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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The Advantage T-Zip is a compact system that applies a transverse zipper onto the tops of packages created on a vertical form/fill/seal machine. From Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL), the system can be retrofit to existing belt-drive Triangle machines.
BTV family of human-machine-interface controls have the flexibility to work with any stand-alone machine. From Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL), the new HMIs each have two high-performance industrial PCs, two configurable operator panels and two microcontroller-based HMI control units.
A new eight-page white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) describes how PLCs and programmable limit switches (PLSs) differ. Describes how PLCs are designed for low-speed processes such as receiving input signals from sensors and limit switches and sending output signals to actuators, solenoid valves, motors and pneumatic cylinders.
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.
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA), together with Siemens Credit Corp., have introduced the "Siemens Solution," a partnership that provides customized financing programs for OEMs and manufacturing operations.