IN Winter 2007 Issue
The many flavors of Ethernet and wireless are trendy, but its the underlying acceptance and adoption of fieldbuses that pushes users to find some tasty and unexpected applications.
Tolerate less redundancy
Today, with Foundation fieldbus, the old redundancy paradigm no longer applies. Chances are, though, it isnt free. So where should you apply it to achieve the fault tolerance you need?
The truth will set you free
One part of a well-planned tactical assault on potential customers seems to include making your web site a place for customers to painlessly contribute to, comment and critique what you make, deliver, and support.
There are plenty of issues that cause network headaches, but never assume your electrical subcontractor is familiar with routing and terminating network connector cables, even if they do it all the time.
Wireless aids molding machine ERP
When reconfiguration or relocation of machines is required due to product demand, any associated disconnection and reconnection of the ERP systemsometimes involving rewiringcan be daunting.
Same ol song and no dance
From a vendors perspective, legacy is innovations worst companion, and according to Industrial Networking columnist Jeremy Pollard, its very difficult to be innovative if it leaves the installed base behind.
First ZigBee-certified products available
The ZigBee Alliance, a global interest group of companies creating wireless solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications, announced the first group of ZigBee Certified Products, marking what it calls a major milestone in the alliances journey toward creating an open, global, wireless sensor and control networking solution.
NEMA Publishes Cable-Tray Install Guide
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published its VE 2-2006, Cable Tray Installation Guidelines, 3rd Edition, a practical guide for proper installation of cable-tray systems. The guide addresses shipping, handling, storing, and installing cable-tray systems, and includes information on maintenance and system modification.
Wi-Fi hotspots projected to increase by 47% in 2006
The number of commercial Wi-Fi hotspots will grow 47% worldwide to 143,700 in 2006, according to new data from ABI Research.
Manufacturing pillars support U.S. economy
Manufacturing made the highest contribution (15%) to real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of all sectors between 2001 and today.