Chuck, Smart grid-ready products are definitely a push for automation and control. The combination of more intelligent devices, high power plus the need for advanced networking and analytics make it a good area for innovation. Plus I'm sure lots of money will be spent on this infrastructure in the next 3-5 years and beyond.
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the development of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides in machine design, can enable designed-in functional features.
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