Schaumburg, IL - Focusing on sensors and actuators, Omron Electronic is commercializing the CompoNet Specification from the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), unveiling an open fieldbus at PackExpo. The master/slave network offers high-speed messaging and simple configuration, diagnostics and maintenance. It can be linked to networks that share the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) Network Library, such as Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet and CIP Safety.
CompoNet was designed for high-speed devices, updating 1024 I/O points in 1 ms, sending messages up to 1,500 meters. A PLC or other master controls the network, sending slaves I/O signals that transmit simple On/Off data. It also handles word slaves, transmitting 16-bit On/Off and analog information.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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