Beckhoff staunchly defended its concept of PC-based control and stands resolute in its drive to deliver all the necessary components its customers need to realize this genre of automation practice. Beckhoff's mainstay in intellectual property is its TwinCAT software, but its newest foray into hardware development focuses on new servo drives which it says are optimized for EtherCAT performance. The two-channel drives will allow its customers to connect a greater variety of servomotors into Beckhoff-based automation systems.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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