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Software solutions for manufacturing plants.


Wireless access extends data reach

11_01RockwellStratix5100Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) with a work group bridge makes accessing critical production data easier.

It connects to as many as 19 IP addresses simultaneously, reducing design time when integrating machines and equipment into the industrial control network.

Enterprise-class silicon and optimized radios provide what Rockwell describes as a “robust mobility experience” that includes 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 by 4 multiple-input multiple-output technology and three spatial streams.

Cisco IOS provides performance and configuration options and the Stratix 5100 WAP integrates with Rockwell’s automation architecture system providing detailed network diagnostic information.

Rockwell Automation Inc., based in Milwaukee, Wis., is a developer and manufacturer of automation technology.

High voltage protection

12_04AccesPCIe-IDIOACCES I/O Products Inc. has added the PCIe-IDIO-24 to its PCI Express family of I/O cards for high-voltage protection in industrial control and monitoring applications.

This x1 PCI Express device has 24 optically isolated digital inputs and 24 solid state FET relay outputs for use in any available PCI Express slot.

Optocouplers are rated for 2,500 V isolation and help protect systems in industrial environments against high voltages or currents caused by line surges or ground loops. The solid-state outputs switch from 5-34 DC at 2 A continuous and there is change of state detection (COS) on all inputs (including TTL lines) generate an interrupt whenever one or more of the digital inputs changes state. This eliminates constant polling and reduces processor overhead. Configuring a digital change of state will detect rising, falling or both edges.

The company, a supplier of analogue, digital, serial communication and isolated I/O boards based in San Diego, Calif., recommends the unit for use in applications where high common-mode external voltages are present.

Sophisticated network support

13_05HARTING-Ha-VISmConHARTING’s next generation Ha-VIS mCon 3000 ethernet switches are optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments.

They mount on top-hat rails in control cabinets with a PROFINET I/O stack, and they’re compatible with other industrial protocols, including EtherNet/IP.

Configure them using a web interface, command line interface, SNMP or the multifunction button located in front. The switches are equipped with an SD card slot to store, back up or transfer current configurations to another SD card-equipped Ha-VIS mCon for fast commissioning.

The 3080-A has eight 10/100Base-TX RJ45 ports, while the 3102-AASFP has eight 10/100Base-TX ports and two 10/100/1000Base-TX combo ports with SFP slots for either copper or fibre optic lines.

All ports are managed, non-blocking and support auto-crossing, auto-negotiation and auto-polarity.

The switches have an operating temperature range of -40 to 70 degrees C with media redundancy and precision time protocols.

The Harting Technology Group, which manufactures connectivity products, has a Canadian office in Montreal.

Software connects PC to test data

03picotech6LinuxCLPicoScope 6 For Linux allows a PC to be connected to a PicoScope USB adapter to produce a high-powered oscilloscope, FFT spectrum analyzer and data acquisition device.

With built-in buffering in the PicoScope adapter, the PC’s display is updated frequently and smoothly even when set on long time bases.

Previously only available as Windows-based software, PicoScope 6 For Linux includes a wide range of standard oscilloscope features such as waveform display, spectrum display, interactive zoom, sophisticated triggering, automatic measurements and signal generator control. Waveforms are captured for off-line analysis or sharing with other users, or exported in text, CSV and Mathworks MATLAB 4 formats.

Pico Technology’s real-time oscilloscopes are compact, economical USB adapters, available with bandwidths up to 1 GHz with up to 4 input channels, hardware vertical resolution to 16 bits, sampling rates up to 5 GS/s, buffer sizes up to 2 GSa and built-in signal generators.

Other features available on some models include flexible hardware resolution, switchable bandwidth limiters, switchable high-impedance and 50 ohm inputs, and differential inputs. All of these adapters now run on Linux-based PicoScope 6 software.

PicoScope 6 For Linux is available free from Pico Technology, a supplier of PC-based test equipment and data acquisition products, at.

Pico products are distributed by Saelig Co. Inc. in Fairport, NY.

Connects wirelessly at high-speeds

Operators using commercial-grade devices for media-rich, mission-critical wireless applications may be getting satisfactory30_Moxa_AWK5232 network service, but frequent maintenance and system downtime costs add up.

Moxa, a developer of networking and computing products solutions based in Brea, Calif., says its AWK-5232 Industrial a/b/g/n Wireless AP/Bridge/Client delivers high-speed wireless connectivity.

With data transfer rates up to 300 Mbps, the unit delivers plug-and-play scalability that reduces networking costs by eliminating the need for multiple pieces of equipment.

It supports 802.11n wireless connectivity and legacy a/b/g equipment, making it a drop-in solution for hard-to-wire deployments and most mobile devices connected over a TCP/IP network.

Integrated WEP/WPA/WPA2/802.11X security and powerful filters prevent unauthorized access to the network.

The system leverages two independent RF modules (2.4 GHz and/or 5GHz) to support a variety of configurations and applications, while redundant connections ensure consistent reliability across the network.

Control equipment with your Android device
20_Android-232High-ResACCES I/O Products Inc.’s ANDROID 232 USB serial interface board controls legacy RS-232 devices directly from tablets and smartphones.

