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I/O module and integrated architecture builder announced
Rockwell Automation announced an input/output (I/O) module and integrated architecture builder at Automation Fair 2022.
Simplifying device lifecycle management
With smarter, more complex devices, including everything from input/output (I/O) to flowmeters, simplicity is key to help users get the most out of their devices.
Electric control panel market projected to grow
The electric control panel (ECP) market is expected to rise to more than $9 billion due to increased automation and high demand.
Product advice on how to make I/O smarter
Input/output (I/O) system design with a head station, base unit, and smart elements creates an extremely compact, highly modular, and economical distributed I/O or control platform, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.
Decentralized I/O system for valve terminals
Decentralized input/output (I/O) system improves the performance of mixed valve terminals and I/O systems.
How IT/OT convergence affects networking
Information technology and operational technology can be together, but needs differ. Industrial visibility, interconnections, scalability, wireless mobility, remote data collection and data analytics are among benefits. See 7 benefits of IT/OT data flow.
Six ways to improve cybersecurity: Barriers vs. resiliency
Overcome three OT/IT cybersecurity barriers and move towards cyber-resiliency in three cybersecurity steps.
How smart I/O enhances distributed control
Installing smart input/output (I/O) during an upgrade or migration can provide personnel with near-real-time data at their fingertips
Edge I/O brings more connectivity to field devices and sensors
Latest remote I/O combines IIoT communication with even more processing power than traditional intelligent I/O
Making the automation environment smarter with I/O data
Industrial environments are generating more data than ever. Whether for production volume, downtime or serial numbers, this information can offer insight into processes and productivity.
Machine mount I/O devices are the data satellites of the machine
Machine mount I/O devices are expected to support simple digital and analog inputs and outputs and other modules with intelligence built in support motor starters, variable speed drives, communication modules and radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers. Integrated safety can support systems more simply than hardwired solutions or separate systems.
DCS migration and IT/OT integration oil and gas system integration projects
System integrators discuss an eight-year distributed control system upgrade from a legacy system without downtime and a 100-site information technology and operational technology system integration project to improve data mining, tagging structures, and programming disparities.
Controls engineers, mission-critical for digital transformation, are in short supply
Smarter workers: Developing a standardized operational technology (OT) architecture to support the new digital environment is challenging, especially with many devices with diverse protocols. Those with expertise in controls, automation, and instrumentation can help with digital transformation.
GRV-R7-MM1001-10 by Opto 22
The GRV-R7-MM1001-10 is an intelligent, Ethernet-based input/output unit designed to combine multi-signal, multifunction sensing with PoE-powered edge data processing for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connection to real-world signals.
ICR-3241 by Advantech
Advantech’s ICR-3241 is a 4G industrial cellular router and gateway and is designed to connect IP or serial devices to a cellular network.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 7-13
Articles about I/O systems and the IIoT, SCCR safety tips, smart systems and increased productivity, the Engineers' Choice Finalists, and IIoT adoption programs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.
High-speed vision sorting technology records rapid improvement with industrial Ethernet
VMek enhances networking hardware for color sorting with pluggable EtherCAT industrial Ethernet input/output (I/O) modules that reduce costs, equipment footprint and time to market.
Connect I/O systems with the IIoT
Traditional wired input/output (I/O) connections are crucial for most automation systems. The latest generation of I/O systems bridges the gap to bring these connections into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Specification for networks, IO-Link released
CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 463 series standardizing the gateway between CANopen responsible for CANopen FD networks and input/output (I/O)-Link.
Remote I/O To BRX Micro PLCs by AutomationDirect
AutomationDirect has added input/output (I/O) expansion modules to its BRX Micro programmable logic controller (PLC) product line.
Powerful I/O system for compact control cabinets
Input/output (I/O) systems design considerations include smaller sizes, faster response times, and greater functionality, with energy savings, diagnostics, and rugged environmental ratings.
Four-port serial communication module
Opto 22's groov serial I/O module, the GRV-CSERI-4, is designed to plug into a groov EPIC chassis alongside the groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller (EPIC) and discrete and analog I/O modules.
Breakout modules add convenience, protection
Healdsburg, Calif. —IO8 and IO24 Breakout modules provide additional convenience and protection for Eason 2000 and 4000 family Intelligent Operator Interfaces. These DIN-rail-mountable modules feature removable screw terminal connectors and ribbon cable for quick hook-up and provide LED indicators for debugging and hardware troubleshooting.
Integrated system design tool
Control system implementation requires many design issues to be addressed and documented. Principal among these are logic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and component layout drawings. Many factors weigh in when selecting among many design documentation approaches. These factors typically include project size, project complexity, probability of replication (will this be done again), support plans (w...
Changing times for e-business
In this time of mergers and acquisitions, it seems as though the economy is favoring larger companies. How can a medium-sized company compete? This question was the topic of a live webcast entitled, "Sorting through the e-business rhetoric: A manufacturer's guide to the business revolution," presented by MSI, a Cahners publication, at National Manufacturing Week in March.
Ladder Logic 306: Simulation
Using simulation for ladder logic allows users to test advanced situations that otherwise wouldn't be possible, reducing potential costs and hazards for users.
Compact, fanless module for smart devices
Kontron has introduced a new energy-efficient SMARC 2.0 module.
Terms and acronyms for mobile electronic controls
Understanding the terms and language for mobile electronic control systems is crucial. Highlighted below are key terms that users need to know.
Controller combines single-axis controller, servo amplifier
Yaskawa's Sigma-7Siec is designed for automation applications that require the control of only one servo motor and offers an amplifier/controller combination.
Modular drive solutions and software tools for industrial networking
Lenze's modular software, scalable hardware, and modern interfaces is designed to minimize engineering requirements and expedite machine motion control.
EC: ProSafe-RS SIL 3 SIS
Safety — Process safety, intrinsic safety: ProSafe-RS is a safety instrumented system that is certified by TÜV Rheinland to meet Safety Integrity Level 3 specified in IEC61508 ed2.0. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.
Multi-conductor terminal blocks with push-in connection technology
Phoenix Contact's PT 2,5/S-Quattro four-position terminal blocks are designed to provide a high wiring density without sacrificing space across the DIN rail and also have a double function shaft for easy potential distribution with plug-in bridges and large-surface marking options.
Controller for high-speed motion applications
The Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5380 controller from Rockwell Automation is ideal for high-speed applications with up to 20 axes of motion and features a dual-configurable, 1-GB Ethernet port that supports device-level-ring (DLR) topologies or the use of multiple IP addresses.
IO module designed to work with PLC, HMI units
Unitronics' UIS-WCB2 is an I/O module designed to offer a variety of I/O options in a single unit and features 10 digital inputs, two analog inputs, two thermocouple inputs, eight relay outputs, 10 transistor outputs, and two analog outputs.
Input, output device for industrial internet-enabled applications
GE’s FSTi-EP I/O device compatible with industrial Internet-enabled applications, features I/O slices that are 11.5 mm wide and has a response time reading up to 356 discrete I/O points in 20 microseconds.
Line scan camera series with CMOS sensors
Teledyne Dalsa’s TurboDrive is an 8k GigE vision line scan camera with CMOS sensors for variety of applications. It offers extended dynamic range for combining short and long exposure images to output images with high contrast in dark and bright areas.
LCD modules for industrial equipment environments
Tianma NLT USA has six 5.7-in. TFT LCD modules, which are designed for industrial display applications and they have the same module outline and the same mounting hole positions.
Machine & Embedded Control - CNCs, board-level products: The DT7837 is a high accuracy dynamic signal acquisition module for noise, vibration, and acoustic measurements with a Cortex-A8 1 GHz ARM processor for use in embedded applications. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Honorable Mention.
Using a digital motion network
Machine designers strive to increase throughput, decrease machine costs, and reduce maintenance costs. The migration from traditional analog motion networks to digital motion networks accomplishes those goals in 12 important ways.
To fuse or not to fuse individual I/O points
When designing a PLC control panel, one of the fundamental decisions is how to provide overcurrent protection for I/O modules. Should each I/O module be fused with a single fuse, or should each I/O point be fused individually? Here are 11 things to consider when deciding how and when to fuse I/O points.
Model-based design of CANopen systems: System level modeling
Designing complex mechatronic systems can be easier with model-based design. Co-existing, multiple disciplines for mechatronic system design hinder the use of software-oriented modeling principles, such as UML, but modern tools may be integrated into a working tool chain. Part 2 of 2. This is a Digital Edition Exclusive in the Control Engineering January issue. See part 1, linked below.
Programmable logic controller integrates IO for speed, flexibility
Bosch Rexroth’s IndraControl XM21/22 PLC combines the Sercos automation bus with Rexroth’s IndraControl S20 I/O series for a scalable control system and features real-time data processing capabilities.
Software module for control system helps retrofits and migrations
GE Measurement and Control and Power Generation Services' OpFlex software enhancement module packages are designed for the Mark VIe controls systems as well as retrofits and migrations.
Controller and module series for harsh conditions
B&R Automation's X20c series of controller and I/O modules have a coating on the electronics module that protects the device against condensation and corrosive gases. This coating makes these modules suitable for use in corrosive environmental conditions.
Digital meter for PID measurement, control
Otek's NTM-9 is designed to measure and control a user's process while conserving energy and includes isolated Serial I/O, isolated O.C.T. or SPDT relays and isolated analog output with P or PID algorithm.
HMI touchscreens with modular IO architecture
Red Lion's Graphite series of operator panels, which feature HMI touchscreens and an all-aluminum construction with a modular I/O architecture, feature data logging and web-based monitoring and control.
Integrated HMI and PLC with extensive analog capability
Combination unit from IDEC can save panel space by combining multiple functions into one compact package.
EC: EQ series EtherCAT box I/O
Network Integration — I/O Systems: The Beckhoff EQ EtherCAT box series I/O feature durable V2A stainless steel housings and are rated at protection class IP 69K for demanding industrial environments. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
EC: LioN-R PROFIBUS I/O modules
Network Integration — I/O Systems: Lumberg Automation's I/O Network-Ruggedized (LioN-R) modules allow actuators and sensors to connect to controllers via PROFIBUS-DP, thus ensuring reliable data communication in harsh industrial environments. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
EC: Foxboro Evo Compact 200 series I/O
Network Integration — I/O Systems: Foxboro Evo Compact series 200 I/O from Schneider Electric comprises I/O fieldbus modules for high-density configurations, reducing footprint up to 50% for installations where cabinet space is at a premium. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
Automating automation: Why do smart devices have to be configured manually?
While smart instrumentation and field devices have highly sophisticated capabilities, configuration is still a mostly manual process. Users want to know why they still have to perform this action (and many others) the hard way. This is the Control Engineering October 2014 cover story for the print and digital edition.
All-in-one control platform in a 15.6-inch HMI panel
Product Exclusive: UniStream from Unitronics is a powerful, all-in-one, modular, expandable control platform, now available in a 15.6-in. human machine interface (HMI) panel. It includes PLC capabilities and I/O options to reduce costs for machine builders, system integrators, and end users. Predictive programming software cuts programming time in half.
Selecting protocol conversion gateways
Many protocol communication options are available for connecting control systems to numerous devices on the plant floor.
Automation interface software enables remote control for faster programming
Beckhoff's Automation Interface in TwinCAT 3 automation software enables remote control of TwinCAT engineering systems and the automatic generation of programs and configurations, which can eliminate manual processing of control projects.
High-speed embedded machine controller integrates IO
Product Exclusive: SuperIOr Controller system from Digital Dynamics is a high-speed custom I/O (input/output) controller for embedded machine control applications can simultaneously manage more than 1,000 inputs and 1,000 outputs and update at 8 kHz.
All-in-one, palm-sized controller has color touchscreen
Product Exclusive: Unitronics Samba is an all-in-one, palm-size controller with a human machine interface 3.5-in. QVGA 16-bit touchscreen for data entry and display of data, color trend graphs, and alarm screens. It supports 24 user-designed screens (up to 40 images per application) and integrates a powerful PLC.
Differential pressure transmitter
The AST5400 differential pressure transmitter is available with a 4-20mA two wire output signal.
Pneumatic valve terminal simplifies fieldbus connections
The VTUG pneumatic valve terminal from Festo offers flexibility in the choice of control options, including simplified Fieldbus connectivity and other performance benefits.
Power - Energy, power protection: The UNO-4683 is an IEC 61850-3/IEEE 1613 certified substation computer with domain I/O modules. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
EC: TermSeries Multi-Voltage Relay
Power - Energy, power protection: The TermSeries Multi-Voltage relay provides isolation and switching of power in electrical automation with the unique feature of of multi-voltage input from 24 to 230 Vac/Vdc with LED status indication and unlimited cross connections. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
Touchscreen PLC has IO, Ethernet
Product Exclusive: Maple Systems’ HMC7000 line of Graphic HMCs (human machine controllers) combine a touchscreen machine interface and a programmable logic controller (PLC) into a small robust unit with a variety of I/O connections.
Plug-in temperature measurement module
The 2080sc-NTC Thermistor Module by Spectrum Controls provides linearized temperature measurements and has 4 channels for thermistor input as well channel-to-chassis ground isolation.
Analog IO modules added to PLC line
AutomationDirect has added discrete and analog I/O modules to the Click PLC line as well as four-channel RTD and thermocouple modules.
Point level switch for hygienic processes
The FTW33 point level switch by Endress+Hauser is designed for hygienic processes and can be used with or without an agitator in a variety of uses.
Programmble USB controller hub
Microchip Technology's USB2 Controller Hub allows developers to configure designs without external memory and are able to communuicate with applications over multiple protocols.
Applying flexibility, safety, and control
Learning how flexible and configurable I/O can be applied to more than safety systems could open many doors regarding how engineers approach automation and control projects.
Control platform provider helps integrate subsea and topside automation platform
Honeywell integrates and certifies FMC Subsea Automation Protocol with its Experion PKS C300 controller.
RGB light analysis sensor
The LEX-1000 color light measurement sensor by EMX analyzes light for RGB values on all visible light sources while providing LCD and LED quality.
New approaches for remote I/O installations
New modular I/O technologies increase your options for communication with field instrumentation and devices. These are particularly useful when longer distances are involved.
Software package for motion and IO controllers
Galil Motion Control's GalilSuite Revision 1.0 Software Package provides eight tools for working with Galil controllers and a tuner tool with a graphical view of multiple tuning responses.
Power distribution blocks – 2012-12-21
Wago's DIN-rail mount Power Distribution Blocks are designed to replace screw-based terminations with spring pressure technology to reduce installation time for conductors.
Digital device communication
Analog is holding its own, but more applications depend on digital communication to move growing amounts of information.
Light, medium-duty encoders
AutomationDirect's light- and medium-duty encoders are designed for small applications and feature reinforced aluminum die cast casing and have an operating temperature range of -10 to +70 C.
Proper integration topples barriers to successful energy management
Systems that collect, organize, and analyze data from disparate systems provide an accurate picture of energy use, and clues on how to reduce costs.
Embedded PC series features multi-core processors and extended temperature range
Beckhoff Automation announces new CX2000 embedded PC Series, aims at replacing larger cabinet models.
Greenfield combined-cycle power plant automated
Metso has signed an agreement with AGE Enerji to automate their Denizli, Turkey plant. They are scheduled to start up by the end of 2012.
Upgrading Legacy I/O Systems
When it’s time to modernize, choosing the best I/O strategy and supplier is critical for both new and upgrade projects.
Product Exclusive: Integrated PLC and HMIs add more snap-in IO
New Snap-In I/O options, up to 46 analog and digital inputs and outputs, add diversity to Unitronics Vision Series Integrated PLC+HMIs.
Rendering Plant Keeps Running During Control System Upgrade
Automation integrator case study: Integrated architecture delivers needed alarm logging and reporting capabilities.
Safety manager field device unit
The field device unit is designed for plants that need to quickly implement integrated safety measures because of stringent safety regulations and compliance standards.
Touch-safe ring lug terminal blocks
The ST Ring Lug Terminal Block Series has been expanded with three touch-safe terminals, the ST5 N, ST6 and ST25.
Screw-clamp terminal blocks, 3-level design
Phoenix Contact's UT series has a three-level version designed to save space.
Product Exclusive: Compact IO system modules integrate plug-and-play electronics
New Lenze slim-line L-force drive technology significantly reduces costs associated with manufacturing, commissioning, and maintaining machines and automation systems.
EC: Intelligent Marshalling for Foxboro I/A Series DCS
Network integration – I/O systems: Intelligent marshalling from Invensys Operations Management uses new remotely programmable Universal Fieldbus Modules to cut I/O operational and maintenance complexity and expenses. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
EC: Jumpflex 857-402 Universal Signal Conditioner
Network integration – Signal conditioning, diagnostics: Just 6 mm wide, Wago's Jumpflex 857-402 Universal Signal Conditioner supports 456 signal combinations with industry-leading input range, class-exclusive Signal Clipping, and overcurrent protection via unique auto-reset fusing. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
Configurable digital input and output module
The Wago IP67 Speedway 767 is designed to run in direct input, direct output and mixed digital IO modules.
Safety controller connects up to 10 IO modules
The PSR-Trisafe/M from Phoenix Contact can connect up to 10 safe digital I/O modules because of a T-bus system.
Reduce IO operations, maintenance costs with intelligent marshalling
Few process industry cost-cutting initiatives begin at the marshalling cabinet, but a new intelligent marshalling alternative from Invensys may change that.
IO module migration: Bridge old to new
Bridge the Allen-Bradley Bulletin 1771 I/O system to new 1756 I/O modules with the Bulletin 1492 I/O wiring conversion system from Rockwell Automation.
Signal isolator gets CSA International approval
HIX HART signal isolator from Moore Industries received Class I, Division 2 approval from CSA International in the United States and Canada.
Transducer block specification issued
The specification by Fieldbus Foundation is designed for wired HART and WirelessHART devices along with updates to the WIO System Architecture and Data Structures
IO modules meet safety standards
Siemens has expanded its Simatic ER 200iSP I/O system to meet safety standards IEC 61508 up to SIL 3 or ISO 13849-1 up to PLe e.
Measuring array sensor with IO-Link output
Banner's A-Gage EZ-Array measuring light curtain is designed for high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection.
6 mm universal signal conditioner has auto-reset fuse
Wago Corporation's 6 mm universal signal conditioner offers signal precision, an auto-reset fuse, and signal clipping, the company said.
Two terminal blocks, with 3.5 mm and 5 mm centerlines
RIA Connect released the AST 233 and AST 235 terminal blocks. They have 3.5 mm and 5 mm centerlines, the company said.
Fail-safe modules for I/O system
Siemens Simatic fail-safe I/O modules are suitable for many applications, including fire and gas equipment.
Four Ethernet/IP-based remote modules released
Advantech released four Ethernet modules in their ADAM-6100 series, which are designed to be resistant to field interference in places like factories
Industrial grade flush touch screen panel PC
To give users increased flexibility when selecting an industrial grade Panel PC, Nexcom has added two Intel Atom D525 CPU based platform.
IP65-rated panel PC family for demanding industrial applications
12-, 15-, 17-, and 19-in touch panels powered by Intel Atom based single board computer are now available from WinSystems.
Inside process: Instrumentation challenges of walnut processing
Walnut meat kernels have to be dried to optimum moisture content quickly and efficiently. How do you measure that?
Variable speed drive doubles design life, has 200% torque, no feedback
Yaskawa America A1000 variable speed drive has three expansion ports and is compatible with a number of existing ports for increased versatility.
Processor module targets cost sensitive applications
Kontron’s Universal AdvancedMC processor module is designed for a wide variety of MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA applications, including: targeted to cost sensitive, powerful data plane, and control plane applications.
Product Exclusive: Large, color PLC+HMI touchscreen
Unitronics new Vision1210 is an industrial programmable logic controller integrated with a 12.1-in. color human-machine interface with touchscreen.
New universal remote I/O modules
Omega introduces economical series of universal remote I/O modules.
New gateways announced for Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP
TURCK has released a BL20 Economy gateway that is designed and equipped with an integrated Ethernet switch and dual ports.
Integrated I/O controller offers rich networking interface for function extensions
The PEC-3710 integrated controller by the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech is an application-ready platform that has integrated I/O functions.
Company announces release of new IEC terminal blocks
ASI has released new terminal blocks for PV applications with a reported 1000V dc rating.
Wireless data radio portfolio at ABB Automation and Power World
FreeWave demonstrated how combined solutions allow customers to use wireless data radios for effective distribution automation in the smart grid.
Rackmount appliance targets enterprise applications
Compact, 1U Octeon II Network Appliance targets enterprise apps while second variant focuses on wireless and core network with NEBS Level 3, extended temperature and 300mm shallow ETSI rack support.
Stepper drive, controller developed for electric actuators
Specifically designed to be used with electric actuators, Tolomatic’s ACS Stepper Drive/Controller simplifies linear motion by automatically configuring all performance information about the actuator and motor.
Push buttons reduce maintenance, downtime costs
Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley 800B 16 mm Push Buttons feature LED pilot lights to indicate when a motor is in operation, reducing maintenance and downtime costs.
Ethernet communications system reduces energy consumption in multiple areas
SERCOS Energy defines parameters and commands for the reduction of energy consumption in a uniform vendor-independent manner.
Westinghouse selects control technology for Sanmen and Haiyang nuclear power plants
Emerson to supply Ovation expert control technology for four new Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors in China.
Panel PC Workstations built for industrial grade needs
Stealth Computer features a line of rugged, industrial grade panel PC workstations; available in multiple sizes, powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Profibus DP connectors support data rates up to 12 Mbit/s
Profibus DP connectors from Belden have a D-Sub and M12 interface with varying cable outlets and reduce downtime for machinery and equipment when faults occur, increasing production efficiency.
High-density Ethernet IP communication coupler features ODVA authorization
APAX-5072, a high-density Ethernet IP communication coupler from Advantech Corporation, links with any Ethernet IP master to easily build a reliable Ethernet IP remote I/O solution.
