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Connect and Control Fieldbus over Ethernet without PC Card
Connect and control fieldbus over ethernet without PC card
The netHOST Fieldbus Master provides connection to and control of traditional Fieldbus systems over Ethernet and is ideal for applications with no open expansion slots.
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Choose IP67 Gateway for Harsh-Duty Use
Choose IP67 gateway for harsh-duty use
For harsh industrial environments, the netBRICK is an IP67-rated gateway to connect industrial protocols including: EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CANopen, EtherCAT, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, serial protocols and more.
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netJACK Module Delivers Flexible Connection of Fieldbus and Ethernet Protocols
netJACK module delivers flexible connection of fieldbus and Ethernet protocols
The IP 40-rated netJACK network interface module allows quick and easy addition or change of network protocols in automation devices. Protocols supported include fieldbuses, such as DeviceNet and PROFIBUS, and Industrial Ethernet protocols, such as EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP and PROFINET, in both master and slave versions.
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Universal Gateway Bridges Industrial Networks
Universal gateway bridges industrial networks
Need to connect different networks? Hilscher's netTAP gateway bridges hundreds of protocol pairs, including Real-Time Ethernet, Fieldbus and serial protocols. Get transparent conversion for all popular protocols—DeviceNET, PROFIBUS, CANopen, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT and more!
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Connect PC-based Controls to I/O Network
Connect PC-based controls to I/O network
The cifX family of PC cards provide direct connection to the I/O network for I/O control and are available in a variety of form factors (PCI, Compact PCI, PC/104 and others). The cards support all popular industrial network protocols and use a common dual port memory so a single driver works with all form factors.
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Will Google glasses play a role in packaging?

Keith Campbell, a Packaging World Contributing Editor and On the Edge blogger, took in the sights and sounds of Dusseldorf this past May to bring us a series of reports on new developments in the packaging controls and automation space being shown at interpack 2014. In case you missed his written, blogged, or podcast contributions, here are a few highlights.

• Google glasses made their first interpack appearance. No claims were being made about readiness for implementation, but process supplier AZO and technology supplier Beckhoff were able to demonstrate the concept of how these glasses could be used for production monitoring and as an HMI to actually interact with the manufacturing process. One application talked about was using the Google glasses to download maintenance information in a hands-free way to a technician. A step in that direction is the use of QR codes that can be scanned with a technician's smart phone or tablet, resulting in a download of technical details.

• Theoretical mathematics is being applied to vibration problems at Dividella, a German maker of packaging machinery frequently found in the pharmaceutical industry but elsewhere, as well. Vibration problems surface most vexingly at high speeds, and Dividella is all about high-speed machinery. Even after you optimize the controller and the mechanical construction of the machine, it still leaves room for improvement where vibration is concerned. So Dividella has been working with a mathematical engineer to arrive at a model of its machinery's mechanics. With the knowledge gained through modeling, the hope is that commands can be sent to the controller notifying it that vibration will begin even before the machine has reached the high speeds that cause the vibration. This should make it possible for the controller software to adjust certain machine parameters so as to minimize the negative impact of the vibration.

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