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.
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.
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.
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.
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.