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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.

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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.

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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

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of IEC 1158 earlier this year, Profibus International (PI) claimed May 12 that most of the new fieldbus standard is obsolete and that it should be suspended and replaced by an alternative approach.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 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.

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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 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 "fieldbus.com." 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