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January 2007 Automation & Control News

Read about the latest news, products, mergers, and acquisitions in the automation, process control, and instrumentation industries for January 2007.

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Measurement Computing introduces USB counter/timer modules
January 31, 2007

Measurement Computing introduces USB counter/timer modules

The USB-4301 is a 5-channel, 16-bit counter/timer with one 8-bit dedicated input port, and one 8-bit dedicated output port. The USB-4303 is a 10-channel version. Both come in an impact-resistant ABS plastic enclosure, measuring 5 x 3.5 x 0.4 in. high. Each module has two rows of 24 screw terminals for wiring in the lab or in the field.

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Electronic Counters / Timers
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Electrical & Control Panels
January 31, 2007

Deacom supplies ERP system to adhesives manufacturer

Evans Adhesive chose the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System to replace its partially integrated accounting program and formula management software. The goal of the project was to make business processes simpler and more efficient for the Columbus, OH-based supplier.

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Phidgets announces $95 3-Axis Accelerometer
January 31, 2007

Phidgets announces $95 3-Axis Accelerometer

PhidgetAccelerometer provides vibration, tilt, and acceleration sensing. The module is calibrated at the factory and comes ready to use; it connects to a PC or a MAC through the USB port. The product is designed for quick prototyping and can be used in a wide variety of applications.

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Vibration Sensors
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Process Instruments, Field Devices & IO
Contemporary Controls publishes Guide for Troubleshooting Ethernet Networks
January 31, 2007

Contemporary Controls publishes Guide for Troubleshooting Ethernet Networks

Free guide, "The ABCs of Ethernet Troubleshooting," asks 22 common questions to consider when troubleshooting a network. The questions include “Do the link LEDs indicate proper cable connections?” or “Are you connecting a single-mode fiber optic device to a multimode fiber optic device?" And more.

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Resources
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Industrial Networks
Siemens Milltronics Millpulse 600 motion sensor receives CE approval
January 31, 2007

Siemens Milltronics Millpulse 600 motion sensor receives CE approval

The CE Mark indicates conformity to the legal requirements of the European Union (EU) Directive with respect to safety, health, environment, and consumer protection.

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Process Instruments, Field Devices & IO
January 31, 2007

Keithley wins semiconductor industry award

Keithley was recognized for outstanding customer satisfaction by VLSI Research Inc, who provides independent customer evaluations of semiconductor equipment suppliers.

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Industry
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Test, Measurement & LIMS Portal
January 31, 2007

Intermec and NASA to research automated part tracking in space

Part identification markings and tags -- which remain readable after exposure to the extreme levels of ultraviolet radiation, atomic oxygen, hard vacuum, and contamination in low earth orbit -- will be evaluated and then certified for use on future space vehicles and added to NASA's part identification requirements.

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Industry
January 31, 2007

Intermec IF5 RFID Reader rated high by test lab

The IF5 Fixed RFID Reader was ranked the top performer in adjacent dock door use by U.S. RFID testing lab ODIN technologies.

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Industry
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Automatic Identification
January 31, 2007

Eagle adds ProLink II Web Service Request Module to ProTeus V CMMS

ProLink II lets ProTeus V users enter and track work orders over the web.

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January 31, 2007

Eagle Technology enhances ProTeus V CMMS software

Ther Sentry-V enhancement combines Eagle’s CMMS solution with advanced algorithms for performance monitoring of air distribution systems. Benefits include energy savings, greater occupant comfort, improved equipment performance and overall lower cost of operation and maintenance. It uses existing systems data and works with all major Building Automation Systems (BAS).

January 31, 2007

Microsoft and OMAC host Manufacturing Operations Forum

Microsoft and the OMAC Microsoft Manufacturing User Group (MS MUG) hosted the Manufacturing Operations Forum in Redmond, Washington, last week. Presentations from the forum will be posted on the MS MUG website next month.

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January 31, 2007

Cyco Software signs reps in Central & South America

Cyco Software has signed IT Consol, the largest MRO reseller in Central America, and Synapsis, one of the largest IT providers in South America.

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January 31, 2007

Patent Office validates National Instruments' LabVIEW Patent

The United States Patent Office issued a reexamination certificate upholding the validity of one of National Instruments' patents, U.S. Patent No. 5,301,336 ("'336 patent"), which relates to National Instruments' LabVIEW software. The reexamination process resolves a challenge started on June 16, 2004, by an anonymous petitioner.

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January 31, 2007

NI releases LabWindows/CVI 8.1 real-time module

The module is an extension to the ANSI C development environment that makes it easy for engineers to create and deploy reliable and deterministic applications to dedicated real-time hardware such as PXI and desktop PCs.

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Engineering/Development
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National Instruments
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Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Software
January 31, 2007

Xycom Automation takes new corporate name

Xycom Automation is adopting Pro-Face America as its new corporate name.

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Industry
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Industrial Computers
January 31, 2007

Green Hills Software releases Version 5.0 of MULTI Compiler

The MULTI 5.0 compiler yields a significant code density and speed improvement over the previous generation of Green Hills’ compilers, including a 14% performance improvement in the EEMBC Telecom benchmark.

Schaefer releases AEP-A2000R Series 2KVA Pure Sine Wave Inverter
January 31, 2007

Schaefer releases AEP-A2000R Series 2KVA Pure Sine Wave Inverter

The pure sine wave output of the AEP-A2000R Series offers benefits over modified or quasi-sine wave units by delivering “clean” output power for powering sensitive loads and for improving AC equipment performance. The AEP-A2000R Series is available in three standard input configurations of 12VDC, 24VDC and 48VDC.

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Power Supplies
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Electrical & Control Panels
January 31, 2007

Honeywell acquires process control software from PAS

Honeywell acquired the Advanced Process Control (APC) and Optimization business of PAS Inc., a leading software provider for the process industries. The acquisition includes all the software offerings related to the APC business. As part of the deal, Honeywell acquires PAS’ Advanced Process Control and Optimization employees and will continue to serve the division’s customers.

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TURCK announces M40 Connectors, suitable for a 30 hp DC motor
January 31, 2007

TURCK announces M40 Connectors, suitable for a 30 hp DC motor

M40 powerfast connectors are suitable for motor applications, handling up to 600 Volts and 55 Amps: enough power for a 30 horse DC motor or a 55 horse 3-phase AC motor.

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DIN Connectors
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Motion Control, Motors & Drives
Moore Industries releases LRX Low-Power Temperature Transmitter
January 30, 2007

Moore Industries releases LRX Low-Power Temperature Transmitter

The LRX Low-Power Temperature Transmitter is suitable for oil and gas well-heads and similar installations where line power is not available. With an exceptionally low power consumption of only 3mA, the LRX mounts in remote or infrequently accessed field locations where solar or battery power systems are used.

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Temperature Sensors
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Process Instruments, Field Devices & IO