A new conformance test for SERCOS interface controls, servo drives, and I/O stations is now available from SERCOS N.A. (Bloomingdale, IL). Test software ensures that SERCOS interface products from various manufacturers are compatible and interoperable at the SERCOS Conformance Class A level.
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At best, the use of the Ethernet at the device or I/O level is in the “early adopter” stage, with the level of rhetoric vastly exceeding the amount of real-world shipments, according to a new study from ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA).
Extensions for Motion Control (XMC®) motion control communications software products from ROY-G-BIV (Bingen, WA) can help reduce the cost of programming motion controllers and decrease the time it takes to integrate motion systems with different machine control architectures.
CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) combined I/O with PC software and hardware to develop MachinePoint™ I/O software. Software features up to 6 expansion I/O modules that can be connected to a base buscoupler, providing a maximum of 64 input/64 output bytes.
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.
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.
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.