The global programmable logic controller (PLC) market will probably grow slightly over the next five years, according to a new report from Automation Research Corp. "Growth in the worldwide PLC business will average less than 3% annually for the next several years. In response, suppliers will increasingly target unbundled I/O modules and software for future growth in...
York, Pa. —SSX Series soft start motor controllers are sized from 1/2 to 50 hp, have input from 208/230, 460, and 575 V ac, and feature controls for adjusting starting torque, ramp time, and dwell time. Acceleration is smooth under all load conditions. These units have overload protection when used with the torque control option.
If you want something done right…get your autonomous, self-repairing control system to do it. American Controls Corp. (ACC) recently shipped the second generation, Series 200, of its control system to a gas pipeline pumping station in La Chenaie, Quebec, near Montreal.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.