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Today’s industrial networks are intelligent and robust, which is a stark change from what they were even a few years ago. Some of these changes and advances are highlighted.
Ensuring a comprehensive list of security-related patches by using operational technology (OT)-specific patching tools to gather complete software, vulnerability and security patch information.
How and when to apply OT/ICS compensating controls when software patching is not an option in industrial cybersecurity.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought innovation and advanced technology, but it has also made these systems increasingly vulnerable. Industrial-grade cybersecurity is recommended.
CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 406-J and CiA 410-J specifications, which describe the adaptation of the CANopen encoder and inclinometer profiles for J1939-based networks.
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As wireless sensor networks become more reliable, their applications continue to grow.
New managed cyber security service offering launched for protecting industrial control system environments
Siemens introduces a comprehensive security service, aiming at control system asset owners in process and discrete industries. Video: Galina Antova and Roger Hill explain threat developments driving the launch.
Thomas Crone will draw on experience from marketing and management roles, taking the helm as president and CEO at Prosoft Technology.
Fan-less Panel PCs by AIS feature an embedded platform for maximized uptime in a connected machine-to-machine interface.
In a machine retrofit, annual operating costs decreased more than 25% with use of AutomationDirect ProSense vacuum pressure transmitters, DirectLogic DL06 PLCs, Durapulse variable frequency drives, and C-more HMI. See related application story.
The 475 Field Communicator Silver Edition by Emerson Process Management uses software that allows the communication to use HART and Foundation Fieldbus digital valve controllers.
Moxa demonstrates easy video integration with SCADA systems using technology developed for the oil & gas industry.
Pepperl+Fuchs laser light section sensor LineRunner LR300 can track corrections, do edge or gap measuring, provide volume determination, and do tolerance checks.
FieldQ by Emerson Process Management diagnostics help simplify work practices and improve efficiency by allowing users to categorize and prioritize alarms.
You’re making a big deal about phishing and spear phishing. Does anybody fall for that?
Product Exclusive: Maple Systems introduces three new PC400C Series Panel PCs with an Intel 2.3 GHz dual core processor, 4 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, and a design to meet the most demanding production requirements and harsh environmental conditions.
Yokogawa releases new FieldMate handheld communicator to configure, poll, and trim field instruments and control devices.
Beckhoff Automation PC-based control and EtherCAT products help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25% with Beckhoff panel PCs, TwinCAT PLC software, and EtherCAT I/O.
Application story: PC-based control and EtherCAT help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25%.
Advances in CNC technologies include a Siemens Sinumerik 808D CNC for entry-level milling and turning machines, the Siemens Sinumerik 828D Basic for milling and turning machines in the mid-range job shop market, and the Siemens Sinumerik 19-in. CNC operator panel for advanced machine-tool applications.
RFID has moved beyond logistics to become a link between the plant floor and the enterprise.
AKD PDMM and Basic servo drives from Kollmorgen are designed for simple single axis control and up to 128 axes of complex and programmable synchronized motion.
Video: Mitsubishi 2512HV-20CF laser cutter at Atlas Tool & Die Works Inc. has repeatability accuracy of +/- 0.000197 in. and uses three servos by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. The controls can operate up to 6 axes, if needed. Latest machine offers more capabilities. Also see photos, cutting speed table.
Galil introduces RIO-47300 Pocket PLC with 48 digital and 16 analog I/O, plus two Ethernet ports for easy daisy-chaining.
Increased performance, support for up to 128 axes, and onboard Ethernet are among features in today’s advanced servodrives.
The ratings for the Allen-Bradley Powerflex 755 AC drives by Rockwell have been extended to 1500 kW/2000 HP. The drives are designed for variable speed and torque control in demanding environments and industries.
Next presentation on November 28, King of Prussia, PA (Philadelphia area).
New easy-mounting device from Levelese provides a continuous level measurement in fuel tanks.
Product Exclusive: Leine & Linde, subsidiary of Heidenhain, offers new Advanced Diagnostic System (ADS) Online, an encoder diagnostic tool especially useful in large complex machinery.
Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers: Perspecto CP TV merges HMI visualization and PLC logic into a touch-sensitive control panel, reducing costs and development time. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
Motion Control - Drives: Sinamics S120 drives have been expanded to include EtherNet/IP connectivity, thus providing maximum flexibility for industrial Ethernet communication while offering innovative concepts for those wanting one network for the entire plant. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.
Motion Control - Servo drives: This new feature-rich ABB Servo Drive with powerful embedded programming intelligence offers built-in EtherCAT, Modbus/TCP and EtherNet/IP at 20 times the speed of existing smart drives for high speed applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Motion Control - Servo drives: The IndraDrive Cs Advanced with Sercos III master is a compact low-power servo drive with high functionality, able to control up to nine slave drives in an extremely space-saving design, and features open support of multiple Ethernet-based communication buses. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
Motion Control - Servo drives: AKD Basic are Ethernet-based servo drives feature an integrated single axis motion controller, enabling OEMs to build a more compact and cost-effective machine than is possible with a separate drive and PLC configuration. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
Process Control systems: Simatic PCS 7 Version 8 integrates functional variety, flexibility, and performance within Siemens Totally Integrated Automation Portal, a complete range of products, systems, and solutions for all levels of industrial automation. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Power - Energy, power protection: The lightning current monitoring system detects and analyzes all significant parameters of lightning surge currents. This can maximize predictive maintenance and is especially valuable in offshore, remote applications like wind turbines and oil platforms. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs: Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 programmable automation controllers bring a high-performance, right-sized integrated motion control solution for machine applications, providing the extensive capabilities of the Logix Control Platform in a small, integrated and cost-effective package. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Power - Motor control : Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers offer a compact, modular solution that puts motor control on or near the machine, ideal for light-industrial, material-handling applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Control Techniques, an Emerson business, at SPS Nuremburg, is launching its Unidrive M family of drives designed for manufacturing automation customers. The seven drives, each designed to meet the requirements of, and improve productivity in, a specific area of the manufacturing market, were previewed at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.
Product Exclusive: Wago Perspecto CP TV merges an HMI and a PLC into one package, combining hardware and software for logic and visualization, thereby reducing overall costs and development time, the company said.
Logic Supply extends its rugged computer line for industrial and embedded applications.
Cognex's DataMan 100 and 200 barcode readers now have 2DMax+ code reading technology that can read damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes.
Inside Machines: Pulp and paper machine builder implements safety system to help protect workers and simplify machine design. Engineers at Automatic Handling International use integrated safety system to reduce waste by 80%, which could save end users millions of dollars annually. Machine design time was cut in half.
Drives configuration software removes the pain from system design and start-up. By using programming software that integrates the drives and the controller, users have less of a learning curve and can more easily manage the drive and the control system.
Maybe your company bought a legacy facility, or you have moved to a different plant, but you have to determine if an existing safety system is up to snuff. Where do you start?
Endress+Hauser introduces Promag L 400 with built-in Ethernet port and web server technology.
Leading Edge Automation selects wireless handheld HMI from Beijer for printing press upgrade.
Siemens expands its Simatic rugged comfort panel HMI touch screens.
Phoenix Contact ILC 1x1 compact controllers make advanced control options available to small- and medium-sized systems, including support for Modbus TCP protocol.
It’s difficult to say what convergence of competing protocols will mean for wireless instrumentation users. Is there a value in waiting? Will changes in technology make it a moot point? Video: One vendor’s view suggests it’s more about the infrastructure.
The MCS by Potomac Electric is designed for easy customization in the OEM market and is used for applications like precision conveyors, centrifuges and pumps.
The 8400 motec frequency inverter drive by Lenze Americas has been enhanced ton enable plug-and-drive communication via real-time Ethernet networks for plants covering large areas.
Emerson Process Management will help manage operations of two new North Sea platforms in the Clair Ridge project.
Integrator Update: Why wait to replace PLCs without Ethernet communication with little memory for storing troubleshooting data, beyond their supported lifecycle? PLC upgrade advice follows.
Trio Motion has expanded its Motion Coordinator offerings with two new motion and machine controllers based on the latest 533 MHz ARM11 processor. Motion controllers are said to flexibly and economically provide new levels of multi‐tasking servo or stepper control for high performance automation.
There are times when we see glimmers of hope, and then there are situations like this one.
RISI, the industrial network security monitoring organization, publishes its survey for 2011.
Product Exclusive: With a superior high-resolution 12.1-in. display, Maple Systems HMI5121P has a durable aluminum enclosure with TFT touchscreen, 16.2 million colors, and a 1,024 x 768-pixel screen with LED backlight.
Siemens expands applications for Simatic S7-1200 with new AS-I master communication module.
Product Exclusive: Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 750 series ac drives from Rockwell Automation offer new solution for applications 0.75 kW to 7.5 kW/1.0 hp to 10 hp at 400 V/480 V.
Product Exclusive: New CompactLogix 5370 controllers from Rockwell Automation integrate motion on EtherNet/IP, offer faster system performance in a footprint up to 40% smaller, appealing to machine builders.
Basler has added eight cameras with Gigabit Ethernet (GigB) interface to the scout light series.
Adlink's EOS-1200 uses the 2nd Generation Inter Core i7 quad core processor, providing four independent gigabit PoE ports with transfer rates up to 4.0 Gb/s.
Technology Update: Today’s PLC can do Bode loop analysis, bringing benefits to industrial controls long enjoyed in the electronics world. The Bode analyzer function block described improved the control loop used on a gas turbine engine, including certification of the turbine control systems. See 26 graphics, charts, and screen captures in this pictorial tutorial.
The Kollmorgen AKD servo drive is able to support the functionality of the base analog drive, indexing drive, CANopen drive, and EtherCAT drive.
“If you can ping it, you can own it.”
New EtherNet/IP-enabled servo drive, Allen-Bradley Kinetix 350 servo drive from Rockwell Automation, provides cost-effective coordinated motion for low-axis machines and smaller applications.
How do instrumentation manufacturers decide which communication options to offer with each type of device?
Machine and embedded control – Machine vision, barcode readers: ifm's efector dualis Vision Sensor provides part verification in error-proofing applications. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
Machine and embedded control – PACs: The ControlLogix 5570 Series of programmable automation controllers from Rockwell Automation provide production control for the full range of automation disciplines using one control architecture. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
Machine and embedded control - CNCs and board-level products: FANUC's 31i-Model B CNC for high-performance machines and five-axis machines is reliable, efficient, innovative, and user friendly. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineer’s Choice honorable mention.
Machine and embedded control - CNCs and board-level products: With over 200 standard features designed to increase productivity, FANUC's 0i-Model D CNC is reliable, efficient, user-friendly, and popular. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineer’s Choice finalist.
Machine and embedded control - CNCs and board-level products: The new NI sbRIO-9606 from National Instruments offers greater customization and I/O support than previous versions and is ideal for ideal for embedded monitoring and control applications in industries such as energy and medical. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineer’s Choice award winner.
Process control – Flowmeters: Daniel 3812 Liquid Ultrasonic Flow Meter provides high-accuracy measurement for many noncustody transfer applications in the petrochemical, oil, water, and wastewater industries. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
Process control – Process sensors: The Rosemount 3051S Electronic Remote Sensor System from Emerson Process Management improves performance, is easier to install, and provides greater process insight on tall vessels and distillation towers through a patented digital architecture that allows mechanical impulse piping or long lengths of capillary to be replaced with standard cabling. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
Hardware – Handheld test, measurement, calibration: The Fluke 750 Series does the work of several tools—sourcing, simulating, and measuring pressure, temperature, and electrical signals—in one rugged, hand-held device. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
Hardware – HMI, operator interface, thin-client: The Magelis HMI STU 855 from Schneider Electric is a 5.7-in. screen that installs in seconds in the same hole that would typically hold one push-button or pilot light, and it is configured by Vijeo Designer software. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
Hardware – Industrial PCs (IPCs): The Advantech UNO-2174A is a wide operating temperature and Energy Star-certified embedded automation computer. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
The ControlLogix 5570 series of programmable logic controllers from Rockwell Automation feature additional memory, speed and processing capabilities for basic to high-performance process and motion applications.
Kepware Technologies releases three new drivers KEPServerEX Version 5.7 to extend communication for oil and gas and water utility applications.
Lead Project Engineer, Interstates Control Systems Inc. – BS Electrical Engineering, South Dakota State University
Honeywell’s OneWireless Adapter can send process variable and HART diagnostic data from existing wired field instrumentation.
Is there an easy way to tell which generation a given transmitter is?
Advances in electronics manufacturing are supporting higher functionality levels in industrial automation hardware.
GE's GFG500 Gigabit Ethernet Video Processor and the MCP500 Processor use the Tilera TILEPro64 many-core processor to compensate for demanding video and network processing in harsh environments by UAV's and ground vehicles.
Phoenix Contact Quint Oring active redundancy modules use new auto current balancing (ACB) technology for precise load sharing, plus load current monitoring, remote diagnostics, and visual indications, for reliable, redundant power systems.
KROHNE's Summit 8800 Digital Flow Computer is designed for custody and process applications in metering and data handling
The MDS conference, November 9 and 10, will focus on motor driven systems important to the United Kingdom and European Union.
IVC Displays' NP-8150A is a 15-inch XGA display with an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor and an 80 GB 2.5-inch hard drive.
Siemens's Simatic HMI KP8 and KP8F that feature eight large programmable keys and offer IP65 protection with SIL2 or SIL3 ratings.
AutomationDirect's Stride Ethernet product line includes unmanaged Ethernet switches and have an ST-type fiber optic connection.
Endress+Hauser's Promass E 200 Coriolis flowmeter claims the distinction of being the first to have two-wire 4-20 mA HART technology.
Positioned between simple applications requiring laser-type bar-code readers and high-end applications that use line scan image-based systems lies an entire range of projects that currently use laser-based scanners but could benefit from migrating to new image-based techniques.
AutomationDirect's GS-EDRV Ethernet drive functions as an Ethernet link, allowing greater connectivity to many control system architectures.
Kollmorgen will be presenting at the Converting + Package Printing Expo Pavillion from Sept. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, co-located with Pack Expo.
The Fieldbus Foundation is one of the only automation industry organizations with a registration program requiring mandatory testing of critical elements of its technology.
While fieldbus registration guarantees a basic level of interoperability, you may find some unpleasant surprises as you try to integrate devices with your host system. Here are some ways to prevent that.
ProComSol releases DevCom2000 Mobile software to communicate with HART instrumentation.
U.K. linear electric motor developer and manufacturer to become Dunkermotoren Linear Systems.
Where is the line between security efforts that are symbolic, and those that have a real purpose?
The Rosemount 3051S ERS System by Emerson Process Management can replace mechanical impulse piping by linking pressure sensors together, electronically.
IT students suggest ways PLCs could be made more secure.
MatrikonOPC's newest version of the OPC Tunneller transfers data from remote OPC Servers into a centralized A+E Historian without DCOM communication issues.
Austriamicrosystems’ High-Voltage CMOS technology offers new RF (Radio Frequency) integration, high density SoC (System on a Chip) capability.
B+B Electronics has designed a Ethernet bridge called Ghostbridge, which is designed to link two devices/network with no setup required.
Major stake in Validus DC Systems provides innovative electrical distribution technology that lowers total facility costs by up to 30%
Turck's CAT6 RJ45 field wireable connectors provide a secure way to extend an Ethernet cable in the field.
Just when you had hoped all the hoopla had passed, one more thing about Westminster Abbey.
C.J. Chang-Hasnain has been recognized for her contributions to Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers by the IEEE. Her demonstration of the first gigabyte-per-second multimode VCSEL transmission using a multimode optical fiber became the prototype of today’s Ethernet technology.
IDS Imaging’s GigE uEye CP camera offers a GigE interface, power over Ethernet in a compact package – without the need for separate power supply cables.
Beijer releases new HMI family with multiple sizes, connectivity options, and sophisticated graphic software.
Acquisition of GarrettCom strengthens Belden's wireless offerings with technologies for the smart grid, including grade switches, routers and security software.
Frontline's NetDecoder protocol analyzer tool has been updated to support a wide array of Smart Grid communication technologies.
Remembering Paul Baran and his work in networking.
Failsafe, wireless operator control and monitoring via Rapid Roaming
A six-member family of 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers from Microchip Technology Inc. intends to provide the same integrated Ethernet, CAN, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with new memory options.
