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PID master configures modules
Modular Controller series is a DIN-rail mounted PID controller. Features include hot swappable modules, downloadable PLC drivers, RS-485, RS-232, and Ethernet connections. It is comprised of a master and up to 16 PID modules. The master stores each module's configuration so replacement modules do not have to be reconfigured. Red Lion Controls, Inc. ; redlion-controls.com TO VOTE, WRITE 4 ON BALLOT For more information, write 4 on card
Automation controller goes online
Blue Fusion 5100 Series Automation Controller allows users to monitor and control real-world devices over the internet. Devices can be controlled with secure read/write access from a desktop browser. The unit supports XML, SOAP, SQL, SMTP, RMI, and Modbus/TCP and integrates analog and digital I/O, motion control, and user interfaces into one modular program. Control Technology Corp. ; ctc-control.com TO VOTE, WRITE 9 ON BALLOT For more information, write 9 on card
System monitors plant environment
Process Environment Monitoring System (PEMS) monitors and manages the manufacturing environment and its process, tools, cleanrooms, and noncleanroom applications. It interfaces sensors including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, air pressure differential, particles, electrostatic discharge, molecular, and vibration. Features include remote monitoring, real-time data capture, modularity, and PC compatibility. Novx Corp. ; novxcorp.com TO VOTE, WRITE 37 ON BALLOT For more information, write 37 on card
Computer includes integrated Ethernet
Magelis is an industrial computer family that can be customized and configured into HMI applications. It features a modular LCD screen, power supply, floppy disk/CD-ROM drive, and expansion slots. Displays are available in 12- or 15-in. touch screens, with or without keyboards. It offers a PCX PLC coprocessor card, which enables distributed I/O management on a fieldbus. Schneider Electric, Automation Business Div. ; schneiderautomation.com TO VOTE, WRITE 185 ON BALLOT For more information, write 185 on card
Ethernet switch connects without wires
RadioLinx RL-2400E 2.4 GHz wireless Ethernet switch is an industrial-grade, DIN-rail mounted radio solution. It offers real-time access to remote, difficult-to-reach, or mobile equipment. The 2.4 GHz frequency band provides wide bandwidth and allows high throughput. Data integrity and security are maintained because of the frequency-hopping characteristic of the digital spread spectrum (DSS). ProSoft Technology, Inc. ; prosoft-technology.com TO VOTE, WRITE 123 ON BALLOT For more information, write 123 on card
LCD monitor readable in sunlight
StealthVU-HB series of industrial-grade LCD monitors is designed to operate in extreme ambient light conditions. The 15-in. diagonal monitor has a brightness rating of 1800 Nits, which is roughly 7 times brighter than commercially available desktop monitors. The NEMA 4/4X rated monitor is available in touch screen configurations. Stealth Computer Corp. ; stealthcomputer.com TO VOTE, WRITE 169 ON BALLOT For more information, write 169 on card
Operator interface supports OPC
PanelMate ePro is an operator interface that features solid-state technology, Ethernet connectivity, and a Windows-based embedded system. Using OPC client/server support it communicates using DeviceNet, DH+, ControlNet, and Modbus Plus. Users have access to editing features, including the tag name database, 3000 customizable graphic symbols, and the capability to incorporate math and Boolean expressions. Eaton | Cutler-Hammer, Power Components and System Operation Div. ; cutler-hammer.eaton.com TO VOTE, WRITE 152 ON BALLOT For more information, write 152 on card
Limit switch without the snap
Proxtrol Limit Switch combines electronic proximity sensors with traditional mechanical limit switches. Features include solid-state switching with no electromechanical contacts, variety of output types, PLC and/or network-ready, and sealed construction. The same cordsets are used as on proximity sensors. Operator heads include roller, lever, metal plunger, metal or plastic rod, coil spring, and coil spring with a poly tip. SoftNoze USA, Inc. ; softnoze.com TO VOTE, WRITE 44 ON BALLOT For more information, write 44 on card
System integrates machine monitoring and protection
Entek XM Series is a modular and open-distributed machine monitoring and protection system. It consists of a network of intelligent, information gathering modules that allows maintenance personnel to identify developing faults in equipment and correct them before they impact production or compromise safety. A plant's existing network infrastructure can be used. Rockwell Automation, Entek Div. ; entek.com TO VOTE, WRITE 135 ON BALLOT For more information, write 135 on card
Compact PLC simplifies machine control
O is a compact controller designed for small control systems, stand-alone applications, and small machines. It features compact bases with a single range of modular components, small footprint, flexible wiring options, wide selection of expansion I/O and option modules, and Windows-based software. Schneider Electric/IDEC ; schneiderautomation.com TO VOTE, WRITE 186 ON BALLOT For more information, write 186 on card
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey