Dual I/O modules save space, time A new line of FieldPoint modules permits systems integrators to add two I/O modules at a time.
Dual I/O modules save space, time
A new line of FieldPoint modules permits systems integrators to add two I/O modules at a time. Users can match the number of I/Os to a particular application, creating economical systems with fewer unused or wasted channels. The modules provide both analog and digital I/O capabilities for process control, industrial automation, and product test and validation. National Instruments; www.ni.com
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Software utility finds and corrects errors
SIMATIC S7 PDIAG is an add-on package for STEP 7 that can find errors in an automated process and provides solutions for them. It features the ability to store project data on the memory card of a programmable logic controller CPU, allowing users to have access to all data. Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.; www.sea.siemens.com
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Communicator updates continually
The Communicator is an integrated wireless communication module that installs directly to the PLC chassis and updates all data continually. It is easily configured using front panel dual inline package switches. Front panel diagnostic light emitting diodes indicate link status, receive data, and transmit data. An FCC site license is not required. Control Chief Corp.; www.controlchief.com
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Precision ADC breaks speed barrier
The AD7664 is the first 16-bit successive approximation register analog-to- digital converter to touch and cross the 500 kilosamples/sec mark. The speed allows high-speed data acquisition and many channels to be multiplexed through the converter. It features parallel or serial interfaces, and low signal-to-noise ratio, and is family pin compatible. Analog Devices, Inc.; www.analog.com
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Annual Salary Survey
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