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.
ITI Worldwide (Cookeville, TN) has introduced the Marksman® 6000 Network System, the first Windows™-based network of high-resolution ink-jet marking systems for printing bar codes, text and graphics on nonporous substrates.
Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) has introduced its 101 Basics Series, which are free Web-based courses on the fundamentals of adjustable frequency drives, sensors, control networks such as DeviceNet, electricity and electrical distribution.
Pallet Track System from Priority One (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) automatically records and reports end-of-line production data. The system tags each pallet with a unique bar code and records data via a PC that's connected to each palletizer's PLC.