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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.