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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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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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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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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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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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SATO America, Inc: Printer interface cards

All Sato’s (Sunnyvale, CA) industrial printers use plug-in interface cards for maximum flexibility. They can be easily changed in the field in a matter of seconds to accommodate any common host interface, including USB, Ethernet, and IEEE 1284 company says.
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Automation Intelligence: SERCOS motion controller

The Sanyo Denki SMS-10 stand-alone controller and PV-series servo system offer tightly coupled motion and logic control in an extremely compact package that the supplier claims is the world’s smallest motion control system with SERCOS.
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Phoenix Contact Inc: Inline modular I/O

The Interbus Inline product family from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) can be used in central control cabinets or distributed terminal boxes. Interbus can integrate signal conditioning and full network communications into small, modular housings.
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ARC Advisory Group: Factory automation study

End users responsible for implementing factory automation systems and their suppliers may find beneficial a study titled “Distributed Intelligence Architecture for the Factory of the Future.” From ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA), the study analyzes, compares, and forecasts the future of the PLC in the age of distributed control to help guide users in systems design, and to help suppliers plan new products based on end-user needs.

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