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.
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.
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.