Plant security, Industrial Ethernet Protocol speeds, rapid robotic changeover in food plants and SCADA migration projects were just some of the topics covered at The Automation Conference held in Chicago last May.
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Designed for the direct connection of incremental encoders with differential inputs (RS485), Beckhoff’s EP5101 EtherCAT Box is an IP 67-rated I/O module that synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT distributed clocks, and supports I/O connectivity to a wider range of devices outside electrical cabinets.
Delivering shop floor to ERP software communication, the RTStation from IQMS, is a rugged, stationary shop floor device that increases operational efficiency and improves traceability in real time, and allows effortless data input and operator feedback.
Beckhoff Automation’s new IP 67-rated EP1908 EtherCAT Box with TwinSAFE technology provides distributed safety I/O technology in more form factors and protection levels, enabling simple and inexpensive implementation of all safety tasks--inside or out of electrical cabinets.
Remote diagnostics via the Internet and a greater reliance on standards, PackML in particular--these are two of the many controls and integration topics that PepsiCo engineer Jeff Russell found intriguing at The Automation Conference that was held May 22-23 in Suburban Chicago.
B&B Electronics’ first 802.11 b/g WiFi access point for industrial M2M applications is available in two forms: an embeddable module (APMG-Q551) that allows OEMs to WiFi-enable their own products; and an external Ethernet access point (APXG-