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Fieldbus Foundation: Updated fieldbus infrastructure

Designed for coupler manufacturers to perform a standard set of tests against their implementation, the Fieldbus Foundation’s latest updates to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus physical layer technology include the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device coupler test specification, which helps improve the reliability and availability of fieldbus control system installations, as well as optimize device interoperability and integration.
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Pepperl + Fuchs: AS-Interface safety module

Applying a strict “less is better” design philosophy, Pepperl+Fuchs’ G10 safety modules reduce the complexity and cost of any safety installation, and supports high modularity, enabling OEMs to transform any conventional safety device into an AS-Interface networking solution, further reducing inventory requirements and simplifying machine designs.
News
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What about integrated safety networks?

Just as functional safety was once a controversial concept, so too has been the notion of placing safety communications on the same network that handled control and motion.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
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.

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