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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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.
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.
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.
DVT’s (Norcross, GA) SmartLink for SmartImage sensors permit monitoring of inspections without a PC. Transfers images via Ethernet to allow users to view any sensor in a facility from a single location.
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.
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.
CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has developed an updated version of MachineShop™ software for developing HMI and machine control applications. Version 1.01 features more than 20 new enhancements, including a configurable memory model that can double the program and system memory.
Compumotor (Rohnert Park, CA) now offers 6K motion with a PC-based graphical user interface called MotionPanel from sister company Parker CTC. Features high-speed Ethernet communication, upload/download capabilities, and built-in intelligence without the need for programming.