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Content posted in March 2013
Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles
3/28/2013  44 comments
In yet another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors has acknowledged that it recently had a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation
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3/28/2013  13 comments
Mitsubishi has released the latest in a series of vertical-axis robots that are designed to perform particularly dexterous and complex tasks formerly operated by humans in a factory setting.
Renesas Launches Low-Power Microcontroller Line
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3/18/2013  4 comments
Renesas has introduced the first products in its RX210 series of microcontrollers designed to couple low power with high performance.
Boeing: New Enclosure 'Keeps Us From Ever Having a Fire'
3/15/2013  49 comments
The Boeing Co. took the issue of 787 battery fires head-on last night, definitively declaring that with pending modifications to its lithium-ion battery packs, a “fire can’t begin, develop, or be sustained.”
Slideshow: Boeing Underestimated Possibility of Battery Fire
3/13/2013  24 comments
Boeing engineers and federal regulators appear to have vastly underestimated the possibility of a lithium-ion battery fire before the 787 Dreamliner's certification.
Slideshow: 'Boeing Battery Needs Liquid Cooling'
3/8/2013  35 comments
With the root cause of the Boeing 787 battery fire still unclear, one leading battery expert suggested this week that the need for an active cooling system on Dreamliners is even more important.
AAEON Releases Ruggedized, Sleek Panel Computer for Automation
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3/7/2013  7 comments
The 15-inch multitouch ACP-2153 is rugged enough for an industry environment but attractive enough for home automation systems.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
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3/1/2013  11 comments
Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.

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