SoftPLC (Austin, TX) and InduSoft (Austin, TX) have interfaced their products, making it possible for a SoftPLC controller to have an HMI, data acquisition system, and connections to both wireless instrumentation and the Internet.
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Siemens Energy and Automation (Alpharetta, GA) has expanded its Simatic S7-200 micro PLC product offering to include 8 CPU options, 25 digital and analog expansion modules, and more user-friendly software.
CSI (Knoxville, TN) offers the 4500 Series Online RBM Consultant, a monitoring tool that can be used with packaging equipment. Handles 32 channels of sensor inputs, 16 pulse tach inputs and 16 opto-type digital I/O relay channels for online monitoring of machinery.
From Rexroth Mecman (Lexington, KY), the F-Design decentralized pneumatic fieldbus manifold system permits direct control of generic I/O field devices, including sensor inputs and valve solenoid coils.
Emerson Motion Control’s (Eden Prairie, MN) Windows-based FM-3 programming module can now be accessed from a DeviceNet Master. It features easy-to-read display and keypad and user-configurable I/O parameters.
Electro Cam’s (Roscoe, IL) PL-1746 PLµS™ plug-in module now features remote I/O capabilities, a high-speed onboard microprocessor, mappable I/O registers, multiple program memory, and the ability to turn 16 or 32 outputs on and off at speeds of 500 microsec.
The most significant feature of the Inline family of automation (I/O) modules from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) is the integration of signal conditioning and full network communications into small, modular housings.