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The Siemens Automation Summit, which recently took place in Orlando, brought together a diverse group of automation and motion control users, including Osram Sylvania and Owens-Illinois. In today's lead story, check out how these two companies applied modern motion control technologies to some of their existing production lines. Email me with your thoughts.
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