IN Spring 2007 Issue
Ins and outs of remote I/O deployment
The March cover story for Industrial Networking summarizes data from the recently published Remote I/O study that indicates which market segments have the strongest growth in use of remote I/O.
Bus War III: Process meets motion
If you work in a process plant, you likely have a few motion applications. In this article, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides a general overview of the various motion networks competing today.
Integration of plant-floor, building, physical security, and enterprise network means more changes for unathorized access and more need for intelligent security, cooperation, and training.
Get into enclosures
Housing for control and automation devices and networks is evolving right along with the devices they contain, so it's even more important now to choose the appropriate enclosure for your application. Here's how.
On the same page
Many plant-floor engineers and IT technicians report theyre coming to a new appreciation of the efficiencies and savings that can be generated by simply integrating their industrial and corporate networks.
In this installment of Parity Check, process control specialist John Rezabek explains the difficulties of getting a quality installation of physical-layer hardware for fieldbus diagnostics.
ODVA, SERCOS, FDT play nice
The organizations will develop and establish conformance testing for devices implementing CIP Safety on SERCOS to help ensure compliance with the collective body of specifications, and enable interoperability of these devices in multi-vendor systems.
Will RFID in manufacturing drive market growth?
While many pilot activities evaluating RFID in manufacturing are underway, pilots that actually result in implementations will determine overall market growth.
Study group accelerates 100 Gig Ethernet
The decision by the IEEE 802.3 study group continues to validate the industrys belief in Ethernets long tradition of increasing speed in increments of 10x.
BP, Emerson wireless projects acknowledged
Working collaboratively, the BP/Emerson team developed the first intrinsically safe, mote-based system to capture measurements in BPs challenging refinery environments.
Training covers Foundation fieldbus installation and testing
The Fieldbus Center at Lee College is offering a Foundation fieldbus training course for power and wire installers.
Will wireless do robot control?
The development of more intelligent and easy-to-operate robots will begin to drive the development towards improved control and interface capabilities between humans and robots.
ZigBee Developer Conferences set
The April 3-5, 2007 event will feature release of the ZigBee 2006 standard and training for ZigBee developers.