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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ormec: FireWire digital drives

Ormec (Rochester, NY) ServoWire® digital drives in 25, 35, and 60 amps RMS/phase models provide power from 150 to 15ꯠ watts. Networking capability is IEEE-1394 (FireWire)-based for high speeds and cost-effective industry standard cabling.

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