A white paper on trends in control system I/O is available from Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI). Provides a basic understanding of what I/O is and a brief summary of the evolution of control system I/O.
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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.
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.
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.
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.