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Energy, Power January 23, 1998

Open, Modular Architecture Controls at GM Powertrain — Summary

Development Implementation A great deal of momentum has been generated toward the implementation of OMAC-based control systems. GMPTG is actively assisting the development of OMAC technologies and aggressively working with the suppliers to commercialize OMAC products. This document outlines the development and implementation strategies, and they are summarized here: Development adopt available standards and interface specifications; participate and/or follow existing development activities; leverage government funding and coordinate government projects to accelerate the development of OMAC; utilize government’s influence to define strawman common API; invite third party vendors to finalize and support the common API specifications; interact with international open architecture development activities to advance OMAC technologies; Implementation expose OMAC direction to control system suppliers; integrate and validate commercial open controller products; resolve machine tool specific OMAC issues; cooperate with machine tool OEMs to implement OMACs; expose ‘open’ technologies to plant personnel; develop partners to support plant implementations. It should be clear that GMPTG is not taking a wait-and-see attitude in implementing OMAC technologies and is introducing OMAC systems in manufacturing operations with well defined approaches to minimize the risk. Active participation in efforts to accelerate the development of OMAC technologies is important and GMPTG is also defining the strategies to utilize diverse control products effectively.

By C. Michael Taylor, et al.
Energy, Power January 1, 1998

8000-Point Temp Datalogger

Fullerton, Calif.—Micro 8000 can record 8,000 plus time-stamped temperature measurements in a wide variety of applications, including transit and warehousing, energy surveys, and isolated enclosure equipment monitoring. Uses a low-power microprocessor to re-cord data into nonvolatile memory and operates on a 3.

By Staff
Energy, Power January 1, 1998

Tracing System Control

Menlo Park, Calif.— MoniTrace 200N heat tracing control and monitoring system is said to lower installation and maintenance costs and improve reliability of electrical heat tracing systems. Intended for industrial use, the system is capable of controlling one or two groups of circuits for temperature maintenance and freeze protection.

By Staff
Energy, Power January 1, 1970

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By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief mhoske@cahners.com
Energy, Power January 1, 1970

Digital multimeter/ thermometer

Stamford, Conn.— Supermeter Model HHM290 is an all-in-one device that combines the power of a true RMS full function multimeter, noncontact infrared pyrometer with laser sighting, and a dual-input type-K thermocouple meter with differential measurement into a single handheld instrument. Additional features include built-in tripod mount and rubber boot, built-in diode and logic test, batt...

By Staff
Energy, Power January 1, 1970

Synergetic launches EC-1 system-on-chip

Nashville, Tenn.— In a press conference attended by several technology partners, Synergetic Micro Systems Inc. (Downers Grove, Ill.) introduced its first multi-function, system-on-chip device designed specifically for embedded and industrial applications.EmbeddedComm/EC-1 is expected to enable communications and help industrial and medical applications achieve the same productivity gains ...

By Staff
Energy, Power January 1, 1970

Liebert introduces ‘mini-computer room’ enclosure system

Columbus, O.—Liebert recently announced Foundation, a scalable enclosure system designed to fit requirements of a durable rack enclosure and extending to a "mini computer room." Foundation enclosures can include power monitoring and protection, integrated computer-grade air-conditioning, adjustable mounting rails, multiple door options, cable access and management, and designed-in securi...

By Staff
Energy, Power January 1, 1970

Low cost DMM meets safety spec

Everett, Wa.— Low cost 110 Series digital multimeters are designed to meet IEC safety standards for electrical measurement equipment. A poly-urethane holster disperses shock load over a greater area to protect against breakage when dropped, and a convenient battery access door allows users to change batteries without breaking the calibration seal.

By Staff