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Other Networks September 9, 2022

Industrial software utility, useability, future

How can providers and users of industrial software advance software usefulness and ease of use, so software and its benefits can be more widely adopted? Control Engineering China provides some thoughts.

By Stone Shi
Other Networks May 24, 2022

IT, OT convergence enabling digital manufacturing transformation

Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) convergence is enabling a digital manufacturing transformation.

By Suzanne Gill
Other Networks April 28, 2022

Registration of first process automation host system announced

FieldComm Group announced the first FDI host system to earn the right to display the FDI registration logo in product marketing materials.

By FieldComm Group
Other Networks April 6, 2022

TSN benefits for edge computing

Edge computing is instrumental in the creation of frameworks that are capable of quickly and securely evaluating data and time-sensitive networking (TSN) can help.

By John Browett
Other Networks January 27, 2022

Upgrading automation devices with TSN connectivity

Knowing how to support time-sensitive networking (TSN)-based industrial Ethernet protocols and how to leverage a corresponding development ecosystem is key to ensuring manufacturing success.

By John Browett
Other Networks January 7, 2022

TSN’s future role in industrial automation

Time-sensitive network (TSN)-compatible automation components can create agile and future-proof manufacturing factories.

By Jeremy Shinton
Other Networks December 16, 2021

Module type package added to Profinet database

Profibus & Profinet International (PI) are added module type packages (MTPs) to their industrial networking portfolio.

By PI North America
Other Networks December 9, 2021

Profinet community stack launched to support TSN

PI has launched a Profinet community stack project to support the spread of time-sensitive networking (TSN).

By PI North America
Other Networks November 27, 2021

Open automation with plug and play

Plug-and-play and non-proprietary open automation system designs have become the goal of users. Many interoperability efforts include the O-PAS standard for control system architecture, time-sensitive networking (TSN) for industrial Ethernet and IEC 61499 for programming.

By Stone Shi
Other Networks November 16, 2021

Networking association names managing director

FDT Group named Steve Biegacki as the group's managing director starting in 2022.

By FDT Group
Other Networks October 2, 2021

Digital signal processing managed switch

The VT971 is a rugged conduction cooled module which follows the VITA specification for environmental applications.

By VadaTech, Inc.
Other Networks September 22, 2021

Open automation transformation platform released

FDT 3.0 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) standard enables open automation transformation. See video.

By FDT Group
Other Networks September 20, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 13-19, 2021

Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, digital transformation ROI, scaling machine learning, linear servo motors and the factory of the future were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 13-19, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks September 15, 2021

Digital manufacturing needs TSN

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can help reshape industrial communications and factory operations and futureproof digital manufacturing.

By Thomas Burke
Other Networks August 9, 2021

Seven reasons to invest in smart factory technology

Making a major investment – particularly when it involves transformative technologies – can be daunting. Seven reasons for making the push to smart factory technology are highlighted.

By Andy Macpherson
Other Networks July 31, 2021

Device type manager changes for IIoT applications

With FDT 3.0, device type managers (DTMs) are now OPC UA-ready and offer data through the natively-integrated FDT OPC unified server.

By James Loh Chia Woon
Other Networks July 21, 2021

Three ways omlox helps Industry 4.0 as an open standard

Wireless technologies are growing and indoor location tracking is a major component of it. As an open standard, omlox can help Industry 4.0.

By Keshav Kumar
Other Networks June 28, 2021

HART technology evolution with HART-IP

HART technology has been developed, alongside other technologies, to allow it to continue to meet the needs of the industry marketplace.

By Paul Sereiko
Other Networks June 24, 2021

Campus with private 5G testbeds to drive innovations, networking

AT&T and Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus has private 5G testbeds for public and private sector organizations to develop and innovate with 5G powered applications and solutions.

By Texas A&M Engineering
Other Networks June 23, 2021

Empowering a standardized web user interface

The user interface (UI) design for measurement and control applications has critical importance within modern industrial operations.

By Dr. Vivek Hajarnavis
Other Networks June 18, 2021

Why TSN will soon be a must-have for competitive manufacturing

Advanced industrial networks that incorporate time-sensitive networking (TSN) can benefit from high-speed, reliable communications for smart manufacturing applications.

By Thomas Burke
Other Networks June 11, 2021

Groups unify IT/OT visualization with universal device information model

The FDT OPC UA companion specification empowers FDT data-centric Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform enabling uniform IT/OT data access to the enterprise.

By FDT Group
Other Networks June 8, 2021

Strategic alliance to protect industrial networks announced

Agreement brings together leading technology from each company to provide a cybersecurity solution for mission-critical networks.

By Belden and Dynics
Other Networks May 25, 2021

Deployment of secure networks connect control engineering solutions

As industrial control systems (ICSs) become integrated with the internet, robust security is critical on every level.

By Jake Schaffner and Larry O'Connell
Other Networks May 16, 2021

How nature’s characteristics can help build sustainable industrial networks

Researchers at Texas A&M University have delineated guidelines for setting up successful industrial networks by using patterns found in nature's food chains, which can facilitate economic growth, lower emissions and reduce waste.

By Vandana Suresh
Other Networks May 10, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 3-9, 2021

Articles about connected distribution centers, SCADA master plan frameworks, integrated automation suites, PLC-controlled robots and OPC UA communications were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 3-9, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks May 10, 2021

TSN market to reach $1 billion by 2026

The growing need for real-time network solutions across multiple industries will help the market grow several-fold to over $1 billion by 2026, according to a Global Market Insights report.

By Global Market Insights
Other Networks May 8, 2021

Omlox benefits for manufacturers

Omlox is an open and interoperable standard for a real-time location system (RTLS) in manufacturing industries.

By PI North America
Other Networks April 24, 2021

Deploying digital twins on a city scale

Helping cities in developing and deploying digital twins at city scale can have many positive effects for critical infrastructure now and in the future. See video.

By Sharada Prahladrao
Other Networks April 7, 2021

How open systems support end users

End users have been vocal about wanting open systems, and automation vendors are responding by delivering systems compliant with international standards.

By Masaru Yamazaki and Wataru Nakagawa
Other Networks April 2, 2021

Five essential security functions for hybrid networks

Hybrid networks allow organizations to keep important data on-premises. while maintaining full control over sensitive assets.

By John Maddison
Other Networks March 21, 2021

How time-sensitive networking is transforming the Smart Factory

The future of manufacturing lies in flexible, efficient and high-performance production that leverages data-driven intelligence and this can be achieved by implementing network technologies that utilize time-sensitive networking (TSN) functionalities.

By Thomas Burke
Other Networks February 26, 2021

Researchers develop speedier network analysis for computer hardware

Software has been developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers to more efficiently run graph applications on a range of computing hardware, including both CPUs and GPUs.

By Daniel Ackerman
Other Networks February 7, 2021

Insights on industrial networking

Industrial networking has come a long way and engineers must now choose whether to use a managed or unmanaged switch.

By Jack Smith
Other Networks February 3, 2021

Four ways TSN can boost manufacturing productivity

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can help manufacturers boost productivity by simplifying machine design, improve transparency and more.

By Thomas Burke
Other Networks December 17, 2020

How RFID improves machine performance, safety

RFID authentication devices on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery ensure the proper users are taking permitted actions, providing performance benefits and improved safety. See five methods for security for industrial machinery.

By Linda Htay
Other Networks June 8, 2020

Five ways digital transformation metrics give manufacturers more flexibility

Digital transformation (DX) provides manufacturers with more flexibility and transform industrial processes and operations. See five ways metrics cover the DX solution lifecycle.

By Jacques Durand
Other Networks April 1, 2020

Cimplicity 11 and Tracker 11 by GE Digital

GE Digital’s Cimplicity 11 and Tracker 11 are together designed to monitor and control operations.

By GE Digital
Other Networks April 1, 2020

OPC Server for SNMP by Integration Objects

Integration Objects’ OPC Server for SNMP offers a full monitoring of simple network management protocol- (SNMP) enabled devices from OPC client applications such as historians, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) or distributed control systems (DCSs).

By Integration Objects
Other Networks February 28, 2020

Cybersecurity success hinges on teamwork, collaboration

Cybersecurity successes in 2020 will depend on information technology (IT) and operations (OT) coming together and collaborating and working past their differences.

By Gregory Hale
Other Networks February 11, 2020

Design advice for connecting IT and OT

High-performance infrastructure, including industrial Ethernet networks, helps with efficient, secure and reliable connections between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems and software. Note the unseen costs of unmanaged switch and transition layer between IT and OT.

By Christian Wiesel
Other Networks January 9, 2020

Collaboration needed to redesign manufacturing network

The manufacturing industry is adopting methodologies that will help make operations faster and more efficient than ever before, but companies need to collaborate and collect as much data as possible.

By Ray Watson
Other Networks January 1, 2020

M23 PRO by Phoenix Contract

The M23 PRO circular connectors from Phoenix Contact offer uniform solutions for signal and power transmission.

By Phoenix Contact
Other Networks January 1, 2020

UV-LED Illuminators by Innovations in Optics

Innovations in Optics’ UV-LED Illuminators with Precision Driver/Controllers for digital light processing (DLP) applications in 3-D Printing and Maskless Photolithography.

By Innovations in Optics, Inc.
Other Networks October 6, 2019

Location-aware system helps smart devices find their position

A system developed by MIT researchers helps networks of smart devices cooperate to find their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails, which could be helpful in supply chain monitoring, autonomous navigation and more.

By Rob Matheson
Other Networks October 3, 2019

Survey respondents show edge computing optimism

End users are optimistic about edge computing’s ability to transform industrial automation processes, according to research by Stratus Technologies and CFE Media.

By CFE Media
Other Networks September 22, 2019

Simplifying digital migration

There are many ways industrial communications are supporting and simplifying the digital migration process.

By Suzanne Gill
Other Networks September 20, 2019

Addressing digital migration challenges

As industry starts to engage in digital transformation programs, engineers tasked with managing this change are running into several challenges.

By Suzanne Gill
Other Networks July 4, 2019

Digitalization advantages

Think Again: Major automation companies tout next-generation tools offering digitalization advantages, mobility and flexibility, for greater speed to higher profits.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks June 1, 2019

TPC-1551T(B) industrial panel by Advantech 

Advantech’s TPC-1551T(B) industrial panel PC features a flat touchscreen with IP66-rated front panel and wide operating temperature range of -20 to 60°C.

By Advantech
Other Networks May 24, 2019

Nominees being accepted for Plant of the Year award

The FieldComm Group is seeking qualified end users and manufacturers for the 17th annual Plant of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

By FieldComm Group
Other Networks April 4, 2019

Networking groups announce liaison agreement

The LoRa Alliance and the DLMS User Association (DLMS UA) announced they have signed a liaison agreement to jointly develop DLMS-over-LoRaWAN to support smart metering use cases.

By LoRa Alliance
Other Networks April 2, 2019

Architecture proposal for integrating connectivity standards released

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and Beeond Inc.'s architecture proposal is designed to integrate core connectivity standards – OPC UA, DDS and TSN – for industrial systems.

By Real-Time Innovations (RTI)
Other Networks February 28, 2019

New edge computing opportunities available for manufacturers

Edge computing brings data faster to users as well as provide new possibilities for analysis and enhancing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Travis Cox
Other Networks February 2, 2019

Profinet network, control system upgrade helps reduce energy costs

A system integrator deployed a Profinet industrial Ethernet network and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for a food supplier looking to expand its facility. The integrator used the Ethernet network to improve communications and optimize operational efficiency for $125,000 in annual energy savings.

By Nelly Ayllon
Other Networks January 31, 2019

Industrial internet, network groups complete merger

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and OpenFog Consortium have finalized their agreement to combine their respective groups, which will work under the IIC umbrella.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks January 21, 2019

The Benefits of a Standardized Communications Layer: Your Questions Answered

Webcast presenters Sam Elsner and Philip Bard answered questions about topics such as data acquisition reliability, communication layers and cybersecurity, and more.

By Philip Bard and Sam Elsner
Other Networks January 14, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about MQTT's role as an IoT message transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, the SI as your partner, a yogurt plant improving their operations, and automating an existing manual valve were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks January 13, 2019

Software helps industrial network communications

Industrial network stacks and other industrial connectivity software work to enhance connectivity among devices and systems. OPC UA, MTConnect, EtherNet/IP, and CC-Link are among software that organizations provide. Middleware also provides connectivity between the plant floor and other systems.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks January 11, 2019

The future of IIoT software in manufacturing

A guide to understanding and using data distribution service (DDS), time-sensitive networking (TSN), and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) for advanced manufacturing applications.

By Stan Schneider, Ph.D.
Other Networks January 8, 2019

Special interest group for internet protocol launched

CAN in Automation's (CiA) international users’ and manufacturers’ group has established the CAN XL Special Interest Group (SIG) for their next-generation protocol, which is designed for TCP/IP communication and radar sensors.

By CAN in Automation
Other Networks November 22, 2018

University, industry leaders collaborate to power network for research and education

Indiana University network engineers are collaborating with Ciena, Internet2, and ESnet to power the Monon400 network and will stretch from Chicago to Dallas.

By Ceci Jones
Other Networks November 20, 2018

Standards group names president, executive director

ODVA's board of directors announced Dr. Al Beydoun, the vice president of technology and standards, appointed as president and executive director of ODVA. 

Other Networks November 5, 2018

Time-sensitive networking application profile standards to be developed

The OPC Foundation announced the launch of its new setup to identify OPC UA and related TSN-harmonization needs and to extend standards and specifications and provide vendor-independent end-to-end interoperability into field level devices for all relevant industry automation use-cases.

By OPC Foundation
Other Networks November 3, 2018

On the road to the digital enterprise

Decide where to go and use a map to get to the digital enterprise.

By Kevin Parker, CFE Media
Other Networks October 27, 2018

Spatial intelligence platform for robots, industrial automation equipment

Humatics Corp.'s Spatial Intelligence platform is comprised of radio-frequency beacons deployed in a constellation, mobile sensors, and a software suite.

By Humatics Corp.
Other Networks October 2, 2018

Manufacturer acquires PLC business platform for process, discrete industry expansion

Emerson announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric, to expand opportunities in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets.

By Emerson
Other Networks September 15, 2018

Open systems and IIoT, working in tandem

Additional productivity gain through further systems integration is being limited by an installed base of proprietary technologies supplied by automation and information technology suppliers.

By Kevin Parker, CFE Media
Other Networks September 12, 2018

Smart manufacturing comes in many forms

The idea of smart manufacturing and smart machines has taken on many forms at IMTS 2018. Whether it’s machines, operations or general philosophy, there are many ways to be smart, but it does come with challenges. Which forms of smart manufacturing will help you?

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Other Networks September 11, 2018

Wireless line-of-sight, non-line-of-sight, beyond-line-of-sight propagation

Wireless setup tutorial: Reliability of using wireless for control depends in part on the type of wireless signal transmission and potential obstructions and impairments during the design process.

By Dan Capano
Other Networks September 11, 2018

Information and product flexibility at IMTS

The rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is forcing companies to streamline their operations while keeping them secure. Companies are also looking, through this, to remain flexible and broaden their operations.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Other Networks September 8, 2018

Industrie 4.0’s potential to change manufacturing

Industrie 4.0 has great potential for manufacturing, but it is only successful if it provides value and deliver real and tangible benefits to a company's operations.

By John Clemons, Maverick Technologies
Other Networks September 5, 2018

Use process analytics effectively

Pattern recognition software leverages historian data to automate information gathering and make process analytics more efficient and accurate.

By Bert Baeck, TrendMiner
Other Networks September 4, 2018

Design a wireless IIoT gateway with open-source tools

Wireless: Software-defined radio (SDR) hardware and open-source programming software provides an alternative to proprietary wireless communications systems, helping improve Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks.

By Paul Dillien, High Tech Marketing
Other Networks September 2, 2018

Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT-ready

As well as four reasons why kinetic mesh is a better broadband solution for the manufacturing industry.

By Todd Rigby, Rajant Corp.
Other Networks August 29, 2018

Consortium offers industrial networking advice for IIoT designers, engineers

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is looking to provide advice on industrial networking for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system designers and network engineers, which can vary widely depending on the industry and the setting.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks August 24, 2018

Artificial intelligence in machine vision applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is beginning to make its way into machine vision applications in a wide range of industries thanks to the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Other Networks August 23, 2018

How IoT and automation will transform how industries function

Technology Update: Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the future of automation engineering and manufacturing. Learn the five areas driving IoT and why they’re important.

By Rutuja Jathar, Grand View Research Inc.
Other Networks July 29, 2018

Laser sensor designed to smell gases through light absorption

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a laser sensor device that uses patterns of light absorption to measure the composition of the gas sample.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Other Networks July 9, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Jul. 2-8

Articles about ladder logic, robotic automation trends, mechatronic systems, embedded vision's future, and IIoT effectiveness on the plant floor were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 2-8, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks June 25, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Jun. 18-24

Articles about sensor selection, the 2018 Salary and Career Survey, discrete sensors, IIoT effectiveness on the plant floor, and mobile HMI criteria were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 18-24, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks June 11, 2018

Digital technology partnership, $1 billion equity investment announced

PTC Inc. and Rockwell Automation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for a strategic partnership to enhance their digital technology platforms. As part of the agreement, Rockwell Automation will make a $1 billion equity investment in PTC.

By PTC, Rockwell Automation
Other Networks June 5, 2018

Heed this advice for a wireless factory

By eliminating physical connections such as wires and cables from a facility's communication network, wireless technology offers many manufacturing organizations are able to run their entire operation more efficiently.

By National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Other Networks May 25, 2018

Industrial manufacturing event to focus on maintenance, IIoT

The 2nd Annual Internet of Manufacturing Midwest 2018 event will delve into manufacturing applications of predictive maintenance and examine how the IIoT is strengthening links on the production line.

By Internet of Business
Other Networks May 17, 2018

Using system integration to optimize the manufacturing process

Core systems within the manufacturing cycle need to be connected to optimize productivity and performance levels.

