Industrial PCs

Industrial PCs April 1, 1999

5Machine Control Size, Connectivity Drive Hardware Strategies

PLC or PC? If that were the only question facing engineers, then it would be easy. If PC (personal computer) is the choice, then what type of PC? If PLC (programmable logic controller), then should I/O modules be on a backplane or distributed? Add to this the impact of Microsoft Windows CE and Ethernet.

By Gary A. Mintchell, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Industrial PCs February 1, 1999

Ready-to-go PC

Cumming, Ga.— The IC505-12 and IC505-12TS are two new industrial PCs with pre-installed Think & Do development and runtime system, Microsoft Windows NT, and a 3Com Ethernet card. Both models come with an Intel Pentium 133 MHz processor and a 12.1 in. color TFT display. The IC505-12TS touchscreen version has an analog resistive touchscreen with 49 premapped function keys, the IC505-12...

By Staff
Industrial PCs January 1, 1999

Merger creates Xycom Automation

To reflect their unified market position, recently merged Xycom Inc. and ASAP Inc. announced Dec. 1 the new name for the company will be Xycom Automation Inc. Both immediately began using this name. Xycom's industrial PCs and workstations continued to use their existing product names, but the "ASIC Control Suite" was renamed "ASAP Control Suite.

By Staff
Industrial PCs December 1, 1998

Users Seek Color, Flat Panels, High-Light Readability

Color, touchscreens, visibility in high-light conditions, and environmental protection are features a majority of users find important for operator-interface terminals, according to a recent Control Engineering survey. Use of flat-panel screens for operator interface terminals is growing, from 40% in the present purchase to 50% for the next purchase.

By Staff
Industrial PCs December 1, 1998

Industrial PC is low power, compact, and fanless

Dattwil, Switzerland— PIP (Packaged Industrial PC) 5 is a series of compact, robust, low power, and fanless industrial PCs which fit either on a DIN rail or wall. PIP 5 is equipped with an AMD5x86-133 processor and is 100% PC/AT compatible. Processing speed is said to be far above industry standard, allowing the device to be used with Microsoft Windows 95 or NT software.

By Staff
Industrial PCs November 1, 1998

Windows CE Embeds Itself in Automation, Control, and Instrumentation

Windows CE, the thinnest among Microsoft Windows operating systems, works as fast as PLCs, is moving to real time, and offers developers of automation, control, and instrumentation software the advantages of the Microsoft development world.Windows CE is compatible with existing Windows products, can look like Windows NT to the user, and has reduced memory requirements, less than 1 MB, so ...

By Mark T. Hoske, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Industrial PCs November 1, 1998

Siemens’ new Simatic MP270 based on Windows CE

Siemens Automation and Drives Group has chosen Microsoft Windows CE as the operating system for its new Multifunctional Platform (MP) products. MP is aimed at automation tasks with functionality needs between those offered by industrial PCs and application-specific dedicated devices, such as programmable logic controllers or operator control panels.

By Staff
Industrial PCs October 1, 1998

Automation Hardware Guide

Corrections and additions to the Control Engineering 1998 Automation Hardware Guide follow.

By Staff
Industrial PCs September 1, 1998

MonitorMice for touchscreens

Fremont, Calif. —MonitorMice for NT takes advantage of the multiprocessing capabilities of Microsoft Windows NT so that a network of up to 32 touchmonitors can be run from a single PC. Previously, each touchscreen needed its own PC to operate while only one monitor could be used to view output from an NT application.

By Staff
Industrial PCs September 1, 1998

First PLC for Windows CE

It's not often you see the price leader in a market snare the role of technology leader. Yet this is the case with PLCDirect's (Cumming, Ga.) introduction of two new control platforms for the Microsoft Windows CE operating system (OS).The WinPLC and RuntimePC combine PC-based control software, Ethernet ports, PLC I/O, and flat-panel display hardware with Windows CE.

By Jane S. Gerold, Control Engineering