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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in May 2013
Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
Blog 
5/31/2013  25 comments
Makr Shakr works like this: People download an app to their Android or iPhone mobile device, then create drink combinations. The robot makes the drinks requested with assembly-line efficiency and graceful movements modeled on two professional dancers.
Machine Vision Using Ethernet Powerlink
Blog 
5/30/2013  11 comments
New connectivity between vision systems and automation solutions based on Ethernet Powerlink communications is creating simplified system architectures that enable higher performance application possibilities.
Slideshow: An Engineer Goes to Congress
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2013  24 comments
Many engineers often comment that Congress would make better decisions if it included more engineers. What they didn't know...
Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology
Blog 
5/28/2013  10 comments
Self-powered wireless switches, sensors, and controls are being utilized in a wide range of building automation and industrial applications, leveraging energy harvesting wireless technology to cut installation costs and enable efficient use of energy.
Green Designs for Industrial Cable
Guest Blogs 
5/24/2013  7 comments
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
The Internet of Things' Impact on Medical Care
Blog 
5/21/2013  8 comments
Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
Peak Sine Drive Controller Packs 15X the Power
Blog 
5/17/2013  5 comments
By refining topologies and using new fluid technology, Moog's new peak sine drive controller increases available power without increasing controller volume.
Harvard, MIT Researchers Design 3D Printed, Self-Assembling Robots
Blog 
5/16/2013  10 comments
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have designed a 3D printed robot that crawls like an inchworm and can self-assemble with an electric jolt.
Video: Seahorse Armor Inspires Robot Design
Engineering Materials 
5/16/2013  5 comments
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are designing a robotic arm that takes inspiration from the loose, flexible, yet very strong structure of the armored plates on a seahorse's tail.
Ethernet Drives Networking Advances
Blog 
5/15/2013  3 comments
Two new introductions in the world of motion drives for automation are moving toward use of standard Ethernet communications, eliminating the use of custom hardware.
Do You Need On-Machine Motion Solutions?
Guest Blogs 
5/13/2013  7 comments
On-machine motion solutions have helped many OEMs address seemingly impossible tasks.
Rethink Reveals Version of Baxter Industrial Robot for Researchers
Blog 
5/10/2013  14 comments
Rethink Robotics is giving researchers an ability to get up close and personal with its Baxter industrial robot with a new research version they can use to build custom software and applications.
Video Blog: Life-Changing Inventions & the Big Bucks
Blog 
5/8/2013  14 comments
DN brand director Rich Nass picks two important topics for his weekly video blog -- engineering starting salaries and the 20th anniversary of the Internet.
Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar
Engineering Materials 
5/7/2013  21 comments
The latest model of Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider autonomous, unmanned marine vehicle (UMV), the SV3, is reportedly the world's first hybrid wave- and solar-power-propelled unmanned ocean robot.
Getting a Grip on Automated Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2013  4 comments
Machine designers must select and size the right gripper in order to design a well-functioning automated process.
My Opinion on Energy Efficiency: It's Universal
Blog 
5/6/2013  7 comments
The Hanover Fair was eye-opening for lots of reasons, including the difference in German trade show culture vs. that seen in US trade shows.
Video: NASA Working on Lunar Mining Robot
Blog 
5/2/2013  22 comments
NASA is working on a robot for lunar mining operations to produce rocket propellant, water, air, or construction materials for astronauts.
Ethernet Motion Networking to Triple by 2016
Blog 
5/1/2013  12 comments
Two recent studies by IMS Research highlight the high growth rate of Ethernet motion network, and also the long-term sustainability of fieldbus infrastructures.




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