Time-saving accessories join terminal block line
Wago’s modular connectors, vertical jumpers, colored jumpers and component plugs enable users to extend TopJobs functionality.
Compact bus coupler for star wiring topologies, EtherNet/IP connectivity
Beckhoff Automation's BK9055 Compact Bus Coupler offers EtherNet/IP connectivity options when used with the Bus Terminal system.
Solid-state soft starters control three-phase ac induction motors
AutomationDirect’s Stellar soft starters include the SR44 series of solid-state starters, feature adjustable motor start, stop times.
AS-interface modules with encapsulated PUR housing, high signal density
Two new actuator/sensor interface modules from Belden are highly resistant to cooling lubricants and feature high signal density. Both are slave modules suitable for use in temperature ranges from -25 °C to +80 °C.
AS-interface I/O modules have ‘connect and done’ functionality
G10 family of Ultra-Compact I/O Modules from Pepperl+Fuchs is ideal for use in space-restricted cable trays and highly decentralized installations. The featured Connect and Done technology eliminates mounting requirements in many applications.
Industrial server board equipped with intelligent security features
The PICMG 1.3 System Host Board Kontron PCI-761 features the Intel Q57 Express chipset for real-time and image processing applications as well as intelligent security features and I/O-technology.
WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM: Employing Wireless Bluetooth® for C3 in Industrial Automation
Paper discusses rationale for, and usage of, wireless Bluetooth® for controller-to-controller coordination (C3) within industrial automation. Paper then outlines testing and performance of WAGO’s 750-644 Bluetooth® technology in a factory.
Mini-slide with integrated electrical drive saves time
The MSC-EL mini-slide by Rexroth saves time, simplifies start-up, improves safety, cleanliness in work areas
Output module packs suited for magnetic valves, pilot lamp applications
Simatic SM 326 F-DO 10 failsafe digital output module Siemens Industry is designed to improve system availability and isolate faults to individual channels.
Touch-sensing firmware library extended, enhanced for microcontrollers
Second-generation STMTouch capacitive sensing firmware library extended and enhanced to increase performance and add support for new STM8 microcontroller families.
Brushless servo motors get new controller
Quicksilver Controls’ SilverSterling OEM line of drives designed for NEMA 11, 17, and 23 frame brushless servo motors, dc brush motors, voice coil actuators.
Distributed drive platform fits material handling, industrial applications
Siemens Sinamics G110D distributed drive for material handling and industrial applications, ideal for use in close proximity to motors where dust and water ingression are a concern.
FPGA modules allow user-configurable I/O
National Instruments extends PXI software-defined instrumentation with four new NI FlexRIO FPGA Adapter Modules Engineers Can Design User-Configurable FPGA-Based I/O With New PXI Modules and NI LabVIEW FPGA Software
Micro brick PLCs add standard CPU units, 4 I/O combinations
The line of Click micro brick PLCs now includes standard CPU units featuring discrete inputs and outputs, available in four combinations of built-in I/O types.
Motion controller with IEC 61131-3 functionality
Yaskawa motion controller extends advanced control, monitoring and communications functionality to 1 and 1.5 axis applications.
Jonathan Jobe, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010
Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Jonathan Jobe ...
Brett Israelsen, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010
Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Brett Israelsen ...
Controller combines motion control, safety and standard tasks
Siemens’ Simatic CPU 317TF-2DP controller combines motion control, safety and standard tasks in a single device; integrated automation portfolio that integrates and combines devices for the plant floor environment.
Software upgrade includes auto-tuning capability
PositionServo’s revision 2 hardware platform is a drop-in replacement for 99% of the installed base while adding auto-tuning capability, programmable brake release delay functionality, plus upgrades to the MotionView OnBoard (MVOB) software.
Network Integration - wire, cable, cordsets, connectors - Harting Inc. of North America - Han-Yellock. Harting Han-Yellock departs from traditional industrial connectors by combining many new features including pushbutton latching, simplified assembly, potential multiplication and much more. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
EC: Allen-Bradley Bulletin 931 analog signal conditioners
Network Integration - signal conditioning/diagnostics - Rockwell Automation - Allen-Bradley Bulletin 931 analog signal conditioners are designed to help maximize the efficiency and performance of process applications by helping users isolate, convert and amplify analog signals in applications involving batch or continuous processes. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.
Network Integration - I/O systems - SLIO from VIPA. SLIO is one of the most cost-effective and state-of-the art decentralized I/O systems available on the market. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
EC: Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive
Motion Control - servo drives - Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive. The single-axis Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive provides a cost-effective solution with safety functionality for intermittent duty applications. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
EC: MP2600iec Single Axis Controller
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs - motion: Yaskawa America Inc., MP2600iec Single Axis Controller. The MP2600iec provides single axis control compliant with IEC 61131-3 and PLCopen standards for Yaskawa's Sigma-5 servo system. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
EC: Intelligent Compact Vision System SBOC-Q/SBOI-Q
Machine and Embedded Control - machine vision: Festo Corporation, Intelligent Compact Vision System SBOC-Q/SBOI-Q. Compact design, low weight, and an embedded PLC via CoDeSys make these cameras exceptionally flexible and powerful quality-inspection tools. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
Math capability, integrated analog inputs increase controller flexibility
An upgraded base station for Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline controller increases flexibility and allows the model to perform mathematical operations. The controller has two analog inputs with 12-bit resolution, eight digital inputs, two high-speed counters, a built-in real-time clock and retentive memory and four relay outputs.
Students build a working control system, vie for Germany trip
A control system contest introduces students to the world of automation, and the winning team will present its project at the TectoYou Hall at the Hanover Fair (Hanover Messe) in Germany.
Multi-axis drive control unit provides more functionality at lower cost
Drive control unit manages up to six high performance servo or vector axes per control unit; for standard applications, up to 12 V/Hz axes can be operated from one unit. The enhanced processor enables increased functionality for positioning, safety integrated functions and drive control charts to be handled by one control unit, thus significantly reducing drive system costs.
Séché Environnement Group selects company-wide control and HMI platform
French solid waste processing group launches system upgrades at 20 sites using the same platform throughout.
Think Again: Control Panel Design Winner 2010
The Think Again column for June/July 2010 Control Engineering highlighted the winner of the 2010 Control Panel Design contest. Link to all four finalists, and learn how to submit a tutorial video. The 2010 winner of the Control Engineering Control Panel Design Contest is Specialty Tooling Inc., Evansville, IN.
Compact Phoenix Contact Step power supplies for small load applications
Phoenix Contact introduces three new variants to the second generation of Step power supplies. The new power supplies are available as 24 V dc/0.5 A and 12 V dc/1 A versions, as well as a 12 V dc/1.5 A model with a shallow-depth design. The 12 V dc/1.5 A power supply measures just 43 mm deep –18 mm smaller than the regular Step design. With its DIN rail clip, the Step can be mounted either on a rail or in a panel.
Wago X-Com S pluggable terminal block connectors
Wago Corp.’s new 2020 and 2022 Series X-Com S Pluggable Connector Systems merge touchproof, pre-wired assemblies with Topjob S terminal blocks. Wago X-Com S combines pluggable connectors, DIN-rail blocks and Cage Clamp S connections to streamline and eliminate wiring errors during panel- and machine-building.
Get AutomationDirect DINnector products in smaller quantities
AutomationDirect now offers popular screw terminal blocks, ground terminal blocks, supplementary protectors, end brackets, and DIN rail in smaller quantities than previously.
Harting: New rugged locking connector series; pushbutton saves space
Harting Han-Yellock, the next generation of connectors, has integral locking, pushbutton design that eliminates levers for latching and un-latching rectangular connectors.
Control Panel Design Contest
2010 winner of the Control Engineering Control Panel Design Contest is... Specialty Tooling Inc., Evansville, IN. View the finalists, learn more about the winner, and link to information about submitting a video for the 2011 Control Panel Design contest.
Engineering in Balance – 2010-03-10
This month's Control Engineering "Engineering in Balance" cartoon laughs at what some of us might think of upon seeing an large industrial flat-panel display. Also link to control room and HMI resources from Control Engineering.
Controllers: ABB adds scalability with new ‘eCo’ PLC devices
AC500-eCo PLC family with three CPUs, four I/O devices provides cost-effective solutions for smaller projects.
Fanless box PCs with Energy Star certification: Advantech
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the UNO-2173A and UNO-2173AF fanless box PCs with 1.6 GHz Intel Atom-based CPUs. These models are equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports, rich I/O support, 1 x Mini-PCIe socket for WLAN and 3G solutions, and Moblin (Mobile Linux) support. Both have passed the Energy Star certification for low power consumption, and also feature IP40 anti-dus...
Corrections – 2010-03-01
Wireless use with I/O modules research The February 2010 issue I/O Module Product Research article understated subscriber wireless use with I/O modules, due to a spreadsheet error. To see the full article with corrected information and link to additional I/O resources, follow this link: http://budurl.
2W dc/dc converter: Traco Power
TMR 2E series is the latest addition to the Traco Power TMR product family of regulated single in-line package (SIP) converters. Applications include instrumentation, communication and industrial electronics. According to the company, this series of 2W dc/dc converters has been designed for excellent quality at optimized cost.
Kontron AdvancedMC has Intel quad-core performance
Design for the Kontron AM5030 AdvancedMC processor module is powered by the new quad-core Intel Xeon processor LC5518.
Small-size, low budget controllers from GE Intelligent Platforms
GE Intelligent Platforms expands Durus line for small control and monitoring applications.
Honeywell Series C I/O
Series C from Honeywell leverages the success and experience gained with port-mapped I/O to produce a unique design.
ABB AC500-eCo I/O modules can grow with the application
AC500-eCo I/O modules from ABB offer investment security, are easy to maintain, and have a wide range of expansion modules, basic to advanced.
Keeping a low profile and being dense is OK, if you’re an I/O module
Schneider Electric says I/O modules need to take up little space in the cabinet and offer a wide variety of voltage and current values to fit application needs. Distributed I/O on a machine can reduce wiring costs.
I/O modules should be high density, easy to wire and configure, and reliable: Opto 22
Opto 22 says density, ease of wiring, reliability, and auto-recognition setup software are must-have I/O module features.
I/O modules: Find the right mix, says AutomationDirect
AutomationDirect says I/O buyers are challenged to find the right mix of discrete, analog, and high speed I/O modules and remain within budget.
BMW uses Pilz decentralized I/O system, PSSuniversal
Pilz is the exclusive supplier of decentralized I/O periphery with protection type IP20 to automotive manufacturer BMW. The customized, certified Profinet interface allows the decentralized I/O system PSSuniversal to be integrated seamlessly and safely into existing or new plant structures, Pilz says.
RFID slice: Turck BL67 modular distributed I/O system has a Simple RFID (RFID-S)
Turck RFID-S includes two channels of RFID per slice, and up to four slices may be added to each BL67 node-resulting in up to eight channels of RFID per node. See photo.
Kontron Micro Client IIA Panel PC series based on the Intel Atom processor
Kontron's fanless thin client Panel PC has four screen sizes from 7 to 15 inches and a resistive touch screen. They are available with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. See photo.
FreeWave Technologies: New wireless IO expansion module extends RTU capabilities
Expansion module from FreeWave Technologies, introduced at Automation Fair, expands the number of IO points to meet customers' growing and changing wireless network requirements.
Inexpensive Linux controller in rugged enclosure
JK microsystems introduces its OmniEP controller, which provides an array of I/O devices supported by a pre-installed Linux 2.6 kernel.
Rockwell Automation, Eplan to synchronize control hardware design, software programming
New interface from Rockwell Automation and Eplan Software & Services will make Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software available in RSLogix, allowing electrical engineers, control hardware engineers and software programmers to automatically synchronize controls configuration data.
Using ‘semi-wireless’ instrumentation
Many devices are not suited to battery powering, so is removing just the data cable enough? What are your options for semi-wireless devices?
PRODUCT EXCLUSIVE: Programmable automation controller supports up to 116,000 I/O points
The Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller. AutomationDirect’s newest generation of industrial controllers, combines capabilities of a PC-based control system with those of a typical PLC. Modular, rack-based system supports up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion and remote I/O bases and a range of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. This was a November North American print edition product exclusive.
Tutorial: Working with "semi-wireless" instrumentation
Will all wireless instrumentation really be completely wireless? Many devices are not suited to battery powering, so is removing just the data cable enough? What are your options for semi-wireless devices?
ABB deploys new systems at two pulp & paper producers in China
Plants install System 800xA as they aim at optimizing energy consumption and use of renewable forest resources to "green" the industry while increasing production.
Module connects multiple analog signal conditioners to Ethernet
Acromag has released another member of its BusWorks Ethernet I/O module family to simplify the task of interfacing data from virtually any analog sensor to a Modbus TCP/IP network. The new 958EN model has 16 analog input channels and a quick-connect DB25 port to capture isolated and amplified sensor signals from a full panel of 8B signal conditioners.
Ethernet networks with device level ring technology
Rockwell Automation says it has embedded Ethernet device level ring (DLR) technology into its Integrated Architecture system for high-speed, high-performance applications needing resilient networks, and for machine builders looking for flexible, reliable, low-cost network solutions for their real-time EtherNet/IP applications.
Phoenix Contact non-incendive barrier modules prevent explosions
New non-incendive barriers from Phoenix Contact use current and voltage limiting circuitry to minimize the risk of ignition in hazardous Class I, Division 2 or Zone 2 environments. The I/O modules limit energy to safe levels, which prevents arcing or sparking and allows live wiring on the device in a Class I, Division 2 or Zone 2 area.
Embedded: ultra slim embedded box computer with DVI
Contec USA has released an embedded box computer with a an ultra-slim design that allows it to be installed in a 35mm gap and a DVI interface for connecting to large-size LCDs.
Wago Topjobs 24 diode, disconnect and LED terminal blocks
Wago Corp. has added 24 disconnect, diode and LED terminal blocks to the TopJobS terminal block line.
Microchip wireless: embedded Wi-Fi, ZigBee, ISM band
Microchip Technology Inc. expanded wireless offerings with tools for Wi-Fi for PIC microcontrollers, a certified ZibBee Pro stack and longer-range IEEE 802.15.4 wireless module, and an ISM band, sub-GHz transceiver radio.
Newport iServer connects anything to Ethernet
Third generation Newport iServer MicroServer uses a 32-Bit Microprocessor based on ARM technology with 72 MHz speed and connects anything to Ethernet.
Rockwell controller for extreme environments
Logix-XT controller family combines Allen-Bradley FLEX I/O-XT products and ProSoft communication modules to better manage heat and energy in harsh environments.
Easier Ethernet networking for small applications
Small programmable controller features two Ethernet ports and a built-in Ethernet switch.
Machine building: Flexibility is silver bullet for packaging machine design
Predictive maintenance, online parts ordering, energy monitoring are information metrics moving to the operator level or machine level. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for packaging machinery focus on low cost and high flexibility. See photos, links for additional advice.
Harting outdoor PushPull I/O connector
FCI and Harting partnered to offer a PushPull locking mechanism, which provides the smallest size family of IP67 rated connections on the market for data, power and signal over copper and fiber.
Migration: Siemens provides upgrade for APACS+
Move to PCS7 while retaining existing I/O modules and field wiring.
Correction – 2009-03-01
In the Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award printed supplement in the February 2008 issue, the wrong photo was shown for two of our winners. Aerotech Inc.’s LaserTurn 1 linear-rotary motion subsystem, which won in the category of Motors and Motion Systems, is shown below, left; www.
Drive with embedded DeviceLogix, EtherNet/IP, safety functions
First drive from the new Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 750 series from Rockwell Automation.
Touchscreen computer, HMI for explosive atmospheres
General Atomic Electronic Systems Inc. (GA-ESI) Terminal Automation Products division, serving the bulk petroleum and chemical storage and distribution industry for 30 years, expands its specialized products and system integration expertise with the HMI-3000Ex touchscreen computer (human-machine interface) rated for use in Class 1 Div.
PAC simplifies advanced control
National Instruments has released a low-cost CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC) for advanced control and monitoring applications. The NI cRIO-9073 system has an integrated hardware architecture that combines an embedded real-time processor and a user-programmable FPGA chip in a single chassis.
900 MHz wireless Ethernet radio
Industrial radio transceiver from Phoenix Contact brings Ethernet or serial data onto IP-based networks from remote locations, even in high-interference environments. See photo.
Single-board computers: COM-Express module said to be smart, powerful
The new COM Express module from Advantech is ready to go, says the company. “SOM-5781 will alter perceptions about how to integrate COM Express products,” it says. With a high speed AMD CPU and integrated graphic engine, performance is high and power consumption, less.
Pico-I/O module provides digital I/O expansion for Pico-ITXe SBCs
First module designed for expansion on Pico-ITXe SBCs released.
CompactPCI CPU board is for cost-sensitive industrial applications
Kontron CP6001-V is a 6U value line CompactPCI CPU board for cost-sensitive industrial applications, equipped with the 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron M processor 440. With industrial components and four Gigabit-Ethernet interfaces, the board is suitable for powerful industrial automation and IP switching applications, Kontron says.
Siemens expands IP65/67 distributed I/O line
The Simatic ET 200eco PN compact block I/O modules with a Profinet interface have been added to the range of IP65/67-rated distributed I/O systems from Siemens.
Wurldtech Achilles cyber security testing
When customers can't wait for standards organizations, testing protocols can come from other sources.
OMAC guidelines ease design, programming, integration
OMAC demonstrates an automation object, part of the ISA88 Part 5 discussion, for higher efficiencies and more flexibility after easier system integration. Standards simplify customization and integration, extending the usefulness of OMAC PackML guidelines. See more photos of the Pack Expo 2008 OMAC demonstration.
Offline robot programming software
Denso’s Wincaps III software lets users to program a robot on an offline computer without the robot having to be in operation. A 3D simulation feature enables layout of the automation workcell in a virtual environment. CAD drawings can be imported in standard VRML and DirectX formats, and variables can be input or changed.
Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 controllers released
Rockwell Automation has released the newest member of the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix family of programmable controllers—the MicroLogix 1400. This controller is said to provide end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a higher I/O count, faster high-speed counter and pulse train output (PTO).
Video listen in: Making Coriolis two-wire demands small sacrifices
Giving up a larger cable to Coriolis sensors wasn’t easy and required some very clever engineering. Coriolis flowmeter sensors require more power than many other technologies, which is why they have traditionally required four-wire cables and external power. This has effectively precluded using them in situations where only two-wire loop power is installed. That is until now. Link to video.
Radios for long-distance use in industrial mesh network
High-power industrial radios from Phoenix Contact provide secure wireless communication over a long-distance wireless mesh network of up to 40 radios.
Third-party remote I/O available for ControlLogix, CompactLogix
Opto 22 firmware support for EtherNet/IP provides options.
Off-line robotics programming software with 3D simulation
It simplifies workcell layout, allows remote monitoring of operations.
Standalone Ethernet hub extends segments up to 200m
B&R Industrial Automation offers a standalone Ethernet hub system that is part of the X20 slice I/O series. The modular, expandable design of the active hub allows it to be used as a 4x or 6x hub. Even the smallest version is a beneficial solution as a 2x hub for extending Ethernet sections up to 200 m.
Motor control center with TeSys T motor management controller
The Square D Model 6 Low Voltage Motor Control Center offers increased plant floor intelligence and motor protection with the addition of Schneider Electric’s TeSys T motor management controller. In addition to monitoring a motor’s current, power consumption and voltage, the controller uses built-in data communications protocols like CANopen, DeviceNet, Ethernet, Modbus, and Profibu...
I/O system certified by association for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP
Opto 22 Snap I/O receives ODVA certification after its intelligent remote I/O system passes EtherNet/IP conformance testing.
Modular I/O system for network expansion
Balluff’s new IO-Link system is said to provide a low-cost, quick and easy way to expand an existing Profibus or Profinet network. The result is an overall cost savings for components, cabling, installation, and system integration effort. To expand a network, a user attaches a Balluff IO-Link master block. This was an October 2008 Control Engineering North American print edition Product Exclusive.
Technical seminar tour highlights intelligent remote I/O
Opto 22, developer and manufacturer of the Snap PAC System family of programmable automation controllers, I/O, and accessories, will present a series of free technical seminars focused on its Snap I/O offering featuring support for Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley Ethernet-based control systems (6-min. sample video link).
Powerful combo: Magnetostrictive level sensors and wireless transmitters
Keeping close tabs on petroleum inventory minimizes potential product losses.
PC/104 single-board computer with AMD processor
Diamond Systems Corp. released its latest PC/104 form factor single-board computer, Rhodeus, based on the AMD LX800 processor. It features mid-range computing power in a compact, low-power-consumption, low-cost computer. Rhodeus uses the AMD Geode LX800 processor operating fan-less at 500 MHz and includes 64 KB L1 cache and 128 KB L2 cache.
Vertical I/O for DeltaV system offers plant lifecycle savings
DeltaV VerticalPlus I/O carriers extend the benefits of DeltaV vertical I/O to DeltaV SIS, providing flexible installation, increased I/O density, and better thermal management for DeltaV and DeltaV SIS applications. Vertical carrier orientation reduces lifecycle costs through lower installation, maintenance, and energy costs.
Purge/pressurization system for corrosive, explosive areas
Pepperl+Fuchs adds the 6000 Series Purge Pressurization System to its Bebco EPS family. Bebco features are standard in the user-configurable system. The 6000 Series is a complete purging system that contains the controller, pneumatic, electrical I/O, and programming interface in a durable 4X, IP66-rated housing.
Distributed controller has Profinet
Simatic ET 200S IM151-8 PN/DP CPU module from Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. is a Profinet I/O controller, so the interface module supports the real-time properties known as RT (Real Time) and IRT (Isochronous Real Time), controlling up to 128 I/O devices. CPU is similar in power and performance to Siemens’ S7-300 line. The device has three ports for linear bus topologies and programming device functions. This was a Product Exclusive in the August 2008 Control Engineering North American edition.