Basler Vision Technologies scout2 GigE camera family uses the new 2 and 4 megapixel resolution CMOS sensors from CMOSIS, which reach up to 340 and 180 frames per second respectively. The company will exhibit at Automate Chicago.
Advantech’s modbus gateways, the EKI-1221D and EKI-1222D, feature built-in Ethernet switches and provide transparent connectivity between Modbus serial devices and Ethernet-based Modbus/TCP equipment.
DALSA’s Xineos-1313 strives to be the next generation in CMOS Flat Panel for Fluoroscopy and Cone Beam CT Dental Imaging.
Dalsa’s CCD/TDI x-ray imaging module provides higher resolution with easy Ethernet connectivity.
Bartec's Polaris Touch Panel PCs feature LED technology, designed for comfortable handling of simple machines, habitual PC comfort in hazardous areas
Two DIN-rail PCs from Advantech Corporation feature AMD Geode LX 800, 500-MHz processors and are equipped with a VGA port, 1 x RS-232 and 2 x RS-232/422/485 ports with automatic data flow control, maximum 921.6 Kbps speed/port, 2 x Ethernet ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, audio, and internal CompactFlash.
FieldServer Technologies’ full range of OPC Gateways enable Original Equipment Manufacturers to easily provide OPC interface, multichannel gateways for the end-user, and integrator to meet communicate via OPC.
Advantech launches new rugged, compact, and fast Ethernet switches which focus on machine and factory automation applications.
Network Integration - Ethernet hardware: Siemens Industry Inc., Scalance XR324 19-inch Rack Mount Switch. Scalance XR324 is designed to be the most flexible device on the plant floor, this rack mounted Ethernet switch is available from one to twenty-four ports and available in five unique media form factors. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
Network Integration - data acquisition, integration - Data Translation Inc. - DT9824/DT8824 Instrument Module. The DT9824/DT8824 is a highly accurate (24-bit) resolution USB or Ethernet data acquisition instrument module for test and measurement. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
Motion Control - servo drives - Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 servo drive. The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 servo drive from Rockwell Automation features embedded EtherNet/IP technology for integrated motion control, eliminating the need for a dedicated motion network. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
Motion Control - drives: Yaskawa America Inc., V1000-4X. The V1000-4X is a version of the standard Yaskawa V1000 drive in an integral enclosure that provides the protection required in tough washdown or dust-tight environments. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs - motion: Rockwell Automation, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L73 and L75 Programmable Automation Controllers. Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L73 and L75 controllers provide advanced memory, speed and process capabilities to enhance the motion and information capabilities. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs: National Instruments, NI CompactRIO. The new NI cRIO-9025 embedded real-time controller is a new addition to the NI CompactRIO platform that provides a more rugged -40 to 70 C deg extended temperature operating range along with a higher performance processor which makes it ideal for industrial and embedded engineers prototyping and deploying advanced monitoring and control systems. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.
Hardware - industrial PCs: Moxa Americas, V2426 Series. The V2426 Series embedded computers are based on the Intel Atom N270 x86 processor with multiple interfaces for railway and various industrial applications. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
Hardware - Handheld testing, calibration: GE Measurement and Control Solutions, DPI 620 IS. The hand-held DPI 620 IS is an intrinsically safe advanced multifunction calibrator incorporating full HART capability. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
AXISLib-GPU supports the development of high performance DSP and multiprocessing applications using NVIDIA CUDA technology. Typical aerospace and military applications include radar, sonar, image processing, signals intelligence and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance).
A new display is designed for applications that require two parameters to be visualized simultaneously. For example, the device can read a flow rate through a pipeline while totalizing the gallons, or indicate the temperature of an oven while also displaying the setpoint value.
Siemens launches damage control program for systems targeted by Trojan, including remedial and defensive measures for users. So far, actual damage is minimal. Update: Virus detection/removal tool now available.
Yesterday we received a press release from Siemens warning users of a potential cyber security problem with one of its systems: “Siemens was notified about the malware program (Trojan) that is targeting the Siemens software Simatic WinCC and PCS 7 on July 14. The company immediately assembled a team of experts to evaluate the situation and is working with Microsoft and the distributors of virus scan programs, to analyze the likely consequences and the exact mode of operation of the virus. It has so far been established that the Trojan, which spreads via USB sticks and uses a Microsoft security breach, can affect Windows computers from XP upward.” It certainly looks like Siemens is taking appropriate measures to deal with this problem. If you have a system that may be affected, you should contact your Siemens representative immediately. Whether this particular case affects you or not, you should ask yourself if you are taking appropriate precautions with your systems.
To provide a wider range of energy-efficient industrial displays with powerful processors, Beckhoff has released its new CP77xx series Panel PCs, a high-performance variant that features Intel Atom processors. The solid state CP77xx Panel PCs are suited for mid-range control platforms, and as HMI units for machine builders and plant engineering applications.
Kepware Technologies, provider of communications for automation, released KepServerEX version 5.2, with new features including an OPC UA client and server, an alarm and event condition option (expanding on the previously delivered OPC AE interface), and updated Mettler Toledo and IDEC drivers. OPC UA is the most robust of OPC Foundation specifications, Kepware says, and KepServerEX adds an OPC ...
Wireless, solar-powered SCADA integration kit from FreeWave Technologies, speeds field setup of wireless radio systems.
Lenze-AC Tech PositionServo drives with suffixes "ES" and "RS" now include a safety circuit that disables the drive output to the motor so the drive cannot generate torque in the motor.
Moxa Inc. Moxa Inc. ToughNet TN-5518 managed Ethernet switch is designed for rolling stock and rail networks. Many new applications in the railway industry, such as video surveillance, emergency intercom, and Web-like entertainment require large amounts of bandwidth. The TN-5518 provides 2 Gigabit ports to allow video, audio, and data transmission over a single network.
IEI Technology Corp. SailorPC-12A panel PC from IEI Technology Corp. is billed as the ultimate choice for meeting the high demands of all-day field use in mission critical applications in marine, military, and industrial settings. The fully sealed IP67 and NEMA6 compliant aluminum chassis are designed for high reliability, shock and vibration tolerance.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has released its SEL-3620 Ethernet security gateway. Designed to provide security to critical infrastructure systems, the gateway protects systems from malicious traffic with VPNs and a configurable ingress and egress stateful firewall. The storage for SEL-3620 offers industry-vetted security and interoperable standards, including IPsec (RFC 4301, 4302,...
New Hirschmann RSB20 managed Ethernet switches from Belden: 16 models, variety of ports, EtherNet/IP, temperature ranges.
Social networks and HTML 5 will be targets, McAfee says, adding that trojan sophistication will increase as law enforcement makes 2010 progress in cybercrime-fighting efforts.
Think it's a security alert? Check the spelling.
Tighter integration of security software and control system software can reduce the need for manufacturing IT personnel to be security experts.
A plan lets everyone respond properly to a control system security breach, whether it's a failure of a critical cyber component or an intentional break-in.
Matt Luallen and Steve Hamburg of Encari (a critical infrastructure information security consulting company), recently commented on their blog at www.controleng.com about their recent work in helping NERC-registered entities (e.g., power generation and transmission companies) address their respective NERC CIP Reliability Standards compliance concerns.
Control Engineering, in the July 2009, North American print edition, Inside Process section, in an article titled, “Addressing SIS Cyber Security; Is it First or Last?” erroneously stated that Michael Keehn, a former project superintendent at the Tehama Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) in Willows, California, was convicted of tampering with the TCCA computer system and sentenced to 10 ...
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies combines communication, configuration, and multi-function calibration in one instrument.
Lenze-AC Tech offers EtherNet/IP as an optional communication protocol for its SMVector drive. The drive can operate on an EtherNet/IP network with the addition of a simple plug-in communication module. Other network protocols available as option modules include CANopen, DeviceNet, Profibus and Modbus RS-485.
Aaxeon has released its Lanolinx Industrial Gigabit Ethernet switch with SFP port option. The LNX-501AG-SFP is an unmanaged switch with 4 x 10/100/1000T ports and 1 x SFP Mini-GBIC port. SFP transceivers support different fiber types and/or fiber distances, and are easily interchangeable, so users easily can swap transceivers to meet their fiber needs.
New aspects of control system software are reducing the need for manufacturing IT personnel to be security experts.
Aaxeon Technologies newest Optolinx industrial media converters, IMP-100A Industrial PoE (Power over Ethernet) media converter, provide Power over Ethernet on the copper port.
Manufacturing IT can benefit from cyber security tips, suggests AVG Technologies, which offers various software security packages for businesses.
ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has formally approved an Embedded Controller Security Assurance (ECSA) Framework, identifying the embedded controller testing approach and high level criteria for passing or failing the ISASecure tests.
Network cyber security tester Ed Skoudis of Inguardians discusses how penetration testing fits in an overall network vulnerability assessment. In this 15-minute podcast, Skoudis explains how thinking like a hacker can help identify cracks in your defenses. To access this podcast, following this link: http://budurl.
New key shapes and four types of modules from B&R permit placement of square illuminated keys anywhere on a machine.
Cyber security consultant and trainer, Ed Skoudis, explains how thinking like a hacker can be the key to finding vulnerabilities in your control networks.
When it comes to securing industrial networks, policies from the enterprise (IT) and manufacturing sides can differ. Co-authors Gregory Wilcox and Dan Knight, from Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems, respectively, give specific advice on "computer hardening" and "controller hardening" so the entire manufacturing enterprise can be protected.
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. introduces a new, economical, single-axis ac servo drive that is said to be easily commissioned, highly flexible, and conveniently connected to higher-level controllers. The Siemens Sinamics S110 single-axis drive is built on the proven Sinamics S120 drives platform, company says. This is a Control Engineering North American print edition Product Exclusive.
HygienicMaster magnetic flowmeter family provides configurations designed specifically for food and pharmaceutical applications.
The IPPC-4000D is a 4U 19-in. rack-mount industrial panel PC with a 5.7-in. VGA TFT LCD.
VisuNet GMP HMI products are tailored to the requirements of pharmaceuticals, and food & beverage industries.
Galil Motion Control a new RIO-471x2 Pocket PLC that provides expanded program memory, variables, arrays and programmable PID control loops. The unit provides 400 lines of program memory and 254 symbolic variables—twice as many as the standard RIO—and also provides six programmable PID loops compared to two.
In a letter to the electric utility industry, Michael Assante, chief security officer for NERC (National Electric Reliability Corporation), is delivering a diplomatic but pointed message: By trying to avoid regulation, utilities are putting the electrical system at risk. In this case, cyber security risks may have increased because of the way some electric utilities are approaching regulatory c...
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the TPC-1780H, a 17-in. SXGA TFT LCD fanless touch panel PC with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. The TPC-1780H has an ultra slim design (93mm depth) and a die-cast aluminum NEMA4/IP65 front panel. The TPC-1780H provides one extension slot, such as RS-422/485, PCI-104, CAN-bus, etc.
Color-coded plant-floor monitoring software provides production managers with 24/7 intelligence.
Fourth annual World Energy Dialogue convened at Hannover Messe, in Hannover, Germany, on April 21. The theme of this year’s event was energy supply security. The backdrop of the global environmental crisis and the increase in U.S. momentum to combat climate change provided additional context to the discussions. Key include technologies, policies, and funding. Link to other Hannover coverage.
A new Balluff direct metal-mount or "M-M" radio frequency identification system allows the RFID tag to be mounted on any alloy or metal surface without typical interference or loss in range.
When detecting a link down, the switch is said to save up to 14.28% in power usage without sacrificing network performance.
NERC criticizes electric utilities for downplaying critical nature of assets and cyber threats, putting national grid at risk. Link to exclusive cyber security video and blog that aim to reduce cyber security threats to automation systems.
cATM module from Online Development installs in a Rockwell ControlLogix PAC chassis and communicates with PLCs from Siemens, Schneider, others.
After a hacking incident or other cyber invasion in an industrial environment, is it possible to pick up the trail of the perpetrators? In the IT world such investigations are routine, but what about a plant control system? A new podcast with Mark Fabro, president and chief security scientist for Lofty Perch, discusses these specific possibilities.
EnergyWise technology for Cisco Catalyst switches measures, reports, and reduces the energy consumption of Internet Protocol (IP) devices such as phones, laptops, and access points.
How do cyber investigators handle a virtual crime scene? Listen in to learn how to find out who did what.
FlowmetersMicro Motion 2200S two-wire transmitter Emerson Process Management, Micro Motion Division Emerson's Micro Motion 2-wire Coriolis meter with MVD technology extends highly accurate mass flow and density measurement to loop-powered applications, eliminating the need for additional power wiring. Bringing the same high-quality features of Micro Motion Coriolis, the new two-wire meter delivers +0.10% liquid flow and +0.0005 g/cm3 liquid density accuracy in continuous process and mass balance applications. It has no moving parts and requires no maintenance.
While there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation of features a network must have to be appropriate for the application, ODVA says. Learn more at the ODVA conference.
ISA and O3neida produced a new technical publication this month, after two others were released in December 2008. The publications cover function blocks; safety profiles for Ethernet; and modeling, control, and simulation for energy systems.
The LXI Consortium Board of Directors elected Von Campbell of Agilent Technologies as the Consortium's new president. In addition, the Compliance Technical Working Group, which is responsible for certifying instruments as LXI-compliant, was elevated to Board Committee status.
Ethernet Direct industrial-rated, high-performance IP66 IP cameras with Power over Ethernet functions are designed for Video over Ethernet applications.
When considering the global trade environment in 2009, a number of potential issues can and will disrupt global supply chains, sourcing strategies, and the flow of working capital. Several of these issues are hangovers from 2008's economic turbulence, and some are just starting to develop.
BP's fuel storage and distribution sites in the UK will use a common overspill protection system.
At the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany, ODVA announced that it has published new editions of the specifications for the family of CIP Networks, enhancing the EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, ControlNet and CIP Safety technologies. The organization also announced that it will offer testing services for measuring performance attributes of EtherNet/IP products.
Cost-optimized thin clients for high volume projects, incorporate a range of configurations, processors.
Wireless device server family includes hardware and software to connect a serial or Ethernet device to a high-performance 802.11 network.
Bourns offers what it says is a breakthrough in transient blocking unit circuit protection technology, and has expanded, adding Fultec components and modules, by acquisition.
Real-time communications inside packaging machines is possible and happening in applications now, says The SERCOS organizations, at Pack Expo. Rovema uses SERCOS III Ethernet protocol.
As the U.S. federal government transitions to an Obama administration, technology will help, says a recent report from Input.
ReDAQ software from Dataforth is a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution for factory automation, process monitoring and control, and test and measurement applications that is delivered via a Web browser. No application software is required because users access the system via Intranet or Internet.
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New device works with frequency/pulse counting flowmeter sensors.
Data centers create massive amounts of data that is processed, routed, and archived. A key requirement to going green in the data center is to achieve those tasks while consuming less power and "real estate."
IOtech has added two products to its vibration measurement portfolio. The 600 Series dynamic signal acquisition product portfolio was expanded with a 10-channel, 24-bit, simultaneous sampling USB 2.0 device. With a new software package, eZ-TOMAS Remote, the eZ-Series suite of software now includes remote machine monitoring and control.
Turn a PDA into a HART communicator with this software.
Signals from multiple temperature probes come together at one device, saves over individual transmitters.
Rockwell Automation/Cisco Systems: Customer needs pave Ethernet’s way from factory floor to executive suite
Listening to your customers is a skill to hone. That's why users of both Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems solutions recently attended the Customer Innovation Council—a series of events hosted by the vendors—to make their views known. These particular users clearly expressed a desire for greater adoption of Ethernet network technology, calling for easier connectivity of industri...
UPDATED: This article has been updated with full award results. The Control Engineering team won four awards and swept the category for best illustrated cover at the 2008 American Society of Business Press Editors Midwest/South regional awards held here recently. Updated July 28: "Legalities" gets silver national award.
Latest guidelines for COM-Express-compatible modules for ultra mobile devices are ready for download.
Cyber security trainer and instructor offers his thoughts on the state of technology and defensive strategies.
Following a recent Reuters report that “United States manufacturing declined in May for the fourth consecutive month while inflation surged to the highest in four years, heightening fears of stagflation,” said Daniel Ikenson, associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies.
Educational seminars to help organizations implement change by establishing best practices between IT and manufacturing, and in other areas, including....
A Cato Institute analyst says manufacturing downturns are a cyclical fact of economic life, and relevant statistics should continue upward; Automation Federation tells policymakers how prosperity can continue.
