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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in February 2012
Rebuilding America: Should US Companies Follow Germans' Lead?
Guest Blogs 
2/23/2012  41 comments
Rather than sacking loyal, trained workers, many struggling German companies simply cut the hours of all employees in order to preserve jobs and, ultimately, the enterprise.
iPad Controls Flying Video Game
Engineering Materials 
2/9/2012  22 comments
The Parrot AR.Drone could form a design platform for machine vision and military apps with a little imagination and some hardware upgrades.
Slideshow: More Messy Engineering Desktops
Blog 
2/8/2012  34 comments
We follow up our original slideshow with contributions from our messy readers.
Buying the Logic of Safety
Guest Blogs 
2/6/2012  14 comments
Blogger TJ McDermott recently completed an industrial system requiring a fair amount of safety logic because of its different zones. He looks at each iteration, and lists the cost of each.
Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 
2/1/2012  46 comments
The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.




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