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.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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