Fluid power manufacturer Numatics (Highland, MI) has released the NetBoss NCM Series intelligent network control module. With I/O processor, LCD display and operator interface, NetBoss can operate as an independent control unit or can be incorporated into Numatics' Mark 4 and Mark 2002 valve manifolds.
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Printronix (Irvine, CA) has introduced the Printronix Printer Manager (PPM). This software package allows users of ProLine(TM) line matrix printers equipped with PrintNet to manage printer configurations and printer software upgrades remotely from anywhere on the user's network.
Total Control Products (Melrose Park, IL) has introduced a new category of factory floor controller with its new GLC100 Graphic Logic Controller. Incorporates graphic operator touchscreen, logic controller and I/O or I/O network connectivity all in one device.
Parker Hannifin, Pneumatic Div.'s (Richland, MI) Serial Addressable Manifold (SAM) Generation 3.0 is a communications module that allows valves, sensors and other devices on a packaging machine to communicate on a device-level network.
Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) is offering a white paper that is said to provide a non-commercial look at how Ethernet networks are being implemented in manufacturing environments today and in the future.
PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.