In any system using databuses, most engineers prefer to place intelligent control as close as possible to the actuators. With new Smart Pneumatic Valve Manifolds from Festo, they can now do that to a greater degree than ever before. The reason: The new manifolds incorporate the full processing and control functionality of an Allen-Bradley SLC 5/02 programmable logic controller. The system, which uses either Allen-Bradley DH-485 or DeviceNet protocol, provides OEMs and end users with a space-saving, multi-function control solution for merging electronic and pneumatic controls in automation applications. All the system's components--valves, sub-bases, electrical I/O, bus interface--are integrated with plug-in electrical connectors, thereby eliminating internal and external wiring of individual valves. Festo Corp: Product Code 4188.
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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