Process I/O: Great gadgets galore

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at recent developments in I/O, wiring and terminals and concludes that it looks like we might be emerging from the new product doldrums.

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Relay Output Has Ethernet I/O
ADAM-6066 high-current relay output module for power switching applications has an embedded web server for remote monitoring, supports Modbus/TCP and UDP protocols to meet standard communication requirements, and allows users to configure web pages. The module’s six relay output channels are rated at 5A at 30 VDC, and support both standard switching and pulse-width outputs. Advantech; 877/294-8989; www.eautomationpro.com

Fieldbus Cords and Boxes
FieldConnex cordsets and junction boxes work with Foundation fieldbus or Profibus PA applications. Junction boxes have short-circuit protection, built-in selectable terminators, and durable field-mountable aluminum housings. The junction boxes can be used in all IEC 61158-2- and ISA-S50.02-based fieldbus applications. Cordsets are available with male or female connectors and have pin-outs for either fieldbus. Pepperl+Fuchs; 330/ 486-0002; www.fieldconnex.info

Overnight Wiring
Fast Track industrial wiring solutions program includes 70 different wiring products that can be shipped within 24 hr. Products include distribution boxes, cord sets, receptacles, connectors, splitters and taps in mini, micro (M12) and pico (M8) configurations, and with NEMA and IP ratings. Products suitable for use with DeviceNet, Profibus, Interbus, AS-Interface, Ethernet, Ethernet IP and Profinet are available.
Lumberg; 804/897-9315; www.lumbergusa.com/fast

Drive I/O Fits Fieldbus
The KL2531 and KL2541 stepper motor bus terminals integrate a compact motion control solution for small stepper motors up to 200 W, eliminating the need for remote amplifiers. Both terminals can be used just like standard I/O in all common fieldbuses. Interface programming is no longer required. Beckhoff Automation; 952-890-0000; www.beckhoffautomation.com

Internet I/O
The Internet-ready W2-FBC Function Block controller supports TCP-IP, UDP, and FTP Ethernet, CAN, and RS232. It has three slots to add discrete, process, and/or motion I/O cards. The module is IEC61499-compliant, integrates Sun Microsystems Java 2 Micro Edition, and supports a certified CLDC run-time platform for embedded Java development.  Support modules include W2-FBDK Function Block Development Kit and the W2-DNET-S DeviceNet slave device library. Western Reserve Controls; 330/733-6662; www.wrc.cc

Safety Scanner I/O
The Allen-Bradley DeviceNet Safety scanner and I/O allows users to place safety and standard devices on a single network, simplifying control system design. It allows the system to transfer data between standard and safety automation systems, thus integrating standard PLCs and safety PLCs at the network level. It meets the DeviceNet Safety specification published by ODVA. Rockwell Automation; 800/223.5354, Ext. 1809; www.ra.rockwell.com

SIL 2 Safety System
Matrix SafetyNet SIL 2 safety system is certified to IEC 61508. It achieves its SIL 2 rating without requiring the use of redundant I/O or redundant controllers, but redundant controllers can be added. The system consists of SIL 2 rated safety logic solvers, I/O modules and a safety logic workbench. The safety system shares power supplies, module carriers and field terminals with the company’s Matrix Process Control System. MTL Open System Technologies; 800/835-7075; www.mtlost.com

May the Force Be With You
The RM-2AC Resource Module converts solid state outputs to force-guided relay outputs and serves as a central point for terminating all signals to and from a solid-state safety device. It includes a power supply and pair of safety relays, provides connection points for all safety device functions, and provides the connected safety device with 24 VDC required for operation. The 35mm DIN module requires 6 in. of panel space. Scientific Technologies; 800/479-3658; www.sti.com

USB Digital I/O
The NI USB-6501 includes 24 digital I/O lines and a 32-bit counter, meets USB 2.0 device specs, and is priced at $95. Each digital I/O signal is protected against overvoltage, undervoltage and overcurrent conditions. It ships with NI-DAQmx Base driver software, a multiplatform, open-source driver for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that includes a subset of the NI-DAQmx programming interface.
National Instruments; 800/258-7022; www.ni.com

PCI Digital I/O Board
The FPDP digital I/O Board for the PCI Bus provides 200 Mbytes per second of digital I/O, a data forking mode, dual FPDP interfaces, and a universal 64-bit PCI interface. It can capture one or two FPDP input streams and 32 bits/4 bytes of parallel data at up to 50 MHz via standard FPDP protocol. The board operates in Windows NT/2000/XP and Linux environments, and is priced at $4,980.
Conduant; 303/485-2721, x116; www.conduant.com

Junction Boxes
The 757 Series IP 67/68 rated sensor/actuator junction boxes are available in 4, 6, or 8 ports per box with either 4 or 5 poles per port. The master cable can be configured via an M23 connector or pre-installed. The M23 connector version allows the master cable to be connected/disconnected and offers an IP rating of 67; the pre-cabled version offers an IP rating of 68. WAGO; 800/346-7245; www.wago.us.

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