Ethernet cable redundancy
Compact Link Selector from B&R Industrial Automation Corp. connects Ethernet Powerlink controlled nodes, adding redundancy and reliability. Process control and manufacturing automation often require cable redundancy and long cable runs, but closing a ring can cause cable feedback. Ethernet Powerlink protocol and double cabling can be made into unlimited tree structures. This is a July 2008 Control Engineering North American print edition Product Exclusive.
Red indexes; white hot for some automation; blue electroindustry outlook
Economic outlooks for industrial automation and the electroindustry might be classified as red, white, and blue.
Less than 6 year doubling: Touchscreen shipments, new products
Global touchscreen operator terminal shipments are forecast to exceed 2 million units in 2012, more than double the quantity in 2006, says IMS Research. Products with displays of less than 5.5-in. and greater than 15.0-in. are expected to grow faster. Three new touchscreen products offer....
No charge: Open architecture PC-based control
This PC-based control software integrates with most hardware and software and is available for trial without charge, says AutomationDirect, about Think & Do version 8.0, which includes...
PLC output modules provide automatic fault protection
AutomationDirect’s DirectLogic option modules now includes fault-protected output modules, available in...
Modular: 32-bit digital signal controller developer kits
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) released five new experimenter and application-specific development kits for its TMS320F28x digital signal controllers (DSCs). The modular kits enable rapid prototyping of DSC-based communications applications, with such useful features as....
Modular, I/O-intensive single-board computers
Diamond Systems Corp. announced a design methodology that reduces costs and risk, and simplifies designs for traditional users of stackable single board computers (SBCs). It consists of off-the-shelf, application-specific I/O-intensive computer-on-module (COM) carrier baseboards to be used with industry-standard, off-the-shelf ETX CPUs.
Product Exclusive: Secure industrial cellular modem
OnCell G3100 industrial RS-232 or RS-232/422/485 GSM/GPRS/EDEG IP modems from Moxa Technologies Inc. are designed to transmit data and short messages (SMS) over GSM/GPRS/EDEG cellular networks, allowing communication with remote serial devices.
Machine design tutorial: Less wiring, more control
Tutorial: Here's how to save time, money, and gain other benefits you may not have considered with intelligent wiring components, terminal blocks, and distributed I/O devices. Also see a video.
Wireless instrumentation: Developer’s kit demonstrates applications in plant
Simulator kit tests wireless instrumentation deployment possibilities on your site.
Controllers, HMIs earn marine certification
Before going out to sea, hardware is tested for tolerance of humidity, temperature, electromagnetic compatibility, and extent of radio frequency emissions.
Faster wiring video now playing on CEtv
A 3-minute video shows how system integration and machine assembly go faster with modular components.
Enclosures meet increased safety requirements
Certified enclosures can be used in potentially hazardous locations, per ATEX Directive 94/9/EC.
Ethernet radio provides secure I/O
Phoenix Contact has announced the RAD-80211-XD-BUS, a wireless Ethernet radio with modular I/O and firmware capabilities. It combines secure wireless communication with control of up to eight I/O modules. Up to 64 digital, analog and pulse I/O can be interfaced directly to the radio. The flexibility saves installed cost for distributed Ethernet wireless I/O monitoring and control applications.
Expanding ERP connectivity
Kepware, an organization perhaps best known for its Open Connectivity (OPC) standards support and embedded device communication drivers, will be extending its expertise into the realm of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) via a newly-announced strategic partnership with Oracle.
Programmable I/O card
The Mesa 5I23 from Mesa Electronics is a general-purpose programmable industrial I/O card for the PCI bus, while the Mesa 5I22 uses a 400K gate Xilinx FPGA for all logic and is described as an “Anything I/O” card. The FPGA configuration is downloadable from the PCI bus side, allowing creation of almost any type of I/O function, according to the company.
Building a bridge: Kepware to feed machine data to Oracle applications
Kepware, an organization perhaps best known for its Open Connectivity (OPC) standards support and embedded device communication drivers, will be extending its expertise into the realm of ERP and manufacturing execution systems (MES) via a newly announced strategic partnership with Oracle.
Agreement: Kepware names Software Toolbox as its Wonderware Center of Excellence
Portland, ME and Charlotte, NC — Kepware has expanded its relationship with partner Software Toolbox by designating the company as its Center of Excellence for supporting and promoting use of Kepware OPC technology and native interfaces with Wonderware products.
System upgrade: MTL Matrix 8.2 integrates Wonderware platform, extends security
MTL Open System Technologies (MOST), a member of the MTL Instruments Group, has now released its Matrix 8.2 process control system that features extended integration with Wonderware’s System Platform 3.0 software and enhanced security. "Our control solutions have always made extensive use of Wonderware software solutions such as InTouch HMI, Wonderware Historian (formerly known as the IndustrialSQL server) and InBatch (recipe management). The integration of System Platform 3.0 offers our customers major benefits: significant reduction in project engineering and deployment costs, easy expansion of existing systems, enhanced production and performance management reporting and integration with enterprise-wide business systems," says Dave Reynolds, MOST marketing vice president. MOST's process control system, Matrix 8.2, reportedly uses Wonderware System Platform 3.0 software to manage and coordinate automatically the development, modification, and deployment of control application components. Each of the components or templates contain all the information necessary for alarming, trending, historical recording, and security for process control tasks including PID loops, motor control, I/O interfacing, and diagnostics.
Inch-wide Ethernet distributed I/O modules
The BusWorks line of high-density Ethernet I/O modules for distributed I/O and SCADA applications from Acromag now includes Model 989EN isolated discrete I/O that also performs counter/timer functions. The inch-wide modules provide an isolated Ethernet Modbus TCI/IP interface for any input/output mix of up to 16 discrete signals.
Rugged enclosures made for commercial off the shelf products
Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions has begun offering rugged electronic packaging services for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. The company says the services allow users to inexpensively outfit standard commercial products, such as computers, servers, data storage units and mobile electronic equipment, with a durable, rugged, and more protective enclosure.
SCCR-rated terminal fuse blocks: Class CC fuse protection
Weidmuller offers new DIN-rail mounted fuse terminal blocks for equipment requiring fast overload protection. The WSI 25 fuse terminal blocks accept 13/32 x 1.5-in. (10.3 x 38 mm) Class CC fuses and have a short circuit current rating (SCCR) of 200 kA. They are designed for high current and high voltage applications, making them ideal for protecting components such as transformers, motors and solenoids.
Fanless 15-in. touchpanel PC
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech unveiled the TPC-1570H, a touchpanel PC built with a 15-in. XGA TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. It combines high performance with low voltage and a heat sink to create a fanless unit with an aluminum-magnesium alloy front panel. The TPC-1570H features the Intel Pentium M 1.
Mini PC features with PCI expansion
Stealth Computer Corp.’s new mini PC can fit the palm of a hand. The LPC-350PCI Little PC employs Intel’s Pentium and Celeron M series processors, designed for top power efficiency without compromising processor performance. The anodized aluminum chassis measures just over 2-in. tall with a footprint at 10 x 5.
Click your touchscreen: Personal navigation devices get tactile feedback
San Jose, CA—Immersion Corp. reports that its new licensee, CTT-Net of Korea, is launching the first personal navigation devices (PNDs) to use Immersion's TouchSense technology with tactile feedback for touchscreen interaction. Such features, if integrated in industrial applications, could make it easier for workers to confirm human machine interface (HMI) interactions.
Embedded debut: Integrated precision digital-to-analog converters
Norwood, MA—Analog Devices Inc. has introduced new precision digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that improve the reliability of industrial process control applications in harsh factory environments, including those operating under extreme temperatures or high compliance voltages. Suitable for factory process control, distributed control, and smart transmitter systems, they reduce board space up to 70%, enabling system design engineers to deliver more cost- and space-efficient industrial equipment
Terminal blocks: Through panel design
Weidmuller WGK series of through-panel terminal blocks provide a universal solution that reliably and safely distributes currents of differing potentials through panel walls, the company says.
Device network: High-density DeviceNet stations from Turck
Turck Inc. expanded its line of DeviceNet input / output (I/O) stations with the addition of FDN20 high-density I/O stations for IP20 applications.
Power monitoring software: Pre-configured screens, reports, easy installation
Schneider Electric introduced Square D PowerLogic PowerView power monitoring software. The PowerView product comes with pre-configured screens and reports and pre-configured real-time and historical data displays for power consumption monitoring.
Quick I/O connections
Faster I/O (input/output) wiring installation times are a requirement for users, machine builders, and integrators to stay competitive. Several methods help accomplish this; applying multiple solutions can offer the greatest benefit. Any system that requires cable stripping wastes valuable time. It also wastes time and money to route individual I/O cables beyond 5 or 6 feet.
LabView 8.5 adds statechart design, simplifies multicore
National Instruments’ LabView 8.5 is the latest version of the platform which extends further into embedded and industrial applications with the new statechart design module for modeling and implementing system behavior and simplifies multicore and FPGA-based application development with its parallel dataflow language.
Advanced design DeviceNet I/O blocks
Balluff developed a new family of machine mount DeviceNet I/O modules. The company claims the network connection blocks, unlike older blocks where connectors are exposed to physical damage, gives modules a low profile that also brings cordsets closer and out of harm’s way. The modules answer the demand for powerful and safe output-capable modules, with output current ratings from 1.
NI LabView 8.5 adds statechart design module, simplifies multicore
Austin, TX—National Instruments’ LabView 8.5 is the latest version of the platform which extends further into embedded and industrial applications with the new statechart design module for modeling and implementing system behavior and simplifies multicore and FPGA-based application development with its parallel dataflow language.
Instrumentation: Eight input channel USB devices
Measurement Computing Corp. released two 8-channel USB analog input devices, the USB-TC-AI and the USB-Temp-AI, featuring four differential temperature inputs and four differential or single-ended voltage inputs with programmable gain.
Stand-alone stepper drives operate on 220 V ac
Applied Motion Products’ STAC6-Si high performance stepper drives are available for 220 V ac operation. These drives are programmable for stand-alone operation with Si Programmer Microsoft Windows-based software with integrated tuning.
Industrial computers: NEMA 4x rating, touchscreen, wireless option
Medfield, Mass.—Comark Corp.’s EnduraTouch series of NEMA 4X industrial computers offer a high-resolution display and a resistive touch screen.
Powerful mini PC
LPC-450 Little PC from Stealth Computer Corporation is small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand and utilizes Core 2 Duo processor technology, delivering performance said to be up to five times faster than its predecessor. Housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure, it measures 5.7. x 9.9 x 1.65 in.
High-resolution analog modules
Extending its line of DirectLOGIC option modules, AutomationDirect added 16-bit high-resolution analog modules designed for the DL05 and DL06 PLCs. The eight-channel current input module operates with a 0-20 mA input range. The F0-08ADH-2 has jumper selectable input ranges of either 0-5 V dc or 0-10 V dc.
Frequently Asked Questions on Decentralized Control
In a decentralized control system, motor control functions are removed from a central control cabinet and distributed out on a machine, so that control devices are located closer to the machine’s motors.
Design efficient manufacturing
With so many in manufacturing operations concerned about efficiency, why weren’t more people at the WBF 2007 conference in May? Some attendees wondered that out loud during the Baltimore meeting. Many expressed a positive outlook, at least about their own operations, and took home knowledge to help increase profits.
New Product: DeviceNet USB adapter needs no external power
Ifak System GmbH introduced its new DeviceNet USB adapter, called Is DNet USB, which provides a communication link between a desktop or notebook computer and a DeviceNet network.
Data acquisition: Enhanced software for USB, PCI hardware
Measurement Computing Corp. released TracerDAQ Pro enhanced version of TracerDAQ for data acquisition professionals.
Signal conditioning: More on temperature transmitters
Last month’s article on temperature sensors was a record breaker for downloads. One part that deserves more discussion is the topic of signal conditioning and how using a transmitter at the sensor can solve problems encountered with weak voltage or resistance signals from temperature sensors and other types of unamplified sensors. If you’ve worked with thermocouples, you know that they require specialized cables to match the specific thermocouple type, and specialized I/O cards at your PLC. You also know that the signal voltages put out are only a few milliVolts, so it doesn’t take much RFI, EMI, or other disturbance to corrupt the signal and throw off your reading if it has to be sent over any kind of distance.
Panel enclosures have small footprint
I/O panel enclosures from ITSEnclosures are offered in two sizes to assist in areas where a PC, display, and keyboard must be enclosed but floor space is at a premium.
Treatment Plant Calls Cell Phones with Alarms
Many small communities do not have the resources to staff all infrastructure services 24/7, so water and wastewater processing plants need the ability to run on auto-pilot when employees are not on site. Given the critical nature of these operations and potential for fines when things go wrong, control systems need to be able to page specific operators when necessary to alert them to equipment ...
Motherboard: Integrated platform has high computing power, connectivity
AIMB-240 from the eAutomation Group of Advantech are said to provide dual-display and multi-panel support in areas where space, I/O connectivity, and networking performance are of major concern. Cincinnati, OH— AIMB-240 Mini-ITX motherboard from the eAutomation Group of Advantech offers 2.8 GHz power and six serial communication ports. Extensively equipped, the platform includes an 82852GME chipset, supports Intel Pentium 4 and Intel Celeron processors, and has 400/533 MHz FSB and 1 GB of DDR 266/333 SDRAM.
Industrial controllers: New line offers more power, speed
More power, speed, and expanded communication capabilities are the enhancements highlighting Allen Bradley’s MicroLogix 1100 family of industrial controllers from Rockwell Automation.
I/O modules cut costs, save space
Five new Snap I/O modules from Opto 22 include Snap-AIMA-32 thirty-two channel current input module; the Snap-AIV-32 thirty-two channel voltage input module; and the Snap-IAC-16, Snap-IAC-A-16, and Snap-IDC-16 isolated sixteen-channel digital input modules.
WiFi device with advanced security
Phoenix Contact The RAD-802.11XD from Phoenix Contact is a first of its kind WiFi device with advanced security features designed specifically for industry. The 802.11 a/b/g industrial radios feature 802.11i/WPA2 security with AES-CCMP encryption and 802.1x authentication for the highest level of security available.
PowerBox 1700 withstands washdowns
Modular Industrial Computer PowerBox 1700 is the latest enhancement to the company’s line of fully sealed NEMA 4X industrial computer systems. Less than 6-in. deep, it combines a robust touchscreen display with integrated Intel Pentium M processor and can be installed on the plant floor without other protection.
HMi operator interface for robust applications
Eaton Corp. HMi comes in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-in. models. A true analog touchscreen (not touch cell like many devices) operator interface with programmable function buttons for even the most robust applications, it is able to store recipes, historical, and alarm data, or transfer data to a USB memory stick making interfacing with machinery easier than ever.
P Series terminals with push-in connections
Weidmuller Weidmuller’s new P Series terminal blocks are designed to provide manufacturers for secure and reliable terminations, and achieve savings through reduced labor and inventory costs. Designed to reduce the number of variations required, three P Series units cover a range of wiring sizes previously requiring five blocks.
Motherboard supports dual processing
AIMB-554 industrial micro ATX motherboard from the eAutomation Group of Advantech supports the latest Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core Solo processors with 400/533/667 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus).
Product: All-in-one controller for rapid response applications
Unitronics' Vision 570 has extensive memory capacity and a color touchscreen. A color touchscreen, full PLC functionality, on-board I/O options, and built-in recipe capability are now available in the Vision570, an all-in-one compact controller from Unitronics . The unit provides a rugged 5.7" QVGA, 256-color TFT touchscreen and extensive memory capacity.
Automation suite: Processors, PAC racks part of hardware, software launch
Two Snap PAC brains (new and higher performance Snap I/O processors), part of a new suite of hardware and software from Opto 22, are said to be easier to understand, simpler to select and configure, and less expensive to install. Temecula, CA —I/O processors and PAC racks are among the new offerings in a redesigned and simplified suite of hardware and software from Opto 22 . The more than 20 revamped products include project, simulation, and connectivity software; I/O processors, modules, and racks reported to be easier to understand, simpler to select and configure, and less expensive to install.
Bus & Board 2007: Speakers address VMEbus trends, needs, new technologies, new name
Bus & Board 2007, which focuses on interconnect technologies including VMEbus, CompactPCI, motherboards, and other products for embedded applications, celebrated the 25th anniversary of VMEbus by talking about new technologies. The platform’s slow but continuing growth will increasingly depend on switch fabrics, high-speed serial interconnects, and other technologies, according to Ray...
Joint effort helps meet increasing demands for biodiesel fuels
Charlottesville, VA —The joint effort of a biodiesel equipment manufacturer and a developer of automation hardware and software is helping to meet increasing demands for renewable, environmentally friendly fuel. GE Fanuc Automation , a unit of GE Industrial, and SunBio Systems of Santa Clara, CA, are working together to provide biodiesel production systems to companies seeking to supply biodiesel fuels to a growing market. SunBio Systems' skid-mounted, quick-start biodiesel machines range from university-grade R&D systems to mid-sized plants that produce up to 15 million gallons of the fuels annually. The biodiesel machines are based on GE Fanuc controller systems that use Series 90-30 controllers and I/O systems, Proficy Machine Edition automation software, and QuickPanel touchscreen operator interfaces. Among the applications underway is a system to be used by Silicon Valley Biodiesel Inc ., Sunnyvale, CA.
Bus & Board 2007: Speakers address VMEbus trends, needs, new technologies
Bus & Board 2007 , which focuses on interconnect technologies including VMEbus, CompactPCI, motherboards, and other products for embedded applications, celebrated the 25th anniversary of VMEbus talking about new technologies. The slow but continuing growth of the platform will depend increasingly on switch fabrics, high-speed serial interconnects, and other technologies, according to Ray Alderman, executive director of VITA . Quick and deep adoption of standards will also help, he added. Alderman suggested that another necessary move for VMEbus will be to move to optical I/O technology, an existing option that finally may be accepted because it offers superior speed, noise immunity, and an ability to go long distances.
New: Product technology advances in RFID
AeroScout calls its T2 Tag an advanced Wi-Fi tag for asset tracking. Many radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies reflect the richness of recent product introductions and activities. Developments include active and passive tags, and integration with an I/O system. AeroScout suite uses standard Wi-Fi The AeroScout suite of products uses standard Wi-Fi wireless networks and Active RFID tags to accurately locate assets and use that location to deliver benefits such as asset tracking, process automation, theft prevention, and increased utilization.
SBC has PoE, onboard interfaces
SBC4670 from Micro/sys is said to be suitable for remote terminals, protocol conversion, or data logging in power-shy environments because it matches the fast, low-power PX270 ARM processor with such onboard communication formats as Power over Ethernet (PoE); socket modem capable of GSM/GPRD, CDMA, or Bluetooth; on-board GPS; and CAN bus interface.
Discrete I/O modules for DeviceNet
Compact 30-mm wide family of IP67 BradControl discrete I/O modules for DeviceNet from Woodhead Industries, a div. of Molex Inc., come in 4- and 8-port formats with a selection of I/O configurations supporting both PNP and NPN input devices.
Industrial DIN-rail PC
UNO-1019 RISC-grade DIN-rail PC with Microsoft Windows CE 4.2 embedded OS from Advantech's eAutomation Group is said to simplify application development.
New network products: Easier legacy integration, wireless Ethernet
FieldServer Technologies can preprogram the ProtoCessor to provide industrial or building automation interoperability from legacy to modern networks. Two new network products: Connection to newer networks from legacy communications is easier using daughter plug-in cards from FieldServer Technologies , and a module from InduCom enables wireless Ethernet connections. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can quickly connect legacy devices to modern protocol networks without extensive board redesign using a series of daughter cards. The ProtoCessor family of Industrial Protocol Coprocessors from FieldServer Technologies are said to provide comprehensive protocol translation capability.
New I/O system: Safety, higher density, ATEX-compliant
New high-density modules, enhanced diagnostics, and ATEX compliance help increase performance and reduce installed costs for Invensys' flagship safety instrumented systems (SIS), the company says. The Triconex unit of Invensys Process Systems says its new generation of I/O subsystems for Tricon triple-modular-redundant (TMR) safety and critical process control systems also has higher resolution, faster scan rates, an innovative approach for per-point supervision, and user-configurable nominal load limits in digital output modules. The new I/O features provide increased speed and better accuracy for high-speed critical control applications, improving operations of connected control components, while decreasing the cost per I/O point and cost of ownership, says Triconex. Related announcements from the company include: Release of Version 10.2.1 of the Tricon safety instrumented system platform. This provides Tricon users with increased levels of flexibility when configuring safe and reliable critical control systems. Release of TriStation 1131 version 4.1.437 developer's workbench within Tricon v10.2.1, to support I/O module configuration. TÜV certification for European Union ATEX standards covering I/O module and field terminations in potentially explosive atmospheres.
DeltaV utility: New software acceptance testing package boasts ease of use
MYNAH Technologies has announced a new release of its MiMiC software suite, aimed at providing improved software acceptance testing (SAT) and operator training for DeltaV users. According to the company, MiMiC DeltaV FHX Utility 3.4.45 provides the most complete, easiest-to-use DeltaV SAT solution, supporting all I/O modules and multi-function cards. MYNAH claims MiMiC is number one in the industry because it offers minimal setup time, reduces downtime, reduces time to market, improves product quality, and reduces system validation costs. The new release automatically generates DeltaV I/O definition files (.DIO), simulation tiebacks, and tags, which simplifies SAT for DeltaV users. — Control Engineering Daily Daily News Desk Peter Welander , process industries editor.
Multi-source embedded flash drive
Mass production programming for mDOC H3 multi-source embedded flash drive from msystems and Data I/O is designed for mobile handset vendors and electronics manufacturers.
