Rockwell's Automation Fair took place in Chicago this week. More than 14,000 people pre-registered for the event. And judging from the lines at lunch, a lot of them actually showed up to see the latest automation products and technologies from Rockwell and its partner companies. Read Senior Editor Joe Ogando's blog posts below for a first-hand look at technologies and trends from the show floor.
End-users Want Smarter Machines
If you want to supply machines to the big boys of consumer product manufacturing, you better smarten up. Smarten up your machines, that is. That message came out loud and clear at Rockwell’s Automation Fair, which this year hosted a forum for OEM machine builders. Read More
Rockwell Talks Direct-Drive At Automation Fair
Direct-drive motors have been around for years, but this still-underutilized motion technology will likely get a big boost next year. Rockwell Automation's plans to introduce a brand new line of rotary direct-drive motors as part of its Kinetix integrated motion control portfolio has important design and development implications. Read More
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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