APRIL 17--Nyquist Industrial Control (Eindhoven, The Netherlands; www.nyquist.com) has introduced its latest FireWire industrial input/output products under the name FirePoint. These I/O modules, based on the IEEE 1394 standard, enable OEM machine builders and system integrators to offer their clients a complete machine-control system--motion, vision, and I/O on a single FireWire machine backbone. The FirePoint products are set up in a modular system, available in various models for volume OEM clients.
FirePoint is an integrated part of the Nyquist motion-control platform. The modules offer a highly flexible modular system that can be used to create diverse combinations. The softCPU at the core of a FirePoint module controls input and output and manages communications with the other modules in the 1394 FireWire network. This gives FirePoint local intelligence.
Digital inputs/outputs (24 V) are a standard feature of the FirePoint system. Moreover, the desired functionality can be expanded using additional modules, including such options as stepper-motor control and analogue input/output. FirePoint can easily be connected to a PC via a standardised 1394 FireWire cable. FirePoint is available in a DIN rail version for installation on controller boards and in a 19-in. rack version for the OEM machine builders.