Capable of communicating with as many as 4 conveyor zones simultaneously, the DriveControl ZPA+4 control mechanism from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) is said to provide accurate zero-pressure accumulation.
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Mettler-Toledo (Columbus, OH) offers Ethernet technology for networking scales to allow single wiring, standard communications protocol and single network architecture to support all Ethernet-compatible devices.
The most significant feature of the Inline family of automation (I/O) modules from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) is the integration of signal conditioning and full network communications into small, modular housings.
CTC Parker Automation’s (Milford, OH) Allen-Bradley Ethernet Driver allows use of its Interact HMI software for Ethernet communications to Allen-Bradley SLC-5 and PLC-5 controllers on the factory floor.
Eurotherm Chessell’s (San Diego, CA) 4100G graphic recorder is now Web-enabled. Ethernet connectivity permits the browsing of process information from a PC anywhere around the globe via Internet or local intranet, and includes e-mail alarm notification.