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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.

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 1998

It’s Showtime!

Well, you asked for it. The 1998 edition of one of the world's largest manufacturing and technology shows is tanned, rested, and ready to go seamless.Evolving as a result of recent feedback from visitors and exhibitors requesting an even more streamlined and workable event, this year's National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), and the three other shows that make up National Manufacturin...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
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...

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 1998

ISA, IEC Fieldbus Committees Chair Joins ARC

Dick Caro, chair of the Fieldbus standards committees, recently joined Automation Research Corp. (ARC) as vice president. Before joining ARC, Mr. Caro was senior manager at Arthur D. Little Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.), a technology and management consulting firm. Prior to that, he was a founder of Autech Data Systems, which produced a fault-tolerant DCS.

By Staff
Other Networks February 1, 1998

Rosemount Makes Patent Available to Foundation Fieldbus and HART

It always takes a little self-sacrifice and long-term vision to reach the promised land or invest in a worthwhile future.To help the process industry achieve its long-sought goal of an open, interoperable communication standard, Rosemount Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) announced Jan. 9 that it's making available to FOUNDATION Fieldbus and HART Communication Foundation members a five-year, ro...

By Staff
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...

By Staff
Other Networks January 25, 1998

Open, Modular Architecture Controls at GM Powertrain — Technical Issues

Operating Systems Hardware Platform Motion Control Open Device Level Networks User Interface Control Software Manufacturing Information System (MIS) Level Networks Application Programming Interfaces (API) It should be clear to the controls community that GMPTG is not trying to dictate the development of OMAC by specifying technical details for every aspect of OMAC. GMPTG is not going to lead the development of any new technology but will ride the technology wave! However, GMPTG engineers are not oblivious to the technical issues associated with OMAC systems. In this section, several OMAC technical areas will be examined.

By C. Michael Taylor, et al.
Other Networks January 1, 1998

Selecting the Right Industrial Network

The vast number of available networks makes it a daunting task to pick one (or several) to best meet the needs of a particular application. This has probably hindered the use of networks in controls applications. The intent here is to discuss the process of picking a network best suited to an application, and not to compare the specific capability of different networks.

By Gary C. Peterson, Alvey Systems Inc.
Other Networks January 1, 1998

Connect to the Benefits of Digital Industrial Networks

More users, system integrators, and manufacturers of control hardware and software are realizing the benefits of digital networks at the sensor, device, and fieldbus levels.In this kickoff of the "Year of the Network" series, Control Engineering asked leaders associated with 12 major industrial networks to reveal growth projections, ideal applications, views on standards, and future out...

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
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.

By Staff