By Javier Jiménez, Magic Software Enterprises America
Other Networks May 12, 2018

Defense company to standardize, automate manufacturing operations

Defense company BAE Systems has selected Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing subsidiary, to assist with standardizing and automating its manufacturing operations.

By Malek Murison, Vinelake
Other Networks May 11, 2018

Finding common ground for IT/OT convergence

Finding a common understanding between information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) means avoiding a lot of issues with overall facility operations.

By Nate Kay, MartinCSI
Other Networks May 8, 2018

Smart manufacturing: IIoT analytics and predictive maintenance

Enhance operations by using Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and data analysis.

By Guy Weitzman, Atomation
Other Networks May 2, 2018

Where to start with industrial analytics

What to do to create useful operations information and drive real results.

By David Stonehouse, Rockwell Automation
Other Networks April 9, 2018

Integrating IIoT technologies to maximize facility operations

Gain valuable data insights by integrating operations, information technology (IT) systems, and creating a more effective Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution.

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corp.
Other Networks April 8, 2018

Integrating the Industrial Internet of Things

The challenge original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and design engineers wrestle with is integrating new technologies with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in a way that allows them to complete in today's evolving and interconnected world.

By Daniel Repp, Lenze
Other Networks April 5, 2018

Companies lack solutions, resources to tackle growing cybersecurity threats

The second Hiscox annual Cyber Readiness Report finds most organizations lack the right mix of strategy and execution to tackle rising threats to cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing part of the problem.

By Chris Middleton, Vinelake
Other Networks April 4, 2018

Digital transformation advances at Hannover Messe

Rockwell Automation will demonstrate ways on how to accelerate digital transformation through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to be even more competitive at Hannover Messe 2018, April 23-27 in Hannover, Germany.

By Rockwell Automation
Other Networks March 28, 2018

IoT and Industrie 4.0 creating M&A hotspots

According to a report from Hampleton Partners, he Internet of Things (IoT) or Industrie 4.0 technologies are driving a new wave of mergers and acquisitions in the technology sector.

By Chris Middleton, Vinelake
Other Networks March 24, 2018

Machine vision trends for 2018 and beyond

The machine vision industry is experiencing robust growth as industrial and non-industrial applications depend on its benefits more to make operations easier and more user-friendly.

Other Networks March 12, 2018

Turning Big Data analytics into actionable information

To be effective, Big Data analytics must deliver on the end-user experience, and not on the hype associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corp.
Other Networks March 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence in the industrial enterprise

Analytics can deliver insight as to how things are going, but artificial intelligence (AI) doesn't become a thing until you start using machine learning and semantics for insight.

By Kevin Parker
Other Networks March 9, 2018

TSN solves measurement and control challenges

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is an evolution of standard Ethernet and adds the bounded latency and guaranteed bandwidth provided by hard real-time Ethernet, which is crucial as more devices are connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Brandon Treece, National Instruments
Other Networks February 23, 2018

The importance of smart manufacturing standards

National initiatives and industry consortia are monitored and enhanced so companies can leverage smart manufacturing to make companies more productive, sustainable, and flexible.

By Mike Hannah
Other Networks February 19, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 12-18

Articles about shop floor device networks, system integrator success, the 2018 Engineers' Choice winners, IIoT and conditioning monitoring, and digital twins were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 12-18, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks February 12, 2018

Control system for capital projects, plant operations launched

Emerson is expanding its Plantweb digital ecosystem with the launch of DeltaV version 14, a cybersecurity-certified control system designed to deliver new value in capital projects and make plant operations more connected and productive.

By Emerson
Other Networks February 11, 2018

Wireless networks enable automation product design

Matching industrial wireless technologies to the application and seeking wireless simplicity are two considerations when integrating wireless capabilities into automation and controls.

By Justin Shade, Phoenix Contact
Other Networks January 24, 2018

Using quality systems to gain efficiency

It has been shown over and over in various industries when quality is built into a process, the costs associated with the process are actually reduced and manufacturers that focus on the components that drive quality, they will improve efficiency.

By Valérie Goulévitch
Other Networks January 15, 2018

Three ways the IoT has emerged as a powerful force in the manufacturing industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the manufacturing industry with increased connectivity, an improved supply chain, and has enhanced smart manufacturing.

By Satarupa De, Global Market Insights
Other Networks January 11, 2018

China adopts global device integration technology as national standard

China has adopted the FDT 2.0 specification as their national standard to help the country to standardize communication and configuration interfaces between field devices and host systems, and is expected to be a key tool for intelligent manufacturing center integration.

By FDT Group
Other Networks January 7, 2018

Processing a neural network’s mind and its ability to process language

MIT researchers have developed a technique illuminates the inner workings of artificial intelligence systems that process language, which could improve overall efficiency for machines.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Other Networks January 1, 2018

Industry forum to focus on digital technologies, connected enterprises

The 22nd annual ARC Industry Forum in February 2018, will focus on digitally-enabled technologies, approaches, and business processes disrupting the way industry, infrastructure, and municipalities around the world operate and serve their respective customers.

By ARC Advisory Group
Other Networks December 18, 2017

Starting in automation: 4 steps to success

New adopters can learn from the industry experience

By Chris Marinucci, O’Brien & Gere
Other Networks December 12, 2017

2018 System Integrators of the Year

Burrow Global, Automation Plus, and ECN Automation are chosen as the 2018 System Integrators of the Year for their service and solutions to the system integrator community.

By CFE Media
Other Networks December 12, 2017

Automation Plus, Cincinnati, Ohio

Automation Plus is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Technology. President John Glenski shares some of the company's success stories and advice.

By CFE Media
Other Networks December 12, 2017

ECN Automation, Hermosillo, Mexico

ECN Automation is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Technology. Director general Arturo Freydig shares some of the company's success stories and advice.

By CFE Media
Other Networks December 8, 2017

IIoT adoption increasing, but projects still in development

A survey from Bsquare finds that few industrial companies are using advanced analytics to make sense of Internet of Things (IoT) data as they begin to adopt it on the plant floor.

By Rene Millman, Vinelake
Other Networks December 3, 2017

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) and Factory 4.0’s benefits

The manufacturing execution system (MES) is a control system designed to execute, monitor, track, and report operations taking place on the plant floor in real time and Factory 4.0 will change how the MES impacts the plant floor.

By Anuj Parashar and Bhagat Singh, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Other Networks November 29, 2017

Five technology trends for 2018

With advancements in automation, industries need to stay on top of the challenges ahead.

By Kyle Voosen, National Instruments
Other Networks November 6, 2017

Maximize ROI with an integrated approach to control systems

Cover Story: Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) combining integration, cybersecurity, and OPC UA bring greater productivity and reliability.

By Swapnil Adkar, Honeywell
Other Networks November 4, 2017

Accelerate IIoT with hardware, software

More intelligent manufacturing is possible more quickly by choosing hardware and software that help with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architectures.

By Stone Shi, Control Engineering China
Other Networks November 1, 2017

Micro-controllers versus PLCs: Which one belongs in your plant?

Cover Story: Single-board computers and micro-controllers offer opportunities for automation applications, but they may not be the best option for critical production applications.

By Bill Dehner and Tim Wheeler, AutomationDirect
Other Networks October 24, 2017

IIoT analytics framework technical report published

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), has published the IIC Industrial IoT Analytics Framework Technical Report (IIAF), which features a complete set of instructions that IIoT system architects and business leaders can use to deploy industrial analytics systems in their organizations.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks October 17, 2017

Alliance enables global IoT roaming and device deployment

The LoRa Alliance released its latest technical specifications, which include roaming and separation of backend nodes, which will enable IoT devices to connect to and move between LPWANs around the world.

By LoRa Alliance
Other Networks October 16, 2017

Internet groups agree to liaison for TSN open standard collaboration

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Avnu Alliance (Avnu) announced they have agreed to a liaison to work together to advance deployment and interoperability of devices with time-sensitive networking (TSN) open standards.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks October 7, 2017

Internet, edge computing groups agree to liaison

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and EdgeX Foundry, an open-source project building a common interoperability framework to facilitate an ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing, have agreed to a liaison.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks September 30, 2017

Five reasons why system integrators are critical assets for the IIoT

System integrators can help expand the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for companies because they have a deep understanding of many systems and can work as a go-between for many departments as an independent and powerful voice.

By Abhijit Mhetre
Other Networks September 23, 2017

Survey indicates IIoT is accepted by a majority of companies

A study by Zebra Technologies and Peerless Insights found that almost two-thirds of manufacturers expect to be fully connected by 2022 and that wearable technologies will be used by over half of manufacturers by then as companies look to become safer and more technologically savvy.

By Freddie Roberts, Vinelake
Other Networks September 20, 2017

PCI bus specification for outer space ratified

PICMG's CompactPCI Serial for Space has been ratified and is intended to be used in space for on-board satellites as the platform system and the payload controller as well as control systems and ground stations on Earth.

Other Networks September 19, 2017

Planning for the evolution of the IoT

Companies looking to take the next step in the Internet of Things (IoT) need to evolve from a company that uses IoT-enabled products, to becoming an IoT-enabled organization, and become a system of systems for gathering all relevant information from their sensors to better manage data.

By Wael Elrifai
Other Networks September 19, 2017

Smart factory machine learning testbed launched

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed, which is designed to explore machine-learning techniques and evaluates algorithmic approaches for time-critical predictive maintenance.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks September 3, 2017

Safety compliance and changing industry practices

To minimize worker injuries and incidents, look at existing workflows to assess the degree of risk and identify areas of concern. Then form specific and targeted interventions that can address these gaps.

By Divya Bhatt
Other Networks September 1, 2017

Virtual smart advisors can boost manufacturing

Virtual smart advisors, similar to what is seen in the banking and services sectors, could help manage and maintain day-to-day operations on the plant floor and help companies realize their smart manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 aspirations.

By Mike James, MESA International
Other Networks August 29, 2017

Internet, manufacturing groups sign memorandum of understanding

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will focus on identifying and sharing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) best practices.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks July 31, 2017

Standards group expands presence in Asia

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced an additional GB/T Chinese national standard in a bid to strengthen their position in the Asian market.

By CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Other Networks July 30, 2017

Independent motion control solution launched

PLCopen Safe Motion 1.0 is a system independent solution designed to ensure that safety drive functionalities can be mapped easily and the gap between motion and safety is filled.

By PLCopen
Other Networks July 28, 2017

IIoT technical report updated

The Industrial Internet Consortium's (IIC's) Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report version 2.0 aligns interdependent terms, eliminates unnecessary terms, and adds new relevant terms.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks July 13, 2017

PC-programmable MODBUS temperature transmitter

Moore Industries announced the new TMZ Dual (2TPRG) PC-programmable MODBUS temperature transmitter that allows users to increase density and reduce costs.

By Moore Industries
Other Networks July 3, 2017

Industrie 4.0 optimizes safety

Control Engineering international: Beyond technologies, Industrie 4.0 efforts include human interactions and safety, as explained by Bosch Rexroth in a Control Engineering Europe article.

By Andrew Minturn
Other Networks June 12, 2017

Industrie 4.0 and the smart services welt

Committing resources towards money and people for Industrie 4.0 will push manufacturers in the right direction as smart services are put together based on users' needs.

By Mike James, MESA International
Other Networks June 3, 2017

Digital developments, cloud platform help with IIoT, robotics, automation, electrical products, and power grid

New digital products based on an integrated cloud platform aim to help with opportunities from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digitalization, according to ABB, which has formed new departments for robotics and motion control, industrial automation, electrical products, and power grids, according to Control Engineering China.

By Stone Shi
Other Networks May 25, 2017

Six benefits of Industrie 4.0 for businesses

Industrie 4.0 can provide manufacturers many benefits such as improved efficiency, lower costs, higher revenues, and increased innovation.

By Francisco Almada-Lobo
Other Networks May 18, 2017

Five ways Industrie 4.0 can improve traditional manufacturing

Industrie 4.0 can improve the production line, the supply chain, asset monitoring, and many other traditional aspects of manufacturing by providing real-time interaction.

By Pushpak Parmar, Riya Savjani
Other Networks May 14, 2017

Sensors have Industrie 4.0 capabilities

Control Engineering international: A sensor’s process data and its metadata can be transferred directly to the Azure Cloud via OPC UA without an intermediate gateway, after collaboration between Microsoft and Leuze electronic, as explained by Control Engineering Europe.

By Control Engineering Europe
Other Networks May 11, 2017

How to navigate the future of IIoT systems

It’s critical to understand which IIoT connectivity technologies to use for each application in the IIoT space.

By Stan Schneider, PhD
Other Networks April 26, 2017

Shop floor marketplace emerges with Industrie 4.0

The shop floor marketplace is becoming a reality with Industrie 4.0 as companies are required to make products quickly and cost-effectively as well as unique products that are tailored to a specific user.

By Francisco Almada-Lobo
Other Networks April 24, 2017

Connectivity software upgrade for IIoT solutions

Kepware's KEPServerEX Version 6.1 connectivity software is designed to strengthen the industrial connectivity platform's core server functionalities for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

By Kepware
Other Networks April 22, 2017

Five positive impacts from the IIoT on manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has impacted manufacturing in areas such as predictive maintenance, safety, and supply chain visibility.

By Ryan Nabozniak
Other Networks April 14, 2017

IoT megatrends on the rise

A report from technology analyst house Vision Mobile uses the mega label to denote the rapid developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) market and what it means for developers and consumers as technology becomes "smarter."

By Adrian Bridgwater, Vinelake
Other Networks April 4, 2017

Machine, factory automation provider acquired

ABB announced the acquisition of B&R, a global product- and software-based open architecture company, as they looked to expand in industrial automation and take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution.

Other Networks March 21, 2017

Carrier system for customized batch sizes

Festo's Multi-Carrier System is designed to enable customization of batch sizes and embodies Industrie 4.0 manufacturing concepts of modularity, communications, and diagnostics.

By Festo
Other Networks March 18, 2017

The internet of services in Industrie 4.0

Manufacturers need to think through their business model with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industrie 4.0 and ask how can a product become a service with a long-term revenue stream.

By Mike James
Other Networks March 16, 2017

The information experience

Augmented reality presents ideas and facts in just a glance.

By Kevin Parker
Other Networks March 15, 2017

Trust in IIoT data declines, according to survey

According to a survey by Experian Data Quality, just over a quarter of organizations don't trust their data and more than half rely on educated guesses or gut feelings to make decisions based on their data.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Other Networks March 12, 2017

Boosting connected intelligence for China’s manufacturing industry

Control Engineering International: Intelligent manufacturing is part of a wider strategy to promote manufacturing in China that has 226 state-sponsored projects and investments of more than $2.9 billion to improve automation and the interconnection and integration of equipment, according to Control Engineering China.

By Aileen Jin
Other Networks March 10, 2017

Feedback: Wider capabilities via IIoT; lowering project costs

Less customization, more standards, wider capabilities, and easier implementations are needed to improve Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation.

By Sandy Vasser
Other Networks March 9, 2017

Companies announce strategic partnership for the IoT

Opto 22 and IBM have agreed to a partnership to bridge the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology.

By Opto 22
Other Networks March 5, 2017

IoT without analytics and the cloud is a non-starter

Internet of Things (IoT) devices don’t actually offer much on its own and can only become useful when a user collects, stores, and analyzes the data it provides.

By Mike Bainbridge
Other Networks March 5, 2017

Four IIoT connectivity challenges for businesses

Companies looking to implement an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy need to address several potential issues as they seek to bridge the gap between operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT).

By Tony Paine
Other Networks March 3, 2017

Strategy and standards help determine Big Data, IIoT value

Cover Story: There are many tools for capturing the potential value Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provide, but companies need to know what kind of information they want and how to gather it securely.

By Daymon Thompson
Other Networks March 2, 2017

IIoT reference architecture published

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the publication of the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF), which is designed to help unlock data in isolated systems and enable interoperability between previously closed components.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks February 25, 2017

What industrial analytics platforms offer manufacturers

Challenges and benefits of analytics applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are highlighter as well as the value analytics can provide.

By Shi-Wan Lin, Alexander Lukichev
Other Networks February 24, 2017

Pervasive sensing solves Saltigo steam problems

In operation, steam traps don’t reveal much about themselves; software helps them speak a language relevant to plant productivity.

By Ralf Kueper
Other Networks January 17, 2017

Controller for safety-related automation tasks

Siemens' Simatic S7-1212 FC controller is designed to perform standard and safety-related automation tasks in a single device and can be networked with Profinet and Profisafe.

By Siemens
Other Networks December 10, 2016

Easier way to use SCADA data for IIoT

Technology update on data analysis: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) intelligent data analysis can be obtained more easily with a modular, on-demand subscription software offering economical predictive process analytics to improve efficiencies.

By Bert Baeck
Other Networks November 14, 2016

Software for simplified automation system design

Rockwell Automation's Rockwell Software Studio 5000 integrated development environment features expanded integration with engineering tools, predeveloped application content to replace custom code, and enhanced security features.

By Rockwell Automation
Other Networks November 1, 2016

Magnetic encoders with CANopen interface

Posital’s Ixarc high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are available with CANopen interfaces and are designed for applications in vehicles, mobile machinery, cranes, lifts and offshore equipment.

By Posital
Other Networks October 29, 2016

EtherCAT servo terminals with STO functionality

Beckhoff's EL72x1-9014 EtherCAT servo terminals from implement safe torque off (STO) functionality. and integrated features correspond to safety level Cat 3/PL d.

By Beckhoff Automation
Other Networks October 4, 2016

Five reasons to invest in MES

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help companies measure performance, improve processes, attain productivity improvements, and acquire a general competitive advantage by being faster and leaner.

By Russ Durham, Maverick Technologies
Other Networks October 3, 2016

Integrated hydraulic controller for Industrie 4.0 applications

Bosch Rexroth's Integrated Axis Controller (IAC) combines control electronics—including software and a valve platform of NG 10/350 bar for a cabinet-free installation close to the hydraulic cylinder.

