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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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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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CTC Parker Automation: Machine control software

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.
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Rexroth Indramat’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new PPC (Combined Motion & Logic Controller) eliminates the need for a separate PLC on horizontal form/fill/seal machines from AmeriPak (Warrington, PA).
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Wago Corporation: Programmable field controller

Wago (Germantown, WI) offers a programmable field controller for the Wago-I/O-System. Allows users to store and execute programs locally and still communicate with the network.
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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Automation system

With the PacDrive automation system from Elau (Chicago, IL), the digital servo amplifiers and servo motors are furnished with an electronic-type plate.
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Compumotor: Motion controller

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.
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GE Fanuc Automation: CNC systems brochure

GE Fanuc (Charlottesville, VA) has released a brochure describing OpenFactory™ CNC systems that combine the flexibility of PC hardware, Windows-based software, and third-party applications to maximize machine productivity and growth potential.
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Cincinnati Interface: Communications interface

Panel interface connectors (PICs) from Cincinnati Interface (Cincinnati, OH) consist of power outlet and one or more data ports. PICs mount to the outside of the packaging machine or controls cabinet.
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Banner Engineering Corp.: Light screen system

A measuring light screen system with built-in DeviceNet compatibility is available from Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN). DeviceNet Mini-Array permits users to centrally monitor and control the operating status and diagnostics of several light screens simultaneously over a DeviceNet control network.

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