Total Control Products (Melrose Park, IL) has introduced a new category of factory floor controller with its new GLC100 Graphic Logic Controller. Incorporates graphic operator touchscreen, logic controller and I/O or I/O network connectivity all in one device.
The DIN-rail-mounted 2003 PCC programmable computer controller from B&R Industrial Automation (Roswell, GA) can act as a PLC, a high-speed remote I/O module for PLCs, or a CAN fieldbus I/O node for PCs.
A $1귏 PC-based control starter kit includes Octagon Systems' (Westminster, CO) MicroPC embedded PC hardware, Intellution's (Norwood, MA) FIX Paradym-31 SoftLogic control software, and Opto 22's (Temecula, CA) Snap I/O digital and analog modules.
H2-EBC Ethernet base controller module is said to provide a PC-based controller with a low-cost means of connecting to an Ethernet I/O network. Module inserts into the CPU slot of PLCDirect's (Cumming, GA) 205 family I/O rack, which is said to be one of the lowest-priced I/O systems available, enabling high-performance remote I/O by a PC.
Atlas Copco Controls (Sewickley, PA) has introduced the SimPL, a point-and-click servo control that simplifies motion control setup. While most motion controllers require a programmer to learn a new language, the SimPL has no syntax to remember.
The Interbus Loop from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) uses its power supply to power I/O devices and to transmit network signals to devices. This reduces cable requirements to just two conductors that carry both power and signals.
Ormec's (Rochester, NY) new Orion(TM) motion controller family includes the 586/133MHz processor. This processor offers a 25% speed increase and enables Ormec customers to upgrade to a more industrial PC-based platform.