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Mitsubishi Electric Automation: Ethernet communications adapter for PLCs

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Ethernet adapter for its FX3 Series PLCs, the new FX3U-ENET-ADP, can be a cost-efficient alternative to micro PLCs to connect equipment such as PLCs, HMIs, and personal computers, and has a built-in data monitoring tool so users can view real-time status and current data values of their equipment.
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Controls Case Study
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Top five presentations at The Automation Conference

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.
Feature Article
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Power over Ethernet Reduces Network Complexity

PoE is still relatively new. Phones and video cameras are some of the primary products using it, but flow meters and other products are connecting to industrial Ethernet networks with it as well.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff Automation: EtherCAT box for incremental encoder connection

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.
Controls Product Brief
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Lenze Americas: Decentralized drive technology features PROFINET and EtherCAT

Lenze has enhanced its new, decentralized 8400 motec frequency inverter drives to enable plug-and-drive communication via real-time Ethernet networks.
Controls Product Brief
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IQMS: Stationary shop floor control device

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.
Controls Product Brief
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Lenze Americas: Decentralized drive technology features PROFINET and EtherCAT

Lenze Americas has enhanced its new, decentralized 8400 motec frequency inverter drives to enable plug-and-drive communication via real-time Ethernet networks.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff Automation: Machine-mounted EtherCAT box enhances safety in harsh environments

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.
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PepsiCo's Russell lists key takeaways from The Automation Conference

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.
Controls Product Brief
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B&B Electronics Mfg. Co.: Airborne WiFi access points

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-

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