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Advantech, Aerotech Release Automation Control Panels
Product News 
5/31/2013  Post a comment
Both Aerotech and Advantech have released control panels optimized for laboratory and industrial animation, respectively.
Advantech Launches New Series of Motion-Control I/O Modules
Product News 
5/23/2013  4 comments
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
Lantronix Expands Line of Rugged Controller for Sensor Networks
Product News 
5/17/2013  5 comments
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 
5/7/2013  13 comments
TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Festo Introduces New Safety-Enhanced Servo Drive
Product News 
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.
Rockwell Introduces Tools to Simplify Design of Safe Machines
Product News 
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
Product News 
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.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 
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.
Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation
Product News 
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
Product News 
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.
AAEON Releases Ruggedized, Sleek Panel Computer for Automation
Product News 
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
Product News 
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.
Infoblox Releases Software to Streamline Network Control, Automation
Product News 
2/6/2013  8 comments
Infoblox's new DNS Firewall product detects malware that may enter a network from a mobile device and blocks it before it can infect any network assets.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 
1/29/2013  7 comments
A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
Agile Planet Launches Plug-and-Play Smart Motion Controllers
Product News 
1/23/2013  11 comments
Texas-based startup Agile Planet has released two new smart controllers as part of its flagship product line aimed at simplifying motion control for manufacturing automation and other types of robots.
AAEON Releases Embedded Servers for Intelligent Automation
Product News 
1/21/2013  Post a comment
Taiwan-based industrial computing manufacturer AAEON has released two new embedded servers that can be used to power intelligent automation solutions in factories and buildings.
Siemens Adds Ethernet to Sinamics Drives to Enable Single-Plant Network
Product News 
1/14/2013  5 comments
Siemens has added support for industrial Ethernet to its Sinamics S120 drive system, providing flexibility for manufacturers that want to deploy a single network across their facilities.
Rockwell Offers Integrated Mid-Range EtherNet/IP Motion Control
Product News 
1/8/2013  5 comments
Rockwell Automation has integrated several aspects of motion control into one new mid-range solution to help simplify system wiring for machine designers and builders.
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
News 
12/28/2012  27 comments
A hobbyist firm has created a robot that changes from a humanoid into a vehicle and back again. The firm says the robot will autonomous by 2030.
Siemens's Next-Gen, High-End Simatic Controllers
Product News 
12/20/2012  4 comments
Siemens plans to roll out its new Simatic S7-1500 to the market in phases, with three CPU types aimed at mid-range performance. They are expected to reach manufacturers in the US early next year.
Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools
Product News 
12/18/2012  12 comments
Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.
Siemens's Plant Management Software
Product News 
12/17/2012  1 comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation to include enhanced functionality for modern plant management.
ABB Paves Way for Solar, Wind Supergrids
Product News 
12/14/2012  7 comments
The automation company ABB has designed the first circuit breaker for HVDC, paving the way for uninterrupted power flow over longer distances.
Cisco Expands Intelligent Automation for the Cloud
Product News 
12/13/2012  7 comments
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 includes new features that make it easier to add security to a cloud-based network without a lot of hands-on administration.
Finding Alternatives to Traditional Hose Clamps
Product News 
12/12/2012  7 comments
Fluid handling tools must be user-friendly for furthering company efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Rockwell Automation Bolsters Mid-Range Machine-Builders Control Platform
Product News 
12/11/2012  2 comments
Rockwell Automation's CompactLogix platform uses a common control engine and development environment to offer machine and equipment builders a compact, less expensive design environment.
Single-Chip Motor Controller Enables Quieter, Smaller Precision Automation
Product News 
12/10/2012  13 comments
STMicroelectronics has released a new single-chip motion controller that engineers can use to design a variety of equipment with quieter, smaller, and lighter precision movement and position systems.
Aerotech Bolsters Motion Controller With EtherCAT Support
Product News 
11/21/2012  3 comments
Aerotech has enhanced its machine controller with support for EtherCAT, which lets engineers build I/O into an integrated platform that provides performance motion, motion tools, and diagnostics.
