At Festo's Pack Expo booth was a demonstration of how a Profibus fieldbus node can be connected to a safety network. This allows reliable communication to a pneumatic valve manifold, thus eliminating additional hardware.
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Keith Campbell makes twin observations about an important trend in packaging machinery design that he sees markedly manifest on the floor of Pack Expo. And it's a good thing. Hint: This isn't your father's packaging machinery anymore.
Unitronics’ UniStream all-in-one modular control platform combines dual CPUs (faster scan time, up to 2048 I/Os over 2MB of operand memory), a variety of HMI touch panels, and local and remote I/O installation.
North American users can now make full use of the benefits of a modular product, built to NEC (NFPA 70) standards, to configure common DC bus lineups and high horsepower drives, with optional UL/cUL listing.