By Bosch Rexroth
Other Networks September 2, 2016

Harvesting, storing, and accessing industrial data

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) can act as data concentrators and work in concert with the cloud to provide a powerful, scalable, and low-cost solution for collecting and distributing industrial facility data.

By Fabio Terezinho
Other Networks July 25, 2016

Safety block IO module for safety-related applications

Turck's TBPN safety block I/O module combines both standard and safety inputs/outputs in a single device.

By Turck
Other Networks July 21, 2016

Carrier cards for upgrading COTS systems and FMCs

VadaTech's PCI516, PCI592 and PCI595 are designed to bring commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) PCIe systems up to date with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or for integrating high-end FPGA mezzanine cards (FMCs).

By VadaTech
Other Networks July 20, 2016

Motion module with CANopen version for tight space applications

Schneider Electric's Lexium Motion Module (LMM) is a programmable motion controller that features a CANopen version and is designed for motion systems with tight space constraints.

By Schneider Electric
Other Networks July 18, 2016

Communication expansion module for micro panels

AutomationDirect’s EA-ECOM communication expansion module is designed for all EA3-series C-more Micro panels and features an Ethernet (RJ45) port for programming and programmable logic controller (PLC) communications.

By AutomationDirect
Other Networks July 7, 2016

Control and automation systems for facilities

In smaller facilities up to a handful of people might be in charge of the process control system. Larger companies may be made up of multiple facilities, requiring specific system integration needs for optimal business operation.

By Alex Marcy
Other Networks July 2, 2016

Network portfolio for industrial automation

Balluff's CC-Link IE field is a 1GBPS network designed for industrial automation applications and the network portfolio consists of IP67 protection rated machine mount I/O devices and IO-Link masters.

By Balluff
Other Networks June 10, 2016

Real-time, plant-floor data for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Integration: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 platforms will enable rapid manufacturing of new products, dynamic response to product demands, and real-time optimization of manufacturing across the production and supply chain networks by networking equipment, sensors, controls, and business systems, according to Matrix Technologies, a 2016 System Integrator of the Year.

By Divya Prakash
Other Networks May 27, 2016

Software for adding logic to compatible IO devices

Turck's Argee is designed to help manufacturers add logic to compatible I/O devices without a programmable logic controller and can turn the I/O into a field logic controller (FLC), as well.

By Turck
Other Networks May 25, 2016

Controller update integrates PAC features, built for IIoT applications

Schneider Electric's PlantStruxure PES V4.2 integrates features of the company's Modicon M580 ePAC and is designed for the water/wastewater, mining, minerals and metals, specialty chemicals, power generation, and food and beverage industries.

By Schneider Electric
Other Networks May 2, 2016

Servo motor and amplifiers for designers and end users

The Sigma-7 rotary, linear and direct drive servos and amplifiers from Yaskawa are designed for system designers and automation end users and features dual-axis amplifiers that mount in smaller spaces and regenerate power for long-term energy conservation.

By Yaskawa America Inc.
Other Networks April 28, 2016

Process historians can be an integral part of the IIoT

Process historians are still cutting-edge tools even though they have been around for many years. They can form the foundation of distributed, cloud-based enterprises and can integrate with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Alex Marcy
Other Networks April 21, 2016

Think Again: System integration, networking for machine tools

Application examples: Machine data integration saves time and increases throughput, according to Mazak; technologies being demonstrated in the plant may be offered on future machines for better asset utilization, among other benefits.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks March 26, 2016

High-density modules for aerospace applications

TE Connectivity's DMC-M high-density 30-23 modules are designed for aerospace applications and achieve higher density with a reverse design that protects against damage due to exposed contacts.

By TE Connectivity
Other Networks March 18, 2016

Mill-turn control for machining large parts for power plants

Heidenhain's TNC 640 mill-turn control features enhanced graphics, interpolation turning and gear hobbing and can be used in applications such as machining large parts for power plants.

By Heidenhain
Other Networks March 12, 2016

Motor controller for EtherNet, Modbus applications

The N5 motor controller from Nanotec is available with EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP fieldbus interfaces and can be programmed for time-critical subroutines to be executed in the controller.

By Nanotec
Other Networks March 7, 2016

Touchscreen indicator and controller for process control applications

Rice Lake Weighing Systems' 1280 Enterprise Series indicator/controller is designed for process control applications and it utilizes customizable widgets and softkeys, which can be placed on multiple screens to create an interface designed for a specific process.

By Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Other Networks February 17, 2016

Visualizing the (applied) automation continuum

Well-implemented automation strategies solve problems, increase flexibility, and meet increasing business pressures and challenges.

By Jack Smith
Other Networks February 10, 2016

Automation vendors: Connect and interoperate, or someone else will

Automation and controls vendors need to connect and interoperate in ways that will quickly facilitate benefits touted by the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 frameworks, or other suppliers will make automation functions increasingly irrelevant, according to several end users and analysts at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks January 16, 2016

Gateway controller for harsh environments

Divelbiss' HEC-Gateway Controller is a harsh environment enhanced communications controller designed to translate different serial bus protocols, data logging, and add Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to existing systems.

By Divelbiss Corporation
Other Networks January 8, 2016

Bi-directional inductive coupler for tight industrial spaces

Balluff's IO-Link enabled bi-directional inductive coupler is designed to enable transfer of power and data over a small air gap and is designed for tight industrial spaces and has a compact IP67 housing and offers 32 bytes of bi-directional data transfer over a 4-pole M12 sensor cable.

By Balluff
Other Networks January 8, 2016

Modbus gateway for remote monitoring applications

SignalFire's Modbus DIN Mount Gateway combines a radio with gateway electronics in a compact module for installation flexibility in remote monitoring applications.

By SignalFire
Other Networks January 5, 2016

Logger for multi-channel applications

Delphin Technology's Expert Logger 300 is designed to handle any multi-channel requirement and is equipped with 46 universal channels and the analog inputs have 24-bit resolution and sampling rates of up to 50 measurements per second.

By Delphin Technology
Other Networks December 23, 2015

Motion trends to watch in 2016

The Motion Control and Motor Association outlined several motion trends for 2016 including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), big data, and predictive maintenance.

By Kristin Lewotsky, Motion Control and Motor Association (MCMA)
Other Networks December 9, 2015

HMI system provides individualized user interfaces

Beckhoff's TwinCAT human-machine interface (HMI) system is designed to provide individualized user interfaces and leverages IT standards such as Microsoft Visual Studio, HTML5, Websockets and HTTPS for secure communication.

By Beckhoff
Other Networks December 1, 2015

Making the right automation changes

Choosing to upgrade—or not to upgrade—can be the proverbial double-edged sword whether it be network-migration best practices or HMI advances.

By Jack Smith
Other Networks October 15, 2015

EC: Lion-Link Ethernet/IP Bus Coupler 0940 ESL 611

Network Integration - Network hardware: The LioN-Link EtherNet/IP bus coupler makes network updates and repairs simple, providing flexible interface options across existing EtherNet/IP protocols for real-time data and diagnostics access in harsh industrial settings, withstanding mechanical vibration, shock and corrosion. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Other Networks October 15, 2015

EC: MGate W5208 industrial Ethernet gateway

Network Integration - Network hardware: Moxa's MGate W5208 is the first industrial Ethernet gateway to combine serial, Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP, DNP3, and Ethernet communication over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Other Networks October 15, 2015

EC: STE-700 Series

Network Integration - Network hardware: The STE-700 Series are 8- or 16-port 1U rackmount industrial RS232 or RS422/485 serial device servers. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Other Networks October 1, 2015

Browser-based barcode reading interface

Mircoscan’s MicroHawk WebLink interface features a configuration utility for barcode reader setup and control in industrial settings.

By Microscan
Other Networks September 5, 2015

Gateways for the Industrial Internet of Things: Emerging trends

Industrial Internet gateways help translate among competing, closed silos of proprietary stacks that provide vertical integration between the things in the field and the integrated cloud services that make them useful.

By Jens Eggers and Varun Nagaraj
Other Networks September 1, 2015

Capitalizing on the Industrial Internet of Things: Revenue potential

Hardware manufacturers are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution led by the Internet of Things (IoT). To keep up with new technological advances, they must move towards “smart” objects. See three ways to monetize Internet-connected devices and 10 software-centric business considerations.

By Steve Schmidt
Other Networks August 27, 2015

Apps for Engineers: Control methods

CFE Media's Apps for Engineers is an interactive directory of engineering-related applications for Apple iOS and Android operating systems from various companies. We've categorized apps by category, company, and type. These control methods apps are in the app as of September 2015.

By CFE Media
Other Networks August 19, 2015

Organizations collaborating on smart manufacturing initiative

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is collaborating with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) on an initiative around smart manufacturing.

Other Networks June 30, 2015

Strain gage input module bridges interfaces to transducers

Dataforth’s MAQ20-BRDG1 strain gage input module provides 4 channels of strain gage input that can interface to quarter, half, or full-bridge sensors using either a 4- or 6-wire connection.

By Dataforth
Other Networks June 29, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 22-28: HMI system design, MES control, PLC basics, more

Articles about HMI system design, define and integrate MES controls, PLC basics for enterprise controls, the 2015 Control Engineering salary and career survey, and railroad axle manufacturing retrofits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Networks June 22, 2015

Discrete automation products have strong potential for IIoT applications

A report from ARC Advisory Group suggests that discrete automation exhibits larger potential over process automation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in terms of the number of connected devices deployed.

By Steve Clouther, ARC Advisory Group
Other Networks May 27, 2015

Vision standards update: nine criteria help with standard selection

Inside Machines: Machine vision standards advance at the spring G3 meeting of the EMVA, AIA, JIIA, and VDMA machine vision associations; nine criteria help with selecting standards.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks April 6, 2015

Controller, IO, software products combined to improve automation performance

Yaskawa's MP3300iec machine controller, MotionWorks IEC version 3, and the Vipa Silo can be used in conjunction with one another to improve the performance of automation systems, and to compound the improvement in system effectiveness when used in combination.

By Yaskawa
Other Networks March 12, 2015

All-in-one PLC with HMI and onboard IOs

Product Exclusive: Unitronics’ Samba is an all-in-one palm-size PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os that enables data entry and display of variable data, including color trend graphs and alarm screens as two auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, and data logging.

By Unitronics
Other Networks March 12, 2015

Rugged HMI operator panel has 7 inch screen

Beijer Electronics’ T7BR is a rugged 7-in. HMI operator panel designed for operation in extreme environments like heavy-duty motors and offshore engine rooms and conforms to NEMA 4X and IP66 standards.

By Beijer Electronics
Other Networks February 16, 2015

A short history of standardization and CAN

Standards might be boring to read about, but we couldn’t do without them. Without standards modern civilization would be much more difficult, costly, and hazardous, because we didn’t standardize the fire hydrants.

By Holger Zeltwanger
Other Networks February 9, 2015

Programmable CAN to USB interface and datalogger

Kvaser's Memorator Pro 5xHS 5-channel high-speed Controller Area Network (CAN) to USB interface and datalogger is designed to allow users to monitor and log data from multiple CAN channels using just one device.

By Kvaser AB
Other Networks February 6, 2015

Signal analyzer module for noise, vibration measurement

Data Translation's DT7837 ARM-based dynamic signal analyzer module is designed for noise and vibration measurement and features a complete source code that can be modified and used without any restrictions.

By Data Translation
Other Networks January 8, 2015

Push-pull IO modules with Profinet

Balluff's push-pull variants of its Profinet IO-Link master modules are available with a fiber-optic cable or copper cable connection and an integrated display for information and additional diagnostics.

By Balluff
Other Networks January 8, 2015

Nano PLC designed to communicate with IoT

Crouzet Automation's em4 series is a nano-PLC that is able to communicate as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and is an integrated solution for integrators and OEMs that allows them to connect their devices via the Internet on demand, without adding additional modules.

By Crouzet Automation
Other Networks December 23, 2014

Rotary encoders with EtherCAT

Leine and Linde’s ISA and IHA 600 series of solid shaft and hollow-shaft absolute rotary encoders feature EtherCAT industrial communication protocols and support cycle times down to 31.25 µs.

By Leine and Linde
Other Networks December 23, 2014

Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things tools help streamline factory automation

Factories can become smarter through the application of tools used for Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things initiatives, according to Aurelio Banda, Beckhoff Automation. Banda, named president of North American operations (Beckhoff Automation LLC) effective Jan. 1, 2015, spoke to Control Engineering and Plant Engineering recently about manufacturing automation trends and tips.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks November 23, 2014

60th Anniversary: CE History from 60, 30, and 15 years ago on flowmeter calibration, analysis instruments’ computer capabilities, and managing risk

Happy 60th, Control Engineering! Help us celebrate by looking at issues from 60, 30, and 15 years ago. Control Engineering magazine was first published in September 1954. This monthly column in 2014 will review coverage in issues 60, 30, and 15 years ago. While technologies have progressed since then, topics below (flowmeter calibration, analysis instruments, managing risk) remain relevant today.

By CFE Media
Other Networks October 30, 2014

Remote monitoring powered by IoT and big data enable higher efficiency

Internet of things (IoT) and big data power remote monitoring, enabling a new wave of efficiency. Modernize control processes and phase out outdated control systems that limit access to data and serve as a hurdle for streamlining and optimization. See 3 steps for IoT remote monitoring.

By John Cavalenes
Other Networks October 23, 2014

Support-focused enterprise controls series

This article is the introduction for a series of five articles that explore the critical components of a support-focused controls system.

By Daniel B. Cardinal
Other Networks October 8, 2014

Engineering testing, Internet of things, predictive maintenance advance with better tools

At 2014 NIDays Chicago, Noah Reding, National Instruments, told Control Engineering and Plant Engineering about advances in engineering test tools, automotive software development, the future of technology, and the Internet of things (IoT).

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Other Networks September 17, 2014

Communications module for Profibus network

Molex's Brad SST communication modules connect Rockwell ControlLogix as a slave to Profibus DP-V0 network.

By Molex
Other Networks August 19, 2014

USB module for noise and vibration measurement

Data Translation's DT9857 high channel count USB module is designed for simultaneous noise and vibration measurement and can be used with microphones, accelerometers, and other transducers that have a large dynamic range.

Other Networks July 29, 2014

Smart module with Bluetooth capability

Microchip Technology's RN4020 Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module enables designers to easily stream any type of data across the Bluetooth Energy Link (BTLE) and it can connect to any microcontroller with a UART link. See related video demonstration.

Other Networks June 20, 2014

Robustness and reliability in CAN-based networks

When CAN-based networks were first used in industrial automation, the robustness and the reliability were key issues.

By CAN in Automation
Other Networks June 18, 2014

Linux development module for processors

ProSoft Technology's Linux Development Module for ControlLogix and CompactLogix processors from Rockwell Automation can be used for custom/proprietary functions or as a specialty protocol interface.

Other Networks June 18, 2014

Multi-service gateway for Internet of Things applications

Eurotech's ReliaGate 15-10 M2M gateway is designed for industrial Internet of Things applications with remote management and certified wireless connectivity.

Other Networks June 18, 2014

Microsoft Azure cloud platform connects with Rockwell Automation as first industrial partner

Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service selected Rockwell Automation as an early adopter, the first partner in the industrial space, as part of Microsoft’s effort to bring greater connectivity to its customers, according to Barb Edson, general manager of Microsoft IoT commercial. Edson was the RSTechED keynote speaker for June 17. She said it’s not about billions of connected devices in the Internet of Things; it’s about connecting your things.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks April 28, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 20-26

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 20-26, including articles about navigating Windows XP ceasing customer support, the integration of remote HMIs, delegating tasks for better leadership, PLCs, and process control systems.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Other Networks March 6, 2014

Consumer market will drive industrial Internet of things for manufacturing

Technology Update: The same disruptive activities are at work for the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) as when the personal computer changed the way businesses operated.

By Jim Campbell
Other Networks January 13, 2014

Serial interface adapter has 8 serial ports, software

Sealevel Systems' 7802e PCI Express serial interface adapter that has eight serial ports for RS422 or RS485 communications and has software that supports Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.

Other Networks December 24, 2013

Fieldbus coupler series for Profinet network

Wago's Profinet IO Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series identify connected I/O modules and can assign device IDs via DCP protocol or DIP switch.

Other Networks December 17, 2013

Isolating high-speed data interfaces

Technology Update: Choosing the right isolator requires knowing system requirements and which high-speed interface meets the requirements for isolating their signal paths using digital isolators.

By Thomas Kugelstadt
Other Networks December 5, 2013

Industrial control systems cyber security certification exam now available

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) is offering the Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) exam, which addresses cyber security for industrial control systems and critical infrastructure.

By Global Information Assurance Certification
Other Networks November 23, 2013

Drowning in data, starved for information

Engineering and IT Insight: Ensure projects use 4 key practices to bring the value of big data analysis to your production floor.

By Dennis Brandl
Other Networks October 17, 2013

EC: MatrikonOPC UA Embedded Server Software Development Kit

Software - Applications: The OPC UA Embedded Server software development kit from MatrikonOPC allows you to quickly and easily add an OPC UA server to your embedded product. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Other Networks October 2, 2013

Differential pressure measurement via industrial Ethernet module

Beckhoff Automation's EP3744 EtherCAT Box is an IP67-rated machine-mountable solution for differential pressure measurement that has six digital inputs and two digital outputs.

Other Networks September 27, 2013

Socializing success with automation standards, models, systems

Engineering and IT Insight: No matter how you like to share information, short text, explanatory text, audio, or video, there is a way to socialize the success you have had with new standards, models, or systems. Set up policies that encourage your people to share their knowledge.

By Dennis Brandl
Other Networks September 9, 2013

SCADA software expanded for plant information systems

Siemens' Version 7.2 of its Simatic WinCC SCADA software accomodates a system framework of up to 18 redundant servers and uses process historian and information server options for Web-based analysis and reporting.

Other Networks August 28, 2013

Predictive diagnostic software now available on any Foundation Fieldbus control system

Emerson's AMS Suite integrated with Softing’s Foundation fieldbus technology, which enables users to access online diagnostics and alerts regardless of host system vendor.

