Ethernet switches

Managed Compact Switch (MCS) incorporates the complete message filtering and plant floor diagnostics capability of the recently introduced Modular Managed Switch (MMS) in a compact, fixed 16-port 10/100 TX housing. Switch contains the message filtering functions needed for Profinet, Ethernet/IP and other high-performance network applications.

Phoenix Contact Inc. Write 313 on PE card

Custom I/O

Custom I/O modules provide users with the exact combination of features for their applications. I/O modules can be manufactured from users' designs or can be designed to meet specific requirements. Engineers provide systematic approach to design and manufacturing, share insights, and offer suggestions for improvements to make designs robust, accurate, and economical.

Weidmuller Write 314 on PE card

Data collection

DataLynx data collection software is a data logging and storage package for remotely located PLCs or other devices that support MODBUS and a modem connection. Ideal for collecting data from remote locations or relaying data from multiple locations back to a single location to be stored, the software offers setup with no programming or SCADA system required.

AutomationDirect Write 315 on PE card

SCADA alternative

Vijeo Look 2.5 is a low-cost alternative to SCADA software for small and stand-alone machines, and is designed for easy use on a standalone HMI system. Automation software combines the ease of use of a web browser with the functionality of traditional HMI software that needs no other software to operate. Graphics tools include Java Beans library, PID loops, conveyors, and mouse-over animation.

Schneider Electric Write 316 on PE card

Legacy machinery data collection

FIN EX data collection system is designed to enable the collection of valuable information from legacy and base-line machinery that lacks built-in data gathering capability. The data collection tool helps to diagnose operator and line issues, run production lines more efficiently, and improve product quality.

Factory Intelligence Network, LLC Write 317 on PE card

Ethernet/fieldbus controller

The 750-841 series Ethernet TCP/IP programmable fieldbus controller (PFC) has been upgraded with new functions such as multitasking operating system, the ability to complete online programming changes, and double the data memory (to 256 kb). PFC features include 32-bit RISC processor, 512 kb program memory, and 24 kb retentive memory.

WAGO Corp. Write 318 on PE card

DAQ and PID application tool

ioProject 6 is a Microsoft Windows-based suite of interoperable applications, programming tools, and diagnostic utilities designed for the company's hardware systems. The complete set of tools includes a flowchart-based programming application that enables users to develop control and DAQ apps, then download, run, and debug them in real time.

Opto 22 Write 319 on PE card

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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

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