Moxa introduced a series of industrial-grade, x86-based computers with multiple connection options for embedded applications.
Would you like to see your cyber security systems analyzed and the results published?
Ethernet Direct Corp. offers CUS-100G, an industrial standard power over Ethernet (PoE) splitter that supports 10/100/1000T. It functions as a powered device and splits power from PoE to Ethernet devices. Both power and data can be transmitted up to 328 feet (100 m) from power source equipment. The compact, slim-line PoE splitter supports output power up to 25 W at 24 V dc.
The new Testo Saveris system monitors temperature and humidity in industrial control, food service, and processing applications via either wireless or Ethernet connection. It automates data collection and transmission with built-in data security and integrity, company says. This is a Control Engineering May 2008 North American print edition Product Exclusive.
N-TRON’s 1000 Series family of industrial hardened entry-level Gigabit Ethernet products combines a 2 million hour MTBF, operating temperature ranges of -40 ºC to 85 ºC, redundant power inputs, shock resistance, ESD protection, and RFI immunity in a compact package. Included are three unmanaged Gigabit devices: 1002MC 1000BaseT to 1000Base SX/LX media converter; 1003GX2 switch w...
Control Engineering editor Peter Welander caught up with Stephen Northcutt, president of the SANS Institute educational division, a widely recognized source for information security training, certification and research, to talk to about key issues in cyber security. Northcutt, known for his engaging presentations, describes some current cyber security concerns, his recommendations for new secu...
Part 1 of this article appeared in Inside Process in the March 2008, issue of Control Engineering. Cyber security practitioners generally divide risks into two categories, each with its own threat level: The first security risk view is one where a company is operating its SCADA system without firewalls or any other security protection while connected to the Internet.
A soup to nuts discussion on cyber security, from laptop protection to talking to your IT managers.
Power consumption and other "green" issues are fast becoming the IT industry's biggest challenges, reports Scottsdale, Ariz.-based In-Stat. Inevitably, focus will broaden to all types of IT equipment, settling on one of the thirstiest devices: the LAN switch.
Enterprise connectivity is one North American trend.
Practical advice on leveraging user groups to solve protection issues in legacy control systems.
VersaLogic has announced the RoHS-compliant version of its extended temperature Lynx single-board computer for embedded applications. Featuring the same technical specifications as its non-RoHS counterpart, the Lynx EPM-4h is rated to operate in temperatures from -40 to +85 °C. It uses the AMD SC520 CPU for low power draw and fanless operation.
As you read through the pages of our annual Global Supplement, it will become readily apparent that we’re all wrestling with the same or similar issues… regardless of geography. From developing best practices and increasing productivity to the ubiquitous need to “go green,” participating in the global economy often means contending with universal challenges.
In a new Control Engineering podcast, learn the basics of hypervisors and software virtualization.
The Siemens Energy & Automation Scalance W786 wireless LAN access point is designed to operate in harsh, humid, and outdoor environments.
New family of devices adds sophistication to versatile technology.
Beckhoff Automation has introduced its smallest control panel, CP6608 Ethernet control panel with 5.7-in. display. It features an integrated PC with Intel IXP420 processor and other commonly-used interfaces, making it suitable for industrial applications and building automation.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division released a new on-line training course on operations security, “OPSEC for Control Systems.”
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc . has released two new, two-wire temperature transmitters, the Sitrans TR200 and the Sitrans TR300, designed for rail mounting. These devices reportedly support all standard RTDs and thermocouples, as well as resistance and voltage inputs. The Sitrans TR200 temperature transmitter is configured using a PC, and the Sitrans TR300 transmitter can be configured through a HART interface.
Briec-de-l´Odet, France – Interface Concept announced the ComEth4070a family, a line of 6U VME L3 fully managed Gigabit Ethernet switches for embedded applications. The series uses the latest generation Gigabit switch engine and PHY transceiver, combining a layer 2+ switch and a full layer 3 router in a single board with optimized power consumption.
DF1 network gateway for configuration over Ethernet, LANs, or the Internet.
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At the University of California, Davis , brewing is a scholarly pursuit. While consuming it may be extracurricular, UC Davis is home to one of America’s foremost brewing science schools, preparing students to join the next generation of brew masters. The school’s nanobrewery was recently updated with state-of-the-art production systems donated and designed in part by Rockwell Automation , allowing students to practice their craft with technologies similar to those used by commercial breweries. Today, the UC Davis program teaches traditional brewing techniques– such as hand-selecting the hops – along with lessons on advanced automation technology, including an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix programmable automation controller and FactoryTalk View HMI and production-monitoring software. These advanced control technologies from Rockwell Automation monitor variables such as temperature, pressure, agitator speed and time in the fermentor tanks, as well as advanced parameters in the brewing process.
The HART Communication Foundation announced at the 2007 PowerGen Show in New Orleans that StatoilHydro, has won the 2007 HART Plant of the Year award for its project at the Ormen Lange gas field in Norway. This facility uses Emerson’s AMS Suite and field devices which the company cites as key enablers in StatoilHydro’s effective use of predictive diagnostics for the Ormen Lange project, including the subsea installations, onshore terminal and the world’s longest sub sea gas pipeline project. ( You can read the full award story in the December issue of Control Engineering .) The award recognizes StatoilHydro’s innovative use of HART Communication with a Profibus DP network to deliver diagnostics to plant personnel. StatoilHydro’s commitment to predictive diagnostics, along with the number and the extensive range of various HART instruments and valves from multiple vendors, made them an ideal recipient for the recognition. At this difficult-to-access North Sea location, online diagnostics from more than 350 continuously monitored valves supply critical information to operations, maintenance and reliability personnel, as well as to experts around the world.
A single processor control from Okuma, The Intelligent Numerical Control (THINC), permits access to a variety of applications and peripherals, including factory management systems, and interfaces with barcoders, feeders, robots, probes, and tool setters to help streamline production. THINC uses the Microsoft Windows operating system to combine Okuma’s OSP control with an open architectur...
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) unanimously approved SERCOS III, the real-time Ethernet version of the SErial Realtime COmmunication System (SERCOS) interface, as part of international standard IEC 61784-2 (Digital data communications in control technology) and IEC 61158 (Field bus for industrial control systems), according to organizations involved.
Blade servers figure to be among the fastest-selling categories of corporate hardware over the next six years, according to the Dublin, Ireland-based analyst firm Research and Markets.
Folsom, CA —Akros Silicon Inc. announced the AS1602, which features a combination of system level EMC compliance and surge protection for Ethernet applications, with no impact on data transmission speed. The new technology is expected to reduce debug hours and eliminate multiple board spins, company says, with better signal quality.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL—The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) unanimously approved SERCOS III, the real-time Ethernet version of the SErial Realtime COmmunication System (SERCOS) interface, as part of international standard IEC 61784-2 (Digital data communications in control technology) and IEC 61158 (Field bus for industrial control systems), according to organizations representing the protocol.
Two recent reports, one from an industrial cyber security system provider, and another from an arm of the federal government, both note a marked increase in hacker activity in the last several months. Given this data, it is reasonable to infer that hacking in all types of industrial systems is certainly on the rise. SecureWorks , a major managed security services provider with over 1,800 clients and 100 utilities, has seen a 90% increase in the number of hackers attempting to attack its utility clients this year. From January through April, SecureWorks systems blocked an average of 49 attackers per utility client per day.
Milwaukee, WI—Providing a guide for using standard Ethernet technologies in IT and integrated manufacturing, Rockwell Automation released resources for “Reference Architectures for the manufacturing environment with Cisco. The Reference Architectures include design guides, white papers, and educational seminars to address the technical and cultural convergence of manufacturing and IT.
ProSoft Technology’s new RadioLinx 900 MHz Industrial Frequency Hopping Serial and Ethernet radios (RLX-IFH9S and RLX-IFH9E, respectively) are designed to perform in demanding, hazardous, indoor or outdoor applications. For indoor applications, the radios’ powerful signals are can penetrate walls, floors, and ceilings more effectively than a 2.
Given the fragile nature of the analog signal from a thermocouple, users frequently like to convert it to a more robust analog platform, such as 4-20 mA, or a digital format. Data Translation , a provider of data acquisition test and measurement equipment, has released TEMPpoint, a series of high accuracy temperature measurement instruments, each with its own 24-bit A/D (analog to digital) converter. The company says each TEMPpoint instrument is a stand-alone box offering 48 separate 24-bit resolution inputs, each with its own A/D converter and cold junction compensator (CJC), as well as a USB or Ethernet port for connecting to a PC. Key features are designed to support high measurement accuracy: 48 dedicated 24-bit A/D converters for ultimate resolution; 48 dedicated CJC circuits guarantee ultra-high (+/-0.01%) accuracy; 1000V Channel-to-Channel galvanic isolation for superior signal protection; Anytime auto-calibration guarantees accuracy; Automatic linearization of B, E, J, K, N, R, S, and T standard thermocouples; and, Expansion to hundreds of channels by adding boxes to the network. A TEMPpoint unit offers internal software capabilities that allow the user to acquire temperature measurements from up to 48 thermocouple or RTD channels, display, analyze, and save data to disk, all without writing any code. TEMPpoint is available in four separate versions: Thermocouple inputs for USB, RTD inputs for USB, Thermocouple inputs for Ethernet (LXI), and RTD inputs for Ethernet (LXI). —Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com , Control Engineering Weekly News.
MatrikonOPC has released its MatrikonOPC server for Allen-Bradley PLCs.
The Lean Managed Switch (LMS) from Phoenix Contact is a compact, powerful, economical managed Ethernet switch that provides managed functions for users who want more capability than unmanaged switches provide, but who find managed switches with full functionality too expensive.
With sophisticated processes involving multi-million dollar cranes operating at rapid speeds while carrying several tons of materials, crane collision is a clear concern. It is not just the cost of downtime and repair, safety of crane operators and workers at ground level is critical as well. For three multi-crane installation projects, system engineers at Andritz Inc.
Beijer Electronics’ expanded its line of Extern panels with the K10m and K20m models. They are the smallest keypad panels in the series to meet the demand for operator panels in applications with limited space and no need for a graphical display. They are ideal for use in smaller machines within the packaging, manufacturing, and food and beverage industries.
The AWK-1200 series multipurpose wireless access point/bridge and AP client from Moxa is housed in a rugged IP68/67 certified weatherproof enclosure to withstand extreme climatic conditions. Its design helps to guard against the harmful effects of rain, dust, and temperatures from -20 to 70°C for outdoor wireless applications such as wind energy plants or road tunnels.
IntelliCom has launched NetBiter.net, a free central server solution to manage, monitor, and control remote equipment from one location.
You just got word on a new corporate initiative to centralize company-wide data through the deployment of a large-scale enterprise software system—and the IT department wants the data from your plant floor devices to connect to the business servers in real-time. Not only that, they want data from the servers fed to your equipment.
Moxa introduced its PowerTrans series of IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 compliant Ethernet switches suitable of electric utility substation environments. Designed for 19-in. rack mounting, these switches feature, according to the company, high reliability through the company’s Turbo Ring IEEE802.1W/D technology with faster network fault recovery.
Research Triangle Park, NC—For those who can't make the ISA Expo 2007 in Houston October 2-4, there's another chance for training later in the month.
A new human-machine interface (HMI) system from Parker Electromechanical Automation Div. leverages the availability of the Internet, IP networks, and Web browsing software to enable distributed HMI software, remote support, and application sharing.
Fanless design in Allen-Bradley VersaView 200R industrial computer from Rockwell Automation is intended to maximize reliability and maintain its 50 °C rating. Computer is ideal for applications where low power consumption, ruggedness, small size, and expandability are needed, such as in oil and gas, food, and mining applications.
The ballgame is about to start! As the first batter steps to the plate, the large electronic scoreboard provides name, number, and current batting average. As the train approaches the station, the pole-mounted sign over the platform scrolls the train number, time of arrival, and destination. Marquee displays are all around us, delivering consumer, retail, and entertainment information.
RJ45 Secure connector system from Tyco Electronics Amp Netconnect business unit is a jack and plug connector system that features mutually exclusive keys for restricted access to network connection points.
Lancom Systems introduced its first Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch, ES-1108P.
Telemecanique ConneXium IP67 Ethernet switch from Schneider Electric meets switching requirements for harsh environments.
The Dataradio HiPR-900 FHSS IP/Ethernet Modem (902-928 MHz) can bring secure user data over an Ethernet or Serial connection onto an IP based network.
Automation vendor Rockwell Automation and network hardware supplier Cisco will create reference architectures using standard networking technologies, and hold educational forums to advance process optimization based on greater information sharing and access at all levels of the organization. According to Beth Parkinson, Rockwell's director of strategic alliances, “We've jointly engaged...
Serving customers in industries as varied as automotive, medical device and nuclear power, automated assembly machine builder, Wright Industries, a Doerfer Company, builds a variety of custom-designed automated assembly equipment—from complete turnkey systems to single station machines. Such machine builders must become experts on automation technologies from multiple suppliers, while als...
Today's factories and their control systems can generate incredible amounts of raw data that offer insight into production processes from start to finish. PepsiAmericas recently embarked on a quest to gather critical bottling line production data from its beverage-making processes and present it in a format that would enable better decision making.
LANpoint 7, newest addition to Intelligent Instrumentation’s LANpoint family of open architectured rugged data collection terminals, includes the Microsoft Windows CE operating system running on an Intel X-Scale processor.
Measuring stack gas flows with fly ash, dust, and grit can be hard on instrumentation, but it is often required for EPA compliance. A new multi-point mass flowmeter from Fluid Components International (FCI) uses a chromium-carbide coating on exposed surfaces to protect it from dirty, hot, and abrasive particulates. A single unit can have up to 16 measuring points on a variable length probe to create an accurate flow average given the complicated distribution profiles often present in gas ducts larger than 24 in. The MT91 mass flowmeter is reportedly designed specifically for CEMS (continuous emission monitoring system) pollution control applications.
Today, Process Automation Systems (PAS) are networked with office PCs – often through a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). More and more the hardware and software of the PAS operator level, of the MES, and the office computer systems are using the same industry standards (such as MS Windows, Ethernet). As a consequence, today’s Process Automation Systems must be protected against all kinds of viruses, worms and Trojan horses. However, the greatest threat to any computer system comes from huma
A coalition of major technology users and vendors has announced the first skills assessment and certification examinations for programming professionals to test their secure coding skills.
Designing effective automation networks is a difficult task, not because the physical network is hard to design, but because of the number of applications and services that must operate within it. The physical network is made up of routers, switches, and firewalls, usually configured in a redundant tree structure.
Turck Inc. Turck’s industrial Managed Ethernet Switch SE-44M-E924 is a fully epoxy encapsulated IP67-rated device offering the end-user the flexibility of installing the switch in harsh environments without a protective enclosure. The encapsulation provides a high degree of protection from radio frequency (RF) noise found in many industrial manufacturing facilities.
Kontron Kontron’s ETXexpress-CD meets needs of embedded applications for exceptionally high performance. Core Duo processors allow up to 80% performance increase compared to single-core technology. Equipped with Intel Core Duo processor, Mobile Intel 945 GM Express chipset, and ICH7M Southbridge, it delivers up to 2x 2GHz processor performance and supports up to 2GB of DDR2-SDRAM.
Emerson Process Management Rosemount 3051S series provides abnormal-situation prevention for breakthrough diagnostic capability. The new ASP diagnostics suite for HART protocol embedded in the 3051S Series provides users with new tools for troubleshooting, detecting, and preventing abnormalities in pressure, flow, and level applications.
Prosoft Development modules for ControlLogix (MVI56-ADM for serial and MVI56-ADMNET for Ethernet) let users develop and deploy “C” applications for the Allen-Bradley processor. MVI56-ADM module is a single slot, backplane compatible product that supports two fully isolated serial ports allowing many serial field devices to be integrated into the ControlLogix platform.
VPC line of all-in-one computer and LCD systems from VarTech combines a Intel Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz dual-core processor with a graphics display in a wall-mountable or free-standing unit.
Viator Bluetooth interface is the latest addition to MacTek Corp.’s line of PC modems.
KepServerEx distributed network protocol (DNP) from Kepware Technologies is an open protocol for applications where data integrity over minimal data bandwidth is important.
Jointly developed 8-port switch development board enables rapid implementation of IEEE 1588 timing control standard across a range of applications demanding sub-microsecond accuracy.
