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TABLE OF CONTENTS - Febraury 1, 2005

  
FROM THE EDITORS:
Plug in to wireless networking

» Is wireless networking ready for the plant?
» Worried about modifying Ethernet for your plant?
 
SPECIAL TO THE WEB: ControlGlobal.com
» Are you paying taxes on your data yet?
» CANopen specifications for free download
 
FEATURED TOPICS: Insight you can use
» Still worried about deterministic networks?
» Will short-range networks save wireless for process?
» Are you sure you caught the right bus?
 
INDUSTRY NEWS: This week 
» ABB wins fast track automation project for De Ruyter platform
» Process Automation Hall of Fame Inductees announced
  
NEW TO THE MARKET: The latest industry innovations
» Keypad calls for help on drives
» Wireless analog and digital I/O
» Easy to use digital I/O
» Embedded modules for wireless
 
UPCOMING EVENTS: Shows, seminars, conferences
» Automation & Assembly Summit 2005
 
DFI RESOURCES: Solutions for the world of automation
» Profibus International (Profibus.com)
» Fieldbus Foundation (Fieldbus.org)
» HART Foundation (HARTComm.org)
 


 
FROM THE EDITORS: Plug in to wireless networking

Is wireless networking ready for the plant?
ControlGlobal.com
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes tells us whether wireless networking in process automation applications is ready for prime time in this "special to the web" editorial for ControlGlobal.com.

Worried about modifying Ethernet for your plant?
Industrial Networking, ControlGlobal.com
Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert notes that there is no single vendor or independent organization that promulgates Ethernet standards and that end users must modify commercial standards for their own use.


 
SPECIAL TO THE WEB: ControlGlobal.com

Are you paying taxes on your data yet?
ControlGlobal.com
In this DigitalField Insider web exclusive, Managing Editor Steve Kuehn reports on the Solaia patent case and how it continues to weave its costly way through the courts and U.S. industry. In a twist that is becoming a hallmark of contemporary, high-stakes patent enforcement litigation, companies using the computer-controlled factory automation technology are being targeted—many of whom, and perhaps not coincidentally, are Rockwell customers.

CANopen specifications for free download
CAN-CIA.org
Beginning this month, CiA (CAN in Automation) is providing some CAN (Controller Area Network) open specifications on its web site for free-of-charge download. Specifications available for free download include all with draft standard status.


 
FEATURED TOPICS: Insight you can use

Still worried about deterministic networks?
Industrial Networking, ControlGlobal.com
If Ethernet has any hope of becoming an automation control standard, time-deterministic control must coexist within a single message format with non-real-time data.

Will short-range networks save wireless for process?
Industrial Networking, ControlGlobal.com
Is mesh network technology gaining favor in real-world industrial applications or are OEMs and end users still holding back? Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt goes looking for evidence of its current state of deployment.

Are you sure you caught the right bus?
Ferret.com.au
FIELDBUS is now widely accepted as a valuable communication method between industrial control systems and field instruments. It is rapidly becoming the method of choice for communication between process control systems and field instrumentation. The standard is finding its greatest success in greenfield sites, particularly in developing countries where new large-scale processing projects are more common.

 

 
Be a CONTROL Insider!

Every year we invite our readers to send us stories, suggestions, Tales from the Front submissions, and just talk back to us. This year, we want you to join a select group of people willing to be asked questions about issues in the process automation arena. You won't be quoted unless we ask you specifically. These people will become our official CONTROL Insiders, and will receive special notice of events and even some free stuff from time to time. If you want to be a CONTROL Insider let me know at WBoyes@putman.net.
 


 
INDUSTRY NEWS: This week

ABB wins fast track automation project for De Ruyter platform
OilOnline.com
ABB has been awarded a project to provide the entire automation and instrumentation suite for Petro-Canada's De Ruyter oil and gas production platform, the first new build offshore platform to use Foundation Fieldbus.

Process Automation Hall of Fame Inductees announced
ControlGlobal.com
At the World Batch Forum this year, we will induct these honorees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame. They were elected by a vote of their peers and join a unique fraternity.


 
NEW TO THE MARKET: The latest industry innovations

» 

Keypad calls for help on drives
 
»  Wireless analog and digital I/O
 
»  Easy to use digital I/O
 
» 

Embedded modules for wireless


 
UPCOMING EVENTS: Shows, seminars, conferences

Automation & Assembly Summit 2005
SME.org
This upcoming event (created by members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community) will focus on the technologies and applications needed to meet advanced automation and assembly equipment goals. To be held April 18-20, 2005 in St. Louis.


 
DFI RESOURCES: Solutions for the world of automation

» 

Profibus International (Profibus.com)
 

»  Fieldbus Foundation (Fieldbus.org)
 
»  HART Foundation (HARTComm.org)
 
 
AutomationDirect.com




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