Other Networks August 23, 2013

Digital radio test set has low phase RF signal generator

The 3920B Digital Radio Test Set by Aeroflex features a low phase noise RF signal generator for enhanced spectral purity for narrowband or analog receiver testing.

Other Networks June 28, 2013

CAN transceivers for automotive, industrial markets

Microchip's family of High-Speed (HS) CAN transceivers, MCP2561 and MCP2562, are designed to serve as an interface in the automotive and industrial markets including manufacturing and construction.

Other Networks June 27, 2013

PC-based control software with 64-bit support

TwinCAT 3.1 by Beckhoff Automation adds 64-bit system support, source code control and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system.

Other Networks June 19, 2013

Software portfolio for plant operations

Honeywell's Assurance 360 is designed to offer flexible programming to assure continued performance of Honeywell control systems through remote monitoring, chance management and risk mitigation among other services.

Other Networks June 19, 2013

Diagnosing faults in engineering models

Method of minimal evidence techniques help identify invalid modeling assumption variables.

By Richard J. Fickelscherer, PhD, PE, Daniel L. Chester, PhD
Other Networks June 9, 2013

Industrial networks

Non-Ethernet networks might be specified for an industrial project for various reasons. See advice from five sources, including two system integrators, on what to consider when choosing an industrial network, including wireless.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks June 5, 2013

7 reasons to a consider a non-Ethernet industrial network

Here are seven reasons non-Ethernet networks might be specified for an industrial project, to help determine if an Ethernet, fieldbus, or a device or sensor-level network should be considered.

By John F. Wozniak
Other Networks May 24, 2013

Application template for machine modules

Lenze Americas' FAST application template and ready-made standard software modules is designed to handle software engineering requirements for machine modules and expedite machine programming.

Other Networks November 12, 2012

EC: IndraControl S20 Fast I/O Module

Network Integration - I/O systems: The new performance class for distributed I/O, the new Rexroth S20 distributed I/O system with IP 20 protection class provides a compact and modular package for fast, robust and easy-to-implement I/O networks on demanding automation platforms. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Other Networks November 12, 2012


Network Integration - I/O systems: The CTEU/CTEL is a fieldbus installation system used for networking valve terminals and inputs to a controller. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Other Networks November 12, 2012

EC: MC6 Advanced Field Calibrator and Communicator

Hardware - Handheld test, measurement, calibration: The MC6 is an advanced, high-accuracy field calibrator and communicator that offers calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature and various electrical signals, and contains a full fieldbus communicator for HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and Profibus PA instruments. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Other Networks October 29, 2012

Electronic motor manager

The Contactron Electronic Motor Manager (EMM) by Phoenix Contact converts the motor into a sensor and allowes the user to set parameters for dangerous operational conditions

Other Networks September 26, 2012

Tees and splitters for CAN networks, mobile equipment

Minifast splitters and tees by Turck provide voltage monitoring for DeviceNet applications and contain an integrated circuit board as a diagonstic tool.

Other Networks September 4, 2012

Design tool for fieldbus segments updated

Fieldbus Foundation releases new version of DesignMate to simplify planning, validation, and documentation of H1 segments.

Other Networks June 19, 2012

Why Aren’t More People Getting on the Fieldbus Bus?

Migration projects often ignore opportunities to add new functional capabilities with field devices.

By Bruce Brandt
Other Networks March 15, 2012

Analysis tool for DeviceNet/CAN bus installations

Balluff's DeviceNet Analyzer is designed to analyze, commission, monitor, and maintain DeviceNet/CAN bus installations.

By Balluff
Other Networks February 23, 2012

GPS Data Logger

Kistler's CDS-GPS is a data logger with built in GPS for longitudinal vehicle dynamics testing applications and offers an update rate of 100 Hz.

Other Networks December 23, 2011

Major upgrade of PC-based control platform

Beckhoff Automation releases TwinCAT 3, largest-scale upgrade since 1996.

Other Networks December 14, 2011

DIN-rail mounted surge protection protects control panels

The Varitector VSPC surge protection from Weidmuller is designed to protect control panel equipment from damage and breakdowns causes by local lightning strikes.

Other Networks December 2, 2011

Control system with intelligent marshalling

The Foxboro I/A Series control system received new upgrades including intelligent marshalling as well as control and simulation software

Other Networks November 18, 2011

EC: Eaton SmartWire-DT panel solution

Network integration – Network hardware: The Eaton SmartWire-DT panel solution is designed to reduce panel wiring complexity, improve system reliability, save installation time, and reduce panel space for OEMs and panel builders. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

Other Networks October 4, 2011

ProSoft Technology expands with WRC DeviceNet products

In a recent agreement with Western Reserve Controls (WRC), ProSoft Technology will assume exclusive sales rights and support services for all WRC DeviceNet communication products, including DeviceNet protocol gateways and network extenders/repeaters for DeviceNet, SDS (Smart Distributed System), J1939, CAN-open, and other CAN, V2.0, Part A or Part B serial bus systems.

Other Networks August 12, 2011

Optical link modules for Profibus networks

Siemens released two OLM's, the P22 and G22 for the Profibus network. Both have two optical interfaces and bayonet fiber optic connector (BFOC) technology, Siemens said.

Other Networks August 8, 2011

Study shows HART protocol leads in communications

A five-year study by the ARC Advisory Group revealed that 32 million devices--a total of 46 percent--use the HART communication protocol.

Other Networks July 26, 2011

Automated offshore gas platforms to be developed in Vietnam

Honeywell will work in coordination with Vietnamese company Bien Dong Petroleum to develop the platforms to help meet the company's energy demand

Other Networks June 29, 2011

USB interface module offers high-performance solution for industrial communication

Molex SST DN4 DeviceNet design provides a compact, reliable and cost-effective USB alternative to the DN4 Network Interface Card (NIC).

Other Networks June 17, 2011

Cable labels clarify, identify, instruct

RF Cables, division of RF Industries, has a variety of labeling options for the cable assemblies, to identify, educate, add specifications, including bar codes.

Other Networks May 26, 2011

Growth in the process industry blogging community

Two new industry voices join the discussions.

Other Networks May 12, 2011

Final flow transducer block specification for fieldbus

Fieldbus Foundation announces new specification for standardized flow transducer block with high-performance totalizer function.

Other Networks May 10, 2011

Large Coriolis flowmeters use four tubes

High-flow, high-accuracy design from E+H aims at pipeline and custody transfer applications.

Other Networks May 3, 2011

Scholarship awarded to industrial automation students

James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship provides funding to students seeking a career in the industrial automation profession.

Other Networks March 30, 2011

Automation integration and configuration platform supports software and hardware platforms

B&R’s Automation Studio assists with efficient software code generation, smart device integration, and safety.

Other Networks March 7, 2011

Radar level transmitter for solids

Siemens introduces its Sitrans LR560 using 78 GHz (W band) for high accuracy with dusty solids.

Other Networks February 21, 2011

Pluggable, high-density I/O modules earn GL Marine Approval

Wago Corporation’s 753 Series Pluggable I/O Modules and High-Density 16-Point I/O Modules have earned GL Marine Approval

Other Networks February 16, 2011

Servo motor communication via CAN serial port

Animatic offers Combitronic communication which uses a CAN serial port to join up to 120 SmartMotor servos.

By SOURCE: Animatics
Other Networks February 10, 2011

Bus terminals for use in extreme climates

The ET Bus Terminals from Beckhoff Automation extend the temperature range for selected standard Bus Terminals and Couplers, reportedly making them ideal for outdoor applications such as solar power plants.

Other Networks December 17, 2010

Software tool for planning, validation, documentation needs

DesignMATE is a complete user-friendly software tool for planning, validation and documentation of Foundation fieldbus H1 segments.

Other Networks November 5, 2010

Fieldbus network diagnostic module gets DTM update

P+F ADM observes behavior of a segment, uses intelligence to diagnose situations based on past experience.

Other Networks November 1, 2010

EC: Brad NetAlytix

Software - design, simulation, diagnostics: Molex Incorporated Brad NetAlytix is a PC-based software that makes it easier to quickly access DeviceNet signal issues, as measured using eNetMeter DN. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.

Other Networks November 1, 2010

EC: CoDeSys Embedded Controller CPX-CEC

Machine and Embedded Control - PLCs: Festo Corporation, CoDeSys Embedded Controller CPX-CEC. The CPX-CEC embedded controller from Festo Corporation is an intelligent remote I/O terminal with direct machine mounting that facilitates integration of pneumatics, electric drives, and I/O on the same compact controller with up to 31 electric drives and up to 512 I/O. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.

Other Networks October 20, 2010

Scholarship aims to create next generation of green engineers

Honeywell sponsors Engineer of the Future Scholarship, emphasizing new industries to build sustainability and help the environment. "Engineers are critical to our planet’s future, and the purpose of this scholarship is to help raise awareness of this important fact. You can’t get ‘green’ without engineers," according to Norm Gilsdorf – the president of Honeywell’s Process Solutions (HPS) division and a chemical engineer by trade. At the event announcing the scholarship, Gilsdorf spoke about many career opportunities open to engineers, using his own background as an example.

Other Networks October 18, 2010

Fieldbus pioneer among 3 winners of IEC Lord Kelvin Award

During the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) General Meeting that took place in Seattle, WA, last week, three individuals were honored with the Lord Kelvin Award for their lifelong contribution to electrotechnology, including a pioneer in industrial fieldbus communications technology.

Other Networks October 8, 2010

Redundant vs. fault tolerant fieldbus wiring

Dear Control Engineering: I was watching one of the videos from Emerson Global Users Exchange, an interview with Scott Saunders from MooreHawke. We’ve been looking at installing some Foundation fieldbus segments, and I was interested in his comments about redundant and fault tolerant segments. What is the difference between those two approaches? One of the things that users find scary about fieldbus architecture in general is that all the devices on a segment send their data over one cable, and if anything happens to that cable or supporting components, communication is lost to that whole group of devices.

Other Networks October 7, 2010

Legalities in automation: Know your project delivery method

It is important to fit the upcoming project into the right legal category. In automation terms, think of the project delivery method as the operating system, with the contracts or purchase orders being executable software. Each of these "operating systems" carries with it advantages and disadvantages, and for the automation project in particular, a unique set of risks. There are at least four reasons this is important.

By Mark Voigtmann, Baker & Daniels LLP
Other Networks September 23, 2010

AS-i sensor network gets a junction brick for hazardous locations

Turck JBBS junction bricks for AS-interface industrial sensor network gains FM approval for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D hazardous locations. JBBS junction bricks are said to simplify the connection of multiple field devices and can be mounted directly on the machine in hazardous environments, without an enclosure.

Other Networks July 20, 2010

ABB Endura 2 wire, 24 V dc analytical transmitter

ABB's Endura line of analytical transmitters uses ABB’s common component platform. Buttons, menus, and display icons in these new products are very similar to the familiar design of current ABB flow, pressure, or temperature instrumentation. Endura transmitters are easy to configure with no handheld devices or magnets needed for programming. To program, an operator positions a finger over each button through a glass window. ABB says it is the first company to successfully market a 2 wire, 24 V dc explosion proof (Exd) transmitter using capacitive touch technology.

Other Networks July 19, 2010

Fieldbus conformance test kit update

Fieldbus Foundation upgrade supports latest H1 hardware platform, operating systems, and test case functionality.

Other Networks July 19, 2010

Intrinsically safe RTDs

Tel-Tru expands selection of temperature sensors for hazardous areas.

Other Networks April 5, 2010

Diagnostic device checks fieldbus segment operation

Segment Checker from Pepperl+Fuchs validates Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA segments.

By Peter Welander
Other Networks April 2, 2010

Ineos Chlor reduces fuel costs through better control

Advanced control using Emerson's PlantWeb reduces hydrogen venting and increases fuel supply to onsite boilers.

By Peter Welander
Other Networks February 1, 2010

DataCell Foundation Fieldbus M-EZ Cables

Northwire Inc.—Technical Cable Designed specifically for tough plant environments, DataCell Foundation Fieldbus M-EZ cables from Northwire Inc. make wiring of marshaling cabinets easier and faster. Each cable contains up to 24 individually foil-shielded pairs with a binder jacket over each pair contained within one cable.

Other Networks January 1, 2010

First Fieldbus Foundation H1 Device Couplers get registered

Fieldbus Foundation has registered the first Foundation fieldbus H1 device couplers. The new device coupler registration process is said to provide automation end users with greater assurance of the interoperability of independently manufactured fieldbus physical layer components. MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries, and Pepperl+Fuchs are the first Foundation fieldbus device coupler supp...

Other Networks September 3, 2009

Who’s changing settings on your instrumentation?

Let's say a pressure sensor regularly bumps against its alarm limit. An operator decides to take a hand-held and shift it just a little to knock off the racket. Is that OK?

By Peter Welander
Other Networks July 14, 2009

Oxygen and combustibles transmitter for coal-fired boilers

Enhanced sensor technology in Rosemount OCX8800 transmitter provides data to support emission reductions and burner efficiency improvements.

By Peter Welander
Other Networks May 6, 2009

Egyptian fertilizer plant launches major control system upgrade

Customer and system integrator choose Honeywell PKS for Abu Qir facility.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 8, 2009

Magnetostrictive level sensor for very deep tanks

MTS Systems has upped the maximum order length of its Level Plus MG level transmitter to 866 in. (22 m) without changing its level of accuracy.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 8, 2009

PLCopen certifies B&R, 3S software solutions

One received a safety certification; the other received certification for motion control compliance.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 29, 2008

Machine vibration: 2-channel vibration, roller bearing monitoring I/O module

Wago’s 750-645 2-channel vibration and roller bearing monitoring module (VIB-I/O) tracks machine vibration conditions.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 29, 2008

Economy I/O modules add DeviceNet gateways

Turck expanded its line of BL20 economy modules with DeviceNet gateways to augment its current Profibus-DP and CanOpen gateways for the BL20 economy system.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 20, 2008

Level sensor: Magnetostrictive device extends mounting options

New configuration can operate with direct insertion or even mounted externally.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 18, 2008


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By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 14, 2008

Fieldbus Foundation Seminar: Chicago

A one-day Fieldbus Foundation seminar is being offered in Chicago on Nov. 20, 2008, to teach attendees about fieldbus infrastructure, benefits, and examples.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 12, 2008

Optimize field wiring with decentralized IP 67 fieldbus system

LioN-Link from Lumberg Automation consists of bus coupler modules.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 10, 2008

Cordsets meet Fieldbus Foundation H1 Type A cable requirements

Phoenix Contact 7/8-in. Mini SAC cordsets are the first connectorized cables to receive compliance registration for Fieldbus Foundation's FF-844 requirements for H1 Type A cable, the company says. Test cases, based on IEC 61158-2:2003 standard, include impedance, capacitive unbalance, connector pin-outs, and attenuation. Under the National Electric Code, it can be used as....

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 18, 2008

ISA Expo: Demonstrations of competing device description platforms

See demonstrations of EDDL and FDT side-by-side.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 18, 2008

Listen in: New transmitters extend connectivity of Coriolis family

Two-wire and fieldbus connectivity gives more options for installation selection.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2008

Speed control I/O for pump, fan motors

Beckhoff Automation has announced the KL2791 Bus Terminal for single-phase ac motor speed control, suitable for drives with quadratic load characteristics such as fans and pumps. It enables direct connection of small, 1 A, single-phase motors rated 120 V, 60 Hz. Improved speed control reduces the energy used by capacitor, universal, and shaded-pole motors, and provides noise reduction and an in...

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2008

Fieldbus Foundation: Better Device Descriptions, Device Coupler Test Spec, board member

Fieldbus Foundation enhances Device Descriptions (DD) to streamline fieldbus development for device and system suppliers, releases the final Device Coupler Test Specification, and names a DuPont executive to its board.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks June 4, 2008

Tutorial: Digital fieldbus device calibration

Sure, analog devices drift and need recalibration, but digital? Yes, while the frequency of required calibration is less, even digital temperature transmitters, pressure transmitters, and other digital network devices....

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks May 16, 2008

Controlled efficiency: Power controls; biodiesel process simulation; steel

Automation technologies are helping power transmission and a bio-refinery and steel mill in the Baltic Sea, Sweden, and Finland, thanks to separate efforts from ABB, Invensys, and Honeywell.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks May 1, 2008

GE Fanuc to acquire MTL open systems technology

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms and MTL Instruments Group (acquired by Cooper Industries in February 2008) announced that GE Fanuc will acquire assets of the MTL Open Systems Technology (MOST) product lines. These include the MTL8000 general purpose I/O, intrinsically safe I/O, SafetyNet system and process control technologies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 28, 2008

A PTO White Paper Profibus PA and Foundation Fieldbus-a cost comparison

There have been many comparisions between Foundation Fieldbus (FF) and PROFIBUS for use on field instruments in the process industries. If you put the two protocols side by side you will see that either will do the job and provide the much published cost saving.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 3, 2007

Fieldbus Foundation: 2 new specifications, cable test, temperature transducer blocks

Austin, TX—Fieldbus Foundation has released two new specifications, a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 cable test specification and another for temperature transducer blocks that will enable automation equipment suppliers.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 1, 2007

Network test tools

dtmInspector 2.0 (Beta) from FDT Group and M&M Industrial Software adds certification tests for Foundation Fieldbus, Interbus and the DeviceNet extension to CIP to its existing Profibus and HART protocol tests. The addition to the FDT toolset expands the reach of the certification process and enables certification and registration of DTMs for Foundation Fieldbus, Interbus and DeviceNet.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 3, 2007

New project: Saudi refinery/petrochem pushes size boundries

The Rabigh Integrated Refining and Petrochemical Complex on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia is an enormous upgrade and construction project, slated for completion in the second half of 2008. A joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, the project will enhance an existing oil refinery and add a new petrochemical complex that will annually produce 1.3 million tons of ethylene and 2.4 million tons of petrochemical derivatives such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The new complex will be fully integrated with the existing refinery, which is currently undergoing an upgrade to a more sophisticated configuration. Foster Wheeler Ltd .