Magnum 6K25e managed Ethernet switch from GarrettCom Inc., an enhanced version of the 6K25 model, supports up to eight 1-Gb ports.
SVI II ESD from Masoneilan-Dresser, an extension of the company's SVI II AP valve positioner, marks the company's entrance into the safety system arena.
Ann Arbor, MI — ODVA has “gone live” with an all new Website at www.odva.org. More than just an updated visual design, the site offers an entirely new user experience with improved navigation, secure order entry, search capability, and interactive calendar to keep visitors informed about ODVA activities worldwide. Tailored to meet the needs of the thousands of industry professionals who visit the site for information on CIP Networks, the site includes “Quick Start” menus that allow users, suppliers, and members fast access to resources. Orders for publications or events can now be made with ease, quickly and securely, via the Web, saving time and reducing paper waste.
In the industrial environment, RFID helps reduce the cost in supply chain management tracking tools and goods used in the manufacturing process, says Christian Gindorf, National Instruments business development manager for ATE (automated test equipment). Large numbers of units can be quickly identified by reading the ID wirelessly, without a direct line of sight, he says. Complicated environmental challenges for RFID engineers include harsh environments and consideration of material upon which the tags are mounted. Metals reflect signals, while liquids change the resonant frequencies due to absorption, Gindorf says. Global economies of scale can increase efficiencies and further reduce costs if the system can be widely used, but manufacturers must obey different RFID regulations, Gindorf says.
SVI II ESD from Masoneilan-Dresser, an extension of the company's SVI II AP valve positioner, marks the company's entrance into the safety system arena. SIL3-compliant device is designed in accordance with IEC 61508 and suitable for use in safety instrumented system (SIS) functions. The product is used as an emergency isolation valve controller equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostics to impr...
XPort Direct is an "embedded device gateway" that provides fast, simple, reliable and affordable (under $20 in quantity) basic network connectivity for a wide range of high-volume, cost-sensitive products in consumer, industrial and commercial markets. Now virtually any OEM can add IP networking with minimal hardware and software engineering investment - thereby increasing the value and differentiating their products with remote diagnostics and maintenance capabilities, the company says. Lantronix new XPort Direct is an embedded networking device gateway module and the latest offering in the Lantronix XPort family. The XPort Direct is a complete, miniaturized communications subsystem targeted at applications that need to move device commands, status and information over IP networks to or from remote devices.
Helping to safeguard critical infrastructure security through policy initiatives is a primary goal of IEEE-USA’s new Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC). Set to launch this month, CIPC intends to look at all aspects of critical infrastructure protection, including cyber security, electric power, communications, computer networks, government services, public health, water, ...
B&R says use of Ethernet Powerlink allows easy conversion to Gigabit Ethernet or a safety-related network application. Roswell, GA —Ethernet Powerlink provides the platform for Gigabit Ethernet because the protocol is said to be open and software-based, according to B&R Industrial Automation Corp . Ability to exchange the hardware platform when porting from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet offers long-term investment security. Gigabit Ethernet is 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet, which also can be used. A similar performance advantage is seen when using the Ethernet Powerlink Safety protocol, because the increased data transfer rate is already taken into consideration in the basic version of the safety protocol. — Control Engineering Daily News Desk Mark T.
Profibus and Profinet received a boost in China, as they were recently named among national standards for networking platforms there. These standards provide a critical degree of official preference, which will influence end-users as they select products for domestic applications, say Profibus-related network organizations.
A blazing fast 40 Gigabit/s network was unveiled at the Yokogawa Technology Innovations Fair, part of its 7th Annual User Conference, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2006. This first known 40 Gigabits/s (Gbps) ultra-high bandwidth data transfer network uses a 2 nanosecond optical switch. The new network can transfer 400 DVDs of data in 6 min.
ARP-2612AP industrial 12.1-in., LCD panel computer from Arista Corp. is intended for mission critical, high-performance factory automation, facility monitoring, machine automation, and environmental monitoring.
Scottsdale, AZ — Profibus and Profinet received a boost in China, as they were recently named among national standards for networking platforms there. These standards provide a critical degree of official preference, which will influence end-users as they select products for domestic applications, say Profibus-related network organizations. These standards are issued by the China Technical Committee of Industrial Process Measurement & Control, and the China Association for Mechatronics Technology & Application. The groups have created a hierarchy of standards, each establishing a level of preference and requiring specific participation from the vendor.
Hart Scientific 1620A paperless temperature and humidity data logger features wireless, Ethernet, and RS-232 communications.
Magnum 6KQ Ethernet managed field switch from GarrettCom can be configured with up to 12 100 MB fiber ports, or user selected combinations of 10 MB, 100 MB, and Gig fiber ports of any fiber port connector types.
New gigabit Ethernet switch from Moxa Technologies Inc. is intended for industrial applications.
Readers of Control Engineering 's Machine Control Monthly newsletter are familiar with the Zigbee Foundation and the Zigbee wireless device control standard. They may not realize, however, that it is not the only way to control geographically separated devices without having to install rigid point-to-point wiring, or using an involved networking standard like Ethernet. According to Zensys , developer of the standard, Z-Wave is a proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology used in wireless home control for remote home monitoring, safety and security, and energy conservation applications by controlling a wide array of home devices including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment, and more. Z-Wave-enabled products are available from leading consumer brands in more than 100 products, giving Z-Wave a significant time-to-market advantage over competing wireless home control solutions.
Using wireless technology, Emerson Process Management hopes to create many new applications for its smart sensors and PlantWeb architecture. The Smart Wireless product line, unveiled at Emerson's Global Users Exchange in Nashville last month, was heralded as "a wireless platform for everyone," with reliability, low costs, and easy setup.
New gigabit Ethernet switch from Moxa Technologies Inc. is intended for industrial applications. EDS-510A next generation switch, which meets European Union RoHS standards, is a standalone DIN-rail mounted 7+3G-port managed redundant device that includes 7, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports and 3 gigabit Ethernet ports.
Primarily intended as a textbook for community college courses, the fourth edition of William Bolton's Programmable Logic Controllers is a complete, highly readable introduction to PLCs that reaches sufficient depth to make it a useful reference for practicing engineers. If you are new to PLCs, or just need some brushing up, this book is an excellent self-study text. If you veteran PLC guru, it belongs on your reference shelf. Bolton has kept jargon to a minimum, considered all the programming methods in the standard IEC 61131-3 software, and presented the subject in a way that is not device specific. In this fourth edition, Bolton incorporated increased coverage of industrial systems as well as giving more consideration to IEC 61131-3 and all the programming methods in the standard.
Using wireless technology, Emerson hopes to create many new applications for their smart sensors and PlantWeb archictcture. Emerson Process Management has raised the curtain on its new in-plant Smart Wireless product line in an effort to capture a big slice of the growing wireless instrumentation market. Unveiled at Emerson's Global Users Exchange in Nashville, the product is being heralded by the Emerson brass as a wireless platform for everyone, featuring exceptional reliability, low costs, easy setup, and, best of all, Emerson instrumentation at its heart. A logical marriage of PlantWeb digital plant architecture, HART communication, and all that Emerson instrumentation, the new wireless platform intends to provide a seamless path from individual device to control system that takes advantage of all the capabilities smart instrumentation can offer.
DeviceNet cables from Lumberg Inc. include “Thin” and “Mid” hi-flex cables, “Mid” standard specification cables, and “Thick” tray rated cables, completing the company’s line of DeviceNet cabling options.
ETX miniBaseboard from Kontron supports advanced features of ETX 3.0-compliant systems within a 130 x 155 mm footprint.
Notice how those helping shape the next generation of a technology have an advantage implementing it once it's a reality? Here's an opportunity to build upon the ground floor of the blazing fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to shape requirements for the next generation of the technology, as Ethernet increasingly is used in industrial automation applications. The Ethernet Alliance , an industry group dedicated to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology, announced that the IEEE 802.3 working group has formed the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) to evaluate the requirements for the next generation of Ethernet technology. "This is an exciting time for the Ethernet industry as there are a number of activities helping drive the volume adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)," says Brad Booth, president of the Ethernet Alliance and director of advanced products for Quake Technologies. Booth says, "IEEE 802.3an, also known as 10Gbase-T, was ratified June 8, 2006. This standard enables a low cost, ease-of-use, copper cabling solution for the transmission of 10 GbE.
The Ethernet Alliance announced that the IEEE 802.3 working group has formed the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) to evaluate requirements for the next generation of Ethernet technology. “This is an exciting time for the Ethernet industry as there are a number of activities helping drive the volume adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)," says Brad Booth, president of the Ethernet Allianc...
Model 940 PositionDrive from AC Technology, a member of the Lenze Group, now includes a 10/100 mbps Ethernet port. The IEEE 802.3 hardware-compliant feature allows the unit to be connected to any Ethernet network and use standard network equipment such as switches, hubs, and routers. The digital servo drive is said to be a simple, robust motion controller that can operate ac servos and ac induc...
Duplicon, stackable, IP67-compliant plug connector system from Phoenix Contact, is said to offer uninterrupted communication from the mounting rail in the control cabinet across the decentralized power distributor to device connections in the field. Designed for high-efficiency power distribution in large-scale machinery, the system is intended for machines and drives in conveying systems techn...
ODVA (Open DeviceNet Vendor Association) is set to publish the first edition of its CompoNet Specification. CompoNet uses CIP, the Common Industrial Protocol, for its upper layers. The Association’s technical review board approved the CompoNet Specification, scheduled to be released in the next publication cycle of the CIP Networks Library and associated network specifications.
Ann Arbor, MI— ODVA (Open DeviceNet Vendor Association) is set to publish the first edition of its CompoNet Specification. CompoNet uses CIP™, the Common Industrial Protocol, for its upper layers. CIP is a single, media-independent protocol that provides the interoperability and interchangeability essential to open networks and open systems.
Model MCU Coriolis mass flowmeter from Fluid Components Intl. is intended for custody transfer, production line batching, and test stand measurement. San Marcos , CA —Model CMU Coriolis mass flowmeter from Fluid Components International is said to deliver more than twice the industry standard flow rate than previously available.
Orlando, FL —“Design Freedom” was the theme that drew nearly 2,000 attendees to the 2nd annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) held here, July 24-27, 2006. With growing involvement of partners, associates, and sponsors—combined with Freescale’s expertise in six market sectors— FTF demonstrated there is a lot more freedom available for developers today to design computing, networking, and communication systems. FTF catered to 1,300 users/customers and approximately 400 participants in categories of partners, sponsors, media, and industry-financial analysts. Some 350 hours of technical sessions and educational opportunities were on the forum program, complemented with interactive demonstrations in a 28,000-sq-ft Technology Lab, referred to as an “engineer’s playground.” More than 60 Tech Lab companies included Agilent Technologies, Atmel, Green Hills Software, MontaVista Software, National Instruments, QNX Software Systems, and Wind River. Michel Mayer, chairman and chief executive officer of Freescale Semiconductor Inc., presented the event’s comprehensive first general session.
Cyber Security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards were adopted in June by the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC).ir information security controls in order to be compliant with the new standards. Many smaller distribution cooperatives and municipal utilities, while not required, are choosing to adopt the standards as best practices. The new CIP standards, CIP-002 through CIP-009, have been in development since July 2003.can be found on NERC’s Web site . On-demand reports can show how a utility’s practices are matching directly to the CIP requirements. SecureWorks . Having on-demand reports is a simplified way “to illustrate — in black and white — your security position to the NERC auditors, your board and your management,” he said. — Renee Robbins , software editor, Control Engineering.
Ethernet Alliance formed the Ethernet Alliance University Program (EAUP), a global initiative to help universities and educational organizations within the Ethernet Alliance to work with industry leaders, acquire practical perspectives of academic theories, and help foster Ethernet growth. As members of the EAUP, universities and educational organizations will participate in IEEE 802 Ethernet and Ethernet Alliance activities, such as interoperability events and technology demos, contribute research studies on existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet technologies, and provide university students hands-on experiences in working with Ethernet technologies. In turn, Ethernet Alliance member companies will enjoy the benefit of access to some of the best and brightest students from leading universities as resources for Ethernet activities. Brad Booth, president of Ethernet Alliance, says EAUP will infuse academic theories with real-world perspectives and “help the Ethernet Alliance continue to increase our membership and membership participation, and facilitate university and commercial cooperation.” Ethernet Alliance, created to promote industry awareness, acceptance, and advancement of technology and products based on existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards, is based in Mountain View, CA. Click here to learn more about EAUP membership. --Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief.
panelLink industrial panel computers have been upgraded to offer Intel Pentium M and Celeron M CPU options.
The inter-IC bus (I2C bus), a serial digital signal communication protocol developed by Philips Semiconductors, is being used in an increasing number of applications, including consumer appliances, communications equipment, and industrial equipment. In practically all cases, low voltage optocouplers are used to provide galvanic isolation in the 3.
Application Development Modules for ControlLogix (MVI56-ADM for serial and MVI56-ADMNET for Ethernet) let users develop and deploy "C" applications for the Allen-Bradley processor. Single-slot solution is suitable for many applications where serial or Ethernet connectivity needs to be added to a ControlLogix platform.
BMW AG has named B&R Industrial Automation Corp. exclusive supplier of Microsoft Windows CE-based operator panels. Within the framework of the agreement, B&R is to supply panel PCs from its Power Panel series to BMW's international production sites and system partners until at least 2013.
MB200i mobile printer for barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID operations features a high-speed, 32-bit CPU for high-throughput printing speeds of up to 4 in./s.
Irvine, CA and Boston, MA —CS6910G Gigabit Ethernet industrial camera from Toshiba Teli America Inc. incorporates a Super CCD honeycomb color sensor. Introduced last week in Boston at the Vision Show East, the device conforms to the new AIA GigE Vision protocol and is compatible with standard Gigabit Ethernet hardware, ports, and cables, eliminating the expense of specialized interface cards or frame grabbers. CS6910G Gigabit Ethernet industrial camera from Toshiba Teli America Inc.
ConnectCore Wi-9C is said to be the industry’s first embedded core module with integrated wired 10/100 Mbit Ethernet and secure 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN networking capabilities.
Rabbit 4000 is said to offer improved features from integrated Ethernet to hardware DMA to meet the needs of demanding connectivity and control embedded applications.
ETXexpress-CD computer-on-module (COM) integrates the new Intel Core Duo processor and is designed in accordance with PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers' Group (PICMG) COM Express standard for basic form factor modules (95 x 125 mm). It is said to fulfill the requirement of future-focused embedded applications that demand exceptionally high performance levels.
Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1768-L43 controls up to four axes of motion in a small, modular footprint for material handling, packaging, metal forming, and similar applications requiring speed, motion synchronization, and information-sharing capabilities. An addition to Rockwell Automation's Kinetix Intergrated Motion offering, CompactLogix 1768-L43 combines motion and sequential control into one...
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Compact panel computer from Arista Corp. features a 15-in. LCD and 4-wire resistive touchscreen.
Verano Inc. , a provider of security and SCADA solutions for mission-critical industries, and Counterpane Internet Security, a managed security company, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver a cyber security monitoring service to protect against vulnerabilities in the control environment. According to Verano, by adopting this offering, utilities can effectively comply with recent security standards implemented by NERC CIP. Recent advancements to Verano's Industrial Defender, such as enhanced security agents, customizable reporting, and increased scalability, combined with Counterpane's expertise in data monitoring, is said to enable customers to achieve safe control systems and networks without compromising performance. —David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCA-6189-C1A1 fanless alternative-SBC uses a low-power Celeron-M processor at 1.0 GHz to deliver efficient power consumption with less heat to dissipate and longer mean time before failure (MTBF).
Wahl 32 pocket process calibrator/meter from Wahl Instruments Inc. has a graphic interface for easy programming and reading and an accuracy of 0.015% of reading. Wahl 32 pocket process calibrator/meter from Wahl Instruments Inc .
Picataway, NJ —CyberPath, Inc., a producer of Ethernet switches, announced the successful operation of a wireless security network on a Lynx bus route in Orlando, FL. CyberPath's EtherPath-ESS2226XTD, hardened managed-switches are connected to wireless access points placed in outdoor cabinets along the bus route to receive transported audio and video information from wireless cameras on each bus assigned to the program. The information is passed along a fiber network to a central command location for security analysis. The pilot program was initiated by the Florida Department of Transportation as a model intelligent transportation system under the name "iFlorida" to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating a reliable security system for public surface vehicles and has been administered in accordance with the federal Dept.
