Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) offers a DeviceNet option on its BRU Series Advantage line of universal drives and IQ Series positioning drives. DeviceNet is an inexpensive industrial-grade local area network that permits the drives to be connected along with sensors, motor starters and other devices to operator interface panels, PLCs and PCs.
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Automationdirect.com (Cumming, GA), formerly PLCDirect, has introduced the WinPLC starter kit. Features the Think & Do control software release 5.0, the WinPLC embedded PC control hardware platform, Windows(TM) CE operating system, Ethernet adapter card and Think & Do software development system.
Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
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.