Ethernet/Web gateway has I/O system
NetBiter I/O Extender from IntelliCom connects to the company’s NetBiter webSCADA, a Web gateway with built-in alarm manager and data logger, to provide a range of I/O possibilities to the gateway product.
Expansion: Kontron adds to its ETX design partner program
In an expansion and re-organization that better supports more partners and offers more value-adding certified services for OEMs outsourcing hardware design, Kontron announced changes to its Kontron ETX Certified Design Partner (CDP) program. Originally started in 2000, the revamped program supports additional ETX design partners and also Certified Design Partners for ETXexpress/COM Express computer-on-modules, the microETXexpress X-board and DIMM-PC. According to the company, the program changes were in response to growing demand for custom baseboard designs that support the latest technologies, including PCIe and multi-core. Computer-on-module products are useful for custom systems that need many special features. Seven global members form the new community of certified baseboard designers supporting Kontron's families of integrated computer-on-modules: Acces I/O Products, B-plus, Datakamp System, Diamond Point International, IES Industrie-Elektronik Schmitz, Wolf and World Micro.
Critical use: Direct-soldered CPU CompactPCI cards resist shock
MIC-3321 series single and double layer 3U CompactPCI CPU cards from the eAutomation Group of Advantech feature direct-soldered CPU and memory for lower weight and improved shock vibration resistance. Cincinnati, OH —MIC-3321 series single- and double-layer 3U CompactPCI CPU cards from the eAutomation Group of Advantech are said to be engineered for high performance and reliability in critical applications. MIC-3321 series uses Intel's Mobile Pentium M 760 2.0 GHz processor, 915GM chipset, and I/O controller hub ICH6.
32-bit controller: For robotics, industrial applications
Tini2131 32-bit controller from Micros Inc . is small in size (1 x1.3 in.) and offers many features. It comes in Tini pinout format, is based on the Philips ARM LPC2131, and has 32K flash and 8k RAM.
Application news: Ammonia plant to use triple-redundant control system for compressors
The new ammonia plant under construction by Egypt Basic Industries Corp. (EBIC) will implement triple modular redundant (TMR) systems for its integrated turbine compressor control and emergency shutdown systems. Located in Ain Sokhna, part of Egypt's Suez Industrial Zone, the new plant is planned to produce 2,000 metric tons per day of anhydrous ammonia, making it the largest in the country.
Embedded Systems Conference: COM supports demanding use, high bandwidth
ETXexpress-WPM computer-on-module (COM) from Kontron is intended to satisfy the performance needs of embedded OEMs by providing high performance, integrated operations, and a small footprint. Boston, MA and Poway, CA— ETXexpress-WPM computer-on-module (COM) from Kontron is said to be designed to support demanding communications applications and offer the highest I/O bandwidth available on the ETXexpress platform. The first COM Express "basic" module to follow pin-out type 3 is built around the Intel Pentium M processor (up to 1.8GHz) and 3100 chipset.
Signal isolation: clean up analog I/O problems
Have you ever had these problems with your analog I/O signals: Signal crosstalk; Common-mode voltages; DC common-mode rejection; AC common-mode rejection; or, Over-range and input protection issues. If you answer 'yes,' to any of these, request a copy of Dataforth 's new five-page application note, 'Why Use Isolated Signal Conditioners.' It is available for free download from their Website and explains how analog signals can be degraded by ground loop currents and induced electrical noise. The text discusses all five of these problems, including real-life examples, with explanations of how measurement inputs become corrupted in the process. Dataforth signal conditioning modules (SCMs) are said to eliminate these problems and can be used on all analog signal lines. Isolated signal conditioning products reportedly protect and preserve valuable measurement and control signals and equipment from dangerous and degrading effects of noise, transient power surges, internal ground loops, and other industrial hazards. --Control Engineering Daily News Desk Peter Welander , process industries editor.
Upcoming: Rockwell’s Automation Fair, Oct. 25-26
Rockwell Automation will hold its 2006 Automation Fair at the Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, Oct. 25-26. Professionals at all levels of the manufacturing industry will engage in educational hands-on labs, such as “EtherNet/IP for Real-Time I/O and Drive Control,” and technical sessions, like “Capitalizing on Your RFID Investment,” “Wireless EtherNet/IP for Today’s Applications,” and “Safety Standards Changes — Now and On the Horizon.” Industry forums hosted by experts will cover trends in life sciences, food and beverage, and marine and water/wastewater industries. Each day will also offer a two-hour, in-depth workshop led by industry experts.
Phoenix Contact plans expansion, marks operations anniversary
Artist’s rendering shows Phoenix Contact’s planned 45,000 sq ft distribution center. Company officials gathered for ground-breaking ceremonies and also to celebrate 25 years of U.S. operations.
Direct digital synthesizer
Model 1940A 400 MHz, four-channel direct digital synthesizer in a 1U rack-mountable case features four independent 1940A frequency low-noise sine-wave outputs that can be individually set to any value between 200 kHz and 400 MHz with a resolution of 1 Hz.
Whale of an application: 25 mi. of control wiring
What you do get when you mix 6.2 million gallons of water, 1.8-million-lb of "Instant Ocean," 3,106 I/O points, 62 control panels, and motors, drives, and pumps? Answer: An inland home for whale sharks, dozens of cow nose rays, and scores of other inhabitants of the Ocean Voyager exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.
Real-time application platform for optimization of process operations
PAS has released PlantState Suite 5.0, which has been enhanced to include a number of embedded capabilities that, until now, have only been available as separate products from various vendors.Highlights of the key capabilities embedded in Suite 5.0 include: Event Historian for collection of events from process monitoring and control systems, including process alarms, operator logbook entries, or any other event; OPC Server for the transfer of data as collected via the PlantState system interfaces to other applications and/or systems using the OPC protocol; APC Studio for development of real-time calculations and advanced control strategies, including simulation and deployment testing; and APC Online to provide real-time I/O from PlantState applications to various distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers and other plant-floor devices. PlantState now supports a broader range of real-time performance improvement applications: Advanced process control of linear and non-linear systems; Alarm management for a wide range of process control systems; Control loop monitoring and controller tuning of field control devices; and User-defined key performance indicator (KPI) calculation and reporting. — Richard Phelps , senior editor, Control Engineering.
Tetra Pak to implement System 800xA worldwide
ABB announced that Tetra Pak has signed a global purchase agreement for worldwide implementation of ABB’s automation products. The first contract is for System 800xA Extended Automation; future contracts may include instrumentation, motors, drives, and low voltage products. Tetra Pak provides preferred solutions for food processing and packaging to food manufacturers.
Real-time application platform
PlantState Suite 5.0 for real-time profit improvement in the process industries now includes a number of embedded capabilities, previously available only as separate products.
Miniature dc/dc converters
A100EHI Series 1 W DIP converters provide miniature packaging and ultra-high input/output (I/O) isolation at low cost. Features include 6,000-V dc isolation, high efficiency, and single and dual outputs. All are packaged in a miniature 24-pin DIP format and meet RoHS requirements. Sixteen models operate from 5-12 V dc inputs, providing outputs of 5, 9, 12, 15, ±5, ±9, ±12, or ...
NMW 2006: Touchscreen series adds ‘backpack’ options module
Rosemont, IL; Indianapolis, IN —QX Series Color-Touch OCS (operator control station) from Horner APG was displayed for the first time at National Manufacturing Week , held in Rosemont (Chicago-area), IL March 20-23, 2006. Introduced earlier this month, the series adds an optional “backpack” feature that accommodates snap-on modules and other options such as high-speed counters and remote fiber optic I/O points. QX Series color touchscreen OCS from Horner APG adds an optional “backpack” feature (right) that accommodates snap-on modules and other options such as high-speed counters and remote fiber option I/O points. Unit comes in three sizes: 8.4, 10.4, and 12.1 in.
Compact I/O modules
Six high-density I/O modules for analog, digital, and ASCII control help conserve panel space and improve communication with serial-type devices.
New low-power SBC offers EPIC form factor
An ultra-low-voltage 1 GHz processor is an optional feature on Axiomtek’s EP820 EPIC form-factor SBC. Axiomtek recently announced its first SBC conforming to the EPIC (Embedded Platform for Industrial Control) form factor. Named EP820, the single-board computer (SBC) features an Intel 915GM with ICH6M chipset and supports Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors (with 400 MHz or 533 MHz speed). To enhance expansion, EP820 comes with a PCI-104 slot for 32-bit PCI add-on interfaces and offers a dual LVDS LCD option, as well.
Expert control system
Latest Ovation expert control system features enhanced historian capability, redesigned controller and I/O modules, and new engineering tools.
No ground-loop problems? 5 reasons to isolate I/O signals anyway
Many believe that if there are no ground loops present, there’s no need to isolate analog I/O signals. Five common challenges beyond ground-loop nightmares present ample reasons to isolate every analog signal, according to Dataforth Corp . Reasons to isolate analog I/O signals are:1. Signal crosstalk;2.
Exclusive: I/O modules with pluggable wiring
KS Series bus-terminal I/O system from Beckhoff Automation now includes pluggable connections.
Control system upgrade increases efficiency over the weekend
Upgrading and automating a management control system has increased efficiency, maintainability, and reliability at this large coal export terminal. Columbus, OH —Upgrading an aging, coal stockpile management control system led to increased operational efficiency for Kinder Morgan ’s Pier IX Terminal in Newport News, VA. With the help of River Consulting , a management, consulting, and engineering company, the facility installed the new system in a weekend.
Vmetro: Zero-latency circuit switch for VXS
Vmetro’s CSW1 circuit switch offers additional optional I/O capabilities, including up to 12 front-panel transceiver channels (fiber-optic or copper) and a short XMC site. Point-to-point interconnection of multiple VXS (VITA 41) boards in a custom VXS backplane using a simple protocol (Aurora or serial front-panel data port) works well for many signal-processing applications. However, it requires users to develop a custom backplane for each new application (or a new backplane, if requirements change)—adding development time and cost.
Industrial WiFi Ethernet with lifetime-warranty
Elpro Technologies’ high-sensitivity, 240U-E industrial WiFi Ethernet offers easy setup and troubleshooting for worldwide applications. It is backed by a lifetime warranty. Elpro Technologies has released its 240U-E industrial WiFi Wireless Ethernet device—usable as an access-point/client, bridge, or router—is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Chinese alumina plant digitally automated
Luoyang Xiangjiang Wanji Aluminum Ltd. (LXWA) has contracted with Invensys Process Systems China for its greenfield alumina plant in Luoyang Xinan County, Henan Province, China. Invensys will furnish Foxboro's I/A-Series digital automation to control plant-wide processes and provide hardware integration services for LXWA's new, 400,000-metric-ton/year, Bayer-process-based baux...
USB Device for I2C, SPI communication
National Instruments’ new USB-8451 interface, together with LabView software, eases creation of programs to test, validate and program devices such as such as analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and EEPROMs. National Instruments has released a new USB device for use with inter-integrated circuit (I2C) and serial peripheral interface (SPI) communication-devices. The new, NI USB-8451 interface together with its LabView software can be used to create programs to test, validate and program devices such as such as analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and EEPROMs.
Steeled for growth
Brussels, Belgium —World crude-steel production increased by 5.9% in 2005, rising to 1.129-million metric tons (mmt), according to the International Iron and Steel Institute. China accounted for most of the increase. China’s crude steel production rose by nearly 25%, or 69 mmt, to 349,4 mmt. China’s share of the world production rose from 26.3% in 2004 to 30.9% in 2005.
CompactPCI ‘Cool Box’ subrack has active ventilation
Cool Box from SMA Computers has 4U height that allows for airflow routing and provides space for CD/DVD drives. A ruggedized hard-disk drive with vibration absorber also can be installed in that space for other applications. Rising performance demands on industrial-grade computer systems involve ever-increasing clock frequencies for the associated processors.
BP chooses control systems for North Sea project expansion
Wickliffe, OH —BP has selected ABB ’s System 800xA High Integrity for integrated control and safety at its Valhall redevelopment project in the North Sea. ABB is already doing pre-engineering work in safety, automation, and telecommunications on the oil field facility. The contracts are part of a series of upgrades being made to extend production from the field until 2050. BP’s order includes System 800xA Extended Automation for process control and High Integrity integrated safety instrumented system (SIS).
Analog signal conditioners get strain-gage input modules
Measuring only 1.11 x 1.65 x 0.4 in. (28.1 x 41.9 x 10.2 mm), the 8B signal conditioner is 80% smaller than similar products, Dataforth says; signal filtering is accomplished with a 5-pole filter optimized for time and frequency response. Dataforth Corp .
Chinese alumina plant to be digitally automated
Luoyang Xiangjiang Wanji Aluminum Ltd. (LXWA) has contracted with Invensys Process Systems China for its greenfield alumina plant in Luoyang Xinan County, Henan Province, China. Invensys will furnish Foxboro's I/A-Series digital automation to control plant-wide processes as well as providing hardware integration services for its new, 400,000-metric-ton/year, Bayer-process-based bauxite-refining facility.
Up to 0.5 kW continuous power into 2-cu in. drive
Small and light enough to be mounted to a motor housing or in close proximity to a motor, the Whistle Miniature Digital Servo Drive is matchbox-sized (2 cu in.). It delivers up to 0.5 kW continuous power at up to 99% efficiency and weighs only 1.76 oz (50 g). The 2-in. long x 1.8-in. deep x 0.6-in. high package delivers a peak of 1 kW power.
PAC Ethernet interface unit
PACSystems-RX3i Ethernet-network interface unit (ENIU) makes it possible to use PACSystems PX3i and Series-90-30 I/O remotely on an Ethernet network. Once configured, data exchange is automatic. High-speed expansion unit reduces downtime with hot swap of I/O modules and provides flexible control with optional local logic for emergency shutdown.
Safety logic advances with relay, PLC
Allen-Bradley Guardlogix safety memory can be read by standard logic and external devices, such as human machine interfaces (HMI) and other controllers, saving time by eliminating the need to set up or condition safety data from a dedicated safety device, says Rockwell Automation. Several advances in safety logic were announced recently. Panasonic Electric Works Corp.
Programmable Logic Controllers Product Research, December 2005
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding Programmable Logic Controllers.
Focused weighing solutions
IND560 industrial weighing terminals from Mettler-Toledo feature conventional strain gauge or high-precision electromagnetic force restoration weighing technologies, PLC or PC communication interfaces, and digital I/O control. Columbus, OH —Newest addition to Mettler-Toledo ’s existing line of industrial weighing terminals is the IND560, which features conventional strain gauge or high-precision electromagnetic force restoration weighing technologies, PLC- or PC-communication interfaces, and digital I/O control. Options may be combined with panel or desk/wall/column mounting to meet most weighing applications in a variety of industries. Device delivers precise repeatable measurement data from milligrams to tons in a package that integrates into existing control systems.
Motor controller has advanced diagnostics
Allen-Bradley SMC Flex motor controller with integrated I/O modules features two inputs and four outputs.
Wireless mesh sensor
Multihop wireless mesh/FHSS sensor is intended for industrial monitoring and control applications.
Advice offered: Effectively, efficiently apply controls
Efficient applications of automation can make manufacturing more profitable (and desirable as a career choice). Effective use and integration of information throughout manufacturing can make the enterprise safer, more reliable, and profitable. Quantifying automation benefits assists in "selling" current and future controls projects internally.
Rockwell plants business center in Singapore
Rockwell Automation Inc . will establish an Asia-Pacific business center in Singapore. Consisting of select business management, engineering, and manufacturing operations, it will be fully operational by 2008. “This move reflects the next logical step in the Rockwell Automation growth strategy to invest in serving customers worldwide,” said Rockwell Automation’s CEO, Keith D.
SBC for embedded systems
F13 compactPCI PowerPC single-board computer (SBC) can be configured with a MPC8540 or MPC8560 next-generation 833 MHz PowerQuicc III processor from Frees-cale Semiconductor, depending on the application.
Rockwell Automation: Effectively, efficiently apply controls
Efficient applications of automation can make manufacturing more profitable (and desirable as a career choice). Effective use and integration of information throughout manufacturing can make the enterprise safer, more reliable, and profitable. Quantifying automation benefits assists in “selling” current and future controls projects internally.
Sixnet IPms for AGA gas-flow calculations
Sixnet has created AGA-3 orifice plate and AGA-7 turbine-meter flow measurement calculations that can be added to any Sixnet IPm RTU controller. This add-on application is ideal for anyone who needs gas flow calculations as part of a flexible SCADA or control application or needs a flow computer with secure Ethernet or Internet access. The new add-on will totalize transferred volumes based on calculated flow. The gas density input required for AGA-3 and AGA-7 flow calculations can be provided either by AGA-8 gas density calculations or by an external density transmitter connected to an analog input channel.
Bristol Babcock upgrades CPUs for controllers
Bristol Babcock Inc. has released the CW_10 and CW_30 CPU upgrades for the installed base of RTU 3310 and DPC 3330 controllers. The new CPU products are offered as an upgrade path to the ControlWave architecture for existing 3310 and 3330 systems, allowing existing customers to maintain their investment in I/O points, wiring, communication infrastructure, and application program development. The CW_10 and CW_30 CPUs are direct replacements for the 3310 and 3330 CPUs.
September 21 Implementation Chronicles Update
The much-delayed HMI hardware finally arrived for the biopharmaceutical filtration automation project, but development of HMI applications still await the arrival of the project’s main server. In the meantime, blogger John Sever and his system integrator associates forged ahead on the project by spending time correcting inconsistencies between the I/O list from the skid vendor and the P&IDs. Meanwhile, down in Louisiana, blogger Stan Prutz reports that things are starting to get back to normal following Hurricane Katrina and that their focus is again shifting back to the project at hand in Baton Rouge. Wastewater SCADA project: While awaiting maintenance personnel to return to their jobs from scheduled vacations, Prutz and the other integrators at QDS are looking at retaining 13 of the facility’s existing RTUs, requiring firmware upgrades to support the Modbus protocol.
Consortium approves EBX specification revisions
San Francisco, CA — PC/104 Consortium has approved a number of changes to the EBX specification. The standard was introduced in 1997 as a larger form factor that provides ample space for larger CPU chips and chipsets and expanded connector space. The Consortium assumed the role of governing standards body for the EBX specification in March 2004.
Project: Biopharmaceutical filtration automation, September 13th, 2005
September 13, 2005 There are a few new developments for the project this week. First, we finally received most of the HMI hardware but still await the main server that will function as the iFix SCADA node. This server delivers data to the client HMI displays.
Real-time signal processing
SI-C6713DSP-PMC (PCI mezzanine connector) module lets system integrators add real-time signal processing capabilities to their systems.
Diamond and Suntron partner on OEM program
Diamond Systems, a designer and manufacturer of integrated embedded single board computers, I/O boards, and power supplies, has signed an agreement with system integrator Suntron Systems to create the "OEM Ready Solutions" program. The program allows OEM customers to offload non-core activities, such as product development and program management, to Diamond Systems, freeing development teams to focus on core competencies such as software and market development. The OEM Ready Solutions program offers services that include system design, procurement, and integration of all third-party hardware and software, integration and management of customer supplied software and hardware, system level industry certifications, configuration control, logistics, warranty service, and life cycle management support. All of these services are designed to off-load the time-consuming efforts needed by customers to obtain and maintain computing platforms for their applications.
Software includes S88 batch configuration tool
Milwaukee, WI—RS Logix 5000 programming software from Rockwell Automation now includes S88 batch configuration tool embedded in the system to reduce development time and promote productivity and quality. Latest version offers expanded programming and batch configuration functionality.
Control Engineering Implementation Chronicles Update
Reader requests to have the Implementation Chronicles Web logs added to our news section for RSS access brought us to a decision to add weekly updates about these blogs to our newsletters for easier access by readers. The Implementation Chronicles are weekly updated blogs from system integrators involved in various control and automation projects. In case you missed the first few weeks of installments from our two blogs, here’s what’s been happening with the Baton Rouge wastewater pump station SCADA system and biopharmaceutical filtration automation projects. Wastewater SCADA project: After an initial hurdle was placed in the project’s way when it was discovered that a water industry supplier to the general contractor's electrical subcontractor had not included all panels and materials required by the project’s specifications, the general contractor faced an estimated $200,000 price problem.
Programmable Logic Controllers
When buying a programmable logic controller (PLC), it's best to use TLC—technology and language considerations. Because a PLC is a type of computer, one factor in any budget should be the cost of developing an application on the chosen PLC—an expenditure that typically arises after the hardware is purchased.
Integrate safety, standard automation
Allen-Bradley DeviceNet safety scanner and I/O device let manufacturers place safety and standard devices on one network, simplifying control system design in complex applications, such as those in automotive, semiconductor, packaging, and food and beverage industries.
Terminal block line expanded
Expanded line of IEC terminal blocks reportedly offers wider variety, higher current ranges, and more options than previous models.
Parvus sponsors university students in national underwater vehicle competition
A graduate student team from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) participated in the AUVSI/ONR 8th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition at the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center in San Diego, CA (August 3-7, 2005).
GE Fanuc adds Ethernet interface to Series 90-30 PLCs
GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc. has enhanced its Series 90-30 programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with a new Ethernet Network Interface Unit (ENIU).
Project: Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station SCADA System August 2, 2005
August 2, 2005 A method of easily converting the existing SCADA system's 8400 I/O tag database was determined. Sample screens and database were created for the engineering review of a typical pump station. No surprises so far; converted easier than expected.
Project: Biopharmaceutical filtration automation July 26, 2005
July 26, 2005 The foundation of our automation design is device control managed by control modules. The following device control modules are to be delivered with this project. Not listed are other control modules we will implement for simple functions that do not interface directly with I/O devices. Acronym Description AI Analog Indicator DB Deadband Controller DC Discrete Output Controller DI Discrete Indicator DIJ Discrete Jumper Indicator DMC Discrete Motor Controller DVC Discrete Valve Controller ILK Interlock Indicator MAN Manual Loader PID Proportional, Integral, Derivative Controller PIDB Batch PID Controller TOT Totalizer VMC Variable Speed Motor Controller One control module not used for direct device control is the Acquire/Release Controller (ARC) that is used for the arbitration of shared equipment.