ARP-2606AP panel computer is intended for factory automation, facility monitoring, machine automation, and environmental monitoring. Equipped with a 6.4-in. LCD and 3.5-in. embedded board, the device incorporates a VIA-Eden 667 MHz processor and up to 512 MB memory capacity. LAN uses a Realtek 8139 C PCI PnP Base-T Ethernet controller.
An online, interactive introductory tutorial helps industry professionals acquire the fundamentals of nine management features: IGMP snooping, rate limiting, virtual local area networks (VLANs), quality of service (QoS), simple network-management protocol (SNMP), port security, port mirroring, RapidRing redundancy, and trunking redundancy, according to Contemporary Contr...
Chicago, IL — The newly-formed Ethernet Alliance is displaying the latest Ethernet developments at the International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) DesignCon 2006 in Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center from February 6-9. "The Ethernet Alliance is delighted to be a sponsor of DesignCon," said Blaine Kohl, vice president marketing, Ethernet Alliance. "Like IEC's DesignCon, the Ethernet Alliance's goal is to educate Ethernet users on the technology's many new applications and possibilities. Our mutual goals of exposing designers to the latest technology information make the Ethernet Alliance's participation a natural fit." Notable elements include: A technical panel, "The Impact of the Ethernet Ecosystem on Backplane and System Design," addressing backplane design and board fabrication, advanced signal conditioning, overall capacity forecasts, power requirements and integrity, and more; Another panel session, part of a first-ever management forum entitled, "The Need for 100G Ethernet," will address areas such as features required of next-generation devices in order to support terabit-scale traffic, reduce the number of network devices, and power-related issues; and A technical paper "Moving 10-gigabit Ethernet onto UTP: Moving 10GE into a Volume Platform," explains how to achieve 10 Gbps on copper UTP cabling and meeting the application's requirements for low power and much more. An Alliance members meeting will also take place at DesignCon 2006 on Tuesday, February 7. DesignCon is aimed at practicing engineers in the electrical design and semiconductor sectors.
San Jose, CA — Foundry Networks Inc. announced its status as a founding member of the Ethernet Alliance , and that Val Oliva, director of product management with Foundry’s Enterprise Business Unit, has joined the Ethernet Alliance’s board of directors. Ethernet Alliance members are dedicated to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology across many industries. “We're pleased to have Foundry Networks as a founding member of the Ethernet Alliance,” said Brad Booth, president, Ethernet Alliance.
Simatic Panel PC577 from Siemens Energy and Automation has a compact design for use where space is limited. Two new panel PCs for industrial requirements include the Simatic Panel PC 577 from Siemens Energy and Automation and the Industrial Panel PC from Apollo Display Technologies . Both are designed for a variety of rugged and industrial applications including machine automation, industrial control, and digital signage. Simatic Panel PC577 is equipped with an Intel Pentium 4 processor (2.4 GHz), main memory expandable to 3 GB, and a 40-GB hard disk.
A few months ago, IEEE approved the PoE (power over Ethernet) Plus Study Group's project authentication request, promoting the body to an official taskforce: IEEE P802.3at. The taskforce is currently building on the existing 803.3af specification to enable more power to be transmitted over standard Ethernet cables (at least 30 W, as opposed to 13 W). Venture Development Corp .'s recently published report, "PoE: Global Market Opportunity Analysis," examined the impact and effect of a higher power standard on the marketplace. The report estimated that, during a four-year period, powered device sales will exhibit a 38% compound-annual-growth-rate, and in 2008 the market will exceed $5.2 billion. The report analyzed over 40 applications to identify and rate the likelihood of PoE penetration for each.
Just introduced is SERCOS ' safety (SS) concept, a protocol extension compatible with the established transmission mechanisms of the SERCOS interface. SERCOS interface is said to be used within safety applications up to SIL 3 (safety integrity level), according to IEC61508 even with the shortest cycle times. Independent of the type of data—command values, logical signals, safe logic, or process information—the SERCOS interface is said to provide a homogeneous, continuous solution for automation. SS is claimed to be independent of the transport layer, so that any transmission physics can be used.
KeTOP-T100 handheld teaching and operating panels control machines and equipment, teach or program robots, or start up and maintain machinery.
Profinet IRT/Ertec Switch is the next phase of Profinet for factory automation. It involves enhanced isosynchronous real-time (IRT) technology, promising to enable much larger networks and number of nodes. Profinet IRT/Ertec Switch relies on a new ASIC for which Siemens is the main supplier. Traffic-monitoring feature shows the effects of data transfer load changes on the network.
AES encryption of 128 to 258-bits ensures information within Lantronix's SecureBox can be securely accessed and transmitted over the network and Internet. Using a method called serial tunneling, SecureBox encrypts and encapsulates serial data into packets and transports it over Ethernet. Using two device servers connected by a network, secure virtual serial connections can be extended across a ...
Erlangen, Germany —CANopen interest group has made additional CANopen specifications available free on the CAN in Automation (CiA) Web site. CiA is an international users’ and manufacturers’ organization for Controller Area Network (CAN). The non-profit organization of more than 400 companies develops CAN protocols and profiles. Free specifications include the Ethernet-to-CANopen gateway specification (CiA 309 series) and the CANopen device profile for medical device collimators (CiA 412 series).
Invensys Process Systems has redesigned its Foxboro-IMV25 multivariable transmitter. It’s targeted for optimum natural-gas flow-rate measurement and other natural gas applications needing accurate measurement of pressure, differential pressure, and process temperature. IMV25s are now available with: Modbus digital communications for remote monitoring, configuration, and calibration; a new process interface structure for flexible installation; extended measurement ranges; and what’s claimed to be the industry’s longest standard warranty. The Modbus version communicates with host processors using the Modbus RTU mode via two-wire, RS-485 multidrop serial-connection, providing high data-throughput at common baud rates.
WIN Enterprises’ compact computer comes in an industrial-grade enclosure measuring 12.3 x 5.5 x 2.6 in. (W x D x H). WIN Enterprises Inc ., a designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, has announced an enclosed computer designed for harsh embedded environments.
San Clemente, CA — Coraid, Inc. said that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center has purchased its SATA+RAID Ether-Drive Storage appliance to back up critical data for its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) program. This is the second NASA project to deploy Coraid’s EtherDrive Storage. NASA is using the EtherDrive unit for periodic disk-to-disk backups and emergency retrieval.
Skorpion switch for industrial automation systems uses 1.61 in. of DIN-rail space and pro-vides eight 10.100 Mbps shielded RJ-45 ports; each port supports auto-negotiation protocol to se-lect data rate, duplex, and flow control.
The stainless steel AS-i 3.0 CANopen-Gateway has one power supply for two AS-i net-works. Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH’s AS-I-3.0 CANopen-Gateway has a new, stainless-steel master-variant: 1 Gateway, 1 power supply for 2 AS-I networks. This variant—also disposable for the AS-i 3.0 Gateways to Profibus, DeviceNet and Ethernet—saves one power supply for all applications with two AS-i networks.
Series 90A annunciator from Ametek Power Instruments can be used in hazardous locations. Rochester, NY —Series 90A annunciator from Ametek Power Instruments is now FM certified for use in hazardous locations. Device also includes new features not previously available in these areas.
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding AC Adjustable-Speed Drives.
NA-0043-Series meets demand for hardware platforms that can handle bandwidth.
ATX-865G industrial motherboard is equipped with eight USB 2.0 ports with an on-board Intel 82547GI and 82541GI Ethernet controllers. Used in a variety of industrial computing applications found in factory automation processes, it features a Pentium 4 Prescott CPU with 400/533/800M FSB selectable speed and is Intel VRD 10.1 compliant to support future advanced processors. Motherboard has an integrated Intel Extreme Graphic Engine with 266 MHz core frequency and a 100/10 Intel 8254GI and 82541GI Ethernet controller on-board with eight USB ports compliant with USB specification Rev.
Fully redundant support is now available for Mynah Technologies' EtherNet/IP driver for the DeltaV virtual IO module. Driver and interface module allows redundant, high-speed, high-performance Ethernet integration from DeltaV controllers to Rockwell Automation PLCs that use the ControlLogix redundancy system.
NPort IA Series of networking products includes two types of device servers: one type connects to copper wire networks; the other to fiberoptic networks. Copper wire models come with two Fast Ethernet ports (RJ45, 10/100BaseTX), allowing the device servers to be cascaded for easier deployment. Models that connect to a fiberoptic network are intended for use when transmission distance causes a "...
Are the warnings working? Much has been written in the past few years about the state of industrial security and what manufacturers can and should be doing to protect business and control systems. With so much focus on prevention and remediation steps, here's a good news/bad news update on the state of industrial security.
Compact, high-channel-capacity modules from Heim Data Systems have up to eight sensor inputs for interfacing high-performance instrumentation and flight test recorders with a variety of sensors Compact, high-channel-capacity modules for acquiring video, PCM (pulse code modulation), and avionics bus data are the latest additions to Heim Data Systems’ signal interfaces. Plug-in modules have up to eight sensor inputs for interfacing high-performance instrumentation and flight test recorders with a variety of sensors. Modules are available for operation in systems producing Heim Datarec-3 and Irig-106 Chapter 10 data format. Video module can record and replay data from up to four NTSC/PAL/SECAM sources with four audio channels.
Simatic RF600 system&m>radio frequency identification components, readers, anten-nas, tags, printer, and software&m>has up to 5 m read/write range.
Version 2.5 OmniServer Universal OPC server lets users develop their protocol driver to talk to various serial or Ethernet devices that do not already have drivers.
A new Ethernet and serial-data unit from TC Communications multiplexes one 10/100M Ethernet and four channels of RS-232, RS-422, TTL, or dry contact interfaces over single- or multi-mode fiber. A one fiber, two-way-communication option doubles existing fiber utilization. TC8530 is a way to integrate substation networks with RTUs and PLCs with Ethernet and Serial interfaces over a single fiber. Service providers also use the TC8530 as a cost effective way to provide Ethernet and serial connections, the company says. It supports distances exceeding 100 km and offers redundant power and optics, including automatic switchover features for maximum reliability.
FreeWave Technologies ’ FGR-HT is an industrial-grade, wireless Ethernet-bridge with a frequency range of 900 MHZ and throughput of 867 Kbps. It offers a range exceeding 60 miles—farther with repeaters. FGR-HT is reported to have top performance in the most extreme RF environments. The radio’s fast hopping technology is claimed to provide superior interference rejection. — Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering email@example.com.
RazorBlade III-SX and RazorBlade IV-LX optical-fiber XMC modules, when used with SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch, deliver 24-ports of wire speed GbE performance over copper and optical fiber to provide what is reported to be the industry’s highest density, single-slot VME switched solution.
Simatic WinCC flexible 2005 HMI software from Siemens allows consistent configuration of all Microsoft Windows-based Simatic HMI operator control and monitoring devices from a micro panel to PC-based solutions.
NS-200FT Ethernet (10/100 Base-TX)-to-fiberoptic (100 Base-FX) converter features a 10/100M auto-negotiating Ethernet pot and an auto MDC/MDIX function.
GOT-1840T compact, fanless HMI interface from Axiomtek is a panel computer especially suited for heavy-duty environments. Platform is equipped with 8.4-in. TFT LCD and low-power-consumption CPU.
A leading provider of mixed-signal integrated circuits, TDK Semiconductor Corp., recently announced that it has changed its name to Teridian Semiconductor Corp. , effective immediately. The company was acquired from TDK-USA (subsidiary of Japan-based TDK Corp.) by Golden Gate Capital , in partnership with the U.S.-based semiconductor management team. 'The company's new name, Teridian Semiconductor Corporation represents an important step in our evolution as a leading mixed-signal device company.
Sinumerik solution line CNC system platform consists of panel-based Sinumerik 802D sl, PC-based Sinumerik 840Di sl, and "flagship" Sinumerik 840D sl with panel- and PC-based versions. Network-centric architecture can be combined with Sinamics, a recently introduced drive technology from Siemens, to design standalone and plant-wide automation systems.
Siemens offers the Simatic RF600 system—radio frequency identification components, readers, antennas, tags, printer, and software—with up to 5 m read/write range. UHF band technology complies with ISO 18000-6, as well as EPCglobal Generation 1 standards, and it is “Gen 2 ready.” Siemens, which claims more than 20 years RFID experience, said in a statement that RFID has become “the key technology for significantly adding value across the entire supply chain,” delivery, production, and distribution. Siemens mentioned the RF600 technology in Control Engineering’s August 2005 cover story, “ RFID on the Production Line .” Simatic RF 600 RFID system uses the UHF band (902-928 MHz USA; 865-868 MHz Europe) and communicates via Ethernet, RS-422, and RS-232. Simatic FR660R Portal Reader is a stationary-mounted read-write device, with LEDs for power, fault indication, and tag-detected.
Kontron recently announced its full support for the newly released PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers’ Group (PICMG) COM Express standard.
SwitchBox single-slot Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch gives system designers flexibility for distributing fully integrated systems in space-constrained vehicles and operational systems.
Machines,plants and safety systems are today stuck in a rigid scheme made up of hardware-based safety functions.The consequences of this are cost-intensive cabling and limited diagnostic options. More recent attempts at safety ﬁeld buses are often characterized by proprietary standards and limited cycle times in the millisecond range.
Palatine, IL—To handle growing demand for automation products outside traditional industrial applications, Schneider Electric is supplying its Telemecanique programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and related products through its 1,500 Square D distributors.
DriveWizard software v.6.0 provides greater capacity for remotely viewing, manipulating, troubleshooting, and exchanging data with Yaskawa drives.
UBox family of external USB device servers allows many standard, off-the-shelf USB devices to be connected, shared, and controlled over LANs/WANs and the Internet.
ConnexNet line of Ethernet-enabled transceivers consists of rugged plug-and-play units that merge the company’s RF protocol with the Digi Connect ME embedded device server to facilitate global networking.
Alpharetta, GA—Rockwell Automation reports that it’s teamed with Automation Control Products (ACP) to introduce Allen-Bradley VersaView 200R, which they report is an industrial thin client with a 1-GHz processor.
Cleveland, OH—A recently formed standards organization, the LXI Consortium, held its fourth general meeting and first interoperability testing session last week at Case Western Reserve University.
Rosemont, IL—The first SPS Electric Automation America trade show is taking place this week, May 23-26, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near Chicago.
NetBiter webSCADA Modbus Gateway makes it possible to monitor Modbus data on Web pages inside the gateway.
ENC28J60 Ethernet controller lets designers create network and Internet-connected embedded applications with minimized board space, cost, and complexity.
GX-1000 ultra-small compact form factor industrial computer is designed for harsh environments and measures 10.1-in. wide x 8-in. high x 2.9 in. deep.
PICMG is expected to release a final version COM Express standard in May 2005 and when it does, Kontron, PFU Systems (a Fujitsu company), and RadiSys expect to be ready with full production runs of compliant boards.
ProSoft Technology says it’s providing wireless connectivity with its RadioLinx frequency-hopping Ethernet and serial options, RadioLinx Industrial Hotspot, and its communications expertise, support, and accessories.
Sixnet recently introduced its ET-9RS Real-Time Ring Ethernet switch, which is priced the same as its original industrial switches, but includes many more features.
EISB_M B-line Series of managed Ethernet switches provides up to 24 ports of connectivity in 1.75 in. of DIN-rail space. Switches can be scaled down to 16 or 8 ports depending on user application. Series comes in several models from all twisted-pair 8, 16, and 24-port versions to a mix of twisted-pair and fiber optic devices of the same port count in a rugged, aluminum enclosure.
Regulus Modular Control System now features a TFT (thin-film transistor) display screen option, said to provide lighter, smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient active matrix displays.
Two new weight-based tools from Sterling Scale Co. are intended to increase efficiency and provide material tracking data in batch and packaging applications.
EZMarquee series of marquees ranges in size from 1 line 10 characters to 4 lines 40 characters. They are enclosed in NEMA 12 extruded aluminum housings with NEMA ICS 2-230 level of electrical noise immunity. All models communicate over EIA-232 and EIA-422/485 protocols. Models are also available for Ethernet, DeviceNet, and Profibus connectivity.
An expanded Allen-BradleyEthernet communications driver for Interact HMI software is now available from Parker Automation.
