Of course dollars count. Throwing automation dollars at a project isn't the preferred method for end-users, for system integrators who may help with implementation, or for vendors. Even vendors—who usually don't mind receiving money—would rather receive a bit less revenue, if it ensures customers' needs are met or exceeded.
Austin, Tex.—National Instruments makes it easier for users to integrate data acquisition, test and measurement, and industrial control by unifying the PXI open specification that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform with NI's SCXI high-performance PC-based signal conditioning and instrumentation system.
Level: Field, device Speed: 10 Mbps using IEEE 802.3 standard; 100 Mbps using IEEE 802.3u standard Network size: 2 km over fiber-optic cable at maximum two nodes per segment Installed base: Most popular physical layer LAN technology Organizations and websites: Industrial Ethernet Association at www.IndustrialEthernet.com ; Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA) at www. www.iaopennetworking.com ; and the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance at www.gigabit-ethernet.org Outlook: Supporters expect legacy bus networks with 2 Mbps upper limit and shared 10 Mbps Ethernet to be replaced by 10 Mbps switched Ethernet increasing to 100 Mbps as need dictates. Ethernet is also expected to extend its reach closer to intelligent devices and remote I/O devices.
The challenge for industrial Ethernet is often the same faced by traditional networking protocols—to deliver more open, plug-and-play solutions that can interface with users' enterprise-wide, intranet or Internet-enabled systems. Unfortunately, Ethernet faces many interoperability headaches similar to other protocols, such as a lack of standardization among d...
Espial, a provider of embedded Java technology for Internet appliances and Tadpole-RDI (Carlsbad, Calif.), a vendor of mobile solutions for enterprise applications, recently allied to put Espial's tools and Internet applications into Tadpole's J-Slate technology. Tadpole's J-Slate is a Java-based, diskless, hand-held, industrial pen computer that allows mobile worke...
To speed deployment of Ethernet and Internet-based networks on factory floors, the 21-member Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA) on Nov. 24 announced its designation as an independent, self-governing entity operating under California law as a nonprofit corporation.
Cumming, Ga.— Think & Do Software version 5.1 includes support for Casio E100 Cassiopeia, a Windows CE palm-sized computer. PocketESP allows access to all Think & Do Windows CE runtime targets on the plant network over Ethernet. Users can browse lists of available I/O and data points and select, monitor, and modify those points.
The time has come to say goodbye to 1999 and hello to 2000. Though some would argue the new millennium doesn't officially begin until 2001, next year will still be a significant milestone. The Y2K bug problems taking up so much time and effort these days have seen to that.Y2K fears aside, the new year brings with it a great deal of promise, especially in the technology sector.
This year was significant for the automation and controls industry on the worldwide web. 1999 saw impressive growth in the web presence of many key companies, and brought with it a surge in e-commerce as an effective means of purchasing components and systems.Highlights of the year include the following: GE Fanuc's site (www.
Foxboro, Mass.— The Foxboro Company has introduced platform enhancements for its I/A Series automation system including an Ethernet fieldbus network, I/O modules, and improved control processors. With the introduction of a fieldbus network incorporating 10 Mbps Ethernet, Foxboro provides a 40-fold performance increase.