Germany's ELAU AG (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-524) and Schneider Electric (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-530) have formed a partnership to collaborate in the automation of packaging machines and to meet the packaging requirements of the leading global players in the consumer goods industries. According to the companies, ELAU can complement Schneider's targeting of the packaging OEM segment by providing capabilities in that domain. It also enhances Schneider's motion control technology—a key area of differentiation in the automation marketplace today—while exploiting Schneider's global infrastructure.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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