Manufacturing IT, MES

Manufacturing IT, MES October 1, 1998

GE Fanuc says new software version easier, more flexible

To help users develop, commission, and maintain systems more efficiently, GE Fanuc unveiled Version 4.0 of its Cimplicity human-machine interface (HMI) on Sept. 21. The company says Cimplicity 4.0 combines an easy-to-use, intuitive graphical interface with new development and control tools, such as a system doctor, report manager, and action calendar.

By Staff
Manufacturing IT, MES October 1, 1998

AFD for small applications

Milwaukee, Wis.— AF91 microdrive may be one of the smallest ad-justable-frequency drives (AFDs) made. AF91 is geared toward customers who require AFDs for low-horsepower functions. Changing load conditions are monitored and controlled by ramp regulators. An automatic recovery mechanism will attempt to regulate a faulty condition up to nine times following the first indication something i...

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Manufacturing IT, MES September 1, 1998

ABB merges OCS, MES platforms

ABB Industrial Systems (Rochester, N.Y.) merged its OCS and MES platformas into an object management framework, S. Zafar Kamal, director of MES Program Management at ABB, told Control Engineering editors here in August. The move to Microsoft-centric architecture also leverages extensive company experience connecting to the enterprise resource planning layer via...

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Manufacturing IT, MES July 1, 1998

In-line carbon dioxide analysis

Irvine, Calif. —Designed to reduce the time lag between CO2 measurements and when adjustments are made, the D-CO2 in-line carbon dioxide analyzer provides 1.5 sec response times. Compliant with steam-in-place and clean-in-place requirements, the D-CO2 analyzer features a drift-free membrane sensor, reducing the frequency of calibrations.

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Manufacturing IT, MES June 1, 1998

Industrial controls perform well in 1997

One way to determine the health of a business or industry is to examine annual reports of major companies in that sector. However, this method is becoming difficult as more companies are gobbled up by corporations that serve increasingly diverse industries.In the industrial controls field, many companies that once offered somewhat homogeneous products are disappearing into the confines of...

By George J. Blickley, consulting editor
Manufacturing IT, MES June 1, 1998

Manufacturers aren’t all flocking to the web

In spite of the Internet boom of recent years, many companies are still holding out. For whatever reason, they just don't believe there is benefit in being on the web.USA Today recently reported that, according to studies by PC chipmaker Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.), "fewer than five percent of the more than seven million U.

By Matt Bellm
Manufacturing IT, MES April 1, 1998

Flame detector uses UV-IR

Manchester, N.H. —Special Edition 850 is a UV-IR optical flame detector with a patented dual infrared sensing channel. This Factory Mutual approved model is designed to detect silane, hydrogen, and hydrazine flames as well as typical hydrocarbon flames. Dual infrared sensing enables the detector to sense two distinct wavelengths of infrared.

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Manufacturing IT, MES April 1, 1998

Revision 4.0 batch component available

Norwood, Mass.— VisualBatch 4.0 adds new and increased functionality to allow users to bind and rebind equipment and units at multiple stages in an active batch procedure life cycle. It reduces cycle times and increases production, manages a real-time journal of the active batch, provides enhanced OPC communications to other OPC-compliant systems, and includes a collection of interfaces ...

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Manufacturing IT, MES April 1, 1998

Virtual Private Networks simplify communications

One of the latest trends in corporate networking and supply-chain strategies is the virtual private network (VPN). As the name suggests, a VPN is not a truly private corporate network, but an alternative to a traditional wide-area network (WAN).One advantage of VPNs is companies are able to reduce network maintenance costs by using the Internet and Internet Protocol to connect locations i...

By Matt Bellm
Manufacturing IT, MES March 1, 1998

OpenDWG Alliance Formed to Make CAD Files Accessible

Fourteen companies, representing CAD vendors and users, announced Feb. 10 that they've formed the OpenDWG Alliance to share expertise on the DWG file format. The new association of vendors and users is promoting Autodesk's DWG drawing file format as an open industry standard for the exchange of computer aided design (CAD) drawings.

By Staff