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ARC Advisory Group: Factory automation study

End users responsible for implementing factory automation systems and their suppliers may find beneficial a study titled “Distributed Intelligence Architecture for the Factory of the Future.” From ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA), the study analyzes, compares, and forecasts the future of the PLC in the age of distributed control to help guide users in systems design, and to help suppliers plan new products based on end-user needs.
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AMK Drives: Integrated servo motor and drive

The all-inclusive compact servo motor and integrated servo drive from AMK (Warrington, PA) provides from 5 to 20 hp at speeds to 45ꯠ rpm. It interfaces with analog, digital, SERCOS, CANBUS, and Profibus networks.
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Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Wrapper saves costs

Rexroth Indramat’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new PPC (Combined Motion & Logic Controller) eliminates the need for a separate PLC on horizontal form/fill/seal machines from AmeriPak (Warrington, PA).
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InduSoft: InduSoft: Product interface

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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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Machinery looks to electronics

With an eye towards higher flexibility and efficiency, Robert Bosch Corp.’s Packaging Machinery Division (Bridgman, MI) is transitioning using Elau (Chicago, IL) motion controls from all-mechanical designs to a combination of mechanical, electronics, and software.
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Siemens Industry Inc: Online PLC training

Siemens Energy & Automation Inc., (Alpharetta, GA) introduced earlier this year a series of 3 online courses for its Simatic™ S7 programmable logic controllers.
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CTC Parker Automation: Product brochure

CTC Parker’s (Milford, OH) brochure describes its full line of PowerStation and Industrial PC hardware solutions. The PowerStation family includes a 6” panel replacer as well as a 15” high-performance PC and can be bundled with CTC’s MachineShop suite of controls software.
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Cincinnati Industrial Automation Ltd: Machine vision literature

Cincinnati Industrial Automation (Covington, KY) has published a full-color brochure describing its new EZVision Sensor compact PLC-based machine vision system.
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Rockwell Automation: Multi-axis drive systems

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has released the Allen-Bradley 1394 multi-axis drive systems with a SERCOS fiber-optic interface for use with Control– Logix PLC with em-bedded motion.
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Kollmorgen: Motion controllers

Kollmorgen’s (Radford, VA) Servostar MC multi-axis motion controller family now includes a PCI-card version and a standalone self-contained model. The Servostar MC controls up to 16 axes of coordinated motion via SERCOS drive amplifiers.

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