The new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix controller from Rockwell Automation (www.rockwellautomation.com) offers a SERCOS interface, EtherNet/IP connectivity and a powerful processor. Controlling up to four axes of motion, the 1768-L43 is designed for applications requiring speed, motion synchronization and information-sharing capabilities in a small, modular footprint. It combines motion and sequential control into a single, integrated multitasking platform and supports a full range of networks including DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP. The controller uses the same Logix control engine, motion, networking technology and communications services as the A-B ControlLogix and SoftLogix controllers.
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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