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August News in Brief
Published:  01 August, 2007

º  Avago Technologies claims to have developed the first reflective encoder with an analogue output. The compact, surface-mounting AEDR-8320 device has a two-channel output that gives a resolution of 180 lines/inch for rotary and linear movements – and can reach higher resolutions using external interpolation.

º  The Fieldbus Foundation is developing a specification for standardising the interface between remote I/O and the FF architecture. The Foundation is also supporting the development of an advanced wireless technology for industrial measurement and control applications.

º  Tyco Electronics’ Elo TouchSystems business has signed a cross-licensing agreement with the French company, Sensitive Object, which has developed a technology that can turn any object into a control panel or button, based on sound waves. The technology can also turn any transparent material into a touchscreen.

º  ODVA is offering developer toolkits for the device-level CompoNet network. The kits, assembled by Omron, include all of the hardware and software needed to start building CompoNet slaves and repeaters for sensors and actuators. The kits can be ordered from the ODVA Web site.

º  Schneider Electric is offering UK engineers the chance to try out its Telemecanique Twido machine controllers for up to month before deciding whether to buy the controllers. It is also providing similar evaluation kits for its HMIs. For more details, call 0870 608 8608.

º  LonMark International has opened its first authorised test centre in the UK. The centre, in Hertfordshire, will offer certification of products intended for use on Lon control networks.

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