PLCs, PACs

PLCs, PACs September 1, 1998

ABB completes Alfa Laval Automation purchase

ABB Industrial Systems announced Aug. 1 that it completed acquistion of the Automation Unit of Alfa Laval of Sweden for an undisclosed amount. The companies announced the deal June 17 (Control Engineering, July '98, p. 2). The move gives ABB additional solutions in supervisory control and data acquisition, distributed control systems, programmable logic controller...

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PLCs, PACs September 1, 1998

Two operator touch panels

Cumming, Ga.— Priced at only $599 (for monochrome) and $799 (for color), the DirectTouch panels have a powerful feature set that makes high-performance touch panels affordable for applications using smaller PLC systems. Both panels have a large 5.7 in. diagonal back-lit LCD with a high-resolution touch grid, and contain a MB of memory to store up to 1,000 screens.

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PLCs, PACs August 1, 1998

Encoder module

Clawson, Mich.— The Series 1746R PLC encoder module monitors machine/process position and delivers absolute position data at 12 bit (4,096 count) resolution to the SLC processor. Available in two versions; 1746R-1 is for single-axis applications and uses a single-turn resolver. Standard "Turns Counting" software allows a single-turn resolver to be used in multiturn applications.

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PLCs, PACs August 1, 1998

Moore changes name to stress solutions

To better convey its ability to provide comprehensive process automation solutions, Moore Products recently changed its name to Moore Process Automation Solutions. This expands the scope implied by Moore's name from a products supplier to a solutions provider."The APACS+ process automation system, including the QuadLog safety PLC and measurement and control instr...

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PLCs, PACs August 1, 1998

Phar Lap shows embedded Internet in action

Because it's good to try on software before adopting it, Phar Lap Software Inc. recently launch-ed its Embedded WebFarm, which lets engineers try Phar Lap's real-time operating system, Realtime ETS Kernel, on different x86 hardware platforms.Webfarm is located at www.webfarm.

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PLCs, PACs August 1, 1998

New Siebe division name reflects acquisitions

Siebe plc renamed its control systems division July 8 as Siebe Intelligent Automation (SIA). The new name recognizes the division's recent acquisitions of Wonderware (Irvine, Calif.), Simulation Sciences (Brea, Calif.), and U.K.-based Eurotherm. "These acquisitions make our division the only sensor-to-boardroom automation solutions provider," says Dr.

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PLCs, PACs July 1, 1998

Two-axis accelerometer on a chip

Norwood, Mass.— ADXL202 is a complete two-axis accelerometer with a digital output on a single monolithic IC chip, designed to interface with a number of low-cost microcontrollers available from many manufacturers. Outputs are duty cycle modulated signals whose cycles (ratio of pulse width to period) are proportional to the acceleration in each of the two sensitive axes.

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PLCs, PACs June 1, 1998

Technologies abound at Hannover Fair ’98

The second 50 years began well for the "world's largest industrial fair." Hannover Fair '98 drew 7,519 exhibitors and 320,000 visitors—both outstripping last year's results.Non-German exhibitors reached 44% of the total, and occupied 91,000 m² of display space (28.

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PLCs, PACs June 1, 1998

OMAC users group updates members

Open Modular Architecture Controller (OMAC) Users Group met on May 14 in conjunction with IAM '98 to update members on the status of the 11 working groups established in February. The groups are organizing and seeking participation from member companies to arrive at common interfaces, so end-users need not devote a lot of training when implementing new control systems.

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PLCs, PACs May 1, 1998

Rugged embedded network I/O modules

Atascadero, Calif.— Selecting from 16 intelligent I/O module types, which can be stacked and interlocked, the user can locate I/O modules in environments of –40 to 85 °C, and as much as 5,000 feet from the controller. The pre-programmed firmware on each I/O module automatically handles communications to the RS-485 network and executes module specific input and output commands.

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