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.
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.
A new book, SoftLogic: Overcoming Funnel Vision, by Dennis E. Wisnosky, senior VP of Intellution (Norwood, MA), describes the promise of control software running on standard PCs, which it terms SoftLogic.
D30 Series graphic touch panel from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) consists of a NEMA 4-rated two-color backlit LCD that can display text and graphics. Stores up to 256 message screens, which can be color coded for faster operator recognition.