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Mechatronics
posted in January 2013
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.
Repair Robot Will Do On-Site CNC Machining
Blog 
1/23/2013  13 comments
A European consortium is working on a repair and maintenance robot system for on-site CNC machining in dangerous or hard-to-access environments.
Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?
Blog 
1/17/2013  30 comments
Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.
Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot
Features 
1/16/2013  10 comments
In the world of robotics engineering, there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. The trick has always been keeping a dynamically walking robot upright.
Swarming Hedgehog Robots to Explore Space
Blog 
1/14/2013  20 comments
A robot swarm has been developed by Stanford University as a mothership-sphere system to explore planetary moons and asteroids.
Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots
Blog 
1/11/2013  14 comments
The demand for service robots is outpacing the growth of industrial robots and will surpass industrial machines by 2021, says a new study from Freedonia.
Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Here are 11 innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Robots Rapidly Digitize Media Libraries
Blog 
1/10/2013  11 comments
Technology has emerged that can automatically scan and copy entire books into digital media format.
Slideshow: Military Robots Extend Humans' Reach
Blog 
1/7/2013  24 comments
While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing.
Encoders Know All the Angles
Mechatronics Zone 
1/4/2013  8 comments
Engineers use rotary encoders to measure the angular position of an attached device or to measure distance indirectly.
A Forgotten Practice Can Save US Industry $500B a Year
Blog 
1/3/2013  12 comments
Tribology, the science of friction, lubrication, and wear, must be rediscovered.




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