Siemens is expanding its portfolio of Industrial Ethernet switches with the SCALANCE XM-400, offering two basic units and port extenders for connecting up to 24 network stations. (Source: Siemens Industry)
Nice article, Al. Siemens, as usual, is at the cuyying edge of automation and control developments. One of the most practical advances is integrated drive systems. Instead of throwing gears around, control engineers can now reconfigure their lines on the HMI.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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