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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Internet-based support

SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) has launched SIG Online, a service that permits SIG engineers to remotely troubleshoot packaging equipment via a factory network's Internet connection.
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Schneider Automation: IP-based factory control

Schneider Automation's (North Andover, MA) Transparent Factory control strategy, based on Internet technologies over Ethernet, permits production data from packaging machinery to be analyzed, formatted and delivered to databases, Web sites or e-mail.
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Cintex of America, Inc: Control/data collection

Management Information And Control System (MIACS) Software from Cintex (Kenosha, WI) is a PC-based network software package that stores an unlimited number of menus.
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Siemens Industry Inc: Windows™ CE control

SIMATIC MP270 Multi Panel is said to combine the robust, deterministic behavior of a PLC with the openness of a PC, all in a single operator panel measuring 171/2"W x 113/4"H x 31/2"D.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: Motion control for A-B

Orion® PC-based motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) now offer Ethernet connections to Allen-Bradley PLCs that support Ethernet. The controllers can also be used for communications with PCs running popular human-machine interface software packages.
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Compumotor: Ethernet motion controller

Compumotor (Rohnert Park, CA) has introduced the 6K motion controller with a built-in 10 megabit/sec Ethernet connection for communicating with a PLC or PC controller on a packaging machine.
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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Metal detection software

Upgraded SafeNet Plus software from Safeline (Tampa, FL) permits up to 50 metal detectors to be linked to one PC. The enhanced software reports on time-and-date-stamped rejection incidents, real-time status of each detector on the network, historical data on testing and shift reports.
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Baldor Electric Company: Networked drives case study

The benefits of networked drives on a packaging machine are described in a brief application case study on Baldor Electric Co.'s (Fort Smith, AR) web site at http://www.baldor.co.uk/L4/servonode.html.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: High-speed motion network

New Orion® ServoWire(TM) servo drives and PC-based digital motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) communicate at speeds to 200 megabits/sec using the IEEE-1394 network protocol, originally Apple Computer's FireWire(TM) network protocol.
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Rockwell Automation: I/O trends white paper

A white paper on trends in control system I/O is available from Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI). Provides a basic understanding of what I/O is and a brief summary of the evolution of control system I/O.

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