ET-5RS EtherTrak real-time ring switch features ultra-fast, fault-tolerant network redundancy essential in critical systems. Switch is said to provide all the capabilities needed to keep networks up and running. Rings are self-configurable and run without complex configuration steps. Recovery time is less than 5 ms per hop.
Automation control systems often involve an array of PC workstations, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), robotic controllers, and HMI (human machine interface) workstations. Control logic is stored either in the device or on an associated workstation and can involve a large number of associated files and executable programs grouped into "projects.
Brisbane, Australia—Elpro Technologies has introduced a new wireless solution that extends the reach of Profibus DP’s local area networks (LANs).
Neckartenzlingen, Germany—Hirschmann Electronics GmbH & Co. KG has expanded its product range by introducing its Lion-24TP Gigabit Ethernet workgroup switch.
CorrTran corrosion detection transmitters satisfy Class I, Div. 2 hazardous-location applications.
ProTalk Q in-chassis, protocol conversion modules let Quantum and Unity processors communicate with a vast array of protocols, such as Profibus DP, Ethernet/IP, and HART Multi-drop.
EtherDevice Switch EDS-508 Series from Moxa Technologies is a rugged switch designed for deployment in demanding environments. Eight-port devices provide 10/100BaseTx Ethernet and 100Fx fiber-optic connections. The switch also offers intelligent switching services, including multi-case filtering service-IGMP snooping, virtual LAN, security and quality of service that help deliver the benefits o...
Reported to be the first complete, single-chip, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet device for end-node connectivity, MC9S12NE64 16-bit microcontroller from Freescale Semiconductor replaces more complex, multi-chip devices. NE64 is the first in a series of 16-bit MCUs with embedded Ethernet connectivity, which are designed for affordable industrial control and embedded applications.
Keithley Instruments Inc. reported at time of introduction that its Model 6221 ac/dc current source was the only commercially available current source waveform generator, and that engineers and researchers previously had to build their own ac current sources. Model 6221 not only provides better accuracy, consistency, reliability, robustness, and cost effectiveness than homemade solutions, but a...
Galil’s popular DMC-1415 and DMC-1425 one and two-axis motion controllers with Ethernet are now available as a packaged metal enclosure with power supply. Measuring 5.1' x 3.0' x 6.8', the new, compact box-level controllers connect directly to 90-260 VAC, eliminating the need for an external DC supply.
LTC4267 IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller features an integrated switching regulator to simply powered device (PD) design.
To help increase network flexibility and robustness in harsh substation, process, and transportation environments, Dymec Inc. has introduced its DynaStar 1500 Ethernet Terminal Server (DS1500-ETS) data networking platform for integrating serial and IP-based data streams from multiple devices.
Molex Inc. has added two new cordset and receptacle versions to its RJ-45 product lines.
SpacePC 8500 PCI-104 form factor single-board computer (SBC) features an ultra-low-voltage 400 MHz Intel Celeron processor and Intel 815E chipset. CPU requires no fan cooling and is suited for embedded aerospace, defense, and transportation applications. Module measures 3.55 x 3.775 in. (90 x 96 mm) and integrates many onboard peripherals.
Two recent end-user conferences drew large numbers and positive comments. Invensys Process Systems 2004 North American customer conference drew nearly 800 attendees, the company announced. The 2004 Emerson Global Users Exchange conference registered more than 1,500, exceeding last year’s mark by 25%, conference organizes report.
Quabbin Wire & Cable Co. reports that it has used its patch-cord expertise to develop flexible, Category 5e cables for use in harsh industrial environments, such as chemical-related applications or other process industries.
Why Ethernet? Due to the worldwide deployment of Ethernet in office environments, there is increasing demand for using this technology for networking time-critical embedded applications, too. Seamless transparent communication from within the application to the outside world, based on one single standard, device availability and familiarity with this technology are the main advantages.
Vlinx Serial Server links serial PLCs to an Ethernet LAN and puts information on a screen in a central control room.
Orlando, FL—To connect field devices using different networks and share data between them “over the air,” ProSoft Technology is introducing its ProLinx 6000 series of wireless gateways at Allen-Bradley Automation Fair 2004, Sept. 27-28, at the Orange County Convention Center.
Houston, TX—Control Engineering held a 1950s-style party to celebrate its 50th year of publication at the end of ISA Expo 2004’s second day at the Reliant Center.
Range of connectivity solutions encompasses connectors, cable assemblies, and hubs and switches designed for rugged environments on the factory floor.
Bedford , NH—Ixxat Inc. recently added USB-to-CAN II, an industrial version of its USB-to-CAN Compact, to its PC-to-CAN interface products.
MNS-6K Ethernet management software provides the authentication and encryption needed to secure Web connections within a factory.
EZ Connect g 2.4 GHz 802.11g wireless traveler’s kit (SMCWTK-G) includes a USB cable, Cat5 Ethernet cable, power cord, and all-in-one networking device that can operate in any of five modes: access point, Ethernet bridge, repeater, point-to-point bridge, or point-to-multipoint bridge.
The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) reports that registration is open for its CIP Networks Conference and 10th Annual Meeting, which will be held Nov. 15-18, 2004, at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, TX.
Schneider Electric recently introduced Telemecanique TCP Open, a derived function block code that enables a programmable logic controller (PLC) to communicate easily with any third-party TCP device, including radio frequency (RF) tag readers, printers, barcode readers and even other PLCs.
Compact, high-capacity modules for the acquisition of video and PCM and avionics bus data are now part of Heim Data Systems’ range of signal interfaces.
DeviceMaster 10/100 base-T 16-port serial hub can network-enable virtually any RS-232 serial device.
ETX-701 embedded computing board features an Intel Pentium M processor for high performance at low power consumption.
Ixia says the world's first Power over Ethernet (PoE) test solution for validating power-enabled equipment was successfully implemented by participating members at a recent PoE Consortium Event hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).
ProcessLogix Release 510 Allen-Bradley ProcessLogix distributed control system (DCS) lets manufacturers standardize on a single human-machine interface (HMI) while using Rockwell Software FactoryTalk to view plant-floor operations. New version features a DeviceNet wizard that simplifies communication configuration with a wide range of existing ODVA-compliant plant-floor devices.
Comtrol Corp. recently expanded its line of DeviceMaster products to include DeviceMaster 16-port serial hub.
Comtrol Corp. recently introduced its new DeviceMaster PRO programmable device server.
Allen-Bradley 1203-EN1 module allows SCANport-enabled drives to use EtherNet/IP, an open, Ethernet-based network for industrial applications. New and legacy systems can be controlled, configured, and have data collected over EtherNet/IP. Module sends and receives drive operating and metering data, provides parameter read/write access, and offers additional EtherNet/IP features, such as Web-page...
Charlottesville, VA—GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc. has introduced its new PACSystems Control Memory Xchange (CMX) that increases data acquisition capacity and reliability, even in the harshest electrical noise environments.
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’ applications and needs regarding AC to DC power supplies.
ETX-e.lite CPU module is the newest addition to the growing family of Computer-On-Module products.
Kepware Technologies recently released a new OPC diagnostics feature for its KepServerEx OPC server.
RuggedSwitch RS900 is a 9-port industrial-hardened, fully managed Ethernet switch designed to operate in harsh electrical and climatic environments.
Cleveland, OH—Keithley Instruments Inc. has released a tutorial CD containing a collection of its on-line seminars on measurement methods. Keithley's Making Measurements with Confidence is available free of charge, and offers practical, helpful techniques for obtaining the most accurate and precise measurements possible.
Chicago, IL—DPAC Technologies exhibited at NMW 2004 its AirborneDirect family of fully integrated 802.11b wireless local area network (WLAN) bridge products, which provide wireless LAN and Internet connectivity to industrial, scientific, medical, and automotive applications.
PPC 64G single-board computer uses real-time processing and simultaneous uninterrupted dual-channel Gigabit Ethernet.
Andover, MA—Vicor Corp. reports that the newest member of its V-I Chip Bus Converter Module (BCM) family, B048K480T30, has srt a new record for power density at 1,167 W per cubic inch.
SAT-16 Web-enabled data acquisition system performs high-resolution data capture over thousands of channels simultaneously.
>> Power ‚ energy. Inadvertently, the units of energy and power (rate of using energy) were confused in the third- and second-to-last paragraphs of "Sugar mill is 'sweet' application for medium-voltage drive," Application Update, Control Engineering, Jan. '04, p. 9. Conclusions and payback figures remain unchanged.
On-board, one-slot fiber channel VME board is optimized for high-performance embedded applications, such as wideband data acquisition and software radio.
InformIT SM3000 Multipoint Videographic Recorder features up to 36 recording channels and IP66/NEMA 4X environmental protection. Suitable for a wide range of process applications, including food preparation, beverage, chemicals, water and wastewater, facilities and more, SM3000 can be mounted in harsh environments and hose down areas.
Lantronix Inc.'s new XPort Embedded Device Server is a complete networking solution enclosed in a RJ-45 package. Smaller than the average person's thumb, XPort reportedly allows OEMs to build networking capabilities into their products faster and more easily by reducing typical internal development cycles for adding networking from six to nine months down to as little as 60 days.
New Plug-N-Run G3 from PFU Systems Inc. (a Fujitsu company), billed as "industry’s first system-on-module (SOM) using Intel Pentium M processor for industrial automation solutions," had one of its first showings at ISA Expo 2003 in Houston.
Tyco International Ltd. is undertaking a divestiture and restructuring program that will layoff 7,200 employees, divest more than 50 businesses, and consolidate 219 facilities. Tyco's present management say the cuts will help it focus on its core businesses, simplify operations, and improve its cost structure.
Power-over-Ethernet technology, now available on QSI's QTerm-G7 graphics terminal, combines power and data on the same Cat5 Ethernet cable. Technology lets users replace older proprietary power sources and eliminates the need to run 115 V ac power to devices on a wired LAN. The Ethernet-enabled graphics terminal is based on an object-based graphic terminal programming language called Qlarity an...
Pembroke, Bermuda—Tyco International Ltd. reported Nov. 4 that it’s undertaking a divestiture and restructuring program that will layoff 7,200 employees, divest more than 50 businesses, and consolidate 219 facilities.
Recent products include a smart camera for under $2,000, a combination color meter, an embeddable displacement sensor, and additional modules for a protection and monitoring system.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada—QNX Software Systems reports that designers of multi-layer and Gigabit Ethernet-enabled enterprise switches can now take advantage of the carrier-grade reliability and scalability of its Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS).
''Industry’s fastest Processor PMC module'' is what Motorola Computer Group (Tempe, AZ) calls its PrPMC880 mezzanine product introduced at ESC Boston. A Power PC processor (MPC7447) enables the module to operate at speeds up to 1.3 GHz. PrPMC880 provides Ethernet connectivity at 1 Gbit and is compatible with the recently ratified VITA 32 standard.
Model 2500 MVD DIN-rail transmitter requires only 0.03 ft3 of control room space. It features advanced multivariable digital signal processing (DSP) technology, and provides output for mass flow, volume flow, density, temperature, and flow totals. Additional output options include 10 kHz frequency, 4-20 mA, discrete inputs, discrete outputs, and HART and Modbus that are user-configurable.
What began as a Y2K update for Washington Quality Foods' Baan enterprise system became a transformation from manual to automated manufacturing processes. The path toward greater use of automation began for this 90+ year-old flour milling and dry-mix producing company just after the Y2K fix. Dry mix operations were expanded in 2000 to include a new facility with the goal of significantly increas...
Waltham, MA—Venturcom Inc. unveiled Sept. 3 its BXP Secure that it says allows organizations with strict security requirements to effectively protect classified data.
PMC-Sierra Inc. introduced its six-channel PM8373 HexPHY 1GR and four-channel PM8363 QuadPHY 1GR serializer/deserializer (SERDES) devices for high-speed serial backplanes and gigabit Ethernet (GE) transceivers. HexPHY 1GR and QuadPHY 1GR features support for the Reduced Gigabit Media Independent Interface (RGMII) v 2.0 industry standard parallel interface that enables low-power, low-cost, compact Ethernet-based system designs.
Hudson, OH—To complement its ThinQ serial-to-Ethernet solutions, Quatech recently launched its SSE-410D to expand its line of serial device servers.
Hauppauge, NY—Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) and Arcnet User Group Europe e. V. (AUG) recently introduced their Arcnet/Ethernet IP Gateway to allow seamless connectivity to existing LAN networks.
Piscataway, NJ—The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association's (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved two amendments to its IEEE 802 wired network standards. IEEE 802a allows vendors to assign Ethernet type numbers without depleting the number space, and IEEE 802.3af addresses how to supply power to low-power data terminal equipment with local area network (LAN) connectivity.
General Eastern Instruments, a business unit of GE Industrial Systems, Optica Series uses a chilled mirror hygrometer to provide long-term precision humidity measurements. With NIST traceability, the Optica Series can be used as a transfer standard to calibrate weather and humidity telemetry and industrial and building automation systems.
Paris, France—Motorola Inc.'s (Schaumburg, IL) semiconductor products sector and PowerDsine (Hod Hasharon, Israel) announced June 5 at the Smart Networks Developer Forum that they'll jointly create an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for the emerging power-over-Ethernet (PoE) market.
College Station, TX—To improve real-time communication for network control centers, help desks and call centers, &AHREF='HTTP: www.txdigital.com?>Texas Digital Systems Inc. (TDS) released May 5 its FlexView real-time, network-attached LED display panels.
EIS-W Series Serial Device Microserver, $195, connects most serial devices to an Ethernet network and the Internet. At 0.83 x 2.93 x 3.56 in., it handles RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 serial communications and has a Web-based interface for configuration without special software. It is compatible with DHCP and DNS for automatic assignment of dynamic or static IP address; works with wireless Ethernet...
Sixnet’s Datalog Server provides the ability to gather time stamped data from remote locations and transfer these data to duplicated central databases, or SCADA systems over an Ethernet, telephone or wireless link.
Clifton Park, NY—Sixnet Datalog Server provides the ability to gather time-stamped data from remote locations and transfer these data to duplicated central databases, or SCADA systems over an Ethernet, telephone, or wireless link. At each remote location a Sixnet SiteTrak or VersaTrak IPm remote terminal unit collects real-time data and stores it in protected, non-volatile memory.
Beamex’s MCS100 calibration bench system with expanded functionality now features the MC5-P calibration host module offering multifunction calibration capability for pres-sure, temperature and electrical signals-including frequency, pulses, and HART instruments.
Yarmouth, ME - Kepware Technologies recently announced the release of Siemens S7-200 Ethernet driver. The new device driver works in conjunction with Kepware's KEP-ServerEX OPC server to provide data exchange between OPC Clients and Siemens S7-200 PLCs using TCP/IP Ethernet protocol.
Control Engineering editors covered the 2003 Industrial Automation Show and National Manufacturing Week in depth. Here is a summary of that coverage and links to all the news articles related to these events.
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Warner, NH - WebDAQ/100 contains a complete built-in Wb server. When connected to a network or directly to an Ethernet card in a computer, users can open a Web browser and get complete control over channels, rates, and other acquisition parameters and download them directly in a variety of formats.
Stamford, CT - RD-MV 100/200 paperless recorder new from Omega features TFT color LCD for better viewing; removable storage on 3.5-in. floppy disk, zip disk, or PCMCIA ATA flash memory card; and programmable thermocouple, RTD, and voltage inputs.
Waltham, MA — Venturcom has released version 5.5 of Real Time Extensions (RTX) for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, XPe, NT, and NTe.
Lantronix Inc. began shipping Feb. 24 its new Xport embedded device server, which it reports is a complete networking solution enclosed in a RJ-45 package. Smaller than the average person's thumb, Xport reportedly allows OEMs to build networking capabilities into their products faster and more easily by reducing typical internal development cycles for adding networking from s...
Waltham, MA—Venturcom has released version 5.5 of Real Time Extensions (RTX) for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, XPe, NT, and NTe. This latest version of RTX simplifies development efforts requiring real-time networking features by including TCP/IP and a microWeb server, a useful function for supporting applications remotely.
Cleveland, OH - IOTech's DaqTemp Series provides 7 or 14 thermocouple, seven 16-bit resolu-tion differential voltage inputs, 13 programmable inputs capable of ±156 mV to ±10V ranges, and four input channels for measuring frequency or pulse counts up to 10 MHz.