ChipX introduces CX6000 structured ASICs with embedded IP
Santa Clara, CA—ChipX is introducing its new CX6000 family of 12 structured ASICs, which it says offer the first, complete USB subsystem for simplifying integration.
HIMA safety systems monitor production at Bayer TDA plant
Safety-related controllers from HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH+ Co. KG are monitoring diverse process control technology protective equipment at the new Bayer MaterialScience AG toluene diamine (TDA) production plant in Dormagen, Germany.
E1 and E2 brain boards are next-generation I/O and communication processors.
Bidirectional wireless I/O system
RAD-ISM-900-BD-Bus bidirectional multipoint-to-point wireless I/O system brings multiple channels of I/O from up to eight remote locations back to one master station.
Schneider Electric introduces intelligent drives for up to 700-HP motors
Raleigh, NC—Schneider Electric reported at its Telemecanique press event on June 15-16 that motor control for up to 700-HP motors is now available in its new Altivar 71 variable-speed ac drive.
Mynah releases Ethernet/IP driver for DeltaV Virtual IO module
St. Louis, MO—Mynah Technologies reports it has released an Ethernet/IP driver for the DeltaV Virtual IO module (VIM) that allows high-speed Ethernet integration from DeltaV controllers to Rockwell PLCs and other plant-floor devices using Ethernet/IP communications.
Distribution box for sensor installation
D-Box connects computerized controls to sensors and actuators at the machine level quickly and efficiently.
Rugged processor combines FPGA, PowerPC on 3U board
Merging a CPU and an FPGA in one product combines the best of two worlds: a sophisticated, easy to use processor with highest throughput and performance. Vmetro has apparently done that with its new “revolutionary” signal-processing engine.
HMI at SPS: Rexroth’s scalable HMI solutions, Siemens HMI award
SPS Electric Automation America Show, held in May in Chicago, formed the setting for a variety of electric automation technologies.
Product Exclusive – Din-rail industrial UPS
DIN-rail industrial UPS protects from unexpected power disruptions SDU DIN-rail uninterruptible power system (UPS) is designed to ensure industrial end-users maximum uptime and total protection from unexpected power disruptions. SDU UPS is said to allow safe and secure mounting on a DIN rail, in a control panel, or as an integrated part of an enclosure or a machine to provide reliable and economical power protection to critical loads in locations exposed to power aberrations in the factory-floor environment. It features a compact design that is 281 mm (11.1 in.) wide by 116 mm (4.55 in.) deep x 124 mm (4.88 in.) high, and weighs approximately 10 lb. System provides ride-through during brief power outages and allows critical and sensitive equipment to shut down safely during extended power failures, preventing costly data losses, work interruptions, and equipment damage.
Is legacy producing lag?
When it comes to manufacturing, we all want to increase yield, decrease downtime, improve maintainability, and get more data and information from the plant floor. When trying to achieve these goals, have you come to find out that your legacy control system is impeding your success? To determine if there is lag in legacy, it's important to understand what is considered a legacy system these days.
ASICs Versus FPGAs
As with other technologies, reports of the demise of ASICs have been premature. Design starts may be down sharply, but ASIC revenues continue to impress, especially in Asia/Pacific regions. Also, alternative hybrid approaches, such as "structured ASICs" may add new life to the technology. Meanwhile, FPGAs (and other programmable logic devices) are flexing their muscles, gaining critical mass, a...
Phoenix Contact’s wireless I/O enables monitoring, control from multiple locations
Harrisburg, PA—To enhance its point-to-point two-way wireless device, RAD-ISM-900-BD-BUS for analog and digital signals, Phoenix Contact Inc. is introducing a bi-directional multipoint-to-point wireless I/O system, RAD-ISM-900-XD-BUS.
Digital I/O modules add flexibility
Allen-Bradley Point I/O modules are designed to increase system flexibility and reduce total cost of ownership. Products include Series C 17734-OB2 (2-channel), -OB4 (4-channel), and -OB8 (8-channel).
Corrections – 2005-05-01
An incorrect company name was listed in the "System I/O includes DeviceNet, Profibus gateways" item and with its photo in "Networks Busting Out All Over," Control Engineering , March '05, p. 74. The correct name is Turck. An erroneous IEEE designation was listed for the ZigBee wireless protocol in "Networks Busting Out All Over," Control Engineering, March '05, p.
Exclusive: Wiring solutions simplify connectivity
Twenty-five new products have been added to the array of connectors and components from Lumberg Inc.
Multi-channel measuring system
Spider8 universal digital, multi-channel measuring system comes in two new versions: Spider8-01/55 and Spider8-01/30.
Advantech’s 12.1-in. panel computer is NEMA4, IP65 compliant
Cincinnati, OH—Advantech Corp. reports that its Industrial Automation Group has extended its robust IPPC series with its IPPC-9120G, which is a rugged 12.1-in., SVGA, TFT, LCD display computer.
Wiring solutions simplify connectivity
Twenty-five new products have been added to the array of connectors and components from Lumberg Inc. Additions are part of a suite of wiring solutions said to help standardize application design. Standard and custom products include distribution boxes, cord sets, receptacles, field-attachable connectors, splitters, and taps.
Graphical operator control station
NX graphical operator control station combines a traditional controller programmed in ladder logic, operator interface, I/O connections, and networking into an integrated unit that runs on one software package. Controller embeds Ethernet, CompactFlash, and Web server. Product uses the company's Cscape software to control any of a variety of medium to large machine and process applications.
Automation Feeds the Tap
The community of Palmyra, near the Mississippi River in Northeastern Missouri, with a population of about 3,500 people, last underwent a major upgrade to its water treatment and supply facilities in the early 1970s. To address its needs for clean water at the time, the community added an elevated tank and a lime-softening water treatment plant.
PID Configuration and Tuning: SNAP Ultimate I/O Learning Center Supplement by Opto 22
This tutorial shows how to configure and tune a PID loop on the SNAP Ultimate I/O brain. The introduction describes the hardware, firmware, and software needed to complete the tutorial. Each lesson has two parts: Concepts and Activity. The Concepts section provides general background information and is most useful to those who have little experience with PID.
Data logger features USB connectivity for fast sampling rates
Data logger from Pico Technology features USB connectivity to allow fast sampling rates and additional digital outputs for use as control or alarm signals.
One I/O module replaces many: Berkeley wins ‘Soft-I/O’ patent
Berkeley Process Control Inc. says it received a Notice of Allowance for patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Soft-I/O technology.
Rebirth: AVG recovers from fire to launch eight EZAutomation product lines
Bettendorf, IA—Following a devastating fire almost one year ago, AVG Uticor has rebuilt and expanded, and AVG Automation has launches its EZAutomation division, which features 10 product lines.
Curtiss-Wright: PMC product combines graphics control, video capture
Curtiss-Wright Controls, Embedded Computing, Real Time Video and Graphics (CW Graphics) has recently launched a new cost-effective, high-resolution PMC graphics display controller and video capture card for VME, CompactPCI, and PCI systems.
Timer, counter, controller, sequencer, PID
Millenium II plus timer, counter, controller, and sequencer can handle up to 52 I/O points and is designed to automate any small-to-medium-sized control system.
PLC I/O interfaces join legacy PLCs to DeltaV
Mynah Technologies' line of PLC I/O interfaces aids migration from legacy systems to Emerson Process Management's DeltaV system. Mynah's solution includes three main interfaces. The first, IOD-1401, is a PLC I/O interface for GE Genius I/O. It serves as a migration path for GE PLCs that use Genius Block I/O and ABB Mod300 Systems that use TRIO I/O.
Selecting Your LabVIEW Real-Time Deployment Platform
National Instruments real-time and embedded development tools include LabVIEWReal-Time software and a processor-based real-time hardware target
NI CompactRIO – Reconfigurable Control and Acquisition Systems
National Instruments CompactRIO is a small rugged industrial control and acquisition system powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) FPGA technology for ultrahigh performance and customization.
EPIC standard SBC
Gecko EPIC form factor product is targeted for use in OEM applications for industrial control, semiconductor, medical, and homeland security applications.
I/O Devices Product Focus Study for December 2004
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding I/O devices. Specific areas under evaluation included: •In-plant vs. OEM requirements •Applications •I/O module usage •Network usage •Past and future purchases •Purchase decision criteria •Magazines received
New distributed I/O technology will reduce costs, developer says
A newly patented technology for distributed I/O points in machine control will reduce costs for machine builders with a single configurable I/O module, its developer claims.
High-performance motion controller
ZMP-PCI motion controller expands the company’s SynqNet offerings.
Programmable Logic Controllers Product Focus Study, November 2004
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding programmable logic controllers (PLC’s).
Kontron champions new COM Express spec development
Under development for nearly a year, COM Express draft specification was recently posted on the Web site of PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) for member review.
I/O modules have built-in network port
BusWorks 900EN Series I/O modules interface up to 12 analog or discrete I/O signals directly to an Ethernet/IP network.
Sixnet adds analog outputs to combination I/O module
Sixnet reports that its new ST-MIX12884 SixTrak combination I/O module offers 12 discrete inputs, eight discrete outputs, eight analog inputs, and four analog outputs.
Keithley releases USB-to-GPIB interface adapter
Keithley Instruments Inc. has released its Model KUSB-488 USB-to-GPIB interface adapter, which can transform any computer with a universal serial bus (USB) port into a full-function, IEEE 488.2 controller able to control up to 14 programmable general-purpose instrumentation bus (GPIB) instruments.
Control Engineering may be 50 years old, but we're never too old to learn. This year, we learned something very important about our purchasing study after placing the database online in searchable form in our Resource Center (http://resource.controleng.com). We learned about the significant impact "others" can make.
Safety interlock switch, control unit
CM Series compact coded magnetic safety interlock switch and control unit features a NEMA 6 encapsulated design, making it suitable for most applications.
HART foundation names two plants of the year
Austin, TX—The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) announced at ISA Expo 2004 that two plants, one in the U.S. and one in Europe, have been selected as recipients of its 2004 HART Plant of the Year Award.
ISA Expo 2004: FCI demonstrates air/gas flowmeter
Houston, TX—Combining a thermal flow-sensing element with optimized features, ST50 flowmeter was exhibited by Fluid Components International (FCI) at ISA Expo 2004 this week.
Space-saving junction box
4-pin picofast junction box is the newest addition to the company’s multibox product line.
Embedded control platform
CompactRIO embedded control and acquisition platform is powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology for advanced applications where small size and reliability are crucial. Technology lets system developers define their own custom measurement hardware circuitry using reconfigurable FPGA chips and LabView graphical development tools.
Molex buys Incep Technologies
Lisle, IL—To emphasize its continued commitment to power-delivery solutions, Molex Inc. reports that it has acquired San Diego-based Incep Technologies Inc.
ESC 2004: GE Fanuc’s VME SBC has VITA 31.1 compliance
Huntsville, AL—To provide high performance and I/O flexibility, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Inc. introduced its VMIVME-7807 VME single-board computer at Embedded Systems Conference 2004, Sept. 14-15, in Boston.
Broaden Expertise; Apply Proven Technologies More Quickly
Jerry Yen received his M.S. Physics in 1976 and M.S.E.E. in 1980 from Ohio State University. He later received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Co. for three years before joining General Motors Corp. in 1983. After joining GM, Yen designed and implemented image processing hardware and systems for manufa...
Turck buys other half of InterlinkBT from Banner
Turck Inc. has acquired 100% of the shares of InterlinkBT, which it reports is one of North America's most successful industrial networking companies. InterlinkBT was originally established six years ago as a joint venture between Turck and Minneapolis-based Banner Engineering Inc.
Two conduction-cooled asynchronous serial PMC modules are designed for industrial, process control, and other embedded/OEM systems that operate in a harsh environment. TPMC371 and TPMC372 are each available with RS-232, RS-422, or mixed RS-232/422 channels. TPMC371 features eight total channels; TPMC372 has four.
Turck acquires InterlinkBT
Turck Inc. has acquired 100% of the shares of InterlinkBT, an independent industrial network company.
NI Week 2004: Two modules double sample rate, memory depth
Austin, TX—National Instruments (NI) unveiled two 200 MS/s modular instruments at NI Week 2004 that greatly extend NI's mixed-signal measurement capabilities.
DeltaV PLC I/O Interface
Mynah Technologies has released its line of DeltaV PLC I/O interfaces for migration from legacy systems to DeltaV.
Motion controller expands machine options
PACSystems DSM314 motion controller expands machine options and increases machine builder flexibility for numerous motion applications.
Turck buys remaining half of InterlinkBT from Banner
Minneapolis, MN—Turck Inc. has acquired 100% of the shares of InterlinkBT, which it reports is one of North America’s most successful industrial networking companies. InterlinkBT was originally established six years ago as a joint venture between Turck and Minneapolis-based Banner Engineering Inc.
Control Engineering Online Update for July 16, 2004
Highlights Sponsored by Dice Constellation Energy employs a two-step approach to its control system migration at three of its plants—replacing operator stations and controllers during planned outages. For more than 13 years, Dice has the been the #1 technology job board on the web -- that's why many companies and engineer professionals come to us first. As one of the largest vertical engineering job boards, leading companies including Lockheed Martin, IBM and Motorola use Dice. Visit us at www.diceengineering.com Constellation Energy employs two-step control system migration In a migration program that began in 2002 and runs through 2005, Constellation Energy Group is migrating legacy process control systems at a total of six units at three of its Maryland plants.
NI, Agilent partner to extend functions, flexibility of analytical instrumentation
Austin, TX; Palo Alto, CA—National Instruments (NI) and Agilent Technologies Inc. have formed a joint initiative to create NI-certified LabView instrument drivers for controlling Agilent’s gas and liquid chromatographs.
Phoenix Contact prefers Profinet for Interbus-to-Ethernet
The Profibus Trade Organization (PTO) reports that Phoenix Contact will support Profinet as its preferred Ethernet solution for Phoenix's Interbus protocol. This means that Interbus will be adapted to integrate with the Profinet environment. Phoenix reportedly made its decision in response to demands from the automotive industry and other large user groups, ...
Elma introduces VXI enclosure
Elma Electronic Inc. recently released a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) VXI enclosure for instrumentation systems.
Ensure uptime and seamless operation
PACSystems High Availability solutions provide a scaleable synchronized hot-standby redundant control platform that consists of two independent controllers connected to a variety of I/O points and incorporates dedicated and redundant links. System provides synchronized redundancy for any module in a control chain that could halt operations, as well as fast synchronization, easy configuration, a...
I/O device certification; automation repair
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) sometimes cringe at the thought of equipment redesign because of the need to recertify with various standards bodies. And yet, updating automation and controls can save OEMs and their customers, money, time, and effort, and offer more features.
TI introduces smallest four-channel, 24-bit data converter
Dallas, TX—Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced what it reports is the industry’s smallest four-channel, 24-bit, Delta-Sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) as part of its Burr-Brown product line.
High-speed, low-power Pentium M processor 745 ‘hot’ in new embedded products
Intel’s new 1.8 GHz Pentium M processor 745 is showing up in recent embedded board products from a number of manufacturers because of the CPU’s high processing speed and low power consumption, among other benefits.
Control Engineering Autodesk custom newsletter for June 7, 2004
A custom advertising newsletter from Control Engineering & Autodesk| June 7, 2004 Need a way to design better quality products, reduce costs and accelerate development? Join Autodesk for National Manufacturing Solutions Day at any one of over 100 reseller locations, across the U.S. click here . CAD for the Electrical Engineer Autodesk hosts two Webcasts to demonstrate AutoCAD Electrical For much of the history of CAD (computer aided design) software, the lion's share of attention and available products has been devoted to mechanical engineers and their issues. As a result, electrical engineers often see CAD as a tool for mechanical engineers and feel overlooked in the design process.
Sealevel launches Ethernet-to-serial device servers
Sealevel Systems Inc. has expanded its SeaLink serial device drivers by introducing low-cost one-port and two-port models.
Terminal-block style I/O module
SmartStix I/O terminal-block style I/O for Operator Control Station can be used to expand the I/O capacity of an OCS and is cost-effective as a remote digital I/O module. Product connects to any OCS CsCAN network port and is extremely compact, providing 16- and 32-point digital I/O points in a package 1.
Phoenix Contact offers explosion-proof, wireless I/O system
Phoenix Contact reports that wireless I/O systems can now be safely installed in Division 1 areas by using its new XANT explosion-proof system. This patent-pending wireless I/O transmitter/receiver system features an Adalet cast-aluminum enclosure that houses a transmitter and antenna.
Phoenix Contact offers explosion-proof, wireless I/O communications
Harrisburg, PA—Phoenix Contact reports that wireless I/O systems can now be safely installed in Division 1 areas by using its new XANT explosion-proof system.
Phoenix Contact’s double-level SMT series provides options
Harrisburg, PA—Phoenix Contact has added three new series of double-level, high-temperature, SMT-compatible PCB terminal block headers to its PCB product family.
Integrated PLC/HMI solution
Telemecanique TwidoPack simplifies the control of small and standalone machines.
ODVA, ControlNet to jointly improve safety, distributed motion specs
ODVA and ControlNet International (CI) have formed two joint special interest groups (jSIGs) to help the organizations enhance their safety and distributed motion specifications. The first group, CIP Safety jSIG, will complete safety enhancements to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), which is the upper-layer networking protocol shared by DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP.
Distributed motor controllers
Allen-Bradley ArmorStart distributed motor controllers now incorporate a PowerFlex sensorless vector drive, giving OEMs and system-level users precise speed and torque control to meet a wide range of applications. Designed for uses involving tight speed control, including bottle lines, pumps, material handling, diverters, sorters, extruders, and winders, they require no additional enclosures an...
Subcon D-Sub connector is available in high-density 37- and 15-position versions.
EBX-size single board computer
Cobra EBX single board computer uses a 1.6 GHz Pentium M processor and features a 1 MB level 2 cache.
EXCLUSIVE: New ac drives ‘easiest to set up’
Durapulse Series sensorless vector—plus closed-loop control—ac drives now expand AutomationDirect’s offerings in this category with a product reportedly so easy to set up that ''experienced users don’t need to read the manual.''
An ‘EPIC’ standard announced for embedded SBCs
Apparently a market need exists for another physical platform for embedded single-board computers (SBCs), with dimensions smaller than EBX and larger than PC/104 boards.
Opto 22: SNAP Simple I/O BRAINS
Opto 22 SNAP Simple I/O ™ is the low-cost, high-quality solution that brings you the ease of Ethernet/TCP communications as well as the flexibility of analog, simple digital, and serial capability on the same mounting rack.
BusWorks TM 900MB Series Modbus/RS485 Network I/O Modules by Acromag
The following information describes the operation of Modbus as it relates to Acromag Series 900MB I/O modules.
BusWorks TM 900PB Series ProfiBus/RS485 Network I/O Modules by Acromag
The following information describes the operation of ProfiBus DP as it relates to Acromag Series 900PB DP slave I/O modules.
Wireless Link Module (WLM) provides accurate, reliable wireless connectivity between remote field sites when wires can’t be run for practical or economic reasons.
Moore’s NCS network goes wireless
When wires can't be run for practical or economic reasons, Moore Industries’ Wireless Link Module (WLM) provides accurate, reliable wireless connectivity between remote sites.
Analog I/O by National Instruments
NI 6722 Eight Channel, 13-bit Simultaneous Analog Output
Digital I/O by National Instruments
NI 651x Low cost 64-Ch, 24V Logic, Bank Optically Isolated, 30V Industrial Digital I/O
I/O Devices Product Focus Study May 2003
Among those specifying, recommending, and/or buying I/O devices, 80% do so for in-plant requirements, while 41% buy for OEM needs.
I/O Devices Product Focus Study June 2002
Among those specifying, recommending, and/or buying I/O devices, 77% do so for in-plant requirements, while 42% buy for OEM needs.
Allen-Bradley Pico GFX-70 small-footprint controller features a multi-function HMI.
QSA series switches are quiet
ITT Industries, Cannon offers new two- and four- way QSA series switches, designed for long life, excellent tactile feedback and silent operation for use in many applications, for products with low current demands of 1-50 mA.
Sealevel introduces four-port PC/104 serial I/O modules
To help serve cost-sensitive applications, Sealevel Systems Inc. recently introduced its SIO4-104 family of value-priced, four-port PC/104 serial I/O modules.
Preparation Pays Off
Anyone who has painted a room or a house, hung wallpaper or tile, or planted flowers or a vegetable garden understands the importance of preparation. Unless the surface or soil is properly prepared, the most expensive paint, wallpaper, or plants won't yield the desired results. The same is true with control and automation systems.
Correction – 2004-03-01
An incorrect website was listed for Omnex Control Systems in the cover story, "The Wireless I/O World," Control Engineering, Feb.'04, p. 32. The correct website for Omnex is www.omnexcontrols.com.
Integated step motion control
Simple Step 17—an integrated 1.8° step motor, driver and controller system—provides trajectory motion, 2 digital I/O channels, 2 fixed I/O channels, preset motor winding current levels, and safety stop commands. Motion commands can be issued from any serial terminal program through on-board RS-232C or RS-485 bus.
50, 25, 10 years ago – 2004-03-01
October 1954 Prospects Are Bright For Smell That's Right How can you apply feedback control to something you can't measure? You can't. That's what disturbs engineers in the food industry, who want to regulate flavor and odor automatically. Odor measurement has finally reached the distinct-possibility stage, judging from a paper presented as this issue went to press at the American Chemical Soci...
Safe electrical connectors
Star-Line EX Series of electrical connectors is now certified for hazardous locations.
Rockwell product enhancements boost HMI capabilities
Developments from Rockwell Automation are enhancing the HMI capabilities of two of its product lines.
