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.
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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.
Lutze (Charlotte, NC) has introduced a Fieldbus Starter Kit that enables engineers to explore Fieldbus technology and various bus standards. This plug-and-play kit allows use through a single hardware platform.
Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
PLCDirect (Cumming, GA) has added a new central processing unit (CPU) to its DL405 family designed for applications where both high-speed machine control and PID (proportional integral derivative) functionality are needed.
The C200H Alpha is a new mid-size PLC from Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) that integrates enhanced communications and connectivity options with I/O versatility and speeds to produce a versatile and powerful programmable controller.