QSI: 801/466-8770; www.qsicorp.com Industrial Motherboard
The AIMB-744 supports Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processors operating at speeds up to 3.4/2.8 GHz with Hyper-Threading technology. It has a 400/533/800 MHz FSB and supports dual channel DDR 400 memory up to 4GB with ECC, two serial ATA devices, and an AGP 8X, two PCI-X, and four PCI slots.
Advantech: 877/294-8989; www.advantech.com/eAutomation Fast PLC Can Be Checked Remotely
The FA-M3 R programmable logic controller has a scan time of 20,000 steps/msec, handles up to 8,192 points, and has up to 310K word program storage. Remote operation maintenance can be accomplished via an Ethernet connection that supports diagnostics and email alarm notification. Software programming is object ladder with blocks and macros that can be coded independently. It supports data exchange with other Windows-based applications.
Yokogawa: 800/258-2552; www.us.yokogawa.com PLC Performs Motion Control
The 317T PLC uses Step 7 software, so that only one program is needed for PLC and motion control on up to 16 axes. Motion control functions include positioning in absolute, relative, additive and superimposed operating modes, geared synchronous motion, electronic cam disc and cam, and moving to a positive stop. It also has a measuring probe for print mark correction.
Siemens Energy & Automation: 770/751-2477; www.sea.siemens.com Web Enabled Controller Answers E-Mail
Enhancements to the Model 5200 Blue Fusion automation controller include a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control 192 I/O points and up to six axes of motion via the Internet. It sends alerts or production data via email messages, and users can send an email with customized instructions to modify the operation of the controller. The controller supports UDP, TCP/IP, HTTP, Modbus Master/Slave TCP, and DHCP protocols.
Control Technology: 508/497-0335; www.ctc-control.com ASI-I Links PLCs
The SST-ASI PLC Network Interface Modules connect an AS-Interface network to Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC 500 programmable controllers. The modules support up to 124 AS-Interface slaves and include diagnostic capabilities for power, communication, voltage and configuration errors.
Woodhead Industries: 877/427-0850; www.Woodhead.com Tiny Industrial PC
The smallest model in the C63xx series of control cabinet PCs measures 3.7 x 7.7 x 8.9 in. Base units are fan-less with heat fins. The PCs handle PLC tasks yet have the operating and communication options of a modern PC. Units have an Intel Celeron or Pentium III processor, TwinCAT software, DVI and USB interfaces, an on-board Ethernet interface, and optional PCI fieldbus cards.
Beckhoff Automation LLC: 952/890-0000; www.beckhoffautomation.com Big Screen PC is Touchy
The Telemecanique Magelis industrial PC has large-format 12 or 15 in. backlit touch screens, rugged steel frames, and industrial grade components. It runs Microsoft Windows software, employs the company’s Ethernet-enabled Transparent Ready architecture, and incorporates Web and Modbus TCP/IP technologies.
Schneider Electric: 800/392-8781; www.us.telemecanique.com Tiny PLCs Run With Big Boys
The FX1S and FX1N SuperMicro programmable logic controllers are small, but have the power, speed and functions of larger PLCs. Both have two-axis motion control with built-in 100 kHz outputs, 100 kHz inputs, three communication ports and embedded PID. They handle 10 to 128 I/O and can be networked in a variety of methods including Ethernet for remote maintenance and data gathering.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation: 847/478-2100; www.meau.com Flat Screen Panel Computer
The compact A2T-15 industrial panel computer system has a color TFT flat panel display, analog resistive touchscreen, and NEMA 4X stainless steel bezel, making it suitable for factory floor environments. It has Ethernet ports, multiple USB ports, Pentium 4 architecture and two PCI expansion slots. Price is $2,495.
Ann Arbor Technologies: www.a2t.com Fast Control Platform
CompactRIO embedded control and acquisition platform lets developers define multiloop analog PID control systems with loop rates exceeding100 kS/sec, digital control systems with loop rates up to 1 MS/sec, and PLC controls that evaluate multiple rungs of Boolean logic in less than 25 nsec. It has a real-time embedded processor, four or eight-slot reconfigurable chassis containing a user-programmable FPGA, and 10 hot-swappable industrial I/O modules.
National Instruments: 800/258-7022; www.ni.com Tiny Microcomputer Keeps Quiet
The Model LPC-401FL fanless, noise-free computer measures 10 x 5.82 x 2.79 in., making it suitable for deployment in space-challenged applications. It has an Intel Pentium 4 1.33 GHz Celeron processor, 2.5 in. high-shock hard drive with up to 80GB storage, and LAN, serial, parallel, USB 2.0, FireWire, VGA, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. It is compatible with WIN 9X/NT/2000/XP and Linux operating systems. Prices start at $795.00.