I/O Systems, I/O Modules

I/O Systems, I/O Modules June 1, 1998

Steeplechase’s under $1,000 control package debuts

PC-based control solution developer Steeplechase Software Inc. recently released Starting Gate—its first hard real-time design and run-time package under $1,000. With full protection against hard drive failures and the Microsoft Windows NT blue screen of death, the VLC Starting Gate package is priced at $995.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules June 1, 1998

PC-based controls and I/O modules give yarn true colors

In the controls field, accuracy is often a result of how fast you can secure data and make decisions. Package dye equipment, for example, requires especially precise control of numerous I/O variables to correctly dye large yarn spools in pressure vessels, or kiers, which range in size from those able to dye one 10-lb package to those that can handle 1,500 lb.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules June 1, 1998

Solutions highlight IAM show

Numerous innovations greeted decision makers attending IAM '98, May 12-14. MDT Software (Alpharetta, Ga.) reports its MASS Autosave real-time, change management software now supports Rockwell Automation's RSLogix 500 for the SLC 500 processor line, and its MASS Y2K AutoScan module can scan controller programs for potential Y2K or other date-related problems.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules June 1, 1998

One-piece interface and logic controller

Melrose Park, Ill. —GLC100 combines a graphic operator touchscreen, logic controller, and I/O subsystem in a single device. The device is programmed from a PC where a common database is created and shared for the interface graphics and the control logic, which is developed using an IEC 1131 ladder logic development tool.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules June 1, 1998

Automated instrumentation cuts process design engineering costs

Move over Picasso. Though PCs already aid many instrumentation design and control applications, some engineers are drafting software to take on more creative tasks—such as producing original work in technical drawings—to save time and money.For instance, Optimation Technology Inc. (OTI, Rush, N.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules May 1, 1998

Two-axis motion controller

Carlsbad, Calif.— The DC2-STN is a stand-alone two-axis servo controller with two auxiliary outputs for stepper control. Occupying a 9.5 × 4 × 5 in. footprint, with back panel mounting tab, and removable/pluggable screw terminals, the DC2-STN is suitable for OEM applications. Communications for programming and networking is provided via an RS-232 interface.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules May 1, 1998

PLC cabling system

Cumming, Ga. —ZipLink PLC cabling system is a DIN-rail mounted connector and cabling system for PLCDirect PLCs. The electrician wires the panel by plugging one end of a ZipLink cable into a PLCDirect I/O module and the other end into a ZipLink connector module. The cabling system reduces time to wire modules while reducing the possibility of wiring errors.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules May 1, 1998

Object-oriented strategies multiply

Software objects promise to allow greater reuse of code, allowing vendors to focus on core functionality. Several object platforms have emerged recently and were demonstrated during NMW.Intellution's (Norwood, Mass.) Fix Dynamics "i-Core" set of services and Object Automation's (Santa Ana, Calif.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules April 1, 1998

SoftPLC demo control software

Humble, Tex.— A working demo of SoftPLC, a PC-based PLC emulation software, is available for download at http//www.softplc.com/splcdemo.htm. The demo limits the user to 16 rungs of logic, does not support I/O devices, and is the earlier version of SoftPLC. Included is Comgenie, a set of instructions for ASCII communications to RS-232, -422, or -485 devices through the computer's COM ports.

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules April 1, 1998

PC control cuts machine design time

Industrial laser-based machines require intricate control systems for precision cutting. Complex controls must be balanced by the operational simplicity necessary for plant-floor production. To ease operation of a new laser cutting machine—while maintaining a tight design schedule—LaseRevolution Inc.

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