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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in January 2012
Micro Drives Increase Surgical Precision
1/31/2012  7 comments
Techniques for minimally invasive surgery rely on highly sensitive drive technology.
Surgical Robots Could Fix NASA Satellite
1/25/2012  36 comments
A modified surgical robot is helping NASA study how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth.
Slideshow: Top 5 Robotics Trends to Watch in 2012
1/23/2012  22 comments
The most important robotics trends of this coming year will enable volume manufacturing and greater integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Ethernet Converges on Factory Automation
1/18/2012  14 comments
Ethernet adoption drives development of infrastructure to support completely networked, plant-wide architectures from field devices up to management level.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automation & Control Trends to Watch in 2012
1/17/2012  32 comments
In 2012 we'll see an expansion of plant technology, from the connected plant network to cloud computing and remote monitoring.
Robot Controller Shrinks Cell Floor Space
1/17/2012  9 comments
ABB has reengineered its IRC5 panel-mounted controller to work with the bigger drives on the company's largest robots.
Top 5 Automation & Control Advances of 2011
1/12/2012  9 comments
Network and safety continued to merge in 2011 as Ethernet furthered its gains as the networking backbone.

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