The DIN-rail-mounted 2003 PCC programmable computer controller from B&R Industrial Automation (Roswell, GA) can act as a PLC, a high-speed remote I/O module for PLCs, or a CAN fieldbus I/O node for PCs.
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Rockwell Software's (Milwaukee, WI) RSMailman software automatically sends real-time production data extracted from PLCs on the packaging floor anywhere in the company using simple electronic mail messages.
Books, tutorials and white papers designed to help packagers learn more about controls. A Practical Guide to PC-Based Control & Flow-Chart Programming is a new handbook available from Steeplechase Software (Ann Arbor, MI).
Easypack from Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (Terryville, CT) is said to be a plug-and-play limit switch solution for packaging machine applications. Includes Series 8500 programmable limit switch modules and pre-configured ladder logic for Allen-Bradley's SLC 500 PLCs.
National Instrument Co. (Baltimore, MD) is offering electronic documentation to assist in line validation efforts. In a CD-ROM format, it allows users of Filamatic® and Capamatic® machinery access to a complete operators manual, a PLC code program listing, and an operation description and function sequence with full motion video and sound.