Cleveland, OH —IOTech's DaqTemp Series provides 7 or 14 thermocouple, seven 16-bit resolution differential voltage inputs, 13 programmable inputs capable of ±156 mV to ±10V ranges, and four input channels for measuring frequency or pulse counts up to 10 MHz. All inputs can be synchronously scanned at 200 K readings/sec.
To enhance conformance testing and certification practices for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP products, the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA, Boca Raton, FL) opened its Technology and Training Center here on Jan. 22. ODVA says the new center is an important milestone in its growth because its North American conformance testing and global conformance certification activit...
Ann Arbor, MI - Entivity Inc. has released the next generation of its Think & Do Live! product. Think & Do Live! 5.5 product builds on ver. 5.4 with a number of enhancements and features improving performance and usability. Some of the key features include Windows XP support, additions to the collection of drivers, and a number of improvements to the debugging tool, AppTracker.
New London, CT—To help users achieve compliance with TIA/EIA-568-B.3-1 in support of IEEE 802.3ae's 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Ortronics unveiled Jan. 9 the latest addition to its OptiMo fiber-optic system.
Huntsville, AL —VMIVME-7766 low-voltage Intel Pentium III processor-based single board computer (SBC) provides up to 1 GB SDRAM, dual on-board Fast Ethernet controllers, two serial ports, and two front-panel USB connections. The processor has 512 KB advanced transfer cache. Other features include software-selectable watchdog timer with reset, 64-bit PCI SVGA controller, and on-board Ultr...
Logically, as Ethernet networks grow more complex, more sophisticated hardware is needed to help them function properly. Routers manage overall communications traffic among networks according to pre-defined parameters, while device servers further simplify communications. "When several computers talking several protocols want to talk to one device simultaneously, Digi One IA device server is t...
Ann Arbor Technologies' (Ann Arbor, MI) paneLink 12 industrial computer systems are designed to be flexible. All paneLink 12 systems share a specific set of features, including a 12.1-in. SVGA TFT display with 800 x 600-pixel resolution; analog-resistive touchscreen; 300-MHz Geode processor; Ethernet connectivity; and multiple communication ports.
PointWatch Eclipse point infrared hydrocarbon combustible gas detector is a diffusion-based device said to be designed for fast field maintenance.
Kepware Technologies recently added OPC driver support for Aromat, Fuji Flex, Toshiba, and Yokogawa DXP to its growing list of supported controllers.
The Thermal Conductivity Detector (TCD) gas analyzer was purpose developed for use with gas blending/mixing systems.
Brockton, MA—Alden Products Co. recently launched its Pulse Net PL1300N-EN modular, IP67-rated, RJ-45 connectors, which save installation time with a push-on, auto-latching connection mechanism.
Alpharetta, GA- Siemens Energy & Automation Inc . introduced on Sept. 30 a new communications processor, CP 243-1, for its Simatic S7-200 micro PLC that eases connections to Ethernet networks. CP 243-1 communications processor is linked to 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet with RJ45 connectors and to a 24-V power supply by a terminal strip.
Danaher Corp. announced Sept. 3 that it has agreed to purchase Thomson Industries Inc. (Port Washington, NY) for $165 million and an additional contingent consideration based on Thomson's future performance, pending customary conditions. With annual revenues of approximately $155 million, Thomson produces linear motion control products, including linear actuators, ball scre...
Fremont, CA- GarrettCom recently introduced its Magnum mP62 managed, hardened Ethernet switch to meet the growing need for network management in LAN switches and controlling applications, such as data collection at power utility substations; traffic data collection and control; and other applications in harsh and temperature-uncontrolled environments. GarrettCom reports that network management is increasingly important as remote, hostile-environment network applications become mission critical. Unmanned power utility substations and other data gathering and management outposts require remote management functionality to control costs and maintain operations with a minimum of service calls. Remote traffic control systems are expected to run continuously, so GarrettCom adds that early detection and correction of network glitches is vital. For high-availability network topologies with redundant fiber connections, Magnum mP62 switches have a new 'link-loss-learn' feature.
Cleveland, OH - A survey of engineers responsible for electronics measurement reports that new communications protocols such as Ethernet, long touted as a likely successor to the widely-used GPIB and serial interfaces, are finally seeing widespread adoption. In addition, the operating system Linux, a niche player in a Microsoft-dominated world, is also seeing acceptance for measurement applications.
Downers Grove, IL— Contemporary Controls recently launched a new CAN PC card adapter to help OEMs immediately connect CAN networks to notebook computers. The ICPCM Intelligent CAN PC card adapter features a 128-kB onboard CAN buffer for use on high-speed CAN networks and provides 2 kB of dual port RAM for high-speed data exchange between the card and an attached PC. By integrating intelligence in the PC card adapter, the company reports that CAN-based traffic can be captured in real time to minimize the possibility of missing messages. This is important when using the CAN PC card adapter as a monitoring or commissioning tool. ICPCM is outfitted with an SJA1000 CAN controller chip, offering the full range of data rates up to 1 Mbps and CAN 2.0B compatibility.
Tempe, AZ— Motorola Computer Group , a part of Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, IL), released Aug. 29 its 5385 CompactPCI controller blade.
To help manufacturers improve uptime by using existing DeviceNet infrastructures for cost-effective plant-floor connectivity, Rockwell Automation introduced Aug. 20 its Entek XM Series, which it reports is the industry's first modular and open distributed machine monitoring and protection system.
Temecula, Calif. - To better provide the power and connectivity of remote monitoring and enterprise data acquisition hardware, Opto 22 introduced Aug. 5 its 1U rack-mount version of its Snap-IT system.
The MC5-IS is an intrinsically safe IP 65-rated documenting modular multifunction calibrator.
To increase Ethernet's mainstream operating speed tenfold and add connectivity to wide area networks (WANs) and municipal area networks (MANs), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, New York, N.Y.) announced June 18 that it has approved IEEE Standard 802.
MTL recently launched its Safety Related (-SR) Series of products to allow customers to take advantage of the IEC61508 safety standard.
Alpharetta, Ga. - Siemens Energy & Automation announced June 3 that Columbian Chemicals Co. has ordered its process automation hardware, software and services, including Siemens' Historian server and redundant ProcessSuite tag servers.
Entivity Inc. and Comtrol Corp. announced May 8 a strategic partnership that integrates Comtrol's Ethernet-connected device servers and multiport controllers as the preferred connectivity hardware for all of Entivity's control software. The offering enables customers in the industrial manufacturing, batch processing, and material handling automation markets to replace P...
What do you need to transmit electric power and/or information between continuously rotating structures and stationary equipment? Slip rings are your most likely solution. These electromechanical devices —also known as rotary joints and rotary electrical interfaces—fall into two basic types.
Renton, Wa. —Quadrus EZ reads linear bar codes and 2D symbols used to track components and printed circuit boards. 2D codes include more data in a smaller area; this scanner/reader allows users to make a future switch from bar code to 2D with minimal change over. Set-up is in two steps. An illuminated field of view locator allows the user to quickly align the reader to the symbol in a ma...
Model 230A multi-network cable tester and Model 231A deluxe multi-network cable tester are low cost, battery-powered cable testers that can be used almost universally with any network cable.
Chicago, Ill. - Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Kepware Technologies (Yarmouth, Me.) announced during National Manufacturing Week a partnership to develop an embedded OPC server and embedded OPC data exchange (DX) device. The companies will offer an extension of the use of PCs by embedding an OOPC server in an industrial grade device server box.
paneLink12 family of industrial computer systems are designed with flexibility in mind.
Waltham, Mass. - NetSilicon and Imaging Portals Inc. (IPI, Los Angeles, Calif.) announced Feb. 5 an agreement to develop ImageTrak 500N, an intelligent device for managing, controlling and connecting imaging appliances and multi-function peripherals (MFPs).
Sunnyvale, Calif. - A healthy fear of writing network is still no reason to hide from it, according to Real-Time Innovations (RTI, Sunnyvale, Calif.), which recently began offering a free online educational series to help users understand networking for distributed, real-time applications.
Atlanta, Ga. —Legend 544 and 544C SmartImage sensors feature 1,280 x 1,024 pixel high-resolution CCD with Hitachi SH4 Processor. Model 544 is grayscale, while 544C adds color recognition. Microscopic pinholes, stains, streaks, scratches, wrinkles, pits, bubbles, and tears are typical flaws that can be detected.
PPM-520 PC/104-plus single board computer features a 133 MHz 5x86-compatible AMD-SC520 microcontroller.
Campbell, Calif. - ZiLog Inc. recently began shipping its new eZ80190 web server product, which is designed to enable simple, cost-effective and direct connections to networks and the Internet.
Charlottesville, Va. - GE Fanuc Automation will introduce the new Series 18i-MB5 CNC, a compact control ideal for commodity 5-axis milling machines, at the WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition 2002 in Los Angeles, March 18-21 (Booth #2649).
San Diego, Calif. - A new multi-speed controller is the first in a new line of instruments for application-specific filler/dispenser applications. Features will include a selectable 10/100 Base T Ethernet port with embedded web server, an IR port for wireless connectivity to PDA devices, a standard DeviceNet interface for viewing and controlling multiple applications, and a built-in printer port.
San Diego, Calif.— A new multi-speed controller is the first in a new line of instruments for application-specific filler/dispenser applications. Features will include a selectable 10/100 Base T Ethernet port with embedded web server, an IR port for wireless connectivity to PDA devices, a standard DeviceNet interface for viewing and controlling multiple applications, and a built-in...
Newbury Park, Calif.-The Softworks Group launched Nov. 26 its Fusion 6.0 networking software, the latest release in its transmission control protocol/Internet protocol-based (TCP/IP) product line for OEMs building connectivity into electronic products.
Irvine, Calif. - ADlink Technology Inc. introduced the NuPRO-780DV single board computer (SBC) that supports Intel's embedded 815E chipset and up to 1.26GHz Pentium-III CPUs.
Minneapolis, Minn. - Comtrol Corp. began shipping Oct. 25 its DeviceMaster Primo serial port server (SPS), a new one-port solution for connecting any serial device to an Ethernet network.
San Diego, Calif. -Web-enabled Ethernet connectivity is now available on Eurotherm Chessel 4100G graphic recorder. The 100-mm device is browser enabled, allowing users to browse their process over the Internet or a local Intranet.
Digi International launched July 11 its Digi One product line, which the firm says includes the smallest embedded device server and the first to support powered Ethernet standard. The company adds its new line meets growing demand for single-port device servers. In related news, the company announced July 10 that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit on July 3 against...
Everett, Wa.— Fluke Corp., a division of Danaher Corp. (Washington, D.C.), announced May 17 that Danaher plans to acquire Lifschultz Industries Inc., including its subsidiary, Hart Scientific Inc. (American Fork, Ut.). Hart, and its subsidiary Calorimetry Sciences Corp., manufacture scientific and industrial temperature measurement and calibration equipment.
Coral Springs, Fla. —EPPC-405 is a standalone Power PC in a compact aluminum case without fan cooling. The IBM PPC405GP with 200 or 266 MHz performs up to 375 MIPS. The board is equipped with 16 or 64 MB SDRAM, up to 8 MB Flash, and a CompactFlash slot. NVRAM enables EPPC-405 to save process variables during power-off sequences.
Coral Springs, Fla. -EPPC-405 is a stand-alone Power PC in a compact aluminum case without fan cooling. The IBM PPC405GP with 200 or 266 MHz performs up to 375 MIPS.
Troy, Mich. -Keba Teach and Operating Panel KETOP T100 is an all-round solution in every respect. It features Windows CE with touch screen technology.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -NetAlert products are said to revolutionize DeviceNet troubleshooting with on-the-wire 24/7 predictive and diagnostic ability. The system's PowerMonitor Tee is a permanent part of a DeviceNet network that warns plant floor personnel of existing or potential power faults. Its NetMeter is a handheld tool for electricians and control engineers, allowing them to quickly pinpoint fault sources.
Santa Ana, Calif. -iSeries controllers, panel meters, transmitters, and signal conditioners claim to be the first web-enabled control devices. They can be connected to an Ethernet network with a RJ-45 connector, and send and receive data in standard TCP/IP packets.
Sunnyvale, Calif. -NDDS is network middleware that provides real-time publish-subscribe services using industry-standard TCP/IP protocols. Use of Ethernet for real-time control reduces wiring costs for easier integration of manufacturing operations and IT systems.
Irvine, Calif.— NuPRO-770 single-board computer boasts application based on Intel's embedded 810 chipset that supports both high-drive ISA and PCI buses. The product bridges PCI technology advances with ISA card slots. Backed by a two-year warranty, the board is fully HALT/HASS (highly accelerated life test/highly accelerated stress screening) ensuring reliable operation to 60°C.
Developed in the 1970s, Ethernet has become one of the most widely used Local Area Networks (LANs). Ethernet's commercial success and the explosive growth of related web technologies have made Ethernet an attractive option for industrial users.The simplest LAN is composed of three basic elements: devices (computers and peripherals) which are commonly referred to as nodes, Network Interfac...
Synergetic Micro Systems Inc. recently disputed a statement that, "The first known example of an early warning system for DeviceNet is available from SST," which was part of "New tools improve network diagnostics, maintenance," Control Engineering, Nov. '00, p. 14.
Davis, Calif.— Rabbit 2000 TCP/IP development kit contains the hardware and software needed to design a microprocessor-based application that networks via Ethernet and uses Internet protocols. Along with the TCP/IP development board and Rabbit 2000 8-bit microprocessor, the kit contains Dynamic C software development system, power supply, and PC serial cable for real-time debugging.
Lantronix recently agreed to provide GE Fanuc (Charlottesville, Va.) with device server technology enabling cost-effective Ethernet connectivity to GE Fanuc's programmable logic controllers (PLCs). GE Fanuc's new VersaMax SE, developed with Lantronix CoBox DR1 device server technology, allows customers to access data and manage programming changes to plant floor equ...
Red Hat Inc. and NetSilicon Inc. recently partnered to deliver open source products and services that accelerate time-to-market for manufacturers of Ethernet- and Internet-attached devices. Red Hat will provide engineering services to NetSilicon and ongoing support to NetSilicon customers.
Dublin, Ireland -Flex.Win software allows users of RealFlex software to migrate to Microsoft Windows automatically. It uses the QNX real-time operating system for mission-critical control, monitoring, communications, and alarm-handling. Multiple nodes can connect, using TCP/IP.
Milwaukee, Wis.—Bulletin 855T Control Tower Stack Lights now have NEMA type 4, 4X, and 13, as well as IP65 ratings. Incorporating the same no-tool assembly and maintenance features as the original, each module is a self-contained unit. All units stack obtaining power from the base. A unit can be removed from the stack with a twist and power is automatically de-energized.
Columbus, O.— Jagxtreme is an out-of-the-box, Internet-enabled weigh scale. Its terminal incorporates industry-standard open connectivity, including TCP/IP and Ethernet, to facilitate communication and data exchange with companies' LAN, WAN, automation or enterprise systems, to monitor applications and provide remote access for product setup and maintenance.
To aid consistent interface specification of Ethernet, TCP/IP, and web technologies, Schneider Electric (Paris, France) announced Aug. 21 at ISA Expo/2000 that it has joined six companies that founded the Interface for Distributed Automation (IDA) group in March 2000. The founders—Phoenix Contact, Sick, Lenze, Kuka, Jetter, and AG-E—report that resulting interface specificatio...
Redmond, Wa.—Using MAC layer bridging for protocol transparency, the SRM620000E fully supports TCP/IP-based protocols across 15 "line-of-sight" miles. Using a robust RF technology, the SRM620000E can support wireless remote programming and diagnostics to SCADA equipment commonly used in water/wastewater and oil/gas pipeline systems.
Renton, Wash. -MS-880 fixed position bar code scanner features a read range of 20- to 90-in. making it ideal for applications requiring a clearance zone.
Redmond, Wa. -Using MAC layer bridging for protocol transparency, the SRM620000E fully supports TCP/IP based protocols across 15 'line-of-sight' miles. Using a robust RF technology, the SRM620000E can support wireless remote programming and diagnostics to SCADA equipment commonly used in water/wastewater and oil/gas pipeline systems. Data-Linc www.data-linc.com.
AlterSys, a manufacturing software supplier, and Lutze, an open control components supplier, announced July 17 their partnership to offer an embedded solution combining AlterSys' Virgo 2000 open control software with Lutze's DIONet PC controller for decentralized Ethernet control and networking.
