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.
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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