Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) offers a DeviceNet option on its BRU Series Advantage line of universal drives and IQ Series positioning drives. DeviceNet is an inexpensive industrial-grade local area network that permits the drives to be connected along with sensors, motor starters and other devices to operator interface panels, PLCs and PCs.
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Series 808 burner system is used for flame surface treatment of webs to 10 meters wide. From Aerogen (Alton, Hampshire, England), it treats PP, BOPP and other non-polar materials at speeds to 750 meters/min.
CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has introduced the Machine Configuration Module(TM) (MCM) option for its human-machine interface software. Designed specifically for discrete operations like packaging, MCM benefits include faster changeover for end-users and more rapid development of modular configurations for OEMs meeting unique customer requirements.
Smooth Operator is a 32-bit Windows(TM) PC program from Definition Software (Andover, MN) that lets users create human-machine interface screens with buttons, text, progress bars or images without doing any Windows programming.
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.