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
News 
11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Video: ST Robotics' 11-Axis Tandem Robot System
Product News 
11/2/2012  6 comments
ST Robotics' latest addition to its R12 robot product line is the Tandem R125, a low-cost, two-armed robot system that costs less than $20,000.
Focus on the Future of Machine Controllers
News 
10/9/2012  14 comments
A Design News reader survey shows engineers are leveraging more powerful controllers to achieve smoother integration of more sophisticated machine control.
Toyota's Latest Robot Lends a Hand
News 
9/25/2012  11 comments
The robot is meant to help elderly people or those with limited arm or leg mobility perform everyday tasks more efficiently and easily in the home.
Video: Robotic Plane Flies Indoors Without GPS
News 
9/14/2012  20 comments
MITís Robust Robotics Group flew a fixed-wing vehicle around the parking garage under a university building, navigating pillars safely, with only the use of onboard sensors to direct the path of the plane.
Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye Movements
News 
9/4/2012  13 comments
Compliance researchers developed a mechanism to orient a camera using muscle-like cellular actuators that move more similarly to an eye.
Aerotech's Galvo & Controller Combo Sees in All Directions
Product News 
8/28/2012  1 comment
Aerotech's Nmark AGV galvanometers use optical feedback to increase resolution to more than 24 bits.
Video: Humanoid Robot Used to Treat Autism
News 
8/13/2012  18 comments
Zeno will help children with autism develop more appropriate emotional responses to everyday social interactions.
Blurring the Lines of Control
News 
8/13/2012  8 comments
Robot servo motion is increasingly being directly controlled using standard line controllers integrating advanced kinematics, networking, and operator interface support.
Robot Will Harvest Your Crops
News 
8/10/2012  13 comments
A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture.
2012 Brings Increased Salaries & Job Satisfaction
News 
8/1/2012  32 comments
Our annual salary survey shows earnings are up and gives insight to the factors that impact an engineering career.
Fuel Efficiency Focus for Mobile Hydraulics
News 
7/25/2012  3 comments
Reducing energy costs is a major opportunity for designers of mobile hydraulic systems, and it works hand-in-hand with advances in electrohydraulic control.
Mine-Seeking Underwater Robots Scour Ship Hulls
News 
7/20/2012  19 comments
MIT researchers have improved the navigation and ability to detect small mines on the hulls of ships for its Autonomous Underwater Hull Inspection Vehicle.
Video: Grippers Emulate Gecko, Bird
News 
7/20/2012  15 comments
Two grippers from Festo use biomimicry inspired by a gecko's feet and a bird's beak for different energy-efficient methods of picking up objects.
Slideshow: Vending Machine Slings Pizza
News 
7/13/2012  44 comments
A vending machine may soon be delivering pizza to a location near you.
Design News Survey: Companies Use Range of Safety Standards
News 
6/29/2012  11 comments
Survey results show the types of safety logic devices most commonly in use, and how best design practices show a rise in the use of integrated safety solutions.
Design News Named One of the '10 Great Media Websites'
News 
6/20/2012  15 comments
Design News is an "Always On" Globally Accessible Online Design Community, according to BtoB's Media Business.
Video: Bionic Arm Aids Amputee Soldiers
News 
6/5/2012  11 comments
A prosthetic company is helping the US military develop a lightweight, motor-driven artificial arm.
Festo's Robotic ExoHand Provides Strength & Endurance
Product News 
5/10/2012  22 comments
A robotic exoskeleton, worn like a glove, is designed to function as an extension of an individual's hand to provide strength and endurance, or on both a human and an industrial robot arm to assist in assembly.
NASA Explores Humanoid Robot Design
News 
5/8/2012  15 comments
NASA is exploring the potential for human robot design with Robonaut 2, a humanoid machine currently assisting astronauts on the International Space Station.
Tiny Military Camera Sees Through Fog
Product News 
5/3/2012  20 comments
A one-inch cube camera that sees through fog and smoke at short-wave infrared spectra is small and light enough to be handheld or mounted onto helmets and weapon systems.
ABB Robot Package Simplifies Palletizing Automation
Product News 
4/16/2012  17 comments
A robot package that puts together hardware and software for automating high-speed, end-of-line palletizing is easier to program and integrate into existing lines.
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