ISA 2002 index of coverage : Control Engineering's editorial staff is on-site at ISA 2002 to provide exclusive, up-to-the-minute coverage of the show and conference. Don't miss any of the important news items listed below. For more background on the show and conference, click here to read Control Engineering . October 29, 2002: ISA 2002: Status report on Interkama 2004 October 28, 2002: ISA 2002: GE Fanuc updates software, hardware October 25, 2002: ISA 2002: More photo highlights from the show floor October 24, 2002: ISA 2002: ''Last retort'' panel encourages industry activism ISA 2002: Entivity partners with Phoenix Contact; Posco touts $6.25-million savings ISA 2002: Dolch shows wireless display and fully sealed PC October 23, 2002: ISA 2002: Smar Research debuts HART-compatible modems ISA 2002: OPC Foundation demonstrates OPC Data eXchange ISA 2002: Photo highlights from the show floor-October 23, 2002 October 22, 2002: ISA 2002:Control Engineering's Vance VanDoren edits advance control book ISA 2002: Fieldbus Foundation growing by leaps and bounds ISA 2002: 10 system integrators form Automation Alliance Group ISA 2002: Vaisala launches handheld humidity, temperature meter October 21, 2002: ISA 2002: FDT Group demonstrates universal field device interface ISA 2002: ProSoft introduces wireless modem solutions.
Chicago, IL—To maximize network flexibility, reliability and performance in industrial control applications, ProSoft Technology Inc. (Bakersfield, CA) is introducing RadioLinx, its new industrial, wireless modem, at ISA 2002 at McCormick Place.
Lenexa, KS—AeroComm announced Oct. 8 that it has developed a transparent protocol that simplifies the wireless integration process by allowing for plug-and-play installation. This new "RF-232" technology is embedded in compact AeroComm's AC4424 industrial-temperature, 2.4-GHz, FHSS transceivers.
Dallas, TX - Axcess Inc. unveiled Aug. 13 a wallet-sized device, selling for less than $20, that can turn standard alarms, biosensors and chemical sensors into wireless sentries, capable of sending alerts over landline or wireless systems. The company says its device will enable rapid, economical deployment of pervasive sensor networks, which was a key need highlighted in a recent National Research Council Report on Counter-Terrorism.
In this issue: Phoenix Contact scores at conference Microsoft woes What do you think about? May's Control Engineering Windows CE advances Jim Pinto opens web site Hot memory technology Phoenix Contact scores at conference Over 400 engineers, technicians, and systems integrators attended the first Industry Forum at Phoenix Contact to learn about open systems, distributed I/O, and other technologies. I had the privilege of hosting a panel session that included Mark Knebusch (Phoenix Contact), Mike Klein ( Steeplechase ), Russ Agrusa ( Iconics ), Emilio Matt ( Microsoft ), Sam Hoff (integrator Patti Engineering ), and Kevin Jones (integrator Pak/Teem ). The story was open systems, distributed I/O, PC- based control (integrators are adopting it), and, especially, OPC for open communications. Aside from the occasional 'that would be a monopoly' joke, questions involved Linux, fieldbus wars and the future of Ethernet, and how to build a PC-based system for maximum uptime.
Orlando, Fla. - The annual gathering of automation suppliers and users sponsored by analyst firm ARC Advisory Group generated even more discussion than usual-especially in the hallways after the presentations. ARC president, Andy Chatha, gathered an impressive array of industry leaders to address the almost 400 attendees on the state of the automation industry today.
Orlando, Fla. - Leaders from several major automation firms, glad 2001 is over, expressed interest in partnering with customers to help manufacturers improve plant-floor processes and solve business problems. Justification for needed upgrades in automation, controls, and instrumentation points to connection and optimization, not only plant-floor processes, but the enterprise and supply chain, as well.
In this issue: HMI in January Control Engineering Change The Next Computer Interface Touchpad Keyboard Intermec launches mobile computers Large display for control or conference room Organic light-emitting diode displays Cool products Control Engineering News HMI in January Control Engineering January's HMI article is an introduction to XML and its related technologies. While once it was cool to embed 'web pages' in a controller, now, it's embedding information-serving capability using XML. By the way, if you want to see an example of some live XML data, check out the Opto 22 web control demo . You can turn on a lamp, check the temperature and start/stop a wheel - all over the web.
Sensors Expo Spring 2001 will feature more than 200 exhibitors, conference presentations, and an interactive poster session. More than 200 companies are expected to exhibit products and services at Sensors Expo Spring 2001 on June 5-7 at the Stephens Convention Center (Rosemont, Ill.) Free conference sessions include "Workshop on Wireless Sensing" from 9 a.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.—HiDRA (highly deployable remote access) wireless sensor network simplifies installation and enhances sensor use. The network of communicating nodes can be placed on individual pieces of factory-floor machinery. Each node connects to a variety of sensors, and contains a processor to convert raw data into information, and a low-power radio to transmit information.