Moore Industries-International joins CSIA
North Hills, CA—Moore Industries-International Inc. reports it’s been accepted by the Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA, Exton, PA) as an associate member.
Object-Oriented Programming: A Primer
The seeds of object-oriented programming might be traced back to the concept of the API (application programming interface). An API is basically a piece of paper that defines a set of subroutines and the behavior an application can expect to get when calling them. For example, a graphics API might include functions such as DrawLine(a,b) and DrawCircle(x,y,radius).
IEC terminal blocks
IEC-style terminal blocks are tested in accordance with UL 1059 and are rated for Code 2, both factory and field wiring.
‘Seeing’ the problem
The trend toward greater use of dark packaging can be seen on a variety of packaged goods. The sleek look of black packaging in particular has become more popular over the past few years, even in the food and beverage industry. According to Michael Coleman, senior vice president of Source/Inc., a Chicago-based international branding consultancy, "black, [is a] color that historically was not us...
Wall-mounted, modular PC
CP-Pocket Box-PC includes a 566 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, 128 MB of RAM, and three CompactPCI sockets.
Altium’s FPGA developer’s kit shrinks time to market
Sydney, Australia-based Altium Ltd. announced Nexar, a hardware design and software development product integrated into one environment for system-level design capabilities for FPGA (field-programmable gate array) platforms.
Control Engineering, Tecnomatix Custom Newsletter for December 10, 2003
A custom advertising newsletter from Control Engineering & Tecnomatix| December 10, 2003 Today's leading global companies are adopting Tecnomatix solutions to expand revenue potential and reduce costs by accelerating product introductions, shortening time to volume, and optimizing production execution. Tecnomatix FactoryLink enables our customers to succeed with its collaborative, open platform and applications for monitoring and control of industrial processes. For more information, please click here . Can You Really Do More with Less? Yes, if you use the latest release of FactoryLink. Doing more with less is a well-worn topic in these years of economic downturn.
Open-frame panel computer
OFPC-215 series open-frame panel computer includes a touch panel monitor with a computer system box joined together, suitable for integration into large, more complex systems.
Opto 22 confirms settlement with Schneider Electric
Opto 22 confirmed Nov. 13 that it has settled the lawsuit brought against it more than two and a half years ago by Schneider Electric. Opto 22 stated that the U.S. patent process is broken, and that it chose not to continue spending millions of dollars defending itself against Schneider's litigation, which concerned using Web servers in industrial controllers.
DMC-31x3 series flexible-distributed controllers are designed for machines that require multi-axis controllers operating in a distributed network. Device frees the host computer from the complex task of motion coordination as well as lowering controller cost per axis. Ethernet-based, the DMC-31x3 ensures low-cost, effective communications between various controllers, I/O modules, cameras, and o...
FieldBlock bus network drop connection and I/O enclosure features a rugged, corrosion-proof design suitable for general purpose and non-incendive (Class 1, Division 2) process networking applications with flexible wiring systems.
Omniterm TXB universal four-wire transmitter uses advanced digital measurement techniques and user-friendly software.
Laser sensor vision system improves surface quality inspection
Jet engines typically contain hundreds of small stainless steel and Inconel fan blades to generate thrust. These blades usually wear and bend due to erosion and foreign object damage during normal flight operations. Overhaul facilities regrind or replace these blades after manual inspection. This slow, labor-intensive process checks the precise length and position of each blade in the engine's ...
ISA Expo 2003: Acromag launches Ethernet I/O modules
Houston, TX—Featuring higher density, lower installation costs and easier web-based con-figuration, BusWorks 900 EN Series Ethernet I/O modules from Acromag (Wixom. MI) also have a direct network interface on each inch-wide module to eliminate expensive buscouplers, large I/O racks and special software.
Automated programmer updates
TaskLink v5.0 and AH400 v5.0 upgrades are available for Data I/O’s PS Series automated programmers. TaskLink v5.0 upgrade, now also available for Microsoft Windows XP, integrates programming operation throughout engineering and manufacturing processes.
SBS Technologies: Imaging development kit for FPGA processing
An imaging development kit targeted at field programmable gate array (FPGA) processing for high-performance imaging applications was one of several introductions by SBS Technologies Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) at ESC Boston. Named TS-DK-IT01, the kit includes infrastructure software, development environment, and Camera Link or LVDS mezzanine I/O board for custom image-processing applications.
Transbotics releases fork-style, laser-guided vehicle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Transbotics Corp., formerly NDC Automation Inc., released Oct. 1 its new fork-style laser-guided vehicle (LGV), which has both counterbalanced and reach lift capabilities.
Entivity’s new Studio 7.2 software supports Phoenix’s CE devices
Ann Arbor, MI—Entivity Inc. released Oct. 2 its Entivity Studio Version 7.2 software, which includes a new Microsoft Windows CE target and now supports CP306, CP310 and CP312 devices from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA).
WinSystems: Economical PC/104 enclosure
Dubbed ENC-104, the new simple enclosure from WinSystems is designed for embedded applications that need to protect PC/104 (and PC/104-Plus) module stacks mounted inside NEMA boxes, OEM machinery, wiring closets, equipment rooms, or other areas.
Distributed I/O network
NET Concentrator System process control and distributed I/O network provides 20-bit meas-urement resolution and signal conditioning capabilities equivalent to the highest-quality transmitters on the market, according to the manufacturer.
Phased HMI and I/O Solution Boosts Productivity
Recently married and out of a job, Roy Costa applied for a safety coordinator position at the Michigan Waste Energy (MWE) facility in Detroit, Michigan. As the interview morphed into a discussion about obsolete control system problems, Costa articulated a phased solution that began by replacing the obsolete human-machine interface (HMI) with a new application built on National Instrument's (NI)...
Two views on embedded CPU board formats
A pair of recent research reports offers different market views for several embedded CPU board formats
OMG-USB-232 USB-to-serial I/O adaptors provide two or four RS-232 serial ports for USB connectivity to legacy or non-USB compliant devices. OMB-USB-232 adaptors support standard PC data rates up to 460 Kbps. Drivers are included to simplify installation. Price starts at $249. www.omega.com Omega Engineering 426
PLC adds system redundancy
CS1D duplex programmable controller builds on the high speed and reliability of Omron's CS1 controller by adding redundancy, an essential capability for critical processes and systems. Should a problem arise in the primary CPU, the CS1D automatically switches to the second unit within one program scan, enabling continuous operation.
Wireless data collection
Smart Transceiver, XE900M, and Base Access Point, XE924M, communication module form a low-cost wireless data collection system for up to 128 discrete nodes located within a 150-ft (indoor) radius. XE900M combines a microcontroller and 900-MHz transceiver, while XE924M includes embedded modem technology, 900-MHz transceiver, and communication controller, reducing cost by eliminating hardware red...
R2 Controls adds Modbus software to Gazelle microcontrollers
Roseville, CA—R2 Controls reports that it has added Modbus communications software to its existing line of C-programmable, industrial microcontrollers.
5-mm ground terminal block
The 5-mm wide WK 2.5 SL/35 DIN Rail Ground block, a "2.5-mm 2 block" offers the narrowest screw clamp grounding solution, the company says. Standard marking strips do not need to be broken when marking complete rail assemblies, reducing installation time for space-limited automation and control applications.
3-camera vision system
Multiple camera inputs in one compact form factor is a key feature of NI CVS-1454 Compact Vision System from National Instruments. Three IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ports allow use of cameras with different speeds and resolutions to meet application needs. NI CVS-1454 has several networking possibilities. An integrated I/O architecture provides 15 input and 14 output lines (all digital), plus RS-232 a...
ODVA says EtherNet/IP named a semiconductor industry standard
The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) announced that the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) organization has accepted EtherNet/IP as a standard in its Sensor Bus Network Communications Standard activities. SEMI is accountable for all global standards used by semiconductor equipment manufacturers.
NI, Ansoft integrate software to speed RF system design
Philadelphia, PA—National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX) and Ansoft Corp. announced June 11 that they're integrating Ansoft Designer high-frequency electronic-design software and NI's LabView 7 Express virtual instrumentation software to aid rapid prototyping and verification of radio frequency (RF) system designs.
CompactPCI backplanes can bridge multiple backplanes; the 19-in. chassis can fit up to 21 slots.
Digi Connect ME embedded module aids device networking
Minnetonka, MN—To give users an embedded module that is "plug-and-play, customizable and future-safe," Digi International Inc. has released its Digi Connect ME, which is based on its 32-bit NetSilicon NS7520 microprocessor.
Cscape adds 4,000+ graphic symbols
Indianapolis, IN - Horner APG announced January 29, 2003 enhancements to its Operator Control Station (OCS), SmartStix I/O system, and Cscape software.
AC drive with Ethernet connectivity, more power
Palatine, IL—Altivar 58 TRX ac drive features direct Ethernet connectivity and extended power range. Other features include sensorless vector control, several operator interface options, I/O extension cards, and option cards for Ethernet and other network protocols. RS-485/Modbus communication comes built-in.
ProMat 2003: Transbotics launches fork-style LGV
Chicago, IL—Transbotics Corp. (Charlotte, NC) released Feb. 10 at ProMat 2003 its new fork-style, laser-guided vehicle (LGV), which has both counterbalanced and reach lift capabilities. Transbotics was previously known as NDC Automation Inc.
Wireless SCADA router and controller
Vista, CA - Pathfinder Lx wireless inter-networking controller is a tool for building reliable remote industrial and utility SCADA Ethernet and TCP/IP based wide-area wireless networks.
Plug-and-play wiring system for output devices
Milwaukee, WI — To help OEMs and panel builders reduce installation time and expense and maximize panel space, Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley PanelConnect wiring system for output devices and NEMA 4X-rated for inputs and outputs modules.
E-T-A launches circuit breaker for terminal blocks
Chicago, IL—To help reduce equipment downtime, E-T-A Circuit Breakers launched Jan. 9 a new circuit breaker designed to plug into industry-standard terminal blocks.
Tembec Paper uses new PlantWeb technology to speed conversion to digital plant architecture
Austin, TX - Emerson Process Management announced Nov. 13th Tembec Paper (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) recently used new PlantWeb technologies and services to migrate over 1,000 instrument signals from our existing Bailey system to a DeltaV system in about one hour.
Triconex introduces turbomachinery control system
Irvine, CA - Triconex, an operating unit of Invensys Production Management, announced on Dec. 5th the introduction of the Triconex 1000, a new, scalable, simplex control system for small and large turbomachinery applications.
Automation Fair 2002: On-machine components for distributed control
Anaheim, CA - Implementing a distributed machine control system requires component designed for an On-Machine architecture. In this framework, engineers deploy industrial controls and hardware directly on a machine, rather than in centralized cabinets. In this installment of Rockwell Automation product news from Automation Fair 2002, here are the recent additions to its on-machine component solutions.
Intrinsic-safety market growing; using networks/buses
Growth rates for products used in intrinsically safe applications are projected to be much higher in North America than in Europe from 2001 to 2006, according to a new market study, "European and North American Markets for Intrinsically Safe Equipment," by Venture Development Corp. Total shipments delivered to North America are expected to grow at a 6.
VersaLogic speeds up PC/104-Plus computer
Eugene, OR—VersaLogic recently reported that Jaguar, its fastest PC/104-Plus single board computer, features an Intel Pentium III/Celeron CPU module, which offers small size, fast processing, AGP video, and fast Ethernet.
Embedded Linux in SBC
Embedded Linux is now available on six of MEN Micro's PowerPC-based single board computes (SBCs).
Universal I/O module
1746sc-IF8u Enhanced Universal Analog Input Module was specifically designed for use with Rockwell Automation's ControlLogix.
R2 Controls introduces embedded controllers for industrial automation
Roseville, CA - R2 Controls introduced two embedded controllers this month. Gazelle-CP, based on Cygnal 8051 system-on-chip processor, is directed at a variety of industrial processing applications requiring direct keypad access and text display capabilities, including manufacturing, automation control, and data logging.
Accu-Sort introduces scanner series
Telford, PA—Accu-Sort Systems recently released its new Axiom 400, the first in a series of high-performance bar code scanners for material handling applications.
Entivity partners with Phoenix Contact; saves steel firm $6.25 million
Entivity (Ann Arbor, MI) announced Oct. 22 that Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) will bundle PC-based solutions with Entivity's software. In other news, Posco Iron Mill (Pohang, South Korea) described $6.25 million in savings resulting from upgrades to its steel operations, which included installation of Entivity's software.
Brooks-PRI plans to buy Berkeley Process Control
Chelmsford, MA— Brooks-PRI Automation Inc. announced Sept. 19 that it has agreed to acquire privately held Berkeley Process Control Inc.
Invensys Showcase 2002: Wonderware debuts information portal
Orlando, FL— To give users access to information anytime, anywhere, Wonderware (Lake Forest, CA), is demonstrating the latest version of its SuiteVoyager industrial information portal at the Invensys Showcase 2002 user conference and exposition, Sept. 8-12, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Wonderware is an operating unit of Invensys plc (London, U.K.) Wonderware reports that SuiteVoyager 2.0 portal leverages new Internet technologies—web parts and web services—to extend the amount and breadth of information available to users.
Database connections provide ways and means
Northwest Analytical (Portland, Ore.)-which makes analytical software for understanding processes and improving quality-can create more useful ways to use information pulled from existing data in multiple areas. Jeffery L. Cawley, vp of Northwest Analytical, in a conversation with Control Engineering on May 16, 2002, explained that the software "dips into databases, pulls out information, and relates it in a way people understand."
NI’s LabView integrated with TI’s Code Composer Studio for DSP system design, testing
Houston, Tex. - National Instruments Austin, Tex.) announced Aug. 6 at the Texas Instruments (TI) Developer Conference that it will integrate its LabView graphical measurement software with TI's Code Composer Studio development tools to cut development time for TI-based DSP systems.
IDA elects new board, announces technology developments
Seligenstadt, Germany - Schneider Electric's increasing visibility in the IDA organisation (Interface for Distributed Automation) became apparent at the recent membership meeting hosted at Schneider's German headquarters. Two new Schneider representatives were elected to the board and an announcement was made that the group would include the Modbus TCP/IP protocol in its IDA stack.
Adept Technology announces self-contained vision system
San Jose, CA - Adept Technology announced July 24 the introduction of the AdeptVision sAVI Inspection System. The AdeptVision sAVI Inspection System consists of the Adept SmartController CX with a vision interface board (AdeptVision sAVI), and vision toolbox including Adept's locator tool, ObjectFinder 2000. The AdeptVision sAVI Inspection System is half the cost of Adept's previous vision system with half the footprint, intended to make it easier to deploy. 'Our customers demanded a compact, fully integrated vision inspection system,' said Joe Campbell, vice president of marketing for Adept Technology.
Schneider Automation Aids Shuttle Program
Kennedy Space Center, Fla . - What better time to showcase Schneider Electric products on the NASA shuttle program than when NASCAR is in town? Bobby Hamilton, driver of the Schneider-sponsored Winston Cup team, was in Daytona for the Pepsi 400 on July 6 and took advantage of the opportunity to tour the Space Center and see the Schneider products used there. Control Engineering's senior editor, Gary Mintchell, was invited along for a look behind the scenes. The tour included stops at the vehicle assembly building (VAB), crawler, engineering offices, control room, and launch pads.
Test valves during production
Houston, Tex.— A test package consisting of a software module and a flexible hardware card that carries all necessary digital I/O channels is available for checking safety and shutdown valves without disrupting production in petrochemical and other critical safety plants. The test package partially strokes the valve during normal plant operations to check that it is not stuck in the open...
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New direct `push-in’ connecting system for terminal blocks
Hannover Fair - Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. presented for the first time its "Push In" system, a new type of contact system to directly connect solid conductors. The conductor is stripped and then pushed into the clamping unit as far as it will go.
Insulation displacement yields cost benefits
I nsulation Displacement Connection (IDC) is a highly reliable connection technology. It has been used for many years in the telecommunications/electronics industry and has been making its way into industrial control and automation applications. Passing stringent testing required of existing screw and spring technology terminal blocks, IDC has proven itself as a viable termination solution. IMAGE https://www.controleng.com/archives/2002/ctl0202.01/images/ctl0202bba1.jpg Making an insulation displacement connection entails forcing a conductor through a space between two terminating blades making contact with metal. IDC technology allows end-users to terminate wires without stripping or ferruling, thereby saving an average of 60% on installed costs while maintaining (or increasing) reliability and functionality. Cost reductions are a continuous need in today's automation and control industry. In an effort to support requirements to reduce costs, suppliers must either reduce component costs (hard costs) or help reduce installation costs (soft costs).
Low-cost V/Hz ac drives
Cumming, Ga.—Two new lines of ac drives supply simple open-loop (V/Hz) control, set-up, and communication features. GS1 mini ac drives cover a 0.25-2 hp range at 115/230 V ac input and 230 V output, in six models with pricing from $149 to $198. Programmable I/O points consists of 4 digital inputs and 1 relay output.
Control Engineering’s HMI Enewsletter — March 2002
In this issue: Patent update Servers feedback Control room display Ruggedized computers New 18-in. display 'Hazard-resistant' portable Microsoft operating systems Patent update You may have noticed that I write e-newsletters for Control Engineering on three different topics-software and IT, embedded control, and HMI. We have 10 channels of information covered by different editors.
ABB to install IndustrialIT Solutions at Forcit Oy
Helsinki, Finland - ABB announced on May 15, 2002 that ABB IndustialIT Solutions will be implemented at Forcit Oy's Hanko plant in Finland. The plant is expanding the production of polymer dispersions, which are used as binders in water-borne systems.
Synergy Microsystems announces PMC modules
San Diego, Calif. - Synergy Microsystems Inc. announced May 8 its release of two new PMC modules offering advanced IEEE 1394 and Ultra160 SCSI communication.
Kit quick starts STD bus development
Arlington, Tex. - WinSystems introduces the SDK2-STD-CC15 System Developers Kit to enhance software and hardware development for STD Bus systems.
Motorola expands MPC500 family for embedded control
Austin, Tex. - The MPC561, MPC562, MPC563, MPC564, MPC565, and MPC566 family of MCUs from Motorola incorporates embedded Flash memory and on-chip peripherals, making them well suited for a variety of avionics, robotics, manufacturing, and industrial control applications.
Speed up terminal block wiring
The ''Terminator'' comes to terminal block systems in this system that can reduce wiring costs by up to 80% according to the company.
NA 2002: Rockwell products for material handling
Detroit, Mich. - Rockwell Automation introduced several products oriented toward material handling applications at NA 2002, the Material Handling and Logistics Show and Conference.
NMW 2002: Omron introduces laser measurement sensor, nano controller
Chicago, Ill. - Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, Ill.) introduced ZX smart laser measurement sensor amplifier that can interface with three visible red through-beam and eight visible red displacement sensor heads.
NMW 2002: GE Fanuc and subsidiaries show displays, computers
Chicago, Ill. - GE Fanuc and its subsidiaries, VMIC and Computer Dynamics showed new display and computer products during the recent National Manufacturing Week Industrial Automation show.
NMW 2002: Lumberg launches Fixcon connector standard
Chicago, Ill. - Lumberg (Midlothian, Va.) introduced March 18 its new Fixcon industrial connector standard for sensors and actuators at National Manufacturing Week. Jointly developed by Lumberg Automation Components GmbH & Co. KG and Escha in Germany, Fixcon features a quick plug-and-lock mechanism that increased connection speed.
NMW 2002: Numerous product introductions abound at Industrial Automation Show
Control Engineering editors visited the exhibit floor at National Manufacturing Week's Industrial Automation Show and uncovered a number of noteworthy new products. Here are highlights from a few of them.
Germantown, Wis. —786 series pluggable transducers convert 0-10 V or 4-20 mA signals into an isolated 0-10 V, 0-20 mA, or 4-20 mA signal with an isolation rating of 4 kV. The transducers are plugged directly onto a terminal block assembly. Modules are protected against mismating and can be replaced in a single operation without affecting wiring.
Simplified interconnect system
Santa Ana, Calif.— MPIS, Multi-Port Interconnect System, is a bus system intended for applications including control systems for production equipment, automated assembly, and conveyor sensors. MPIS has a simplified wiring system that eliminates wiring errors and long cable runs to input and output devices.
Seamless dc to ac drives retrofit
Pliant Corp is a producer of value-added films and flexible packaging products. Engineers at its Macedon N.Y. plant asked Omron IDM Controls (Houston, Tex.) to retrofit the drives on one of the plant's older six-color flexographic printing presses. Pliant uses the older press to develop new printed substrates made from different poly film constructions of varying thicknesses.
Bus and Board Conference product news
Long Beach, Calif. - Pentek Inc. introduced an octal DSP board based on the Texas Instruments TMS320C6203 DSP.
Cognex introduces ActiveX development environment
Natick, Mass. - Cognex Corp. January 10, 2002 introduced VisionPro, an ActiveX-based software development environment that enhances development of vision applications.
Siemens E&A intergrating APACS+, PCS7
Starting with two relatively new platforms after acquiring Moore Process, senior management and engineers at Siemens Energy & Automation have been seeking to integrate the APACS+ and PCS7 control system technologies. APACS+ was introduced in 1992, and PCS7 debuted in 1997.
Micro Industries introduces mini-NLX board
Westerville, O. - Micro Industries Corp. announced the release of the mNLX810E, a mini-NLX CPU board featuring the new Communications I/O Controller Hub (C-ICH) from Intel.
PCB connectors feature IDC technology
Irving, Tex. - Entrelec recently introduced a new series of printed circuit board (PCB) connectors using insulation displacement contact (IDC) technology.
STMicoelectronics’ flash chip speeds read, write functions
Geneva, Switzerland-STMicroelectronics unveiled Nov. 26 its M58CR064, a high-performance 64-Mbps flash memory chip.