The Android Open Accessory protocol convinces the device that its onboard USB port (normally limited to USB “slave” or “OTG” modes) is actually an RS-232 port. The two-way data port allows external hardware to control the Android unit or for the unit to control external hardware.

Serial data up to 921.6 kbps is supported (maximum of 115.2 kbps without flow control). Onboard circuitry provides power to charge the Android device while connected. Multiple status and fault LEDs confirm operational state, while hard line wired connection eliminates security concerns associated with Wi-Fi and other radio frequency solutions.

ACCES is a developer of I/O boards and technologies based in San Diego, Calif.

Configure, diagnose field devices

B&R Automation’s X20 communication modules are fitted with an analogue HART input and output module that uses real-time5969c861ca642d8e6cb271553a8cfd15d860c1dd ethernet POWERLINK to transfer data supplied by sensors and actuators directly to the controller, which forwards information via the process bus to maintenance stations.

DTM TCP/IP communication software scans the network and detects the entire hardware tree, including field devices. The DTM server operates as a gateway that provides read/write access field devices information for asset monitoring.

Each channel has its own modem to optimize transmission bandwidth. Multiplexing does not encumber the comparatively slow HART channels, which is common in other systems. The X20 also provides burst mode support, includes multi-drop functionality and supplies up to five devices per channel.

B&R is a developer of manufacturing automation technologies based in Atlanta.

Frame grabber delivers faster data transfer

03BitFlowCytonCXP4BitFlow Inc.’s Cyton CXP4 four-channel frame grabber doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus thanks to a Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on the back-end for high speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems using the same compact footprint and connectors.

By supporting the CoaXPress (CXP) standard on its front end, the Cyton CXP4 delivers video capture speeds of up to 6.25 Gb./sec. in applications deploying one to four CXP-6 cameras. CXP also allows control commands, triggers and power to be sent to and from cameras over the same 75 Ohm coaxial cable, greatly reducing installation costs.

It supports simple triggering modes and complicated, application-specific triggering and control interactions within any hardware environment. And it aggregates in support of even higher data rates; for example, four links delivering 25 Gb./sec. of data.

BitFlow, located in Woburn, Ma., is a developer of high-performance frame grabbers for imaging applications.

Next-generation M2M connection
B&B Electronics Inc.’s next generation AirborneM2M 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi platform provides secure, dual-band02B&BAirborneM2M (2.4 and 5 GHz) connectivity to rugged and mission-critical M2M networks.

Dual-band support and robust, enterprise-class security options reduce the risk of obsolescence as enterprises upgrade their security policies and migrate their Wi-Fi infrastructure to the 5 GHz band.

The technology, used for rugged, mission-critical applications that need ethernet connectivity and wireless mobility (such as forklifts in warehouse shipping/receiving) is available in industrial APXN and ABDN, and includes ethernet bridges, routers and serial servers. Power options include 5-36 VDC and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co. Inc., based in Ottawa, Ill. provides mission-critical network connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks.

mGuard goes mobile

01InnominatemGuardInnominate’s mGuard rs2000/rs4000 3G VPN security router with 3G mobile interface security appliances are going mobile.
A combined mobile engine for 4 GSM and 5 UMTS/HSPA frequencies and the US CDMA2000 EV-DO standard devices provide nearly global coverage.

Provider redundancy with 2 SIM cards is supported and location information for mobile applications and global time synchronization for stationary systems is provided via GPS/GLONASS.

Using the integrated COM server, serial devices also communicate worldwide securely over ethernet and VPN connections without an additional protocol converter. Setup of secure local network structures is supported by the integrated managed switch and dedicated DMZ port.

Innominate Security Technologies AG is a Berlin-based manufacturer of industrial network security appliances.

Multi-touch for SCADA

InduSoft Inc. adds multi-touch development for touch-screen devices with the first service pack for its Web Studio v7.1. SCADA13_04InduSoftMultitouch software.

Users navigate screens and issue commands for an entire system without a keyboard or point device and do so three times faster. Training time is reduced because many gestures, such as zoom and pan, function in the same way as they do on smartphones and tablet devices.

Multi-touch capability also improves safety. Certain actions may require operators to keep their hands away from a machine. The multi-touch screen will configure to require using both hands on the screen before the command is executed. The service pack also offers an enhanced mobile access client and new language interfaces for the development environment.

InduSoft is an Austin, Tex. developer of industrial software.

CNC Swiss-style accuracy

HARTING-Han-Eco-broadcast-applicationHarting has broadened its range of Han-Eco connectors with improved housings, available in four Han-Eco sizes with one or two cable inlets. M32 cable fittings for sizes 6B and 10B and M40 for sizes 16B and 24B are supplied.

The robust housings are made from fibreglass-reinforced plastic, making them highly resistant to harsh environments. The Han-Eco is configurable with a number of Han-Modular modules to carry power, signals or data.

An optional protective earth (PE) module holds the ground connector. All metal parts are connected to the ground conductor to prevent accidents.

When the connector is closed and locked, it provides IP65 protection and meets the UL94 Class V0 flammability requirements.

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