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Omron's MICHAEL JUNIPER explores the evolution of remote I/O in system design, and sees fieldbus as the crucial enabling technology to drive distributed control
There's a cyclical nature to development in the automation industry. Look at it from the outside, and you begin to question whether any idea is actually new, or simply an old idea revisited with the benefit of advanced technology.
The pace at which technology advances can mask this pattern, because what we can do today is way ahead of anything we could do ten years ago. But take a step back, and the pattern can quickly be determined.
However, advancing technology can be a double-edged sword. The advance alone can fool us into assuming that we've made some conceptual leap in application. It is the ability to make this application-leap that provides the real challenge, and the latest technologies for …