Modbus Organization and IDA Group have merged to form Modbus-IDA (www.modbus-ida.org), which will continue both organizations' work in the use of Internet technologies to integrate communications services, Web functions, interoperability, and safety. According to the companies, Modbus has been the most common Ethernet protocol in automation, while IDA Group has been developing a multi-vendor standard for distributed intelligence using Ethernet TCP/IP as its universal communications standard.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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