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Diagnostics, Asset Management

Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Ethernet Security, Safety Relies on Common Sense Networking

KEY WORDS Networks and communication Ethernet Internet and intranet PC-based control Device-level networksThe price of freedom? A little less freedom. More users are seeking to gain Ethernet's interoperability and flexibility. However, the relatively greater openness of Ethernet can mean increased network vulnerability, especially when networks are linked via the Internet.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

PVTs use diagnostics, go digital, deliver multiple readings

Trends in Process Variable Transmitters Diagnostic capabilities Digital protocols Faster communication ONLINE See this product focus at www.controleng.com for additional information. Process variable transmitters (PVTs) perform a type of dance that goes on between various processes and the transmitter moving information to the end-user.

By Staff
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Model, Simulate, Execute Simulation in Discrete Control

KEY WORDS PC-based control Machine control Software for control Flowchart programming Simulation Imagine a product design, completed in software, and rendered in 3-D graphics. This rendering allows designers to strip away layers to view and work on components underneath. Next, manufacturing engineers can design the machines, fixtures, and processes required to produce components and completed ...

By Gary A. Mintchell, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Sensorless AC Drives Fill Price/Performance Niche

KEY WORDSMotors, drives, & motion controlAC variable-speed drivesAC induction motorsAdaptive controlControversial right from their name, "sensorless" ac drives actually use current and voltage sensors to achieve motor control. Even beyond terminology, it's not obvious what sensorless ac drives can or can't do, and where they fit into the big picture.

By Frank J. Bartos, CONTROL ENGINERING
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Foxboro secures SCADA system contract in China

Foxboro, Mass.— The Foxboro Company, a unit of Invensys Process Automation, announced March 19 that it has been awarded a $15 million SCADA system contract for the Shanxi Wanjiazhai Yellow River Diversion Project in China. This important project, funded by the World Bank, diverts floodwaters from the Yellow River to communities in Shanxi province, thereby mitigating life-threatening flood...

By Staff
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Schneider sues Opto 22

Chicago, Ill.—Wherever two or more gathered during National Manufacturing Week 2001, March 5-8, their discussion involved patents. As reported in Control Engineering, Feb. '01, p. 32, Schneider Electric Automation (North Andover, Mass.) followed news about its minority investment in Entivity by announcing an open auction on the web for its patent, "Device for Communicating Real-time Dat...

By Gary Mintchell, senior editor, gmintchell@cahners.com
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

‘Power of Industry’ will propel Hannover Fair 2001

Hannover, Germany—Twenty-five halls will be "in play" to accommodate this year's edition of the "world's largest industrial technology trade show" on April 23-28, 2001. An extra benefit is the fairground's upgraded infrastructure, completed for Expo 2000, the World's Fair. Hannover Fair 2001 combines six "fairs" in its "Power of Industry" theme.

By Frank J. Bartos, Executive Editor, fbartos@cahners.com
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Foxboro provides SCADA for electric utility

Foxboro, Mass.— Idaho Falls Power (IFP) recently picked Foxboro Co.'s I/A Series SCADA system to monitor, control, and maintain the power generation, transmission, and distribution system of Idaho's largest municipal electric utility. Using Foxboro's "Intelligent Power Grid" approach, the new SCADA system includes master stations, remote terminal units (RTUs), and advanced applications f...

By Staff
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Ruggedized computer controls mining equipment

Equipment used in open pit mining travels over some of the worst terrain in the world—in hostile environments that include temperature extremes and lots of dust and dirt. Aquila Mining Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) provides computer-based monitoring, control and guidance systems for large blasthole drills.

By Gary A. Mintchell, Senior Editor, gmintchell@cahners.com
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 1, 1970

Three Asian shows will run together

Singapore— Previously staged separately, three Asian technology exhibitions will run concurrently here on June 5-8, 2001. ICAM Asia 2001, International Trade Fair for Industrial Control, Automation, and Measurement, and IA 2001, 7th International Industrial Automation Exhibition, will be staged together for the first time.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, fbartos@cahners.com