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Content posted in April 2013
Festo Introduces New Safety-Enhanced Servo Drive
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4/23/2013  5 comments
Festo has enhanced its servo drive line with the new CMMP-AS..M3 drive that offers new safety features integrated directly into the product, as well as two Internet connectivity options.
Video: Robotic Ants Offer Transportation Design Tips
4/23/2013  7 comments
A study of how robotic ants navigate via swarm behavior, and the design of their trail networks, may make human transportation networks more efficient.
Rockwell Introduces Tools to Simplify Design of Safe Machines
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4/19/2013  8 comments
Rockwell Automation's Safety Automation Builder configuration software and Safety Functions pre-engineered design documents are aimed at helping those building machines and equipments to more deftly navigate the arduous process of designing safety systems.
Maxon Introduces Mini-Servo Motor for Robot Design, Automation
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4/18/2013  5 comments
Maxon has added a new miniaturized OEM plug-in module to its ESCON servo controller family line that can control permanent-magnet activated brushed and brushless DC with Hall sensors up to approximately 250W.
New Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers Coming From Toshiba
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4/17/2013  8 comments
A new embedded microcontroller line from Toshiba will be designed to be energy efficient while enabling highly precise motor control in electronic equipment.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.

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