The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation. Comos 10 now provides an enterprise platform for plant engineers and operators, which can handle even the largest volumes of data. It also incorporates considerably increased functionality for modern plant management. (Source: Siemens)
The one question these articles never answer - WHat is the long term cost. My experience with Siemens products is that they go through a hardware revision every year and the old software won't work with new products. As long as the old hardware is available you can get away with it, but a new version of teh hardware comes out and you now have to maintain 2 systems unless all systems are upgrded to the new.
I have never seen such poor support for last years system, not even from Microsoft....
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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