Rockwell Automation decided to launch its "CIP Motion" concept in Europe instead of its home base in North America, because it considers Europe to be the front lines of the ongoing fieldbus wars. Unlike other real-time Ethernets that use special protocols and ASICs, Rockwell will employ Intel's new IPX465 chip with its built-in IEEE 1588 synchronization to "puncture the urban myth" that standard Ethernet cannot be used for motion control. Rockwell says that everything a plant does on its communication line—from VoIP, CCTV, machine control, and hundreds of axes of motion control—can be done simultaneously, on the same control and communications equipment.
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
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