Perhaps more pertinent than ever, this year's Economic Outlook Conference for the National Fluid Power Association will be held August 19-20 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Forecasts for macroeconomics, automotive manufacturing, and international and fluid power markets will be discussed, and two breakout sessions will be held for hydraulics and pneumatics. Register by July 25 for the discounted price. As a bonus, the NFPA is offering a special "Power of Association" networking dinner on August 19 for a limited number of people, so you may want to sign up early. See www.nfpa.com for more information.
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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