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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in December 2012
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.




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