The CONTROLweb open control platform from MKS Instruments Inc.
, Wilmington, MA, uses an Ethernet backbone to let you build modular control architectures for industrial automation. The configurable modules include RMU Linux logic controllers and MicroNode and MacroNode intelligent Ethernet I/O units. The RMU controller features a 32-bit PowerPC processor; Linux OS; dual Ethernet ports; USB, serial, and CAN ports; and selectable configurations of up to 96 digital I/O and up to 32/16 analog I/O. MicroNode and MacroNode modules use the cLogic control engine to embed custom logic within the modules, providing real-time intelligent responses to remote critical signals.