPCs are designed to steer multiple process variables towards their respective setpoints while keeping both process input...

By Vance J. VanDoren