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Ethernet -- the answer to tracking

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article image The ASPTraq compact Ethernet terminal.

ETHERNET is fast becoming the communication standard in industrial applications. As the need to integrate and monitor what is happening on the shop floor with existing ERP or accounting packages grows, so will the need to install Ethernet-ready devices.

For applications that could be handled by a networked PC, but you do not have the space or the budget, consider the ASPTraq compact Ethernet terminal.

To be demonstrated at National Manufacturing Week by ASP Microcomputers , the terminal features:

* Rugged design.

* Clear 4-line by 20-character LCD display.

* Easily cleaned membrane keypad.

* Barcode scanner options.

* 10Mb Cat 5 Ethernet interface.

* RS232 port.

* Optional relay for low voltage switching.

* Optional ASP Datatag socket (rugged memory, chip identification, reading & writing).

* One year warranty.

Although not itself a PC, ASPTraq uses "thin client" technology so it can be quickly programmed in Microsoft's VBScript language running under ASP's RFolution! Development System.

Under program control it can instantly interact with all the facilities of the network, such as printers, files, and email, yet the attractive and compact unit (W 95mm, D 190mm, H 30-55mm) occupies bench space equivalent to only a third of an A4 sheet.

RFolution! can control intermixtures of radio frequency terminals and ASPTraq units, for even greater long term flexibility.

Its on screen visual simulation of the ASPTraq Terminal even allows applications to be written and tested without the ASPTraq units.

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