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 1, 2007

Expanded line of rugged cables

Northwire Inc. is expanding its DataCell Field rugged cable product line to include CC-link, mid ODVA DeviceNet and nominal 100V and 80V FOUNDATION fieldbus cables. The high flex life DeviceNet cables are designed for discrete factory automation and control and have been tested to survive more than 10 million cycles on the company’s testing equipment.

By Staff
Other Networks October 1, 2007

OEM module for DeviceNet

Woodhead Industries’ new Brad Communications DC100DN OEM module for the DeviceNet fieldbus is a range of modules characterized by small size (90 X 40 mm) providing a connection to a choice of fieldbuses, including CC-Link, Profibus-DP, and DeviceNet. The DC100 modules are said to be designed for machine builders, system designers, and operator interface manufacturers who want to implement...

By Staff
Other Networks September 20, 2007

Reviewed resource: Field instruments under a microscope

Occasionally whitepapers and articles cross our desks that might be a little too proprietary for regular editorial use, but they still have some particular interest beyond a specific product or manufacturer. A recent paper written for the Profibus International User Conference by James Powell, an engineer for Siemens Milltronics division, brings up some interesting points about one of the lesser known capabilities of a process fieldbus. Powell has found that acyclic data capabilities of Profibus (and potentially other similar architectures) when combined with the right type of control equipment, can look deep into a piece of process instrumentation and find what is going on in the most detailed levels. This method avoids all tendencies for the network and controller to smooth over microscopic but violent changes in the data that go on between checkpoints. As Powell puts it, “Being able to look at your instruments through this 'microscope' has its advantages and its challenges.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 4, 2007

Field device tool: Knowledge spreads in seminars, standards meetings

The FDT Technology Seminar Series launches in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and in Houston, TX, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, and on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, respectively.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2007

Nuclear Level Measurement

Nuclear (gamma) level measurement technology has been applied effectively for measuring liquids and solids for more than 30 years. A typical system consists of a gamma ray source, a detector and microprocessor. The gamma source is normally mounted outside the vessel, and emits energy through the walls and contents, collimated towards the detector, which is mounted on the opposite side.

By Drew Cheshire, Ronan Measurements Div.
Other Networks August 24, 2007

GE Fanuc and Pepprl + Fuchs join to provide Profibus communication

Charlottesville, VA—GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Industrial, and Pepperl + Fuchs North America joined to provide interface components that create connections in industrial automation systems, including Profibus-based analog signal transfer and digital fieldbus communication.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 21, 2007

Fieldbus Podcast Promotion – Contest Rules

Control Engineering Fieldbus Podcast Promotion Drawing Rules and RegulationsNO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN How to Enter: You will automatically be entered in the contest when you register for the Fieldbus podcast at: /FieldbusPodcast by December 3, 2007. No purchase is necessary to enter or win, and purchase will not affect your odds of winning. Limit one (1) entry per person.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2007

New alliance #2: GE Fanuc selects Softing to provide fieldbus connectivity

GE Fanuc Automation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Softing North America to provide FOUNDATION Fieldbus connectivity to the upcoming release of GE Fanuc’s new Proficy Process Systems control platform. This provides capability to use FOUNDATION Fieldbus’ diagnostic utilities and cost saving wiring topologies as plants upgrade and add to instrumentation deployments. Proficy Process Systems is GE Fanuc’s control system designed for process and hybrid manufacturing applications including life sciences, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, ethanol, oil & gas, electric power, and water & wastewater. “GE Fanuc is providing our customers with the freedom to implement a system that meets their needs today, and expand to meet their needs tomorrow,” says Steve Ryan, GE Fanuc director of process solutions.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 24, 2007

Software upgrades: Rockwell CPR 9 to ship in October

Orlando, FL—“We’re going to delay rollout to ensure quality.” In a world primed on instant everything, it wasn’t surprising that some customers groaned a bit after Kevin Roach, vice president Rockwell Software, said that Rockwell Automation’s next Coordinated Product Release (CPR 9), expected this summer, won’t ship until October.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks June 6, 2007

Networking: Safety instrumented systems for processes via fieldbus?

The idea of using fieldbus architecture for safety devices in discrete manufacturing is well established, but so far, process plants have not had this option available. That may be changing as the Fieldbus Foundation has launched a program of end-user testing and pilot plants to demonstrate and prove fieldbus based Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF). Shell, Saudi Aramco, BP, and Chevron are all operating on-site demonstration labs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 19, 2007

Level sensor: Guided radar device sees through dust and foam

The Levelflex M has a range of probe configurations for different types of applications. The new Levelflex M smart level measurement transmitter from Endress+Hauser is designed for process control and storage applications with distances up to 100 ft. Its guided radar technology can handle measurements of liquids, as well as powdery and granular bulk materials, even in the presence of dust, foam, and turbulent surfaces. The simple, menu-guided operation and four-line text display simplifies setup.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 9, 2007

Junction boxes for fieldbus applications

New family of field junction boxes for fieldbus installations from Pepperl+Fuchs are intended to facilitate quick and easy mounting of the company’s Segment Protector and Field Barrier fieldbus wiring components, terminators, spur connectors, and surge protection devices.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 2, 2007

Temperature input multiplexer

Model 9331-T1 fieldbus temperature input multiplexer from MTL Instruments is built for 2- and 3-wire RTDs, thermocouple, voltage, and resistance inputs, with each unit supporting eight independently configurable temperature inputs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2007

Podcast discusses real-life fieldbus technology use

The use of fieldbus architecture is quietly spreading into a wider variety of industries, even nuclear power plants. In a recent podcast, a group of plant engineer/operators talks to Bill Tatum, marketing manager, Fieldbus Foundation, andControl Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander, about their experiences using fieldbus architecture in their plants.

By Staff
Other Networks March 22, 2007

Teaming up: Endress+Hauser joins Rockwell for process industry alliance

Last month Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation sponsored a breakfast event at the ARC Collaborative Manufacturing Strategies Forum in Orlando. The discussion topic for the sake of assembled customers and press was their ongoing alliance as they both seek a larger market share in our crowded, North American process industries. They reminded us that this isn't really news, as this partnership has been going on for some time, even if all those in attendance weren't fully aware of it. This is an understandable alliance as the two companies compliment each other about as well as two companies could in this context.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 27, 2007

Motor soft starters: Less space on control panels, other installations

ABB's new PSR model soft starters are extremely compact in applications, saving space on control boards for machine builders. Wichita Falls, TX — ABB's new PSR model soft starters offer users a full set of knob-adjustable functions for starting and stopping 3 to 45 A, three-phase motors, up to 600 V ac all in a compact package that easily mounts in small control panels and equipment enclosures. The idea of soft starting motors is popular with end users who want to improve equipment design reliability by eliminating the stress on drive train components typical with full voltage starting methods.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 12, 2007

Valve positioner uses digital communications

YVP110 advanced valve positioner from Yokogawa uses digital communication to control a pneumatic actuator mounted to a control valve.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 8, 2007

Fieldbus Foundation: scalable integration, process integrity, business intelligence

Austin, TX —Open scalable integration, process integrity, and business intelligence are among key topics on the Fieldbus Foundation final agenda for its 2007 General Assembly, to be held at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, TX, on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23. This annual event will feature presentations by leading technology experts and end-users. The theme of this year's General Assembly, "Changing the Playing Field," reflects the Fieldbus Foundation's emphasis on providing a total automation infrastructure management solution for industrial end-users, organizers say.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 3, 2007

Fieldbus product: Advanced diagnostics module looks into fieldbus physical layer

The new advanced diagnostic module (ADM) for Pepperl+Fuchs' FieldConnex power hub helps measure and monitor physical layer activity of a FOUNDATION Fieldbus or Profibus installation, reportedly providing critical communication quality information. Engineering and maintenance people can use these data when commissioning and troubleshooting working systems. When a new system is installed, ADM takes a snapshot of the segment to establish baseline communication activity and quality. When the device is operating, performance data are sent to the maintenance workstation in real time and compared to the original snapshot.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2007

OPC, PNO, FF, HART continue EDDL work

ISA SP104 Committee released Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) "draft for ballot" this fall, part of an effort to adopt generic device description language specified by IEC 61804 for device integration. "The committee wants to work toward the adoption of the IEC 61804 standard as an ANSI/ISA standard," said committee chair Terry Blevins.

By Staff
Other Networks December 12, 2006

In condition: Redundant power for fieldbus networks

FPS200 Trunkguard fieldbus power conditioner from MooreHawke, a div. of Moore Industries-International Inc., comes in simplex (non-redundant) and duplex (redundant) versions to provide conditioned power for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 networks in general purpose and non-incendive applications North Hills, CA —FPS200 Trunkguard fieldbus power conditioner from MooreHawke, a div. of Moore Industries-International Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 6, 2006

New applications: Digital control grows in power plant construction

Providers of digital control systems and fieldbus networks like to discuss the savings these systems can offer over older hard-wired analog approaches, but to realize the full impact, effective networks have to be designed into the plant from the outset. The electric utility industry, long a conservative bastion of analog technology, is putting the benefits of digital networking and control to work in its current construction activity. The latest announcement is from Plum Point Power Partners for their new pulverized coal-fired plant in northeastern Arkansas.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 27, 2006

Yokogawa user conference includes free technology innovation fair

The seventh annual Yokogawa User Group Meeting, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, in Houston, includes a free R&D Technology Innovation Fair by Yokogawa Corporation of America .

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 20, 2006

Redundant fieldbus system, auto-switchover

TS Series TrunkSafe FOUNDATION fieldbus system from MooreHawke is said to provide complete redundancy and automatic switchover in case of a segment fault.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2006

ISA Expo 2006: Fieldbus Foundation certification, training

Launch of certified solution provider and training programs were among the announcements made by Fieldbus Foundation at ISA Expo 2006 in Houston last month. The organization also discussed release of its Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE) and unveiled its new Website. FOUNDATION Certified Solution Provider (FCSP) program provides a strong incentive for automation dev...

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2006


Control Engineering September 2006 "Inside Process" section article titled "Avoiding the Culture of Double Fieldbus," should have said: Profibus can support both process instrumentation and discrete devices using Profibus-PA and DP technologies. [Other industrial networks support process and discrete devices.

By Staff
Other Networks October 24, 2006

Introduction to Fieldbus by Moore Insustries Worldwide

Download “Introduction to Fieldbus White Paper” PDF For Immediate Release Moore Industries Publishes Free.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 24, 2006

ISA Expo 2006: Fieldbus Foundation announces certified provider, training programs

Austin, TX and Houston, TX —The launch of certified solution provider and training programs were among the announcements made by Fieldbus Foundation at ISA Expo 2006 in Houston last week. The organization also discussed release of its Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE), unveil its new Website, and introduce new personnel. Speaking to a sizeable turnout of media representatives, Rich Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation president and CEO, described the recent developments, noting that the provider program provides a strong incentive for automation developers to become involved with Foundation technology and that the training program will establish uniform standards for the fieldbus training curriculum. FOUNDATION Certified Solution Provider Program (FCSP) is intended to encourage greater support for fieldbus device development in the automation industry and define an acceptable level of expertise for FOUNDATION-certified solution providers. The program, said Timoney, "will signal to the market that certain providers have met established criteria for knowledge and experience with the technology.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 19, 2006

Profibus and FOUNDATION Fieldbus: Fieldbus, instrumentation calibrator in one package

The Beamex MC5 is said to be the world's first fieldbus calibrator. Whether you use Profibus PA, FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1, or HART, the Beamex MC5 Fieldbus Calibrator will be a helpful diagnostic tool for network communication and instrumentation. The all-in-one package reportedly offers many useful maintenance functions: Calibrate and configure fieldbus transmitters; One-person fieldbus calibration, even before the network is operational; Calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature, electrical, and frequency signals; HART communication; and, Configure and trim instrument transmitters. "The introduction of a portable fieldbus calibrator is one of the biggest things that has happened in the calibration market for many years," says Beamex managing director, Raimo Ahola. The MC5 can simultaneously simulate a transmitter input and read the output to detect and quantify error.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 11, 2006

ISA Expo 2006: Level transmitter with integrated waveform screen

MT5200 bulk solids level transmitter from K-Tek is the newest transmitter in the company's MT5000 Series of guided wave radar transmitters. Its integrated graphic display is said to provide easy viewing of waveform screens and user-friendly menu supports a wide range of languages for quick setup almost anywhere. Houston, TX and Prairieville, LA —MT5200 bulk solids level transmitter from K-Tek, the newest transmitter in the company's MT5000 Series of guided wave radar transmitters, will be on display in the exhibit hall at ISA Expo 2006.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 6, 2006

We Energies Generating Station to be environmental, technological showcase

Wisconsin's new Elm Road Generating Station will be an environmental and technological showcase, using clean coal technology, supercritical boiler design, and PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system. This new station, part of the existing Oak Creek power plant complex, is the first in We Energies ' system to use supercritical boiler technology combined with comprehensive SOx, NOx, particulate, and mercury emission controls to satisfy Wisconsin's strict environmental regulations. 'The really unique thing about the plant we are constructing is that it will be (to the best of our knowledge) the first plant in the country that contains an SCR, baghouse, wet FGD and wet ESP on the same unit. The really unique part from a new-plant point of view is the wet ESP,' says Barry McNulty with We Energies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks June 12, 2006

New system combines safety, control functions

Pilz Automation Safety offers ability to combine safety and standard control functions (such as the enable principle and block switching) in one system without feedback with the launch of PSSuniversal. With a decentralized, modular I/O and control platform, PSSuniversal is said to be an economical way to combine standard control functions and safety functions for mid- to top-range automation. Features include high modularity and granularity for easy expansion. At the initial stage, PSSuniversal enables communication via all common standard fieldbus systems in combination with the Pilz safe bus system, SafetyBus p. The flexible design consists of various head modules, combined with base modules that are simply connected alongside and are available with screw or cage clamp terminals. Electronic modules are installed on to these base modules, enabling the system to be perfectly tailored to the respective automation requirements.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks May 9, 2006

Network grounding focus of Fieldbus Foundation-Namur liaison

Austin, TX and Hannover, Germany —Advice on grounding and shielding a fieldbus network and on device diagnostics profiles is the focus of a new relationship between Fieldbus Foundation and Namur , the German-based, international process industries’ end-user group. The association announced the effort during a press briefing at Interkama in Hannover, Germany, last month. Both groups identified the topics as areas requiring clarification and guidance, particularly for Europe, Middle Eastern, and African end-users in the process industries. Among the activities of the group is a collaborative project, led by Stephen Mitschke, manager of fieldbus products at the Fieldbus Foundation.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks May 2, 2006

Level transmitter for bulk solids includes integrated display

Prairieville, LA—MT5000 Series bulk solids level transmitter is designed for level measurement in bulk solids applications. A concentric waveguide directs a radar beam, alleviating divergence problems and echoes in tanks with narrow openings.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 5, 2006

Fieldbus Foundation awards scholarships

Fieldbus Foundation announced the 2006 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, long-time Fieldbus Foundation leader who passed away in 2002. It has a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 29, 2006

New Fieldbus Foundation board member

The Fieldbus Foundation announced that Shuzo Kaihori, Yokogawa Electric Corp.’s vice president of Industrial Automation Business Headquarters, has been named to its board of directors. Kaihori replaces Teruyoshi Minaki, who has served on the board for the past two years. He joins other automation industry leaders serving on the foundation board, including: John Berra (board chairman), Emerson Process Management; Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Jim Porter, DuPont; Claude Ricaud, Schneider Electric; Ron Szanyi, ExxonMobil; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corp.; John Eva, Invensys; and Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, Siemens AG. Kaihori said, “I am honored to have an opportunity to join the foundation board. Foundation fieldbus is recognized as a worldwide automation standard and widening its application coverage, and I am looking forward to serving with my industry colleagues to help keep the technology beneficial to end users.” Kaihori joined Yokogawa Electric in 1973 after earning a masters degree in engineering from Keio University.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2006

Westlock Controls selects Fieldbus Center

The Fieldbus Center at Lee College—recognized and funded by the National Science Foundation—has an agreement with Westlock Controls to train its sales professionals on the basics of FOUNDATION fieldbus. This is the first such agreement between a Fieldbus FOUNDATION-certified training center and major automation equipment supplier.

By Staff
Other Networks January 19, 2006

Instrumentation conference addresses technology training, development

An upcoming conference at the Fieldbus Center at Lee College will address issues in technology training and development for instrumentation personnel. The event, to be held in Clear Lake, TX, Aug. 17-18, will focus on the impact of training across the entire plant automation field, from new digital technologies to conventional instrumentation and process control systems. Conference is a response to the apparent growing shortage of personnel trained in the latest instrumentation technologies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 12, 2006

‘Industry’s first’ quad bi-directional digital optocoupler

Avago's ACSL-6410 optocupler can bring benefits of reduced parts count and board space to fieldbus interfaces and various test and measurement applications. Avago Technologies —formerly Agilent Technologies’ Semiconductor Products Group—has expanded its “industry-first” family of 3.3 V, 15 MBd, multi-channel and bi-directional digital optocouplers to include a bi-directional quad version. Avago ACSL-6410 lets users reduce parts count, board space, and system costs in a wide range of consumer, computing, communications, and industrial applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 5, 2006

Fieldbus FOUNDATION receives TÜV protocol-type approval

Austin, TX — Fieldbus F OUNDATION said that TÜV Anlagentechnik GmbH, Automation, Software and Information Technology, a global, independent and accredited testing agency, has granted protocol-type approval for the Fieldbus Foundation safety instrumented systems specifications. The specifications are in compliance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 standard (functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems) requirements up to, and including, Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3). No changes were required to the existing H1 protocol to add the safety instrumented systems protocolextensions, indicating the value of the forward-thinking design. With the TÜV approval, F OUNDATION technology can provide a comprehensive solution for safety-instrumented systems in a wide range of industrial applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 4, 2006

Machine-mount I/O accessories simplify installation

Beckhoff Automation's new ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors and ZS5300 I/O mounting rails are designed to simplify the installation of Beckhoff Fieldbus Box I/O. They are claimed to be well suited for applications requiring rugged, IP67-rated I/O-terminals mounted outside of a cabinet and directly on machines in the processing and packaging industries. ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors provide for high-density, side-by-side Fieldbus Box I/O mounting where modules are 0-5 mm apart. Beyond reducing the amount of exposed cable, the connectors integrate standard IP-link fiber and are said to be shock and vibration resistant. ZS5300 mounting rails help ease Fieldbus Box extension-module installation.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2006

High-speed Production Line Modernized without Downtime

Although use of plastic—rather than glass—bottles is the current consumer trend, Longslow Dairies Group thinks otherwise. It holds that, in this new age of environmental friendliness and recycling, products in glass bottles will give consumers a sensible, cost-effective environmental form of milk packaging.

