Rockwell Automation decided to launch its "CIP Motion" concept in Europe instead of its home base in North America, because it considers Europe to be the front lines of the ongoing fieldbus wars. Unlike other real-time Ethernets that use special protocols and ASICs, Rockwell will employ Intel's new IPX465 chip with its built-in IEEE 1588 synchronization to "puncture the urban myth" that standard Ethernet cannot be used for motion control. Rockwell says that everything a plant does on its communication line—from VoIP, CCTV, machine control, and hundreds of axes of motion control—can be done simultaneously, on the same control and communications equipment.
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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