Products and jambalaya highlight ISA 2000

Daytime temperatures approaching 95 F, spicy Creole cuisine, and innovative plant engineering and management products and services kept the heat on at ISA Expo 2000 in New Orleans, LA, August 21-24.


Daytime temperatures approaching 95 F, spicy Creole cuisine, and innovative plant engineering and management products and services kept the heat on at ISA Expo 2000 in New Orleans, LA, August 21-24. The exhibition brought the introduction of a variety of interesting and useful products.

Vortex flowmeter uses noise filters

digitalYEWFLO vortex flowmeter uses a digital signal processing amplifier and noise filters to provide stable measurements. The flowmeter features an auto noise balance function and vibration immunity. The digital device offers accuracy to 6 0.75% of reading, simultaneous analog and pulse outputs, two line LCD indicator, parameter settings by communication link or indicator mounted pushbuttons, and status output for flow switch or alarm functions. The flowmeter is also available in high temperature versions up to 840 F.

Yokogawa Corporation of America

Circle 201 on card


Monitor features flat CRT display

E19Z industrial CRT monitor features a flat screen CRT with a 0.24-mm dot pitch, and withstands vibration, shock, and temperature extremes. The monitor accepts most video sources and offers resolutions from 640 3 480 to 1600 3 1200. The E19Z is available with various mountings, including NEMA and EIA. The monitor also offers onscreen setup menus and touchscreen options, as well as the availability of special modifications and custom design features.


Circle 202 on card


Computer enclosures offered in two models

EnviroCase enclosures are available in desktop or floor standing models. They feature 14-ga steel panels, seams with gaskets, detachable keyboard tray and lid, filtered positive pressure fan system, locks on all access doors, cable exit panel on rear, rotating front panel for desktop and tower cases, and fit most monitors up to 15 in.

ITAC Systems, Inc.

Circle 203 on card


Industrial computerfamily runs Windows CE

RAC6182 industrial computer family includes 12-in. TFT, 7.7-in. STN LCD flat panel display, and a nondisplay option. Both versions are designed for factory control applications. The computers offer RISC-based MIPS 225-MHz processors and come with Windows CE 2.12. The standard I/O ports include two USB ports, two PS/2 ports for external keyboard and mouse, two high-speed serial ports, one parallel port, built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet, two PCMCIA slots, and an add in PCI card slot.

Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley

Circle 206 on card


Instrument offers adaptive control

CyboCon CE control instrument is a software-based hardware product that uses a proprietary anti-delay, model-free, adaptive tuning algorithm. The instrument is available in one to four loop configurations and can be upgraded to include a feedforward function, nonlinear control for pH applications, and control for processes with significant disturbances and dynamic changes.


Circle 205 on card


Motor starter connects to Profibus

ET200S motor starter is included in this distributed Profibus I/O safety system. Safety engineering functions protect and switch ac loads up to 5 hp at 480 V. Motor starters enable category 4 safety related applications in accordance with EN 954-1 without overhead wiring. They are expandable and suitable for use in distributed switching boxes or cabinets. The unit connects to the central controller via the Profibus.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Circle 204 on card


Surfing... features a portal style home page that allows users to configure and purchase I/O systems. This portal based site features online engineering support, online system configuration and purchasing, wireless web access, OptoNews subscriptions, and product demonstrations. is a support tool designed to enhance the performance of high-speed placement (HSP) chipshooters. The knowledge base for HSP products provides solutions for machine issues. Users can search by symptoms, subsymptoms, multiple subsystems, and keywords. For each subsymptom, a list of possible causes is displayed, as well as known troubleshooting strategies. Also, users are encouraged to share best practices and add new strategies using the guide's interactive data entry screens. Users must register when accessing initially. is an online stocking distributor specializing in providing real time inventory of hard to find products. Customers include contractors, engineers, MRO electrical professionals, utilities, purchasing agents, and local distributors. The site also provides industry specific content such as news, calendars, research, and an industry specific internet search engine. is an e-commerce site where Foxboro intelligent pressure and temperature transmitters, flowmeters, and analytical instruments are ordered, built, and shipped to registered customers within one business day of receiving the online order.

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