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fob.com Inc: Purchasing network

Internet-based purchasing network fob.com Inc. (Chicago, IL) has launched the fobplastics network located at www.fobplastics.com. The new site will target the plastics industry and deliver buying power by assembling the demand of users who share similar product requirements.
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Rockwell Automation: Fieldbus Q & A

The Web site of Rockwell Automation Networks Market Development (Mayfield Heights, OH) includes a question-and-answer format detailing fieldbus (www.ab.com/networks/qa.html).
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GE Fanuc Automation: Ethernet support

GE Fanuc (Charlottesville, VA) has announced that all of its automation devices will now support Ethernet connectivity. To address the installed base of proprietary networks at the device level, GE Fanuc will apply a fieldbus on top of an Ethernet network.
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CTC Parker Automation: Industrial workstation

CTC-Parker Automation’s (Milford, OH) industrially hardened PC9 workstations support SCADA, networking and enterprise demands. Available with Celeron Pentium II processors, long-life 12” or 15” flat-panel touchscreen monitor and 32X CD-ROM drive.
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Galil Motion Control, Inc: Controls literature

Galil Motion Control (Mountain View, CA) has released an information sheet describing its expansion of communication protocols to include Ethernet, Universal Serial Bus and RS232.
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Rockwell Automation: Allen-Bradley Ethernet I/O

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) permits real-time control capabilities using a non-proprietary version of Ethernet. Allen-Bradley 1756 ControlLogix™ I/O solution is based on industry-standard TCP and UDP protocols.
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Industrial Ethernet Assn.: Industrial Ethernet mail list

The Industrial Ethernet Assn. (Downers Grove, IL), created this year, has launched an automated e-mail discussion list. Anyone who wishes to participate in the creation of a single industrial Ethernet fieldbus standard can join the list on the association’s Web site, listed below.
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DVT Corporation: DVT Corporation: Vision-guided motion

Ormec’s (Rochester, NY) motion controllers can now be controlled by DVT (Norcross, GA) SmartImage Sensors via an industry-standard Ethernet and TCP/IP connection.
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Advanced Micro Controls Inc: Networkable PLS

The Nexus programmable limit switch, from Advanced Micro Controls (Terryville, CT), is a high-speed resolver-based PLS with up to 16 outputs that comes with a ControlNet interface.
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HMS America, Inc: Ethernet interface card

HMS Fieldbus Systems (Chicago, IL) has added the AnyBus-S 10 megabit/sec Ethernet card to its line of interchangeable interface cards for DeviceNet, Profibus, ControlNet, Interbus, LONworks, Modbus Plus, CANopen and other networks.

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