Coventry, England— The 320-member Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA, Boca Raton, Fla.) announced the formation of DeviceNet UK on June 16. This United Kingdom-based affiliate will promote the benefits of the DeviceNet network and related technologies. The affiliate was formed after DeviceNet vendors met here recently at the University of Warwick, which is also home of the th...
Redmond, Wa.—SRM6200E wireless Ethernet modem offers LAN link and collision diagnostics. The tools monitor network connections to determine network performance. A crossover switch enables connection of 10BaseT straight or cross cable. The product uses MAC layer bridging for protocol transparency and supports TCP/IP Communications extend up to 15 miles with line-of-sight.
Duluth, Ga .—RAC6182 industrial computer family combines Windows CE embedded operating system with a NEMA 4X industrial computer that enables developers to deliver scalable solutions for HMI, soft logic control, programming, information management, and remote terminal applications. The family includes 12-in.
Billerica, Mass. -webDAQ/100 is a web-based data acquisition device that combines high-performance A/D and D/A hardware with web technology. The device has its own built-in web server and user interface.
Charlottesville, Va. -S2K Series stand-alone motion modules offer unusual flexibility with servo amplifier, servo controller/amplifier, and stepper controller/amplifier versions in one product family. S2K controllers feature DeviceNet communication, index and phase synchronization, multiple-speed positioning moves, multitasking real-time operating system, and 122 GE Fanuc Automation www.gefanuc.com.
In the cover story, Ethernet's in Control," CE, May 2000, p.54, Optimation Inc.'s (Huntsville, Ala.) age was incorrectly stated and no reader circle number was provided. Optimation is a nine-year-old firm. For more information, Circle 363 or visit www.optimate.com or www.controleng.com/ freeinfo .
El Cajon, Calif.—"Touch Screen" is a fully integrated Pentium MMX computer with mouse-free Microsoft Windows operation and color, active-matrix display. Other features include 32 to 128 MB system memory, one serial port, one parallel port, and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port. PC/104 and ISA slots provide expansion.
Horsham, Pa.—Battery powered Windows CE hand-held computer, TouchLite TL2100, withstands industrial environments with impact modified thermoplastic housing with silicon rubber handgrips. It is said to withstand at least a four-foot drop to concrete. Three display options include 6.1-in. VGA TFT color, low-cost 320 x 240 pixel monochrome, or 320 x 240 pixel 1/4 VGA color.
Greenville, S.C. -Computer Dynamics introduces the Century-C/M Series, a family of enclosed flat panel computers and monitors available in four display sizes (10.4' VGA, 12.1' SVGA, 15' XGA and 18.1' SXGA). Century-C/M systems offer industrial and OEM users the latest technology with style.
Hampton, Va.— Model 9032 Ethernet Barometer supports 10Base-T Ethernet and TCP/IP communications as part of PSI's NetScanner System of networked test measurement and process monitoring solutions. The product measures barometric pressure from 11 to 16 psia with static accuracy of ±0.0015 psia.
Milwaukee, Wis.—Using DeviceNet, Profibus, or Modbus Plus communications, users can link PLCs to Alpha electronic messaging marquees to provide "at a glance" plant-floor information. A gateway interface resides on the communication network and converts to an RS-485 network for use by the Alpha display.
Fremont, Calif. -As small as 4- x 5-in., MSC-338 single-board computer is ideal for embedded applications. It supports floppy disk drive, two hard disk drives, Disk-on-Chip, 10 Mb Ethernet, CRT/flat panel display controller, and two serial/parallel ports.
Palo Alto, Calif. -Hewlett-Packard's new Ethernet-ready module can be embedded into a wide range of products to allow them to be remotely monitored and controlled from any Internet browser. The new embedded measurement and control "plug" is designed to accommodate many measurement and automation applications.
Kansas City, Mo. —This EBX compliant processor board has a wide range of multimedia features. SBC-MediaGX is based on the National Semiconductor MMX-enhanced 233 MHz MediaGX processor. Features include: Chips & Technologies 69000HiQ video accelerator, support for STN, TFT, and EL flat panel displays, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, on-board Flash Disk, analog resistive touchscreen interface...
The next communications revolution will involve replacing circuit switched networks with packet switched networks. Future systems will handle packetized real-time streams, such as speech and video. Digital signal processors (DSPs), which have always been optimized for real-time applications, will interface with packetized backbones, such as 155 Mbs ATM.
Davis, Calif.— FlashTCP is a web server and TCP/IP controller in a package slightly larger than a credit card. It comes preinstalled with Microsoft DOS, NE-2000 packet driver, and web server software. The unit is powered by and Intel 386Ex processor with 512k bytes of static RAM, and 512k bytes of Flash memory.
Several years ago, the biotechnology firm Genentech Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.) experienced many difficulties with sensor inputs and complex wiring installation for data acquisition devices. The company used numerous data collection tools, all with different sensor inputs and communication hookups, which made configuring sensors for lab experiments a mind-boggling task.
North Andover, Mass.— Schneider Electric has introduced a Profibus DP Master module for its mid-range Premium PLC platform. The module enables the Premium CPU to communicate with up to 2,048 inputs, 2,048 outputs, and up to 126 devices on each Profibus DP network. Two Profibus DP master modules can be run simultaneously on some Premium CPUs.
Palo Alto, Calif— BFOOT-11501 is a 1.6 x 1.8-in (40 x 45 mm) preprogrammed module with an embedded Ethernet controller and Web server suitable for mounting on printed circuit boards. Developers can use popular Web page editing tools to create application specific Web pages accessible to users via standard browsers.
Northbrook, Ill. — Woodhead Connectivity has extended its line of DeviceNet connection products to address demands of adverse factory-floor environments. The new Multi Port Interconnection System is rated IP68 for protection in severe environments. It includes both the multiport modules and physical media to satisfy all connection requirements.
Redondo Beach, Calif.— Synetcom Digital Inc. has introduced the Wise system, designed to digitally transmit analog or digital sensor readings 1,000 ft or more, using an unlicensed digital wireless RF link to a site-central RTU/Logger/PLC. It replaces long runs of cable and creates a local RF Ethernet data acquisition environment.
Atlanta, Ga. —Single board computer uses Intel's Celeron processor with Intel's Socket 370 low-profile Plastic Pin Grid Array. The computer includes Celeron processor, 440BX AGPset, on-board video, and 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interfaces. Basic configuration is available without video, Ethernet, or SCSI.
Facility tours, equipment demonstrations, and celebrations marked the May 10 grand opening of Yaskawa Electric America Inc.'s (YEA) new North American headquarters. Located 30 miles north of Chicago, the 112,500-ft2 complex will conduct all of YEA's North American business operations, including Motoman robotic systems.
Milwaukee, Wis.— Next generation SV9000 drives are available from 0.75 to 1,100 hp and 200 to 690 V. Stator flux control provides high torque for starting, accelerating, and accommodation of momentary mechanical overloads. Each unit has a keypad or an optional enhanced graphic display and includes connectivity to DeviceNet, Profibus DP, Interbus, Modbus-RTU, and LonWorks.
Huntsville, Ala.— VMIVME-7697 VMEbus CPU employs the new Intel 500 MHz Pentium III. The Pentium III processor offers performance enhancements such as Streaming SIMD Extensions: 70 new instructions providing advanced imaging, 3D, streaming audio and video, and speech recognition applications. Real-time operating features include 48 MB flash, battery-packed SRAM, three 32-bit timers, and a...
The following "Relative Market Performance Table" updates information appearing on p. 20 of the "Capitalize on Intelligent Network Power" study, published as a supplement to Control Engineering, March 1999. In addition, the contact for Interbus listed on p. 9 in "A Network of Networks" should be Ken Gardner.
Cincinnati, O.—Conos provides customized operator stations with connectivity to DeviceNet, Profibus-DP, Interbus SDS, and LonWorks networks. These hardwired units are assembled, tested, documented, and certified. They arrive ready for network connection. Options include number of operators per station—typically from 3 to 16, specified operator manufacturer—such as Cutler-Hamme...
Downers Grove, Ill. and Darmstadt, Germany—Synergetic Micro Systems Inc. and Peak Service introduced March 8 a device that gives DeviceNet users a new way to troubleshoot networks. DeviceNet Detective is able to: anonymously eavesdrop on a network in "spy" mode; register on the network as a slave in "plainclothes cop" mode; monitor voltage levels on the network to ensure that devi...
To cut costs and complexity of Ethernet and Internet open networking applications, NETsilicon Inc. (Waltham, Mass.) introduced NET+ARM 5 & 10T, a 5 MIPs, 10BaseT Ethernet solution. NET+ARM 5 & 10T helps OEMs embed networking capabilities into semi-intelligent devices by providing sufficient processing power and a complete networking solution at less cost.
Carlsbad, Calif.—Metric Systems Corp. announces InstantOffice, a plug-and-play wireless solution for providing high quality, wide area, point-to-point and multipoint voice and data connectivity to remote offices. This system combines everything needed to provide single or multiline dedicated or dial telephone services and high-speed router-based secure Ethernet and data services.
Worldwide, electric utility deregulation is expanding and creating demands to integrate, consolidate, and disseminate information quickly and accurately between and within utilities. Recognition of these needs began as early as 1990 when Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, Palo Alto, Calif.
Jerry Yen, advanced controls manager for General Motors' Powertrain Group, welcomed 105 attendees to the annual Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Users Group meeting, held here following ARC Advisory Group's Automation Strategies and Technologies Forum. Located at www.
Osterville, Mass.— FireWire communications are included as a standard on a new line of 3U CompactPCI boards. ICP-K233 is a family of Intel Pentium-class CPU boards using the AMD K6 processor including SDRAM and Flash RAM and a graphic controller supporting DRTs, LCDs, and TFTs. Multiple communications offered include FireWire, 10/100 Ethernet, 10baseT or 100baseTx, TCP/IP, and USB.
Minneapolis, Minn.— FlexLife continuous-flex cable and cordsets for DeviceNet and Profibus products are designed for applications that require endurance to constant moving and flexing. They meet the signal attenuation requirements of DeviceNet and Profibus networks. The cables are tested to make sure they can withstand the abuse common in robotic and other constant-motion applications.
Santa Cruz, Calif. —Thermalert SX series infrared temperature sensors combine SmartTX electronics with through-the-lens visual sighting for precise alignment. For easier setup, laser aiming is offered on some models. This two-wire unit uses HART protocol and allows networked control and communications from a PC using a HART/RS-232 adapter.
Cleveland, O. —NetScan/1500 is an Ethernet-based data-logging and control instrument designed for isolated, accurate, high-challel-count measurements. NetScan/1500 offers 16 to 128 isolated analog input channels and 32 control outputs. Outputs can be programmed to update via network control or to automatically respond to pre-programmed limits.
Atlanta, Ga.— Trenton Technology's TR-DP2 single-board computer combines dual Intel Pentium II processors with on-board 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, Ultra Wide SCSI, and AGP SVGA interfaces to provide optimum performance for telecommunications, server, and imaging applications. Intel's 440BX AGPset supports the system/memory bus at 100 MHz, providing what the company says is the fastest possi...
Everett, Wa.— The 744 Documenting Process Calibrator allows users to measure pressure, temperature, loop current, voltage, and frequency. This all-in-one unit measures and maintains HART transmitters, and supports changes in the HART standard. Functions include sourcing and measurement, creation and execution of automated procedures, automated results capturing, transmitter mode, bar-cod...
Do more with less. Faced with this modern refrain and releated technical demands, budget cuts, and time constraints, engineers seek more capabilities, distance, accuracy, and communication buses in new measurement systems.These were key needs of 1,150 engineers polled in the third annual "Measurement Needs Tracking Survey" by Keithley Instruments Inc.
When space gets expensive, shallowness becomes a virtue. For instance, a new 18-in. flat-panel computer with active matrix LCD display from Ann Arbor Technologies, AAT2000, is only 8 in. deep and 32 lbs. This allows it to compete with 20-in. CRT systems that weigh 85-100 lbs.
When operators at SME Industries (West Jordan, Utah) first tried to use their new Burney flame cutting machine to build flat-plate beam connectors, they had to waste time manually tracing the part with an electronic eye to load its parameters into a controller. To make the new machine more efficient, Bruce MacNaughtan, SME's MIS manager decided to use a Touch Stat...
It may be slightly fanciful thinking, but Andy Balderson, American Advantech Corp.'s regional sales manager, speculates, "CRT-based displays will virtually disappear from the market in the next 12-18 months." Mr. Balderson believes liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will become the primary displays because of lower costs created by increased notebook PC sales volumes.
Austin, Tex.— CyberNode Lite is second in a family of thin Internet servers geared for industrial data acquisition and remote monitoring. It supports common Internet interfaces and stores HTML pages. CyberNode Lite can host ActiveX or Java controls, and provides server processing and client scripting.
Riverdale, N.J.— The DIN-rail hub, which features "plug-and-play" assembly and fail-safe operation, is designed for use in industrial environments, and can be assembled simply with one movement on the rail. The device has two fiber-optic ports compliant to standard 10BASE-FL for connection to the plant backbone, and three twisted-pair ports compliant to 10BASE-T with robust DB9 sockets.
Amherst, N.Y.— DM224i-EDN is API Controls' new micro-stepping drive equipped with a Device Net network interface. It's capable of 3 A per phase at 48 V, and can produce holding torque up to 350 oz-in. when mated with the company's MST high-torque step motors. This unit eliminates the need for indexers or motion controllers in many applications because it accepts direct, high-level digita...
El Cajon, Calif. —Color Touch Station is now available with a 12.1-in., 800 x 600 pixel SVGA display. A fully integratable PC, Color Touch Station is designed to accommodate shop floor environments. A Media GXi 200 MHz processor is standard along with ports for an external keyboard and printer.
Huntsville, Ala.— ScadaVision version 4.0 provides enhanced and animated multimedia capabilities for improving the look, feel and intuitive characteristics of SCADA displays. Supporting Microsoft Windows 95/NT, ScadaVision provides new fonts, colors, integration of bit maps and color photos, animations, and AVI video files.
A new family of scalable, distributed control object software for Windows NT and CE environments, ASIC-300, was unveiled by ASAP (Chagrin Falls, O.) during a March 17 press conference at NMW.Real-time control engines run on a variety of hardware from an embedded, diskless single-board computer with less than 4 MB of RAM to an NT workstation.
Milwaukee, Wis.— KwikLink flat trunk line cable and insulation displacement connectors are said to reduce material and engineering costs up to 50% while easing installation. The new four wire unshielded flat trunk line cable is more flexible than its round counterpart. A tighter bend radius allows the flat cable to fit into applications where space prohibits use of round cable.
Wauwatosa, Wis.—Plug-and-play DeviceNet operator stations from PanelWorks LLC, a new subsidiary of Real Time Automation, allow users to: choose among Allen-Bradley, Cutler-Hammer, General Electric, or Square D oil tight operators in either 22 or 30.5 mm sizes; buy stations for two to six operators with metallic and nonmetallic enclosures; and arrange operators without creating CAD drawings.
Osicom Technologies Inc. unveiled its new Net+Arm product line here on Jan. 5. The company says Net+Arm is the industry's first complete network connectivity system located entirely on silicon, and that it will help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) slash time-to-market and unit costs of connecting products to Ethernet systems and the Internet.
Hauppauge, N.Y.—FEC-FC34 compact microcontroller contains Ethernet 10baseT connectivity with TCP/IP built in. Even though it is possible to connect with Ethernet/Internet connections, user program protection is standard for security. The 16-bit, 20 MHz processor allows multitasking of up to 64 programs.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada— In a recent comparison of DeviceNet diagnostic tools, SST found that its NetAlert NetMeter for DeviceNet has several essential capabilities not demonstrated by any other DeviceNet diagnostic product. This contradicts an earlier claim by Synergetic that its product matched all of NetMeter's functions.
Waltham, Mass.— NetSilicon Inc. and eMation Inc. recently announced they will jointly enable intelligent device manufacturers to remotely manage, service, and support their products from behind corporate firewalls. This is expected to allow new business opportunities in automatic replenishment, just-in-time (JIT) maintenance, and optimized support.
Orlando, Fla.— More than 450 engineers and executives discussed ideas and actual successes in e-manufacturing at the ARC Manufacturing Strategies Forum presented by the ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, Mass.) on Feb. 19-20. Andy Chatha, ARC's president, reported that Internet- and web-based technologies are driving collaborative manufacturing, which must use data from automation for enterprise...