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Phoenix Contact Inc: Network software

Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) has added easy-to-use network-management software to its new Factory Line industrial Ethernet infrastructure components.
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Weldun Intl.: Remote diagnostic service

Through a wireless remote diagnostic process, engineers at Weldun Intl. (Bridgman, MI) can troubleshoot software or machine problems at manufacturing facilities anywhere in the world.
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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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FactoryWare: Machine productivity analysis

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.
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Ormec: 'Soft' motion control

Ormec (Rochester, NY) introduces ServoWire®SM, a new approach to “soft” motion control that is said to reduce the cost and complexity of open PC-based motion-control solutions.
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Bosch Automation Technology: Integrated PC control

Marketed as an integrated, PC-based solution for industrial applications, the MP2000 integrates multi-axis motion control, logic, human-machine interface (HMI), and an open bus network.
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Pacific Scientific: SERCOS-based drives

New PC840 servo drives series from Pacific Scientific (Rockford, IL) use SERCOS interface for closed-loop, real-time distributed control. The SERCOS chip ensures each drive receives update commands, such as positioning, velocity, or torque, from the controller as fast as every 500 microseconds.
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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: Controller with Ethernet, ControlNet

Indramat PPC controller from Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) now offers new Ethernet and ControlNet open control bus options for packaging OEMs and end users.
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Phoenix Contact Inc: Ethernet components

Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) expands its industrial networking components with Ethernet Infrastructure Networking Components. These comprise redundant intelligent switches, modular hubs and hub agents, network management software, and an Ethernet In-line Fieldbus Coupler.
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ARC Advisory Group: Device-level Ethernet study

At best, the use of the Ethernet at the device or I/O level is in the “early adopter” stage, with the level of rhetoric vastly exceeding the amount of real-world shipments, according to a new study from ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA).

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