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ei3 Corp.: Remote machine support

SitePort™ is a new hardware tool that provides machine builders with universal access to customers’ equipment controls and software. Using ei3 Corp.’s (Montvale, NJ) network to connect to customers’ drives and PLCs, machine builders can maximize machine performance from any plant location with SitePort.
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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: Industrial PC platform

Bosch Rexroth (Hoffman Estates, IL) has introduced a new industrial PC platform. It’s designed to work with the System200, which comprises a complete modular system of drive and control components that use universal, open standards.
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TOSS Machine Components, Inc: Digital heat-seal controller

TOSS Machine Components (Nazareth, PA) introduces the RES-400 series machine controller that oversees all heat-seal functions without requiring a supplemental programmable logic controller.
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Electro Cam Corporation: PLS simplifies PLC setup

Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) has introduced a PL-1746-C02/C03-R1-S Plug-in Module for Allen-Bradley PLCs that has the ability to turn on outputs based on a product-present input signal from sensors such as photocells or proximity switches.
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Advantech Automation Corp.: Equipment: Web-enabling legacy PLCs

Advantech Automation (Cincinnati, OH) offers products that provide Internet/intranet connections to existing PLCs. The connection allows users to predict repairs, use remote service technicians to save time, supply real-time production data, and improve customer service.
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FEMC: FEMC: Piston fillers sport HMI

FEMC (Bedford Heights, OH) piston fillers are now equipped with Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers and interfaces from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) that control nearly every aspect of the filler’s operation.
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Tri-Tronics Company: Tri-Tronics Company: Computer-controlled sensor

Tri-Tronics (Tampa, FL) has introduced the first photoelectric sensors that can be configured, adjusted and monitored directly from a computer, according to the company.
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Efector, Inc: Efector, Inc: AS-I controller

ifm efector (Exton, PA) has released a SmartLogic™ unit that operates as an AS-i module with 4 inputs and 4 outputs. Module uses a programmable microprocessor with an 8-kb program memory that adds fast, local control functions to AS-i installations.
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Schneider Electric: Multi-use servo drive

The “all-in-one” Lexium™ servo drive from Schneider (North Andover, MA) can be used as a smart analog amplifier, a stepper translator, a SERCOS servo drive, or a stand-alone motion controller.
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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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