In launching its new generation of "IndraMotion" motion control products Bosch Rexroth (www.boschrexroth.com) decided it needed a new controller and ended up developing a small DIN-rail mounted box it calls "IndraControl." What's unusual about IndraControl is the way that it's programmed: Bosch Rexroth says it has entered into a strategic partnership with Smart Software Solutions (3S) (www.3s-software.com) which will provide its IEC-61131-3 programming software, complete with the standardized motion control function library from PLCopen.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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