NI’s new module performs accurate measurements for high-voltage applications
Austin, Tex. - National Instruments (NI) announced Nov. 13 that engineers and scientists can now perform accurate, high-voltage analog measurements with its new FieldPoint 12-bit resolution, ±120-V input range distributed I/O module.
No-Programming temperature monitoring solution
San Diego, Calif. - Acess I/O Products introduces the PCI-AI12-16A-TM Series of turnkey temperature monitoring solutions for PCI bus computers.
Data I/O unveils automated programming system
Redmond, Wash. - Data I/O Corp. announced that it has begun taking orders for the Universal GSM version of ProLINE-RoadRunner, an in-line automated FLASH programming solution.
CJ International to be renamed AlterSys Europe
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - AlterSys announced that CJ International is renamed AlterSys Europe.
SERCOS interface schedules technical seminar
Stuttgart, Germany - The SERCOS interface interest group announced Oct. 24 that it will hold a one-day technical seminar on its Serial Real-Time Communication System (SERCOS) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2001.
3U CompactPCI single-board computer
Pittsburgh, Pa— Fitted with the new Intel Mobile Pentium III-M (Tualatin) processor, PEP Modular Computers recently introduced CP303, a high-performance, low-power using single-board computer available in single-slot (4HP) or two different double-slot (8HP) configurations. CP303 features Intel's 82559ER 10/100Base Ethernet controller, Intel's 82801 I/O controller with an additional...
Barrier blocks are FM approved
Burgaw, N.C.— Wieland Electric's discrete non-incendive barrier terminal blocks have Factory Mutual (FM) safety certification for use in Class I, Div. 2 hazardous locations; Gas Groups: A, B, C, and D.; temperature code T3C (160 °C). According to the manufacturer, the devices were designed specifically for applications in the North American oil, gas, and petrochemical industr...
Matrox releases new vision tool
Dorval, Quebec, Canada - Matrox Imaging's prototyping tool for scientific and industrial imaging, Inspector 4.0, includes tools to help OEMs and integrators develop applications.
Siemens adds Windows 2000 support to software tools
Alpharetta, Ga. - Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. released versions of the Simatic WinAC slot PLC for PCs and STEP 7 engineering software tools that will support Microsoft Windows 2000 and provide enhanced functionality for program editing, diagnostics and hardware support.
Distributed I/O modules feature Ethernet
Cleveland, O. - PointScan family of analog and discrete I/O modules focuses on providing high-resolution analog I/O points accessed via standard networks using open communication protocols. The 45 components include three distributed I/O module groups, supporting accessories, and software configuration package.
National Instruments celebrates 25 years
Dr. James Truchard, president and CEO of National Instruments, kicked off the eighth NI Week proceedings by welcoming the many attendees who were able to make the conference despite troubling times in manufacturing.
Windows CE embedded controller with touchscreen
Paso Robles, Calif. —CE-SBC-SC400 embedded Microsoft Windows CE controller and operator interface features an Elan-SC-400 (486) CPU running at 100 MHz, and a 6-in. resistive touchscreen color LCD screen. Memory includes 16 MB DRAM and 12 MB Flash. CE-SBC also provides the user with 8-bits of parallel digital TTL output, 8-bits of parallel digital TTL input, six channels of 12-bit analog-...
Low-cost DIP dc/dc converters
Elyria, O. - Model S2A05R dc/dc converter is available in single and dual outputs. It provides regulated outputs and is protected against short circuit.
Invensys Energy Systems launches network reliability solutions
Orlando, Fla.— Invensys Energy Systems (Raleigh, N.C.) introduced several software and product improvements at the Cable-Tec 2001 show here on May 9. Designed to give network managers more monitoring and control capabilities, these enhancements include: Intergy SiteSure, products that provide centralized monitoring of inputs from remote sites; Intergy CellSure, a battery monitoring syste...
Modules add to I/O family
Mayfield Heights, O. —Rockwell Automation will introduce a series of new thermocouple and RTD modules and new analog voltage modules for its Point I/O family of I/O solutions. Point I/O family consists of terminal bases with removable terminal strips, I/O modules, and network interface options that are DIN-rail mounted and snapped together to meet an application's needs.
Simplify wiring connections
Liberty, S.C. —A new family of enhanced, easy to use terminal blocks for Digital I/O and Serial I/O wiring applications can be used with any I/O card as well as RS-232 and RS-422/485 cards. TB02 Terminal Block offers both DB37 male and female connectors along with screw terminals. The combination of male and female connectors allows use of a single 37-pin male-to-female cable to support ...
Simple RLL programming tool
Most automation projects use some form of logic control that is typically implemented in a programmable logic controller (PLC). Actual form of the PLC varies from dedicated hardware to PC applications, available from a variety of vendors. Regardless logic type, the ultimate goal is monitoring of input variables and then responding with output signals based upon a user-determined algorithm.
Enhanced terminal blocks simplify wiring connections
Liberty, S.C. -A new family of enhanced, easy to use terminal blocks for Digital I/O and Serial I/O wiring applications can be used with any I/O card as well as RS-232 and RS-422/485 cards. TB02 Terminal Block offers both DB37 Male and Female connectors along with screw terminals.
Pro-face exhibits new operator interfaces, software
Logix platform enables distributed control
Milwaukee, Wis. -DeviceLogix scalable platform enables control in a variety of devices using a common programming/development tool. The first products are High Current and ArmorBlock MaXum I/O modules, CompactBlock I/O modules, 1799 Embedded I/O modules, 800E DeviceNet pushbutton stations, and DeviceNet starter auxiliary.
SuiteVoyager series of `thin’ intranet/Internet products
Irvine, Calif. -SuiteVoyager supplies a scalable, extensible, and multilingual manufacturing automation information portal enabling secure data from real-time and historical sources. SuiteVoyager, in its initial release, sits atop factory control Ethernet and uses InTouch View, I/O Servers, IndustrialSQL Server, and the AlarmSuite or InTouch alarm database as data providers.
Automated functions add to design software
Marion, Ind. -Electrical Controls Design Software (ECDS) Version 6.0 increases speed, ease-of-use, and automated functions. It links schematics, panel drawings, bill of materials, and database management.
Photos from National Manufacturing Week
Parker Hannifin's Marty Malzhen demonstrates new sealing technology products on Monday, March 5 at National Manufacturing Week. Rock climbers demonstrate Phoenix Contact's ability to help users scale manufacturing obstacles on Monday, March 5 at NMW. . Control Engineering assistant editor Antonia McBride learns about National Instruments' Fieldpoint distributed I/O from National Instruments' Tamra Kerns and Martin Wojcik. ProSoft Technology's Scott Sibenac (center) and Michael Rush (right) describe their firm's ProLinx technology to Gary Frigyes from Pepprl+Fuchs. Texas Industrial Peripherals' Karen Funke demonstrates the DW-5K Bluetooth wireless NEMA 4 keyboard for Control Engineering's Franny Singleton. DVT divisional manager Frank Long, left, and cameraman John Rody, president of WebCasting, confer with Control Engineering's Jim Spalding and Franny Singleton prior to videotaping a segment about DVT's exhibit at National Manufacturing Week (NMW). The tape will be part of a combined Show in Review presentation scheduled to be available for viewing at www.controleng.com in mid-March. Edward Westfield, Exor's president, and Control Engineering news editor Jim Montague catch their breath while videotaping a Show in Review segment about Exor's exhibit at National Manufacturing Week. ITSEnclosures president John Spangler, left, shows the latest entry in ITS' StrongArm suspension system line to Control Engineering integrated marketing manager Jim Spalding and district advertising manager George Fresty during National Manufacturing Week. Control Engineering senior editor Gary Mintchell chats with Perry Sink, of Synergetic Micro Systems, during Synergetic's in-booth press conference.
Heat exchangers for ideal climate control
Springfield, O. -Rittal's NEMA 4 type air-to-air heat exchangers are designed for telco/outdoor wastewater treatment, food processing, or other hosedown applications. The heat exchangers use ambient air to cool the temperature inside an enclosure.
Big display performance in small package
Charlottesville, Va.— QuickPanel Jr. packs analog resistive touch screen, high bright TFT display, and 64 colors in 6-in. display size. Free-form static and dynamic graphics present information to the operator. The unit communicates with more than 70 PLCs and PLC networks including Allen-Bradley Remote I/O and DH+.
OPC Integrates the Factory Floor
Manufacturing has been given the challenge. Enable smaller lot sizes, allow flexible options in products going down the same manufacturing line in random order, allow customers to make changes until just before actual production, communicate seamlessly with all suppliers and customers. Do all this and hold, or even decrease, costs, and just maybe the company will survive for a little whil...
Ethernet I/O gains protocol support
Temecula, Calif.—New flash firmware features for SNAP Ethernet I/O system are available at no extra charge. These include Point-to-Point Protocol support, Simple Network Management Protocol support, and support for wireless protocols, such as Handheld Device Markup Language, and Wireless Markup Language for use with web-capable mobile phones.
Compact programmable safety system
Farmington Hills, Mich. -PSS 3046 is a compact, programmable safety system for light curtains, safety gates, or other types of safety related devices. It allows transmission of data in accordance with EN 954-1 up to and including category 4 and DIN V 19 250 up to AK 6.
Flexible, compact, low-voltage ac drive
Mequon, Wis— PowerFlex 70 AC drive, the lowest horsepower member of the PowerFlex family, aims to meet global OEM and end-user demands for space savings, cost efficiency, reliability, and ratings. Rated at 0.5-20 hp (0.37-15 kW), it offers Volts/Hertz and sensorless vector control, standard 24 V I/O types (6 digital, 2 relay and 2 analog inputs; one analog output), and various communicat...
Square D picks NetSilicon to help streamline electricity consumption
To network enable Square D's (LaVergne, Tenn.) power use monitoring capabilities, NetSilicon announced Oct. 10 it will provide its Net+Works device networking platform to Square D.The firms say Net+Works' system-on-a-chip platform will help Square D's products improve energy efficiency by posting real-time power monitoring on the Internet.
Modular computing breakthrough
Mountain View, Calif.— NUMAflex, a modular, brick-style computer technology, features a drawer-like module in a system. Each module has a specific function and can be linked through patented high-speed system interconnect to many other bricks of varying types to create a fully customized configuration.
Low-cost, intelligent terminal with Ethernet
Davis, Calif. -Intellicom Series terminals feature built-in I/O points and Ethernet connectivity. This C-programmable intelligent device offers 10Base-T Ethernet as well as RS-232 or RS-485 serial connectivity.
Innovations highlight ISA Expo/2000
New Orleans, La.—Countless useful, groundbreaking products were introduced at ISA Expo/2000 here recently. Some of the most significant included:
New control software for WinPLC
Cumming, Ga.— Automationdirect.com and KW Software (Cincinnati, O.) have teamed to offer IEC 61131-3 ProConOS PLC run-time engine for WinPLC CPU modules. Pricing for the module starts at $659. WinPLC, a PLC platform built on Microsoft Windows CE, fits into the CPU slot of DL205 PLC bases. The module integrates features of PLCs and PCs including direct backplane access to I/O modules, non...
Extended pluggable PCB terminal block line
Burgaw, N.C.—8513 Series 3.5-mm pitch pluggable printed-circuit-board (PCB) terminal blocks feature an ultra-compact screw-clamp connector. The bases are available in both horizontal and vertical entry for high-density PCBs. Products are available in 2-24 positions and carry UL94 V0 flammability rating.
DIN-rail mount compact PC
Raleigh, N.C.—PC7 contains a 400/500 MHz Intel Celeron processor in a compact, CE-certified metal housing ready for DIN-rail mounting. Included power supply requires a noncritical voltage range of 10-30 V dc. Monitors and displays can be connected via VGA, LCD, or PanelLink interface. The product connects with I/O modules via CANopen protocol with analog (CAN-A) or digital (CAN-D).
Windows CE 3.0 finally arrives
Microsoft Corp. released June 15 the long-awaited 3.0 version of its embedded operating system, Windows CE. Rebuilt from scratch for the embedded and appliance marketplace, Win CE 3.0 is a modular platform designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of an embedded operating system.
Software for critical control
Charlottesville, Va. -Offered in three versions (Max-ON Lite, Standard, and Extended), GE Fanuc's Max-ON hot backup redundancy software delivers an off-the-shelf configuration solution for applications such as fuel loading, standby power generation, boiler systems, and manufacturing systems requiring a modular level of critical control. Depending on application requirements, Max-ON provides varying levels of sophistication and integration with GE Fanuc series 90-30 PLCs and a wide range of I/O options including GE's remote I/O system, Genius LAN. GE Fanuc www.gefanuc.com.
Terminal block for motor wiring
Germantown, Wis .—With motor-wiring terminal block P/N 281-530, users can wire a three-phase line with ground with a single block. This 6-mm-terminal block accepts wire up to AWG 12 with Wago Cage Clamp connections. Also included are a test point and marking receptacle. Grounding foot makes consistent and secure contact with DIN rail.
Automated functions added to design software
Marion, Ind.—VIA Electrical Controls Design Software (ECDS) version 6 brings increased speed, ease-of-use, and automatedfunctions. It links schematics, panel drawings, bill of materials, and database management. Locator feature allows users to search multiple drawings for specific attribute values.
Trio allows busless PC-based control
PC-based control without the usual bus is possible using ActiveX software from Trio Motion Technology via USB. This ActiveX component is used with the company's USB daughter board, which allows designers to execute commands in Trio motion controllers just as if relevant programming functions were resident in the PC.
PCI serial card allows up to 460.8 Kbps
San Diego, Calif.—Two PCI serial communication cards, PCI-ICM-1S (500 V opto isolated) and PCI-COM-1S (non-isolated), support RS-422 and RS-485 balanced-mode transmission/reception and provide automatic control of RS-485 drivers for Microsoft Windows systems. Onboard jumpers allow selection of data rate from 115.
96-line digital I/O module for PC/104
Arlington, Tex.—PC/104 bus, TTL-compatible, digital I/O interface includes interruptible event sense. This feature monitors both rising and falling digital edge transitions, latches them, and signals the change of input status to the host. Each I/O line is programmable for input, output, or output with read-back operation.
PC-based control software offers more options
Saline, Mich.—ASIC-200 PC-based software, version 5.0, features user interface and printing enhancements, new function blocks, and I/O options. The system includes control, human-machine interface, and runtime software in one Microsoft Windows-based platform for application development and execution.
Web server provides factory data
Tucson, Ariz.—uses a web server with dynamic HTML and scripting capabilities to serve data from digital I/O points, analog I/O points, and serial ports. Using ODBC, it provides an interface to MES, ERP, SCADA, and other business applications. Features include browser interface with real-time monitoring, graphical and tabular viewing, logging, alarms, and control.
User requests improve software
Marion, Ind.— VIA Development has incorporated a wide array of user-requested features in Version 6.0 of its Electrical Controls Design software. Productivity improvements include a device locator that zooms to a device tag, change module addressing that allows "recycling" modules from earlier drawings, and setup wizards that speed project configuration.
PCI serial card enables 460.8 Kbps
San Diego, Calif. -Two PCI serial communication cards, PCI-ICM-1S (500 V opto isolated) and PCI-COM-1S (non-isolated), support RS-422 and RS-485 balanced-mode transmission/reception and provide automatic control of RS-485 drivers for Windows systems. Onboard jumpers allow selection of data rate from 115.2 Kbps to 460.8 Kbps.
PC-based control reinvigorates lab workhorse
Beyond improving capability, upgrading test stands also requires enhancing their versatility, efficiency, ease of operation, and maintenance. During one recent upgrade, BFGoodrich Aerospace (BFG, Troy, O.) overcame these challenges with help from VMIC (Huntsville, Ala.).BFG designs and manufactures aircraft wheels and brakes.
Palm-sized motion control
Marlborough, Conn. —Compact MicroLynx motion control system integrates a bipolar microstepping drive and versatile programmable indexer with expandable I/O and multiple communication ports. Two power ranges include 12-48 V dc with 3 A rms(4 A peak) and 24-75 V dc with 5 A rms (7 A peak). Six isolated 5- to 24-V dc short-circuit protected programmable I/O lines are standard with optional...
Solutions aid embedded hardware control
Microsoft Windows CE's expansion into embedded systems and industrial controls is challenging developers trying to help applications communicate with a growing range of hardware devices. Some developers face time-critical tasks requiring enhancements—often involving long and nondeterministic latencies—to specific Windows CE areas.
Web-based embedded control
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada -Internet Computer Controller embedded web server with onboard 10Base-T Ethernet and 2net software allows embedded device monitoring and control in real time using a browser. 2net is a DR-DOS web server application. Part number ICC104 is a PC/104 system with analog and digital I/O ports, 10Base-T Ethernet, power supply, solid-state mass storage, watch dog timer, and serial and parallel ports available. Tri-M Systems Inc.
Freeport, Ill.—Replacing the DCP 216, DCP300 programmer handles applications like temperature, pressure, flow, and level. Increased functions include position proportional control, single- or dual-channel units, RS-485 ASCII communications, and heat/cool control capability. Additional features include universal inputs and universal power supply, increased I/O point capability, and 19 prog...
Intelligent MCCs provide more functions, savings
There's been a lot of interest lately in using "intelligent" motor control centers (MCCs), but what defines an intelligent MCC? Typically, intelligent systems share three characteristics: control achieved via a microprocessor-based system; network technology used to replace hardwiring; and enhanced diagnostic or protective functionality.
Integrate VxWorks quickly
Kanata, Ontario, Canada —Developers can integrate the SVME/DMV-179 single-board computer with Wind River's Tornado II development and have VxWorks booted in minutes with Board Support Package and Driver Suite from DY4 Systems. Benefits of this combination include installing VxWorks booter as a standard feature, giving each card a unique Ethernet physical address, avoiding conflicts, and ...
How do you think I feel?
A few years back, someone at an extended-family dinner observed that scheduling our annual family bike ride was becoming increasingly difficult—having reached four generations of participants. Conversation continued on the rapid passage of time. A family member older than I mentioned that years seemed to be passing like months, and months like weeks.
Multi-level Eurostyle terminal blocks
Gilford, N.H. -Beau Interconnect introduces a range of multi-level terminal blocks for printed circuit boards in both 5.08mm and 5.0mm terminal pitch. Series 88 products (5.08mm) are available in two- and three-level configurations as well as low, medium and high profile heights.
Eleven days...how much time is it really? Eleven days to a child may be an eternity, but tell control systems integrators to completely replace a large control system with a faster, more capable, state-of-the-art control system in 11 days and watch their eyes get as big as saucers. Johnson Controls (JCI, Mt.
Ethernet RTU and I/O
Huntsville, Ala.—OptiLogic is a series of I/O and display products supporting a host controller over an Ethernet link. Products included with initial release are a four-slot card cage, various digital and analog I/O modules, RS-232 module, and high-speed counter. Snap on one of a variety of operator panels for a full Ethernet RTU family.
DIN-rail data line surge protector
Citel's data line surge protector model DL180 is DIN-rail mountable with a compact design that makes it suitable for applications with space limitations. I/O connections are made with screw terminals. It uses a multistage circuitry that automatically resets after every surge.
NIR component analyzer
Villa Park, Calif.— Near-Infrared Reflectance (NIR) technology provides the power for KJT550 to perform affordable compositional analysis. The product uses a "smart head" design integrating calibration and memory, measurement display, and process I/O within the sensor head. This eliminates requirements for controllers, separate I/O, and display modules.
AC drive for low hp control
Palatine, Ill. -VSD07 sub-micro AC drive comes with a smaller footprint, lighter weight. The unit has hp ratings from 1/4 to 2 at 230 and 480V, and to 5 hp at 590V with a focus on lower ratings falling between 1/4 and 1 hp.
PC programmable transmitter
Buffalo, N.Y.— Model PTH-400 PC programmable transmitter features a state-of-the-art microprocessor-based design said to enable full configuration ability with user-friendly software. All input types and range parameters are configurable with technology that requires no power supply when using the PA-400 programming adapter and graphic user interface with Microsoft Windows through the PC...
Ethernet I/O module becomes thin server
Temecula, Calif.— SNAP Ethernet I/O now interfaces Ethernet to any RS-232 serial device. This two-channel I/O module allows users to place the I/O system close to the data source and multiplex all signals to an Ethernet network. A total of 16 modules of any type--serial, digital, or analog--can be mounted on a single rack.
Ethernet, messaging highlight Embedded Systems event
Embedded Ethernet and enhanced messaging tools led announcements at the Embedded Systems Conference on Sept. 28-30. Wind River Systems (Alameda, Calif.) exhibited a real-time, embedded version of DCOM called VxDCOM that allows embedded devices to connect with PC-based applications.
Granular I/O modules
Mayfield Heights, O. —Point I/O is a smaller, more granular version of Allen-Bradley Flex I/O. It is designed for applications where flexibility and low cost are key. It consists of terminal bases, I/O modules, and network adaptors. The 12 mm modules are DIN-rail mounted and link together providing I/O channel density as high as 3 mm per point.
Harsh climate automation products
Atlanta, Ga.— Simatic Outdoor is an extension of the developer's S7-300 PLC product family specifically designed for harsh plant environments or outdoor installations. The family includes a variety of CPU's, I/O modules, interface modules, and Simatic ET200M distributed I/O modules with enhanced specifications for operation in temperatures ranging from 25 to 60° C.
I/O system improves flexibility, cuts costs
Rockwell Automation introduced Sept. 9 a scalable I/O solution that allows users to specify precise numbers of I/O points needed for their applications. Point I/O consists of terminal bases, I/O modules, and network adapters that are DIN rail mounted and link to meet an application's exact needs.
Frequency input modules
Tucson, Ariz.— DSCA45 frequency input modules are said to provide a simple, low cost method for interfacing magnetic pulse or "zero-crossing" signals, to data acquisition and control systems. Each module provides a channel of pulse or frequency input, which is isolated and converted to a standard analog voltage or current output.