By Staff
Other Networks December 27, 2005

AS-Interface safety-at-work consortium adds new member

Mannheim, Germany — Bihl+Wiedemann is the most recent company to join the AS-Interface safety-at-work consortium. B+W becomes one of nearly a dozen and a half companies working to develop the use of AS-Interface cabling for safety-related components. Two products offered by Bihl+Wiedemann under the safety-at-work concept include the AS-I Safety Monitor and OEM Slave. Monitor allows the connection of safety-at-work slaves for safety- relevant tasks and supports the use of sensor-steered safety devices and parts to category 4, EN 954-1.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 22, 2005

Beyond Fisco—for up to 16, intrinsically safe fieldbus-devices

Moore Industries-International, Inc. reports a new, intrinsically safe (IS) split-architecture system that supports up to 350mA per segment for hazardous locations. Initially, fieldbus implementations used a conventional IS interface, applying the industry-standard Entity Concept, and the loop (now a segment) would be safe. The problem was conventional IS interfaces under the Entity Concept allowed only 80mA or so, barely enough to drive four devices at an average draw of 20mA per device.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 15, 2005

Fieldbus Center certifies instrumentation professionals

Fieldbus Center at Lee College now offers a one-day, certified training course for controls and instrumentation sales professionals who need a general understanding of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. Classes are scheduled for Feb. 24 and May 12, 2006 at the Center in Baytown, TX. Said to be the first training course of its kind, "Fieldbus for Sales Professionals" is designed for inside and outside sales representatives and service personnel employed by plant automation equipment suppliers.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 12, 2005

DIN-rail-mount gateway manager

DeltaDue Series DX DIN-rail-mount gateway manager can store a backup copy of all connected DeltaDue module configurations and operator parameters.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 1, 2005

Connectors, mounting rails

ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors and ZS5300 I/O mounting rails are designed to simplify installation of Beckhoff Fieldbus Box I/O products. They are intended for applications that require IP67-rated I/O terminals mounted outside a cabinet or directly on processing, packaging, or other machines. ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors are intended for high-density, side-by-side Fieldbus Box I/O mountin...

By Staff
Other Networks December 1, 2005

Fieldbus Foundation ‘exports’ ’06 general assembly to Shanghai

Shanghai, China, will host Fieldbus Foundation’s annual General Assembly and business meeting, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2006.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 22, 2005

Fieldbus Training Course for Instrumentation Sales Professionals

Location: Lee College, Baytown, Texas Dates: Dec. 9, 2005;Feb. 24, 2006, andMay 19, 2006 Description: The Fieldbus Center at Lee College—a National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized and funded institution—has introduced a first of its kind course: Fieldbus for Sales Professionals. Who should attend? The certified, one-day program is intended for controls and instrumentation sales professionals—inside and outside, as well as service representatives—who need a general understanding of Foundation fieldbus technology.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 7, 2005

Future-proof control platform

PSSuniversal features a decentralized, modular I/O and control platform to provide an economical solution for standard control and safety functions for mid- to top-range automa-tion needs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2005

Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Saudi Aramco, and Shell Global Solutions join FDT Group

In recent weeks, Honeywell Process Solutions, Schneider Electric, Saudi Aramco, and Shell Global Solutions have joined 35 other automation vendors, end-user companies, and global engineering organizations supporting Field Device Tool (FDT) technology through active membership in the recently formalized FDT Group.

By Staff
Other Networks October 18, 2005

Honeywell joins field device tool group

Phoenix, AZ — Honeywell has joined the Field Device Tool (FDT) Group , a collaboration of international automation companies that supports advancement of FDT and Device Tool Management (DTM) technology. Honeywell expects to use the open technology of DTM to improve support for its own and other suppliers' devices. Expanding device connectivity and integration with Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System is intended to help users reduce maintenance costs and improve process uptime with the company's asset-management and automation offerings. "Honeywell is investing in technology and open standards that provide the market with a wide range of choices when interconnecting devices and subsystems with automation solutions," said Paul Butler, Honeywell Process Solutions vice president of technology. He noted that joining the FDT Group reflects the company's support for technologies based on open-systems standards that benefit the end-user community, adding that Honeywell "remains firmly committed to its investments in DDL technology for HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus. FDT technology is complementary to DDL technology and holds promise in other areas, specifically around the support of configuration and diagnostics for more sophisticated subsystems, especially in the discrete and hybrid industries.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 6, 2005

Moore Industries acquires Fieldbus line from Hawke

Moore Industries International Inc. has an agreement with U.K.-based Hawke International to acquire its FOUNDATION Fieldbus/Profibus PA device-couplers and fieldbus power-supplies. Appearing under the new name of MooreHawke, the company’s automatic segment-termination and unique split-architecture, I.S. power supplies will join existing offerings of distributed I/O, temperature sensors, transmitters, alarm trips, and signal conditioners. — Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 15, 2005

Metering solution adds accuracy to gas measurement, document use

A fiscal metering solution for oil and gas companies is helping Shell Exploration and Production Co. measure and document with increased accuracy the amount of gas its North Cormorant platform in the North Sea imports from the Western Leg Pipeline. The system, MeterSuite from Honeywell , will be used in conjunction with Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System to optimize platform operations. MeterSuite measures gas and liquid product flows between companies with accuracy, making it easier to document and calculate appropriate tax payments.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 13, 2005

IR thermometer targets process control

Marathon MM Series of infrared (IR) thermometers from Raytek is reportedly the first high-performance IR sensor platform of its kind for process control. Instrumentation provides continuous remote temperature monitoring, video surveillance, and documentation capabilities for a wide range of industrial applications. Santa Cruz, CA—Enhanced monitoring and video recording are among the features of Marathon MM Series infrared (IR) thermometers from Raytek .

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2005

FF enhances Interoperability Test Kit

The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) has released its enhanced Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) version 4.61. The test kit has been updated and functions added that expand the scope of interoperability testing to benefit end-users of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. ITK 4.61 test kit verifies the functionality of a device with FOUNDATION N fieldbus function block specifications.

By Staff
Other Networks August 24, 2005

Fieldbus Reports

Archive of Fieldbus Foundation Reports and the latest news covering fieldbus technologies, products, and organization updates.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 16, 2005

Fieldbus interoperability test kit

Austin, TX—Fieldbus Foundation (FF) has released its enhanced Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) version 4.61.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 26, 2005

Woodhead releases software tools for SST DeviceNet network interface cards

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada—To assist configuration and diagnostics in DeviceNet applications, Woodhead Industries Inc. has released software tools compatible with its SST DeviceNet network interface cards.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 1, 2005

Understanding Temperature and Transmitters

Temperature has a long history, grounded in personal understanding, like sticking a toe into the water before jumping in. Understanding a bit of history can help before you dive into selecting your next temperature transmitter. Temperature is defined as the measure of the average kinetic energy of the molecules of a substance, represented in a numerical scale with larger values indicating a gre...

By César Cassiolato
Other Networks June 2, 2005

R. Stahl launches enhanced mini Clix Ex plug connectors

R. Stahl Schaltgerate reports that it has launched an updated and optimized version of its mini Clix plug connector system.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks June 1, 2005

Pressure transmitter measures gases, vapors, liquids

Barcon PPC from Pepperl+Fuchs is a pressure transmitter with a ceramic sensing face to provide stability, no fluid fill (dry sensor), and resistance to corrosive and abrasive media.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 26, 2005

Interbus Safety protocol certified by TÜV Rheinland, BGIA

Cologne, Germany—The Interbus Club reports that its Interbus Safety fieldbus protocol was recently certified by TÜV Rheinland Group (German Technical Inspectorate) and the Berufsgenossenschaftlichen Institut für Arbeitsschutz (BGIA-BG-Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) for use in safety applications up to SIL 3 according to DIN EN 61508 and Safety Category 4 according to DIN EN 954-1.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2005

Electronic Device Descriptions to be extended into OPC’s Unified Architecture

Fieldbus Foundation (FF) reports that the OPC Foundation (OPCF) has joined an international cooperative team of the three leading fieldbus organizations—FF, HART Communication Foundation (HCF) and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO)—to extend the reach of the trio's Electronic Device Descriptions (EDDs) into OPCF's Unified Architecture.

By Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2005

Transmitter enables predictive maintenance for machinery health

A typical process plant houses 2,500 machines—60% of which are motor-pump combinations—and mechanical failures in these machines cause 43% of plant incidents. Real-time, online, field-based information is sorely needed to protect assets, especially as more equipment experts retire.

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks April 1, 2005

21 CFR Part 11 and Systems Assessment

By establishing the criteria under which electronic records and electronic signatures are considered equivalent to paper records and handwritten signatures executed on paper, 21 CFR Part 11 has given the pharmaceutical industry a universally accepted, industry standard for paperless record keeping. Included in the regulation are electronic records that are created, modified, maintained, archive...

By Nigel Bowden
Other Networks April 1, 2005

Worldwide process automation growth exceeds 5%/year

The worldwide process automation market demands more automation equipment, according to recent research by ARC Advisory Group. The global "Total Process Automation" market is expected to grow at a 5.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the next five years from nearly $50 billion in 2003 to more than $64 billion in 2008, according to a new ARC's study, "Total Automatio...

By Staff
Other Networks March 22, 2005

Worldwide process automation market recovering

Oak Brook, IL—The worldwide process automation market is expected to grow at a 5.1% compounded an-nual growth rate (CAGR) during the next five years from nearly $50 billion in 2003 to more than $64 billion in 2008, according to a new ARC Advisory Group’s study, 'Total Automation Business for the Process Industries Worldwide Outlook.'

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 22, 2005

Electronic Device Descriptions to be extended into OPC’s Unified Architecture

Austin, TX—The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) reports that the OPC Foundation (OPCF) has joined an international cooperative team of the three leading fieldbus organizations to extend the reach of the trio’s Electronic Device Descriptions (EDDs) into OPCF’s Unified Architecture.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 10, 2005

Standards update: Modbus becomes Chinese standard; PC/104 Consortium to adopt EPIC spec

Ubiquitous Modbus network protocol has enjoyed wide de facto application in China.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 8, 2005

PlantWeb enhanced by new DeltaV capabilities

Austin, TX—To expand its integration of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and provide faster trending, Emerson Process Management reports that it has enhanced its PlantWeb digital plant architecture by releasing its DeltaV, version 7.4, software.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 1, 2005

IEEE creates registry to aid use of analog sensors in digital networks

The Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently created a registry to support plug-and-play use of analog transducers in networks containing digital sensors and actuators. The registry, an extension of the organization's new IEEE 1451.4 standard, offers three sets of registrations: unique identifiers manufacturers assign to specific devices; manufactur...

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2005

Avoid electrical ground loops

Ground loops (also referred to as "noise") in an electrical system result from unwanted current that flows in a conductor connecting two points that are supposed to be at the same electrical potential, but aren't. When this condition occurs in instrumentation loops, adding electrical current or voltage to, or subtracting it from, the instrument signal is often detrimental to control system perf...

By Dave Harrold
Other Networks December 21, 2004

Turck introduces FOUNDATION fieldbus cables that don’t require conduit

Minneapolis, MN—Turck reports that its FOUNDATION fieldbus cable is now rated for open wiring. The company adds that it's presently the only manufacturer that has obtained this rating, which means the cables don't have to run through conduit.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks December 1, 2004

Communication interface cards

AD-CIF Series of dedicated Fieldbus communication interface cards works with three popular communication protocols: Profibus, DeviceNet, and CANopen and three fast PC interfaces: PCI-bus, PC/104, and PC/104-Plus. Series supports remote input/output modules for real-time data transfer between PCs and field automation equipment.

By Staff
Other Networks November 30, 2004

Digital Fieldbus Installations Use EDDL Technology for

Improvements and expansion continue for the open, robust global standard – EDDL. By Martin Zielinski, Emerson Process Management When IEC 61804-2 Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) was approved as an international standard in March 2004, the EDD source files created using EDDL were already deployed in millions of process industry field devices.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 3, 2004

Machine-mount I/O connects to fieldbuses

Harrisburg, PA—Phoenix Contact reports that its IP65/67 machine-mount I/O family, Fieldline I/O, has been expanded to include the firm’s Fieldline Modular I/O, which connects to fieldbus protocols.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2004

Siemens favors EDDL over DTM/FTD for automation

Siemens will provide Device Type Manager/Field Device Technology (DTM/FDT) technology if customers request it, but is advising against using DTM/FTD for automation, controls, and instrumentation because of lacking economic advantages and higher total lifecycle costs. Even so, the company says it supports the technology, and, like Profibus International, will use it for...

By Mark Hoske, editor-in-chief
Other Networks October 26, 2004

Emerson Exchange ’04: Users seek ease of use, migration paths, ROI

Dallas, TX—Ease of use, upgrade migration path, and return on investment were three of many topics more than 1,300 users and other attendees discussed at the Emerson Global Users Exchange 2004, a week-long event that started here on Oct. 25.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 1, 2004

ISA zeroes in on benefits for users

ISA Expo 2004 was more sharply focused than ever on direct benefits for users during its three-day run, Oct. 5-7, at the Reliant Center. This fall's event included approximately 500 exhibitors and more than 100 conference sessions in 10 tracks, which attracted more than the 14,500 visitors attending last year, according to organizers at the Instrument, System, and Automation S...

By Staff
Other Networks September 28, 2004

Quick-locking M12 connection system

Harrisburg, PA—Phoenix Contact reports that a simple 1/2-turn with its new Speedcon connection system makes a secure, watertight, vibration-proof connection between cordsets and devices.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 13, 2004

Compact Coriolis meters

MicroMotion F-Series Coriolis meters are compact in size (3 in.). Features include a temperature rating to 356 °F (180 °C) and secondary containment.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 2, 2004

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces fieldbus segment protectors for hazardous settings

Pepperl+Fuchs recently launched FieldConnex fieldbus segment protectors for applications in hazardous locations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 19, 2004

China flowmeter market to experience double-digit growth

The Chinese magnetic flowmeter market can be expected to grow significantly in the next few years, a recent ARC Advisory Group study reports.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2004

Power of one

Neighborhoods, project teams, and meal planning ... diversity works great with these and so many other things. Having a diversity of industrial software architectures, however, offers few advantages to manufacturers or to their stakeholders. With multiple architectures, platforms, and data structures, it takes too much effort to translate data from one area of an organization to another and bac...

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
Other Networks July 27, 2004

Emerson’s DeltaV 7.3 includes engineering, operations, I/O enhancements

Austin, TX—To help users increase availability and performance of plants using its PlantWeb digital plant architecture, Emerson Process Management has released version 7.3 of its DeltaV digital automation system.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2004

MTL-Relcom supplies fieldbus components to petrochemical project in China

MTL-Relcom was recently awarded the contract to supply FPS fieldbus power conditioners and 10-way Megablock wiring hubs to the Nanhai project in China.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2004

Fieldbus end-user seminars offered worldwide

End-users can get on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus" by attending one of the Fieldbus Foundation’s (FF) end-user seminars during 2004.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2004

50, 25, 10 Years Ago – 2004-04-01

This page offers a look back on a variety of interesting items from Control Engineering's past issues, highlighting content from 50, 25, and 10 years ago. January 1955 Automatic flight ahead Started: a $1 million project to design comprehensive digital-computer control for high-speed military aircraft and guided missiles.

By Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2004

TÜV approves Fieldbus Foundation’s FF-SIS concept

The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) has announced that TÜV Anlagentechnik GmbH recently approved its Safety Instrumented Systems (FF-SIS) system concept. The FF-SIS project was initiated by end-users and approved by FF's board of directors in October 2002. TÜV's approval clears the way for validation of FF-SIS' technical specifications during 2004.

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 2004

ABB extends distributed control system

ABB recently launched its long-awaited automation system built on its IndustrialIT solution. Industrial System 800xA Extended Automation encompasses functionality beyond the essential process control offered by ABB's 800 control systems, reaching into production management, safety systems, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, robotics, information mana...

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2004

Simulation cuts commissioning time

Realizing the need to overcome the luxury stigma often associated with simulations, Mynah Technologies worked with Emerson Process Management to develop its mimic, version 2.6, process simulation software to meet four principles. Mynah reports that mimic had to be easy to setup, configure, and use; support digital fieldbus technologies; support multiple hardware platforms; and simplify commissi...

By Staff
Other Networks December 4, 2003

Updated FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications released

The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) reports that the most recently updated version of its FOUNDATION fieldbus’ specifications became available on Dec. 1, 2003.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2003

Quick-connect wiring systems

Brad Power connection system products are modular, flexible, scalable, code-compliant, quick-connect wiring solutions that reduce installation costs and accelerate machinery commissioning, according to the manufacturer. Dual-rated STOOW and TC/Open wiring rated cordsets allow a trunk/feeder line to be installed along a machine's structure with convenient access points for dropping power to fiel...

By Staff
Other Networks October 7, 2003

HART Foundation names its 2003 Plant of the Year

Austin, TX—HART Communication Foundation recently announced that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD, Detroit, MI) was selected as HART’s 2003 Plant of the Year. DWSD uses HART in its daily operations to eliminate metering disputes, improve system reliability, and streamline operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 12, 2003

TI introduces Profibus transceivers with low signal distortion

Dallas, TX—To help system designers improve industrial network reliability, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced Sept. 11 its new Profibus transceivers that offer low signal distortion and are compliant with EN 50170 and TIA/EIA-485 standards.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 8, 2003

Microchip Technology Inc.: New flash microcontrollers switch between CAN and FIFO mode

The Control Area Network (CAN) product lineup of Microchip Technology Inc. has recently expanded with a new generation of 48 KB and 64 KB flash memory microcontroller.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 1, 2003

Emerson launches field communicator for HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus devices

Emerson Process Management has introduced its 375 Field Communicator, which supports all devices using HART or FOUNDATION fieldbus digital communication protocols. The 375 allows users to configure and maintain instruments and valves with one intrinsically safe, ATEX-compliant handheld communicator in the field and/or on the bench.

