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Content posted in December 2011
Car Composites on Fast Track
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12/15/2011  13 comments
GM, Teijin agreement will move carbon-fiber composites into mainstream automotive manufacturing.
Does Machine Vision Need 10-Gigabit Ethernet?
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12/12/2011  12 comments
Some machine vision vendors have begun talking seriously about running GigE Vision-equipped cameras and other hardware over 10GigE backbone links in video networks.
Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011
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12/7/2011  34 comments
The five most important robotics trends of the past year enable volume manufacturing and aim at further integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Composite Aircraft Repair Advances
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12/6/2011  14 comments
Ease of repair is reportedly one of the main reasons Bombardier Aerospace has chosen not to use carbon- or glass-fiber composites in the main fuselage of its composite-heavy CSeries aircraft.




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