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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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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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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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AMK Drives: Integrated servo motor and drive

The all-inclusive compact servo motor and integrated servo drive from AMK (Warrington, PA) provides from 5 to 20 hp at speeds to 45ꯠ rpm. It interfaces with analog, digital, SERCOS, CANBUS, and Profibus networks.
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Woodhead Industries: Diagnostic products

Woodhead Industries’ (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) NetAlert™ suite of DeviceNet diagnostic products aims to speed maintenance and repairs, and prevent downtime by predicting industrial network installation faults.
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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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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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Siemens Industry Inc: Distributed servo drive

Intended for use with packaging machinery, the Simodrive Posmo A distributed drive system from Siemens Energy & Automation (Alpharetta, GA) is an intelligent positioning motor that resides as a node on a Profibus-DP network, receiving both power and signaling on one cable.

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