Network Integration - I/O systems: The CTEU/CTEL is a fieldbus installation system used for networking valve terminals and inputs to a controller. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
The CTEU/CTEL system uses IO-Link technology in a way that gives customers many cost effective options. Festo introduces an additional application layer called I-Port. This allows Festo to combine a variety of fieldbus nodes, valve terminals, and input blocks, with automatic configuration. The result for the customer is simple "Plug and Work" technology at a similar cost as using multipin cables.
In addition, diagnostics are provided for faster troubleshooting, and much less time is needed for installation. The same valve terminals can be used as standard IO-Link modules, giving customers greater flexibility. If a multipin cable installation makes sense, the system allows for easy change-over.
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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.
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