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The new SoftMotion Controller, the co. says, enables engineers to use its LabVIEW graphical development environment to create powerful distributed-motion applications for Copley CANopen and ORMEC IEEE 1394 intelligent drives. Packaging engineers and others can use programmable automation controllers, including industrial PC- and PXI-based hardware, for distributed-motion applications. The co. notes advantages over centralized motion, including simplified cabling with lower setup and maintenance costs, plus the ability to incorporate vibration monitoring, web connectivity and high-speed analog I/O into distributed-motion applications.

National Instruments, 800/258-7022.

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