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Industrial Networks

System-based development of the Ethernet high-speed switching networks

This review shows the Ethernet-technology development trends in the industrial automation applications. The article presents the specific solutions based on this technology for the industrial networks, measuring instrument systems and real-time systems. The 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and specifications are included, and the promising 100-Gigabit Ethernet technology is described.


System Integration
Municipal Economy

Concept of use of the LED luminaires along with the traditional light sources

The article describes the basic aspects of the use of the LED luminaires in the lighting systems of the residential buildings, public places and industrial facilities. Also, the article gives assessment of the economic efficiency of their use as compared to the traditional light sources.


Automated control system for the outdoor lighting: current issues of design and operation and prospects for development

The article discusses the specific features of the automated control systems for the outdoor lighting and the system requirements. The comparative assessment of various design options for these systems is made. The article shows the prospects for the development of the systems as to the enhancement of reliability, maximum centralization of monitoring, remote fault localization, improvement of power consumption accounting and implementation of the energy-saving technologies.


Agriculture

Automated temperature monitoring systems for the elevator silos

The article provides information on the automated temperature monitoring systems for the elevator silos. The authors demonstrate the benefits of the system based on the digital transmitters. The article details the state-of-the art ASKT-01 system employing the digital thermal suspensions (TUR-01) and the temperature monitoring devices (UKT-12).


Development
Monitoring and Measuring Systems

Automated system for determining the static characteristics of the pneumatic tires

The article describes the industrial computer-based automatic system for determining the static characteristics of the pneumatic tires by means of hardware of the console which is controlled by the system.


Ship voyage data recording

A simplified voyage data recorder (S-VDR) is described in the article. Also discussed in detail is the hardware structure. The article provides the basic technical characteristics of the recorder and the incorporated devices.


Hardware
Industrial Controllers

Fastwel I/O inside. Part 5

The structure and operation of the basic components of a Fastwel I/O hardware-software complex intended for designing automated data acquisition and control systems are considered, and design approaches are discussed. FBUS module-communicating internal bus, an adapted environment for CoDeSys application programs, network protocol services, and interaction between the complex's basic components are described in detail


New multipurpose embedded computers with the VME high-speed bus

The article is dedicated to the special features of the architecture of a line of the modern processor boards with the VME bus and the new developments allowing for unifying the processor modules, reducing the cost of the systems and increasing the VME parallel bus capacity.


Fundamentals of the basic GOST R IEC standards for the telememetering devices and systems. Part 2

The article presents the fundamentals of a number of the basic standards for the telemetering devices and systems developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and introduced in our country so that the Russian developments in this field meet the international standards and show promise for the unification of the technical solutions.


Digital measurement metrology. Part 1

The article analyses the basic concepts of the metrology of the measuring systems and its modification – the automatic power consumption accounting and monitoring system. The article shows the drawbacks of the historical methods of the metrological certification of the digital measuring systems and the automatic power consumption accounting and monitoring system. It is suggested that in the said modern systems, only their input part – the primary digital measuring devices or the measuring channels with the digital output – should be metrologically certified as the measuring devices, and the other system devices should be considered as the secondary non-measuring devices which require the digital certification, but not the metrological one. Such approach allows the considerable reduction of costs for the metrological support of the measuring systems and the automatic power consumption accounting and monitoring system.


A good engineer should be able to tell two cables apart

The article may help an engineer of the automated process control system to better understand an enormous variety of cables and wires and make the right choice of the products that he often has to deal with. For this purpose, the article provides a detailed description of the materials and design of the instrument cables and data transmission cables and covers the issues of their impact on the operating and economic characteristics of the design solutions.


PID controllers: issues of implementation. Part 2

The previous articles of the author devoted to the PID controllers described their design philosophy and modifications. This paper continues the discussion and gives an overview of the methods for the manual calculation of the parameters, automatic adjustment and adaptation of the PID controllers.


Head for St. Petersburg


EXPOTRONIKA participated in the 2007 World-F.I.M.A General Assembly in Gothenburg


The first PROSOFT workshop on the embedded systems has been successfully completed


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