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 (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.
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.
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.
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.