By Staff
Other Networks June 1, 2003

Transmitter features echo tracking, signal processing

Rosemount 5600 Series non-contact radar level measurement transmitter for process applications works on liquids and slurries and is available with a range of antennas. Smart FMCW echo-tracking features and advanced signal processing techniques combine for high reliability and accuracy. Software module uses data collected from thousands of radar installations to discriminate between false echo s...

By Staff
Other Networks May 27, 2003

Emerson’s AMS software talks with HART devices via Profibus network

Austin, TX—Emerson Process Management announced May 19 that it and Trebing & Himstedt Prozessautomation GmbH & Co. KG (T&H, Schwerin, Germany) have jointly developed the ability to communicate with HART devices over a Profibus network.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks May 1, 2003

China petrochemical complex to install largest FOUNDATION system

Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals Company Ltd. (SECCO), a $2.7-billion joint venture between BP, Sinopec and Shanghai Petrochemical Corp. (SPC), will install the world's largest FOUNDATION fieldbus system to date at a new 10-plant petrochemical complex near Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

By Staff
Other Networks April 17, 2003

Magnetic flowmeter market to reach $650 million by 2007

Dedham, MA—The worldwide magnetic flowmeter market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just under 2% from nearly $590 million in 2002 to $650 million by the end of 2007, according to a recent study by ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 14, 2003

Krohne unveils Coriolis mass, three-beam ultrasonic flowmeters

Chicago, IL—Krohne Inc. introduced Coriolis mass flowmeters and three-beam ultra-sonic flowmeters to North America at an April 10 press conference at the Holiday Inn O'Hare/Kennedy.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2003

FF, HART, Profibus partner to extend DDL specification

Three leading organizations dedicated to control network technology—Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO)—have started an unprecedented collaborative project to extend the specification for Device Description Language (DDL).

By Staff
Other Networks March 28, 2003

Magnetic flowmeter market to reach $590 million in 2002

Dedham, MA - A recently completed worldwide magnetic flowmeter market study has just been released by ARC Advisory Group. According to the study, the market for magnetic flowmeters is expected to reach $650 million by the end of 2007.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 19, 2003

Fieldbus Foundation’s DDL specifications granted to IEC

Austin, TX—The Fieldbus Foundation recently provided a copyright to the FOUNDATION fieldbus Device Description Language (DDL) specification to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, Geneva, Switzerland) for inclusion in the international Electronic Device De-scription Language (EDDL) standard.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 18, 2003

Fieldbus Foundation launches safety initiative

Austin, TX—The Fieldbus Foundation has launched a program to develop FOUNDATION fieldbus technical specifications and guidelines for safety instrumented systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 10, 2003

CPX connects standard instruments to fieldbus

Hauppauge, NY - Festo's CPX modular electrical terminal uses different configurable modules to connect traditional I/O devices to DeviceNet, Profibus-DP, Interbus, CANOpen, and CC-Link fieldbus protocols.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2003

In Business – 2003-03-01

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) recently supplied its PlantWeb digital plant architecture to Polimeri Europa UK for installation at its Grangemouth, Scotland site, which manufactures synthetic rubber for the tire industry. Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. (Alpharetta, GA) recently entered into a select supplier agreement with Cargill Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) to become a select provider of electrical and industrial control products and systems to Cargill's North American businesses. Shell Petrochemicals Co.

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2003

Foundation fieldbus to be used at one of world’s largest pulp mills

The Fieldbus Foundation announced Nov. 29 that Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion S.A. (Santiago, Chile) recently selected FOUNDATION fieldbus to help automate its new pulp mill near the city of Valdivia, Chile. The project will be one of the largest installations of FOUNDATION technology in the pulp and paper industry.

By Staff
Other Networks December 6, 2002

Agilent’s 50-MBd optocouplers protect high-speed data circuits

Palo Alto, CA—Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced Dec. 2 what it states are its industry's fastest optocouplers—capable of transmitting data at 50 megabaud (MBd), which is reported to be ideal for use in a variety of industrial and commercial applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 18, 2002

Wago achieves ISO 9001:2001

Germantown, WI - Wago has received continued registration and an upgrade to the ISO 9001:2000 standard. Approximately 5% of ISO registered companies have successfully completed this re-certification.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks November 14, 2002

Surge protection for fieldbus transmitters

MTL claims the TP32 provides fieldbus installed transmitters a level of surge protection far in excess of the transmitter manufacturer transient protection devices, and it does it without additional wiring, conduit modifications, or other extras.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 23, 2002

ISA 2002: Smar Research debuts HART-compatible modems

Chicago, IL — Smar Research Corp. (SRC, Holbrook, NY) introduced Oct. 22 its new HT2015 chip-level HART modem at ISA 2002 at McCormick Place.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 11, 2002

Invensys stakes future on ArchestrA platform, hardware independence

The future of Invensys lies in becoming platform and hardware independent, says Leo Quinn, the chief operating officer of Invensys Production Management Division. Mr. Quinn made the statement during a recent interview with Control Engineering Europe at the London headquarters of Invensys.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2002

Control expert, FF contributor James Gray dies

A longtime light in the control and automation field, James O. Gray, Jr., director of I/A Series system marketing for Invensys/Foxboro (Foxboro, MA) died on June 28, 2002. Mr. Gray's family and numerous friends marked his recent passing with great sadness and paid tribute to this much-respected colleague.

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2002

Norco awards contract to Emerson

Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business announced on July 16, 2002 that it has received a $1 million contract for front-end engineering and design, and project execution services as the main automation contractor for a major automation program at Motiva Enterprises' Norco Refinery, located in Norco, Louisiana.

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2002

Connectivity package

According to its developer, the AS-interface is the first-to-market device of its kind.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 17, 2002

Motiva’s Norco refinery awards automation contract to Emerson

Austin, TX - Emerson Process Management , an Emerson business, announced on July 16, 2002 that it has received a $1 million contract for front-end engineering and design and project execution services as the main automation contractor for a major automation program at Motiva Enterprises' Norco Refinery, located in Norco, Louisiana. The oil refinery, which has a capacity of 240,000 barrels per day, makes gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuels. Major refining processes/units include: fluid catalytic cracker, hydrotreating, catalytic reforming, hydrocracking,and coking. Motiva Enterprises is a joint venture of Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining Inc. The Norco refinery will be outfitted with digital plant architecture and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks June 1, 2002

Connect to value

Network organization representatives would like OEMs, system integrators, and end-users to get over their indecision about which network to choose and get going with implementation. (An atypical user in an "Application Update," this issue, is moving along after looking at 26 networks.) Industrial networks—fieldbuses, device buses, or sensor buses—deliver valuable information about ...

By Mark T. Hoske
Other Networks June 1, 2002

Figure Out When Enough is Enough!

Throughout the 1980s, control system redundancy existed mostly because user experiences with microprocessor-based devices came from personal computers, and because control system sales persons made statements like, "It will fail; we just don't know when." By the 1990s many end-users had learned microprocessor-based control systems were more reliable than expected and had begun re-deploying ba...

By Dave Harrold
Other Networks May 1, 2002

Communication terminals feature new protocols

The newest generation of the ValvePoint communication and control product line now supports both Modbus RS485 and FOUNDATION fieldbus communication protocols.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks April 26, 2002

Wieland develops Type T thermocouple module

Burgaw, N.C. - Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded the sensor capabilities of the ricos thermocouple module in its series of remote I/O for fieldbus applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2002

Remote I/O rated Class I, Div. 2

Irving, Tex. —systron PM remote I/O modules are now rated Class I, Div. 2, Group A, B, C, and D hazardous locations. All I/O modules feature this rating except for certain relay contact output modules. Included models are bus modules, digital and analog I/O modules, RS-232/RS-485 serial interfaces, CPUs, and special-purpose I/O modules.

By Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2002

Transmitter platform adds functionality, convenience

Chanhassen, Minn. Rosemount, a division of Emerson Process Management (Austin, Tex.), recently introduced its 3051S Series of pressure measurement instruments, which is a redesigned platform that places new microelectronics in the same rugged enclosure with the pressure sensor. This creates an extremely small package, about half the size of the Rosemount's familiar 3051 pressure transmit...

By Staff
Other Networks March 1, 2002

Online – 2002-03-01

Here are highlights from some articles recently posted at Besides presenting Control Engineering's entire print editions, Control Engineering Online also delivers daily news, Web Exclusives, and Online Extra articles that add value to in-print features.

By Staff
Other Networks February 21, 2002

New transmitter platform advances functionality, convenience

Chanhassen, Minn. - Rosemount, a division of Emerson Process Management, has introduced the 3051S Series of pressure measurement instrumentation. The 3051S is said to advance pressure measurement practices by providing improved functionality, performance, and installation/maintenance convenience.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 15, 2002

E-news: software, instrumentation, embedded control, 5 others

Oak Brook, IL. - In February, through Feb. 14, Control Engineering has sent separate topical e-newsletters on software, instrumentation, embedded control, and process control to interested readers.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 3, 2002

Support, use of FOUNDATION fieldbus increasing in Japan

Austin, Tex. - The Fieldbus Foundation recently conducted a survey of its members that indicates an accelerating adoption rate of FOUNDATION fieldbus throughout Japan.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Other Networks December 31, 2001

Westinghouse Process Control to provide Italy’s Enelpower with PlantWeb

Pittsburgh, Pa.-Emerson Process Management recently announced that its Westinghouse Process Control division was selected by Enelpower to provide PlantWeb digital plant architecture to the new Enel Produzione Piettrafitta Nuova plant in Italy's Umbria region.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Other Networks December 1, 2001

Endress+Hauser, Smar announce strategic technology alliance

Endress+Hauser and Smar announced Nov. 8 that they will cooperate strategically in the area of field communication technologies. The two companies have already been working together on FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions. Smar and Endress+Hauser will focus cooperation on field communication in general, including FOUNDATION fieldbus, Profibus, HA...

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 2001

Easy to use Coriolis with advanced diagnostics

Greenwood, Ind. —Endress+Hauser recently introduced Proline Promass line of Coriolis flowmeters featuring advanced diagnostics, said to be easy to setup and cost-effective. Proline Promass flowmeters provide mass and volume measurements of liquids and gases along with density, temperature, percent solids, and °Brix.

By Staff
Other Networks October 19, 2001

Siemens allows photoelectric sensor distributed parameterization

Alpharetta, Ga. - Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. has introduced IQ Sense, a new sensor module and software for its SIMATIC ET200S distributed I/O system that allows remote parameterization of photoelectric sensors over Profibus-DP or DeviceNet industrial networks.

By Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
Other Networks September 1, 2001

INtools 5.1 adds fieldbus design and complex control loop support

Huntsville, Ala. -Intergraph has added fieldbus, as-built project design isolation, and complex loop support in the INtools 5.1 release. Using drag and drop tools, designers can ensure fieldbus designs maintain best practices in the number of devices per segment and spur, cable length, power supply current and voltage sizing, and other fieldbus restrictions and rules.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2001

E+H introduces local fieldbus readout

Greenwood, Ind . - Responding to a growing user request to provide local readouts of fieldbus instruments, Endress+Hauser recently introduced the RID 261-display unit for direct connection to any point in a Profibus-PA fieldbus installation. The standard RID 261 displays process values and alarm value infringements using a passive display of cyclical data and is suited for use in general purpose locations, with other installation requirements addressed on an individual user basis. Endress+Hauser.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2001

Local readout for fieldbus instruments

Greenwood, Ind. —Responding to a growing user request to provide local readouts of fieldbus instruments, Endress+Hauser recently introduced the RID 261 display unit for direct connection to any point in a Profibus-PA fieldbus installation. The standard RID 261 displays process values and alarm value infringements using a passive display of cyclical data and is suited for use in general-p...

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2001

Predictive maintenance, really

We've heard a lot about predictive maintenace but in reality there have been few stories coming out of industry for us to verify this trend. In theory, today's "intelligent" instruments ought to supply plenty of information – not only about what is going on in the process but also what is going on in the instruments themselves.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 2001

DeltaV enhances audit trail capabilities

Austin, Tex. - Emerson Process Management recently enhanced DeltaV's audit trail capability by adding capability to automatically record and archive changes made to FOUNDATION fieldbus devices connected to the DeltaV automation system. Users needing to meet management-of-change regulatory requirements can take advantage of DeltaV's added ability to automatically record and archive connected field device changes including date and time of change, user making the change, event or configuration change type, reason for the change, and the application effecting the change. Emerson Process Management.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks July 1, 2001

Enhanced audit trail capabilities

Austin, Tex. —Emerson Process Management recently enhanced DeltaV's audit trail capability by adding a feature to automatically record and archive changes made to FOUNDATION fieldbus devices connected to the DeltaV automation system. Users needing to meet management-of-change regulatory requirements can take advantage of DeltaV's added ability to automatically record and archive connecte...

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 2001

Saab Marine Electronics joins Fisher-Rosemount

Fisher-Rosemount (F-R, Austin, Tex.) announced Jan. 15 that it has acquired Saab Marine Electronics AB, a leading expert in radar level gauging. Formerly a subsidiary of Saab AB, Saab Marine Electronics will become the level instrumentation center of excellence for Rosemount (Minneapolis, Minn.

By Staff
Other Networks December 1, 2000

I/O signals protected by single product family

Hampton, N.H. -MTL Inc.'s SD Series include three new models that protect RTDs, 3-wire transmitters, and process networks such as Fieldbus and HART. The Series is a range of mechanically identical surge protection devices that safeguard instruments in most possible process applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 1, 2000

Hybrid Communication: A Closer Look at HART

Do you feel stuck with the old 4-20 mA-based control system that was installed when the process plant was built? The original system, which was state-of-the-art when originally put in, wasn't designed to supply all information necessary to streamline the process and breathe profitability into the now old facility.

Other Networks October 1, 2000

F-R calls E+H’s fieldbus-related patent attacks ‘total trash’

"There is no Trojan horse, no monopoly, and no trap," states Fisher-Rosemount (F-R) in a Sept. 6 response to recent charges by Endress+Hauser (E+H, Reinach, Switzerland) that implementing the new IEC 61158 and EN 50170 fieldbus standards would infringe on some of F-R's patents.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Other Networks September 1, 2000

Correction – 2000-09-01

In a two-page promotion of the Fieldbus Foundation's "Catch the Edge" supplement, CE, July '00, pp. 30-31, project coordinator J.A. Carnevalli and his employer were misidentified. Mr. Carnevalli works for Smar Brazil.

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2000

Limits reported on access to fieldbus standard-related patents

Still worried that implementing the new fieldbus standards will infringe on patents, Endress+Hauser (E+H, Reinach, Switzerland) complained Aug. 21 that promised licensing access to three patents needed to build F OUNDATION fieldbus-compliant products is being restricted to five years by Rosemount Inc.

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2000

DeltaV gets bigger, with more features

Austin, Tex.— DeltaV version 5.0 increases system capability to accommodate up to 30,000 I/O points and 120 network devices from a mix of 100 controllers and 60 workstations. Additional system enhancements include advanced fuzzy logic, loop tuning, loop performance monitoring, and model predictive control.

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 2000

New division to coordinate Invensys units

Invensys (London, U.K.) announced its new division, Invensys Business Solutions, during Foxboro's 11th annual users group meeting held on July 30 through Aug. 3. Led by chief executive Bruce Henderson, the new division will coordinate and focus Invensys' business units—APV, Foxboro, Baan, Wonderware, and Triconex—so they can deliver business solutions fro...

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 2000

Endress+Hauser, Neles Automation form joint venture

Endress+Hauser International Holding AG and Neles Automation Inc. agreed July 3 to create a 100-employee joint venture for technology development and worldwide sales and product deliveries. Their new joint venture company will handle sales and services for both firms' field system solutions in Finland.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 2000

Stay informed with e-mail newsletters

A few years ago, e-mail communication was a luxury. These days, it's a necessity. It's usually easier to reach someone via e-mail, rather than play voice-mail tag for days or try to track someone down via pager or cell phone. With e-mail, the message gets sent, once, and it gets to where it needs to be—in front of the user.

By Laura Zurawski
Other Networks July 1, 2000

Interview: William J. Ketelhut, president, The Foxboro Company

'Automation must contribute to building shareholder value and tie seamlessly into strategic plans'

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
Other Networks May 1, 2000

Fisher-Rosemount, Fieldbus Foundation deny Endress+ Hauser’s infringement concerns

New Orleans, La.— Fisher-Rosemount and Fieldbus Foundation leaders vehemently denied on March 29 recent claims by Endress+Hauser that developers using FOUNDATION fieldbus-related portions of the new IEC 61158 standard might infringe on patents held by Fisher-Rosemount. [See also Control Engineering Online 's "Daily News" section for 3/27, 4/10, and later at www.

By Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2000

Clarification sought on ‘patent protected’ parts of IEC 61158

Though it's more than amazing that no one noticed before, patent engineers at Endress+Hauser Group reported Mar. 3 that essential parts of the newly approved IEC 61158 fieldbus standard are protected by patents or patent claims of certain companies.The firm says a routine check turned up this revelation after publication of IEC 61158 and just before an intended ex...

By Staff
Other Networks April 1, 2000

DeviceNet Detective is ready for handheld network diagnostics

Downers Grove, Ill.- DeviceNet Detective network configuration and diagnostic tool claims to offer speed and ease of use compared to other options, according to Synergetic Micro Systems. A 2 x 3 in. LCD offers diagnostic and configuration information, including a new 'Snoop Mode,' which lists all network devices and attributes.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks February 1, 2000

‘Let users decide which protocol;’ PTO, FF like IEC 61158 vote

Often at odds over IEC 61158 in the past, both the Fieldbus Foundation (FF, Austin, Tex.) and the Profibus Trade Organization (PTO, Scottsdale, Ariz.) in January applauded SC65C's vote to approve the amended, eight-part proposed fieldbus standard."The IEC's decision to widen the application scope of IEC 61158, as requested by the Committee of Action...

