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.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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