This new switch terminal connects Ethernet devices to the new EtherCAT fieldbus. It provides transparent and collision-free communication. It can be installed at any point in the EtherCAT node, and can accommodate Ethernet-linked devices such as printers or terminal for production data acquisition. The connected master works like a Layer 2 switch, using IP address information to sort Ethernet frames to their respective devices. It can process 1,000 distributed I/O in 30 ms or 100 axes in 100 ms with fiber optic or twisted pair cable. It needs no proprietary fieldbus cards, and uses ordinary CAT 5e cables.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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