Automation and machine safety vendors SICK, Rockwell Automation, and Omron Electronics are developing an open protocol for safety communications. It will be based on common, standard protocol found in DeviceNet and Ethernet/IP and consists of an extension to the existing standard. The new safety protocol will allow standard and safety devices to operate on the same network and permit the latter to communicate across DeviceNet and Ethernet/IP networks to other safety devices with no extra programming.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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