Orion® PC-based motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) now offer Ethernet connections to Allen-Bradley PLCs that support Ethernet. The controllers can also be used for communications with PCs running popular human-machine interface software packages.
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BTV family of human-machine-interface controls have the flexibility to work with any stand-alone machine. From Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL), the new HMIs each have two high-performance industrial PCs, two configurable operator panels and two microcontroller-based HMI control units.
Fluid power manufacturer Numatics (Highland, MI) has released the NetBoss NCM Series intelligent network control module. With I/O processor, LCD display and operator interface, NetBoss can operate as an independent control unit or can be incorporated into Numatics' Mark 4 and Mark 2002 valve manifolds.
Lookout® Direct is an operator interface software package from PLC Direct (Cumming, GA). Priced at $1귏 for the development/run-time package and $995 for the run-time only package, Lookout Direct is a 32-bit application powered by Windows(TM) 95/98 or Windows NT.
DeviceNet MCC is the first DeviceNet-compatible industrial-grade motor control center, says manufacturer Cutler-Hammer (Milwaukee, WI). It allows operators control from a single PC or PLC in conjunction with a man-machine interface.