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 2000

Fast growth seen for infrared thermometers, thin-wire RTDs

Infrared thermometers and thin-wire resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) will grow faster than all other temperature sensors in the U.S., with average increases of 11.8% and 11.5% respectively through 2004, according to a new report by Flow Research and Ducker Worldwide (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 2000

Freelance 2000 integrates fieldbuses

Rochester, N.Y.—FieldController has been added to ABB's Freelance 2000 system to support integration of fieldbuses such as F OUNDATION fieldbus and Profibus. FieldController is compatible with existing Freelance process stations, ABB's S800 remote I/O system, and requires no reconfiguration or application software changes.

By Staff
Other Networks December 1, 1999

Intrinsically safe oxygen transmitter joins PlantWeb line-up

Orrville, O. -The 4081FG intrinsically safe In Situ Oxygen Analyzer from Rosemount Analytical's Process Analytic Division has obtained FOUNDATION Fieldbus certification and is now authorized to bear its registration checkmark. The Analyzer is a key part of the Fisher-Rosemount PlantWeb field based architecture.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks October 1, 1999

Events Calendar

For more meetings and industry news, see Control Engineering online at '99, international trade fair for industrial communication, automation, measurement, and analytics, including Interkama-ISA Tech and Interkama Chemputers Europe 5 conferences, at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, Düsseldorf, Germany.

By Staff
Other Networks October 1, 1999

Fisher-Rosemount releases Delta V interface for Bailey Systems

Fisher-Rosemount released Sept. 9 its DeltaV Connect for Bailey Systems, which allows Bailey users to upgrade existing control systems with a DeltaV operator interface. This interface gives users inclusive DeltaV operator applications, data exchange, and drag-and-drop engineering.

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 1999

Modular, adaptable valves and valve terminals

Esslingen, Germany— Compact Performance (CP) valves and valve terminals were designed for system clarity and compact design. The valve terminals are said to be suitable for every type of system structure, whether pneumatic or electrical connections are involved. Even after installation, valves and functions can be added or changed in a variable fashion as required with the CP valve termi...

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1999

IEC 61158 to become standard by year end; may add Profibus

The International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) Committee of Action on June 15 partially cleared the way for IEC 61158 to become a long-awaited international fieldbus standard. The committee acknowledged international support for 61158 and essentially upheld a Jan.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1999

Emerson’s Orion acquisition aids Fisher-Rosemount

Fisher-Rosemount's parent company, Emerson Electric Co., revealed June 14 that it has acquired Orion CEM Inc., a supplier of process automation and engineering services to the pulp and paper industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Orion plans to retain its name and will also be known as the Pulp & Paper Center of Engineering Excellence for Fisher-Rosemount.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1999

Online moisture sensor

Irwindale, Calif.—The new online MM55plus sensor from Infrared Engineering measures moisture, fat, oil protein and other product constituents in powders, food, chemicals, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and many other bulk solids. The MM55plus arrives precalibrated for the user's specific application and can be installed directly onto any process line and operate within minutes.

By Staff
Other Networks June 1, 1999

Attributes of FF configuration software

Smar (Houston, Tex., Sertaozinho, Brazil) offers Syscon System302 software to configure FOUNDATION fieldbus networks. (For more information on this topic, also see Control Engineering June `99 article, 'Software Tools Can Ease Network Setup and Use.' ) Syscon System302 software graphically builds and manages plant control strategies. Syscon also performs calibration and diagnostics.

By Jonas Berge, Smar Singapore Pte Ltd
Other Networks June 1, 1999

Network programming, configuration strategies differ for field, embedded solutions

Tools and strategies differ for field-based and embedded networks, says Holger Zeltwanger, general secretary for CAN in Automation (CiA, Erlangen, Germany). (For related information, also see Control Engineering June `99 article, 'Software Tools Can Ease Network Setup and Use.' ) Users are likely to employ off-the-shelf, plug-and-play solutions for field networks that they then reconfigure and enhance. Examples include DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus (DP, FMS, PA), Interbus, FIP, Fieldbus Foundation protocols, and others, Mr.

Other Networks May 1, 1999

Training center lets users test drive sensors, networks

To help users try out technologies and make better automation decisions, several partners recently opened the Sensor-Connectivity Center. This new automation demonstration and training facility allows users and OEMs to evaluate sensor, control, and network combinations and find those that best meet their particular process needs.

By Staff
Other Networks May 1, 1999

IEC likely to reconsider 61158

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee of Action members will probably reexamine the proposed IEC 61158 fieldbus standard at their late-June meeting. IEC's TC65 subcommittee voted in mid-April to send IEC 61158 to its parent, the Committee of Action, without a specific recommendation.

By Staff
Other Networks April 1, 1999

Corolis device receives Fieldbus registration

Boulder, Colo.— The Micro Motion 5300 transmitter is the first Coriolis device to receive official registration from Fieldbus Foundation, the company says. With the registration, the 5300 transmitter is expected to be compatible with any other similarly registered device. It is designed to work with all Micro Motion sensor models and can be mounted integrally or remotely.

By Staff
Other Networks March 1, 1999

Fieldbus-compatible handheld terminal

Troy, Mich.— HT401 handheld terminal can be connected to fieldbus communication systems and features extended software functions. It can make connections via CAN and Interbus. Additionally, the HT401 is available with serial PLC couplings for Allen-Bradley, B&R, Matsushita, and Siemens controls.

By Staff
Other Networks March 1, 1999

Subcommittee revives possibility for IEC 61158 fieldbus standard

In another dramatic twist, IEC SC65C subcommittee members voted 15-9 on Jan. 15 to recommend disqualifying six "no" votes that narrowly sank the proposed IEC 61158 fieldbus standard on Sept. 30, 1998.International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) SC65C's working group conducted a two-month mail ballot of the subcommittee's participating members and tallied 15...

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 1999

Top 20 ‘must-know’ terms in control & automation

W ith the year 2000 right around the corner, here are Control Engineering 's picks for the most significant words of automation and process control. Advanced control -Process control strategies beyond PID loop control, such as feedforward, dead-time compensation, lead/lag, adaptive gain, neural networks, and fuzzy logic. Brushless motor -A synchronous three-phase motor that uses electronic commutation for current switching among the phases. Depending on the current waveform and torque characteristics, it is commonly called brushless dc when a trapezoidal current/torque format is used and brushless ac (or just simply brushless) when a sinusoidal current/torque format is applied. Fieldbus architecture -Control architecture that uses digital, serial, multidrop, two-way communications between and among intelligent field devices and control/monitoring systems. Human-machine interface -Method of displaying machine status, alarms, messages, and diagnostics, often graphical display on a personal computer, providing operator feedback. The Five 'Hot'Control EngineeringTerms:Advanced controlBrushless motorHuman-machine interfaceOpen systemsS88 IEC 61131 -International standard for machine control programming tools.

By Control Engineering Staff
Other Networks January 1, 1999

Sustainable development ignites BIAS ’98

The strategic role played by industrial automation in the sustainable development of industry was the key topic at a roundtable discussion on the first day of BIAS '98 here in November. Four speakers shared visions of how automation would impact the future. Prof. Marco Somalvico, professor of artificial intelligence in the information technology department of the Poly...

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 1999

Fisher-Rosemount’s PlantWeb gains foothold in Germany

Lurgi Metallurgie GmbH, a metallurgical company, is the first German firm to adopt Fisher-Rosemount's PlantWeb architecture using FOUNDATION Fieldbus. It will be used to automate and control a new test and demonstration plant for advanced direct reduction processes. Respectively named Circored and Circofer, Lurgi's advanced processes are based on the technology...

By Staff
Other Networks January 1, 1999

BIAS ’98 exhibitors extending communications

Perhaps picking up new ideas about extending communications technology from the factory to the enterprise, Schneider Automation, for example, chose BIAS '98 for the European launch its new Transparent Factory product. Transparent Factory is a set of tools to help users take advantage of the wealth of information buried on the factory floor in devices such as programma...

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 1998

Valve controller secures FF certification

Fieldview Digital Valve Controller (DVC) from Fisher Controls International (Marshalltown, Ia.) recently became the first device with the PID function block to achieve FOUNDATION Fieldbus certification after it completed a rigorous registration process including stack conformance and interoperability testing.

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 1998

Fieldbus Foundation chooses new director for Europe

To further expand its presence in the European measurement and control market community, the Fieldbus Foundation (FF) has appointed Dip.Ing. Henk van der Biezen as its new European operations director. He will manage the foundation's day-to-day activities in Europe, overseeing recruitment, member services, exhibitions, conferences, and marketing.

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 1998

Interconnection for Foundation Fieldbus

Plymouth, Minn.— InterlinkBT now offers a complete line of heavy-duty cabling and passive junctions for H1 segments. Cabling is available for indoor (rated –40 to 80 °C) and outdoor (rated –50 to 105 ºC) applications. The cables are compliant and recognized as Type A cable per Foundation Fieldbus specs.

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 1998

Working group to reexamine IEC 61158 voting

Following the recent rejection of IEC 61158, members of the International Electrotechnical Commission's SC 65C subcommittee for digital communications were asked at the IEC's Oct. 20 meeting here to analyze six "no" votes to find if they had a valid technical basis, if they related to the document being voted on, and if their technical comments were true.

By Staff
Other Networks November 1, 1998

A scalable control system usable with Foundation Fieldbus

Bognor Regis, U.K. — With the release of its DeltaV version 3, Fisher-Rosemount says it's produced the first truly homogeneous and scalable process control system permitting FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices to be plugged in and automatically recognized by an automation system. When DeltaV is coupled with FOUNDATION Fieldbus intelligence, for example, alerts from field devices can be...

By Staff
Other Networks October 1, 1998

Elec show celebrates 40th birthday

About 150,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors are expected in Paris in December to attend Elec 98, the triennial international exhibition of electricity, automation, and related services and applications, according to Promosalons, the show's organizer. The event will be held on Dec.

By Staff
Other Networks October 1, 1998

ICAM slims down, fieldbuses among hot topics

Though exhibitor turnout of about 100 companies for ICAM Asia was less than original estimates, enthusiasm for the international trade fair for Industrial Control, Automation, and Measurement remained high at its recent opening ceremonies. Karlheinz Wismer, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf, the show organizer's parent company, stressed ICAM Asia's coverage of b...

By Staff
Other Networks October 1, 1998

Fieldbus Foundation scolds anti-IEC 61158 group

Fieldbus Foundation (FF) condemned Sept. 10 efforts by some European controls and instrumentation suppliers to defeat the proposed Data Link Layer (DDL) and Application Layer (AL) documents in the IEC 61158 international fieldbus standard, which are now in balloting by the IEC SC65C/WG6 fieldbus committee as a Final Draft International Standard.

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 1998

Connect to different fieldbuses

Charlotte, N.C.—Diocom makes it possible to connect sensors and actuators to a variety of fieldbuses. One bus coupling module is required for connection to the fieldbus. The modules also contain either eight inputs or outputs. Up to 11 eight-channel I/O modules can be added to the control module.

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 1998

IEC 61158 voting: Brazil won’t be late this time

The fieldbus world can count on Brazil to vote in favor of the IEC 61158 standard again this year, and the vote will be in Geneva on time, according to Lucia Franco, chairwoman of Brazilian National Committee for Fieldbus. Ms. Franco says she regrets the controversy that arose last fall surrounding the difficulties her committee had communicating with IEC's...

By Staff
Other Networks September 1, 1998

Open network I/O system

Richmond, Va.— WINbloc I/O system places I/O points remotely from a controller communicating via one of several industrial networks. A Network Communications Bridge serves as a network cable feedthrough and termination point. It contains isolated power supplies and has connections for I/O module power distribution.

By Staff
Other Networks August 1, 1998

Profibus seeks SEMI standardization

The Profibus Trade Organization (PTO, Scottsdale, Ariz.) announced July 13 at Semicon West that it's pursuing standardization for the Profibus Distributed Peripheral (DP) industrial communications protocol in semiconductor manufacturing through the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI, Mountain View, Calif.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1998

ICAM Asia will highlight field communications

To help U.S. and worldwide manufacturers meet buyers from Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia, INTERKAMA/Messe Düsseldorf Asia are organizing ICAM Asia, the International Trade Fair for Industrial Control, Automation, and Measurement. The fair will be held Sept. 17-19, 1998, at the World Trade Centre in Singapore.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1998

FF registers first seven products

The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) announced June 12 that seven fieldbus devices have successfully completed its device registration process. The seven products passed interoperability tests and other requirements, and are now authorized to bear the Foundation's registration mark. FF issued registration certificates for: Rosemount Inc.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1998

Easy fieldbus selection

Halmstad, Sweden— AnyBus is a line of master modules for CANopen, ControlNet, InterBus, and Profibus networks. AnyBus provides OEM flexibility by allowing a user to plug any device into the fieldbus of preference. According to the company, AnyBus modules use a standard mechanical, electrical, and software interface to a customer application.

By Staff
Other Networks July 1, 1998

Profibus lobbying against IEC 1158

Following the approval of IEC 1158 earlier this year, Profibus International (PI) claimed May 12 that most of the new fieldbus standard is obsolete and that it should be suspended and replaced by an alternative approach. PI added that it believes IEC 1158 (now properly called 61158) offers limited functionality, is unproven, unsupported, and unworkable.

By Staff
Other Networks June 1, 1998

New company launches self-learn software for process control

New self-learning software packages for industrial automation and process control, called LearnWARE, are being introduced in the U.K. by a new company called "" The software was originally developed by software and training consultants P&L Automatik (Hassleholm, Sweden), which claims it registered 3,800 new users in Scandinavia in 1997.

By Staff
Other Networks May 1, 1998

WorldFIP also ‘welcomes’ IEC’s vote

"WorldFIP welcomes the IEC Committee of Action's unblocking of the situation on the proposed fieldbus data link layer," says John Beeston, WorldFIP's international communications director. "WorldFIP has always strongly supported actions leading toward a single IEC standard.

By Staff
Other Networks May 1, 1998

Profibus ‘supports’ IEC’s approval of DLL standards

Profibus International and WorldFIP say they support the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee of Action recent vote to count a disputed ballot by the Brazilian national committee in favor of the proposed Data Link Layer (DLL) standards for IEC 61158.

By Staff
Other Networks April 1, 1998

2-wire magmeter creates freedom from 120 V

A two-wire electromagnetic flowmeter—long sought for ease of installation and freedom from a power supply—become reality with an addition to the Bailey-Fischer & Porter (Warminster, Pa.) "COPA" line of magmeters.With global flow sensor sales running at $3.2 billion, and magmeters at 8% or $256 million of that, the company expects its 2-wire revolution to quickly capture th...

By Mark T. Hoske, managing editor
Other Networks March 1, 1998

Fisher-Rosemount Launching Foundation Fieldbus Products in U.K.

Kevin Jackson, Fisher-Rosemount's U.K. managing director, says his London-based company will have a "complete suite" of FOUNDATION Fieldbus products available in 1998, following "rigorous testing" in production processes. "We're looking forward to starting the real world business of introducing end users to the immense benefits of products on FOUNDATION Fieldbus pro...

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Other Networks March 1, 1998

CAN in Automation a Fieldbus Club Too

I read with high interest your cover story in the January 1998 issue of Control Engineering ["Connect to the Benefits of Digital Industrial Networks," p. 48]. I was surprised you didn't mention the CAN in Automation (CiA) International Users and Manufacturers Group, the most successful fieldbus club.

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Other Networks March 1, 1998

FactorySuite 2000 Integrates Modules for Plant Automation

Many "open systems" are less open than they first appear, and this can increase users' integration, maintenance, and upgrade costs.Wonderware Corp.'s (Irvine, Calif.) new FactorySuite 2000 automation software requires no custom interfaces, has no integration costs, and has components that upgrade simultaneously, say company officials.

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Other Networks March 1, 1998

FieldComms Conference Moving to Telford

FieldComms U.K. organizers say they're moving their fieldbus-oriented conference and exhibition to the Telford Exhibit Centre on Oct. 28-29, 1998. The event has been held for the last three years at a hotel. Visitors to the 2.5 day event attend a tightly integrated program of conferences, tutorials, and workshops, as well as a small exhibition.

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Other Networks February 1, 1998

Multifunction Sense and Control Module

Foxbrough, Mass. —Control-by-Light fiber optic Multi-Function I/O Module is a 48-channel sensing and control module that delivers a low-cost, fault-tolerant distributed solution for industrial applications. Includes: LonWorks open fieldbus protocol; high-reliability, redundant system; immunity to EMI and high-intensity RFI; built-in test, performance monitoring, and fault-isolation suppo...

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Other Networks February 1, 1998

Profibus International Calls for EN 50 170 and IEC 61158 Integration

Following the October 1997 rejection of the third international ballot on the proposed IEC 61158 fieldbus standard, Profibus International (PI) recently called for the European international fieldbus standard, EN 50 170, to be adopted and integrated with IEC 61158. As the umbrella organization of the Profibus users group, PI states that this is the only constructiv...

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Other Networks January 1, 1998

ELEC ’98 Show Aims for New High

Engineers and managers interested in electricity or automation will likely discover that ELEC '98 is the biggest trade show in Europe this coming autumn. The exhibition will be held on Dec. 7-11, 1998, at the Paris-Nord Exhibition Centre. ELEC '98 organizers say 24% of the 600 already-signed exhibitors are new to the show.

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Other Networks January 1, 1998

Year of the Network: HART Expects 75% Growth by 2000

Increasing installations and good market performance indicate that highway addressable remote transducer (HART) technology will continue to be widely used in process plants for at least the next 15 to 20 years, according to the HART Communication Foundation (Austin, Tex.

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