The Wago (Germantown, WI) Ethernet programmable fieldbus controller connects packaging machinery on the plant floor to a MES or ERP system. E-mail updates of production counts or alarm conditions can be easily communicated to a remote workstation, a cell phone, or even a pager, allowing users to keep current with real-time factory floor conditions.
CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has added a new Ethernet buscoupler to its MachinePoint™ line of remote I/O. The module utilizes Modbus TCP/IP for data transmission at 10/100 Mbps between control and machine components.
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.
FactoryPulse™ hardware and software system collects data from multiple packaging machines and analyzes the results. From FactoryWare (Evanston, IL), the system permits users to quickly diagnose problems and improve packaging machine productivity.