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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in December 2012
QBotix Receives $1M From DoE to Advance Robotic Solar-Panel Technology
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12/28/2012  16 comments
The QBotix tracking system is a robotic system for tilting solar panels toward the sun that can increase the output of the panels by up to 15 percent.
Ultimate Reliability: Wind Turbines
Blog 
12/26/2012  20 comments
Automation and motion control technology is playing a pivotal role in wind turbine refinement by boosting reliability, operating efficiencies, and remote diagnostics.
Rotary Angle Encoders Go Programmable
Blog 
12/26/2012  3 comments
Addressing the need for customization, Novotechnik US offers programmable products that let engineers do things like create one-off encoders.
Gadget Freak Case #232: Finding the Right Hydraulic Force
Gadget Freak 
12/20/2012  26 comments
Ed Nauman found using a hydraulic press to straighten a piece of material involved guesswork, so he created a gadget that indicates the actual force applied.
Company Combines CAD, Lasers & Robotics to Build Better Buildings
Blog 
12/20/2012  9 comments
Theometrics has created a digital layout and robotic system that takes architectural measurements and plans and applies them to a construction site.
Stop Expenses From Leaking Away
Guest Blogs 
12/19/2012  7 comments
As recent extreme weather events have once again demonstrated, water, our most treasured resource, can also be a source of widespread and costly damage to society.
Highlights From the Product Showcase
Blog 
12/19/2012  4 comments
We’ve just posted some products from Texas Instruments, Aerotech, and Netherlocks that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: What Does the Future Hold for Man & Machine?
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12/18/2012  33 comments
Will we soon have robotic companions helping us with our day-to-day work? The industry is headed in that direction, but is it happening fast enough?
Reducing Servomotor Instability
Guest Blogs 
12/13/2012  6 comments
Lowering excessive speed controller gain is often not a viable option, so a systematic approach should be used to determine the best remedy for instability.
Engineering Students Show Off Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills
Guest Blogs 
12/12/2012  10 comments
An innovative program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago teams up students to work together to solve complex, open-ended, real-world problems.
Gadget Freak Case #231: Super Rugged Computer-Controlled Tyco Car
Gadget Freak 
12/7/2012  13 comments
Matthew Katzenstein took an electrical car and added a range of control based on robotics.
Slideshow: Robotic Medical Assistants
Blog 
12/4/2012  17 comments
Medical robots are helping with surgery, diagnostics, and remote presence.
Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
Guest Blogs 
12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.
More New Products to Watch For
Blog 
12/4/2012  6 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've just posted some products from Tolomatic, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Banner that need a little highlighting.
My Opinion on PLM in the Cloud
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12/3/2012  16 comments
Cloud-based PLM is here to stay and will have a significant impact in the market.




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Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
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Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Rockwell Automation recently unveiled a new safety relay that can be configured and integrated through existing software to program safety logic in devices.
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