Networking in Japanese Factory Automation

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Overview

In Japan information technology has been a vital part of manufacturing for decades. A central factory computer provides a production plan and shop minicomputers and microcomputers in the factory run machines that manufacture products. It has become necessary to connect computers installed at different locations to enable information exchange between different sections. This requires an intracompany network with large memory capacity and high-speed communication capability to process documents, drawings, and image data, as well as conventional code data: a local area network (LAN). This volume discusses the ring-type LAN; the TOSLINE-8000 high-speed optical data highway for high-speed real-time control systems; the TOSLINE-2000E, a compact, low-cost independent local area network; the status of MAP, a communications protocol for manufacturing automation established by General Motors and MAP activities in Japan

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1. Information Network in Japanese Factories Koichi Kishimoto 2. A Fiber-Optic Ring as Backbone for CSMA/CD LANs Hiroshi Tanaka 3. A High-Speed Optical Data Highway for Industrial Control Systems Yoshio Sashida 4. An Optical LAN for Factory Automation Systems Yoshio Sashida 5. An Improved Mini-MAP LAN for CIE-Integrated Process-Control System Yasuhisa Shiobara 6. Standardization:MAP Activities in Japan Koichi Kishimoto

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