Micro PLC line
Racine, Wis.— The CL150 line of micro PLC products has been designed for small, stand-alone applications. The series combines rugged metal cases; modular, high density I/O devices, and an open bus interface. Digital and analog I/O points are available, and users are able to add high current/relay output modules, high-resolution thermocouple units, and voltage or current analog outputs.
More slots for the space
Tempe, Ariz.— CPX1200 series CompactPCI computers can provide up to 15 to 25 6U cards in the same shelf space typically used by eight to 16 cards. The 3U (5.25-in. high) rack mounts 6U cards horizontally. One rack can contain five cards or four cards and a flexible drive-bay that supports peripherals such as floppy drive, hard disk, CD-ROM, and tape back-up units.
Two fast Ethernet ports on PMC
Menlo Park, Calif.— PMC-Dual100BT provides two independent fast Ethernet interface controller ports on a single PMC module. PMC is a mezzanine module for PCI and CompactPCI platforms. The unit uses the new Intel 82558 Ethernet controller and supports LynxOS, VxWorks, and Windows NT. The board complies with IEEE 802.
Extend monitor from PC for HMI
Milford, O.— PowerStation RS (remote station) separates the flat panel monitor from its PC for flexibility in mounting configurations. The PC part can be panel-mounted in an enclosure to reduce wiring to I/O devices. PC offers 5 x 86/133, Intel Pentium/166 or 200 MHz processors, Compact Flash RAM or hard disk drive, floppy drive, serial ports, Ethernet port, four full-length ISA expansio...
New additions to X-COM series
Brown Deer, Wis.— Wago Corp. has added to its X-Com, Series 769 terminal block connection system. New developments include base receptacle terminal blocks with two connections for either two plugs or one plug/one cage clamp and two-way jumping. Wago Cage Clamp technology provides vibration proof, low resistance, and superior quality connections.
Steeplechase touts PC-based benefits in 2nd handbook edition
Steeplechase Software again details the benefits of PC-based control and flow chart programming in the second edition of its SteeplechaseHandbook, The Practical Guide to PC-based Control and Flow Chart Programming. The authors cite Microsoft Windows-based programming tools, elimination of multiple databases, ability to choose I/O module vendors, and ability to l...
Patents last 20 years
In Control Engineering's June 1999 issue, p. 77, under "Product Focus: Trends in Terminal Blocks," it states that Wago Corp. "...let its patent for the screwless terminal block expire."I would like to point out that, with renewals, patents can only last for a maximum of 20 years. Wago didn't let the patent expire.
SST, Siemens partner on development
SST, part of Woodhead Connectivity (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), and Siemens AG Field Services Engineering unveiled a multi-tiered, co-development partnership at Hannover Fair '99.The partners' first project is SST's development of a new driver for its PICS Simulation software.
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 32-bit - Refers to number of bits used by an operating system to perform an operation. Is based on the microprocessor that the OS is designed to run on. access method - Technique for moving data between main storage and input/output devices. In a Systems Network Architecture (SNA) environment, it is the software that controls the flow of information in a network. adapter - Hardware installed in a PC or other computer and used to connect the computer to other hardware. address - Identifier assigned to networks, stations and other devices so that each device can be separately designated to receive and reply to messages. Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) - Internet protocol that dynamically maps Internet addresses to physical (hardware) addresses on local area networks.
Computer with CE, flash storage
Ann Arbor, Mich.— WebLink CE combines a Media GX processor, 12.1 in. flat-panel display, touchscreen, flash disk, and Microsoft Windows CE operating system. WebLink CE addresses the common problem of hard drive unreliability by using the CE operating system accompanied by a flash disk. Because the Windows CE operating system is so small, no hard drive is needed.
Compact vector ac drive
New Berlin, Wis.— GPD 315 ac drive provides both open-loop vector and V/Hz control in a compact package. The drive features digital operator panel with four-digit LED display and an analog potentiometer. Digital programming includes almost 200 parameters. Pulse train input is important for speed/follower applications.
Quick termination terminal block
Harrisburg, Pa.— Just insert an unstripped wire, make a simple lever motion with a screwdriver, and make a gas-tight, vibration-resistant connection. Quix AT are said to save up to 60% installation time. Connection is enhanced with strain relief ribs within the housing and a snap fitting in the metal body.
Input module links analog signals to Ethernet
Clifton Park, N.Y.— The new EtherTrak ET-8INS from Sixnet brings the speed and convenience of Ethernet networking to instrumentation analog inputs. It reads thermocouples, millivolts, volts, and current inputs. The module has 16 bit inputs for high accuracy and true differential inputs to minimize electrical noise and ground loops.
Profibus comes to Flex I/O
Bakersfield, Calif.— 3170-PDP is a Profibus DP adapter for Rockwell Automation's Flex I/O systems. The adapter concentrates data from up to eight Flex I/O modules into a single Profibus DP node with all Flex I/O and Flex Integra I/O products supported. Any mixture of analog or discrete modules can be interfaced to a Profibus DP network.
Rack and panel connector interface modules
Camp Hill, Pa.— IRP rack and panel modules eliminate extra terminal blocks and hand wiring that are sometimes required when dropping resistors are needed in rack and panel wiring to match field and signal system levels. IRP uses a series of plated component through holes in the module to allow users to install required resistors directly onto its board.
Fast and convenient wiring termination
Bloomington, Minn.— The new Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Wiring Systems allows users to integrate sequential, drive, motion, and process capabilities onto a single control platform. It eliminates the usual practice of individually wiring 16 or 32 points to I/O from terminal blocks. The ControlLogix Wiring Systems consist of 25 different 20-point digital IFMs offered in feed-through, extra ...
Logger with flexible I/O networking
Austin, Tex.—Infilon data logger combines flexible distributed I/O networking, computation and control processing, local storage, and communications in a small package. Resident network management provides "plug-and-play" capabilities to LonWorks eliminating a PC and PC-based network management tools.
Modular I/O module
Alpharetta, Ga.— Simatic ET 200S is a Profibus-compatible modular I/O system that combines two-channel digital and analog capabilities with an integrated high-power contactor relay in a single unit. According to its manufacturer, this configuration can cut cabling costs by as much as 80%, reduce control cabinet space requirements by up to 40%, and approve overall system maintainability.
Easier terminal block marking
Burgaw, N.C.— Provided with an easy to use Windows software package, the Marcom 2000 plotter system allows customers to create printed tags for Wieland DIN-rail-mount terminal blocks, rectangular multipole connectors, and WEB/WEG electronic housings. The plotter measures 24.5 × 16.5 × 4.
Large screen video recorder
Phoenix, Ariz.— VRX 150 is a 10.4-in. screen multipoint video recorder/controller designed to monitor, record, and control a variety of industrial processes. Trend data can be viewed in annunciator, panel meter, control, bar graph, and in vertical or horizontal formats. VRX 150 supports PC-based configuration and data analysis using Honeywell SCF and SDA software.
Improved line of message displays
Milwaukee, Wis.— Allen-Bradley Dataliner DL40 Plus line of message displays are engineered as a direct drop-in replacement for the company's DL10, DL20, and DL40 Dataliner message display applications. The new DL40 Plus series is available in two- and four-line message display versions with remote I/O and parallel interface options.
Analog I/O modules for Interbus
Harrisburg, Pa.— New input, output, and temperature modules are designed to provide sensor-to-network connectivity without enclosures. Utilizing the two conductor Interbus Loop technology to provide excitation power and signal transmission, the Quickon connection technology makes installation easy and fast.
Designing for Six Sigma Capability
This article is the first of a two part series. The second part will appear in the March issue and will address optimizing existing processes to achieve 6 capability. The ultimate in optimization is called Six Sigma (6σ), and its practitioners are known as Black Belts. It may sound like a mystical art, but it is in fact a data driven method for achieving near-perfect quality.
Analog I/O card for VME
Pittsburgh, Pa. —VMAC is a 3U VME carrier board that accepts from one to eight plug-in analog I/O modules. An on-board microcontroller senses which slots contain I/O modules at power up. Then it initializes modules and performs setup. All initialized modules are individually interrogated with last valid and buffered data transferred to on-board SRAM.
Single vessel system-inventory management solution
Bothell, Wa. —Kistler-Morse's new single vessel system, the SVS 2000 is a maintenance free, cost-effective, continuous electronic monitoring solution for material weighing applications in bins, tanks, silos, and hoppers. According to the company, simplified setup and calibration takes only minutes, without emptying the vessel.
Solutions shine at A-B Automation Fair ’98
St. Louis, Mo.Entering its eighth year, Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley Automation Fair 1998 was highlighted by hundreds of innovations, exhibits, technical sessions, and hands-on labs from A-B and its Encompass partners. All designed to help users improve applications, increase quality, and lower costs, some of the featured products included:
Common control engine helps reduce controller confusion
With control choices expanding daily, some users are confused about what type of control to specify: soft control, PLCs, hybrid controllers, or new architectures. To assist users, Rockwell Automation (West Allis, Wis.) plans to provide a control engine (the services that implement control tasks) that will be common throughout company's platforms and devices.
Interoperability for data acquisition systems encouraged
The Open Data Acquisition Association (ODAA) previewed its new open data acquisition standard (ODAS) on Nov. 10. ODAS is designed to meet customer requests to mix and match data acquisition system (DAS) hardware and software components without needing custom drivers. Developed over the past six months, ODAS defines a single vendor-independent application program in...
Software, services enhance hardware in Houston
The biggest players in control and automation gathered with the biggest names in software at ISA Expo/98 on Oct. 19-22 to showcase thousands of innovations to help manufacturers in the eternal quest to do more with less.ABB also demonstrated: SattLine, its object-oriented, Microsoft Windows NT-based control system for smaller continuous and batch processes; SattCon 2...
DeviceNet stations withstand aggressive environments
Minneapolis, Minn.— Interlink BT offers a complete line of heavy-duty compression molded, glass-reinforced polyester DeviceNet housings in NEMA 1, 2, 3, 3R, 4, 4X, 5, 12, and 13; IP65 and 66 ratings. Additionally, they are chemically resistant to many acids, chlorides, hydrocarbons, and long-term exposure to weather and are certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping.
Ethernet I/O block
Clifton Park, N.Y.— Sixnet's EtherTrak combines I/O and an Ethernet connection in one unit. About the size of a fist, each EtherTrak unit is equipped with a RISC processor and 1/4 MB of memory, extending Ethernet to the field level. A single chip contains the TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/internet protocol) for each I/O unit.
Linux driver available for Pamux
Temecula, Calif. —Growth in the Linux operating system market prompted development of AC28 Linux driver to support interface to Pamux I/O systems. Developed in standard C-language source code, the AC28 Linux driver supports addressing up to 512 digital and analog I/O points including SNAP I/O versions of Pamux products.
Analog wiring systems replace 40 wires
Milwaukee, Wis. —Analog wiring systems include pre-assembled and tested cables replacing 20 to 40 individual wires. The cable includes a programmable controller I/O module connector and an interface module connector. An interface module snaps on a mounting rail. Installers need only wire one side of the modules.
Analog intelligence decentralizes control
Lyss, Switzerland —Selectrol MAS-DP analog modules working with the CPU 72X controller is a new generation of decentralized control. Signals can be processed in the field. The controller handles up to six expansion modules including digital I/O, analog input (maximum of four), and analog output modules.
Moore will supply power station’s process automation
In partnership with Syseca (Manchester, U.K.) and in association with Ambrio (Burton-on-Trent, U.K.), Moore Process Automation Solutions recently secured a contract from Eastern Merchant Generation to supply a new control system for two 500 MW units at Rugeley Power Station (Staffordshire, U.
Knightsdale, N.C.— The Seriplex component network Optimizer family of high-count, board-style I/O devices come in a VME format that can handle up to 18 AIO (12 bit) and 96 DIO (selectable), as well as a variety of other options. Interface cards are available for VME, PC/104, and ISA bus with third partners that offer a variety of additional gateways.
Opto 22 offers free Linux support for Pamux
Opto 22 recently introduced Linux support for the Pamux I/O system. With the company's new AC28 Linux driver, users and developers can integrate Pamux into Linux operating systems. The new driver creates immediate solutions for Linux control applications. Pamux is Opto 22's parallel bus I/O communications system that allows computers to address up to 512 digital a...
Units increase assembly line speed
Scotts Valley, Calif.— HMS820/830 Series passive RFID (radio frequency identification) reader/writers are programmable and combine large internal match tables with I/O devices to greatly reduce decision and response times from a host PC or PLC. The 820 serial reader/writers have integrated antennas, and contain four input and output points in addition to host interfaces of RS-232, RS-422...
LaGrange, Ill.— OpenDAC is a family of remote I/O interfaces for Optomux, Modbus ASCII, Modbus RTU, and Profibus DP networks. The line complements existing OpenLine PC based controllers for Ethernet TCP/IP. Each OpenDAC slave controller monitors or controls the status of 2 to 32 analog or digital I/O points.
Software supports Galil controllers
Chagrin Falls, O. —Motion Direct, a software tool kit for ASIC Control Suite, now supports Galil motion contol products. There are over 200,000 Galil motion controllers in service worldwide. Motion Direct supports the latest generation ISA motion cards—DMC-1700, along with the DMC-1000, -1200, -1400, -1500, and -1600 cards.
Cut rate offered to first-time PC control users
To attract more users to the PC-based control field, Steeplechase Software Inc. is offering its Starting Gate control package for $995. But, as the saying goes, that's not all. Each purchaser will also be able to buy one interface card from SST (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) for $500 as part of its Starter Package program.
Corrections – 1998-08-01 – 1998-08-01
In Control Engineering , June 1998, Cover Story Part 2, "How to Work with a System Integrator," pp. 50 and 53, Steve Munn's name was mispelled and an incorrect location was given for Arkansas Industrial Computing (Sherwood, Ark.). In Control Engineering , June 1998, Product Focus, "I/O Devices&Terminal Blocks," pp. 85-92, two photos were misplaced among the product descriptions for Grayhill, Lutze, and Weidmuller.
Mitsubishi Electric unveils PC control package
London, U.K.—Mitsubishi Electric recently announced a joint development with Steeplechase Software (Ann Arbor, Mich.) to provide PC-based control as an alternative to its standard programmable controller offering. The PC package works with either "A Series" or FX distributed I/O devices. The jointly developed MX Computer Control package is a private-label version of Steeplechase's V...
PC control system starter kit
Westminster, Colo.—Combining Intellution's FIX Paradym-31 SoftLogic control software, Opto 22's SNAP I/O modules, and Octagon's single-board MicroPC, user's are offered a low cost entry into the PC-based control environment. FIX software provides the interface and is configured using IEC 1131-3 programming standards.
No, that’s not a PC, it’s a PLC
There is much to be written, and much to be done, in the quest for a solid, reliable, real-time control engine to run in the Windows NT environment. Quite a few good people in quite a few good companies are hard at work on the problem—and some may actually have solved it. I'll be exploring some of their work in this column over the coming months.
Conscientious cabling creates
People don't live by bread alone and control applications can't live on just software. Hardware, I/O devices, and cabling give computers a nervous system that links them with reality, and so its crucial for cabling to be installed correctly.Olflex Wire & Cable Inc., which offers a variety of field bus cables for high-speed environments, recently compiled a list...
Intelligent sensors don’t signal end of I/O modules
[Editor's note: This letter is a response to the "PLC I/O Devices: More Options for Better Machine Control" article in the March 1998 issue of Control Engineering, p. 127.]The main purpose of the controller is to control outputs based on input data via field sensors. This data can be gathered via direct input from the sensor(s) or over some form of communications bus.
Steeplechase’s under $1,000 control package debuts
PC-based control solution developer Steeplechase Software Inc. recently released Starting Gate—its first hard real-time design and run-time package under $1,000. With full protection against hard drive failures and the Microsoft Windows NT blue screen of death, the VLC Starting Gate package is priced at $995.
Solutions highlight IAM show
Numerous innovations greeted decision makers attending IAM '98, May 12-14. MDT Software (Alpharetta, Ga.) reports its MASS Autosave real-time, change management software now supports Rockwell Automation's RSLogix 500 for the SLC 500 processor line, and its MASS Y2K AutoScan module can scan controller programs for potential Y2K or other date-related problems.
Automated instrumentation cuts process design engineering costs
Move over Picasso. Though PCs already aid many instrumentation design and control applications, some engineers are drafting software to take on more creative tasks—such as producing original work in technical drawings—to save time and money.For instance, Optimation Technology Inc. (OTI, Rush, N.
One-piece interface and logic controller
Melrose Park, Ill. —GLC100 combines a graphic operator touchscreen, logic controller, and I/O subsystem in a single device. The device is programmed from a PC where a common database is created and shared for the interface graphics and the control logic, which is developed using an IEC 1131 ladder logic development tool.
PC-based controls and I/O modules give yarn true colors
In the controls field, accuracy is often a result of how fast you can secure data and make decisions. Package dye equipment, for example, requires especially precise control of numerous I/O variables to correctly dye large yarn spools in pressure vessels, or kiers, which range in size from those able to dye one 10-lb package to those that can handle 1,500 lb.
PLC cabling system
Cumming, Ga. —ZipLink PLC cabling system is a DIN-rail mounted connector and cabling system for PLCDirect PLCs. The electrician wires the panel by plugging one end of a ZipLink cable into a PLCDirect I/O module and the other end into a ZipLink connector module. The cabling system reduces time to wire modules while reducing the possibility of wiring errors.
Two-axis motion controller
Carlsbad, Calif.— The DC2-STN is a stand-alone two-axis servo controller with two auxiliary outputs for stepper control. Occupying a 9.5 × 4 × 5 in. footprint, with back panel mounting tab, and removable/pluggable screw terminals, the DC2-STN is suitable for OEM applications. Communications for programming and networking is provided via an RS-232 interface.
Object-oriented strategies multiply
Software objects promise to allow greater reuse of code, allowing vendors to focus on core functionality. Several object platforms have emerged recently and were demonstrated during NMW.Intellution's (Norwood, Mass.) Fix Dynamics "i-Core" set of services and Object Automation's (Santa Ana, Calif.
SoftPLC demo control software
Humble, Tex.— A working demo of SoftPLC, a PC-based PLC emulation software, is available for download at http//www.softplc.com/splcdemo.htm. The demo limits the user to 16 rungs of logic, does not support I/O devices, and is the earlier version of SoftPLC. Included is Comgenie, a set of instructions for ASCII communications to RS-232, -422, or -485 devices through the computer's COM ports.
PC control cuts machine design time
Industrial laser-based machines require intricate control systems for precision cutting. Complex controls must be balanced by the operational simplicity necessary for plant-floor production. To ease operation of a new laser cutting machine—while maintaining a tight design schedule—LaseRevolution Inc.
Multi-Slave Interface Card
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada— Newly released by SST, the 5136-PMBS multi-slave Profibus interface card in ISA format is reported to be the first card that can assume more than one DP slave station address. Its developers say the card is unique because it emulates one to 125 Profibus stations, and can monitor one to 125 real slave devices without affecting existing network traffic.
Measurement, Analysis, and Control System
Spring House, Pa.— MPACS (measurement, process analysis, and control system) advances the technology of dimensional measurement systems by blending advanced control software, standardized hardware, and open system connectivity. Modular in design, MPACS uses any PC (commercial, industrial, customer standard, etc.
Intellution and Grayhill Agree to Integrate Products
To help users cut time spent on I/O device configuring and tag naming, Intellution Inc. and Grayhill Inc. (LaGrange, Ill.) recently agreed to port Intellutions Paradym-31 SoftLogic control software to Grayhills PC-based OpenLine controller [Both are winners of s 1997 Editors Choice Awards.
Expanded Terminal Block Line
Chicago— Bussman Circuit Components has added new Magnum Euro-Mag terminal blocks to its component line. These European-style terminal blocks are available with 3.81, 5, 5.08, 10, and 10.16 mm center spacings. Configurations include single, two-tier, depluggable, and screwless options with horizontal, vertical and 458 angle wire orientation.
Holographic Lens Lets Bar Code Reader Scan in Any Direction
Is your bar code reader illiterate? It might seem that way to some control and automation engineers, not to mention supermarket shoppers. However, many readers simply bog down when struggling to read labels that aren't lined up straight.To lessen this traditional problem, Rockwell Automation recently introduced its Allen-Bradley StrataScan Bar Code Reader, which uses holographic technolog...
San Diego, Calif. —Hardy Instruments releases the new HI 2151/ 30WC multipurpose weight controller with Integrated Technician (IT). Integrated Technician provides built-in system diagnostics to continuously monitor the system for failures and notifies the operator if out of tolerance. Individual weighing system components can be isolated when used with the IT Junction Box.
Software for High-channel Count Applications
Cleveland, O.— CIMScan is a Microsoft Windows 95/NT-based data collection control and management application designed for use with the IOTech's TempScan/1100, MultiScan/1200, and ChartScan/1400 monitoring and control instruments. CIMScan software can manage up to 16,384 channels of analog, digital, state, text, and digital I/O points from multiple hardware systems on multiple communicati...
Intellution to ‘Automate’ I/O Addresses for Grayhill OpenLine Controllers
Grayhill Inc. (LaGrange, Ill.) has signed an agreement to port Intellution's (Norwood, Mass.) Paradym-31 SoftLogic control software to Grayhill's PC-based OpenLine controller. As a result, on power-up, the OpenLine system scans the ID pins of each I/O point and populates the Paradym-31 database automatically.
Open, Modular Architecture Controls at GM Powertrain — Executive Summary
Authors : C. Michael Taylor director, GM Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Controls Council Thomas J. Yager controls manager, manufacturing engineering - engines Raymond P.
Terminal Block for Many Sized Wires
Brown Deer, Wis.—Wago Corp. has released the Series 735 front entry PCB terminal blocks with push-wire connections. These pushbutton terminal blocks claim to be a cost effective solution for two-wire in-line printed circuit board connections. Pin spacings for this series include 0.15 in. (orange) and 5 mm (gray).
Simplicity and low cost attract users to Seriplex
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