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Industrial PCs

New 9400 series industrial PCs from Xycom (Saline, MI) are low-cost, industrial-hardened PCs designed for PC-based control and human-machine interface applications.
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Rockwell Automation: Ethernet in manufacturing

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.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: PC-based motion controller

Ormec's (Rochester, NY) new Orion® Model 30 PC-based motion controller is now available with a 233-MHz Pentium MMX microprocessor for up to five times more processing power than before.
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Networked valves

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.
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PPT Vision: Machine vision system

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.
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PC-based remote I/O

H2-EBC Ethernet base controller module is said to provide a PC-based controller with a low-cost means of connecting to an Ethernet I/O network. Module inserts into the CPU slot of PLCDirect's (Cumming, GA) 205 family I/O rack, which is said to be one of the lowest-priced I/O systems available, enabling high-performance remote I/O by a PC.
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Device-level buses

A tutorial from Interlink BT (Minneapolis, MN) provides a thorough explanation of a variety of currently available buses such as DeviceNet(TM), Profibus(TM), Smart Distributed System (SDS)(TM), Sercos(TM), CANbus(TM), Interbus-S(TM), Seriplex® and others.
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Phoenix Contact Inc: Bus system

The Interbus Loop from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) uses its power supply to power I/O devices and to transmit network signals to devices. This reduces cable requirements to just two conductors that carry both power and signals.
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Motion controllers

Ormec's (Rochester, NY) new Orion(TM) motion controller family includes the 586/133MHz processor. This processor offers a 25% speed increase and enables Ormec customers to upgrade to a more industrial PC-based platform.
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Software-based motion control

Pacific Scientific (Rockford, IL) has released what it says is the first motion-control solution based entirely on software and PC hardware, operating systems and network cards.

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