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Ethernet Converges on Factory Automation
The changing landscape in industrial networking is being shaped by the continuing adoption of Ethernet technology for plant-wide networks, and while the rate of change for convergence may seem like life in slow motion, there is real movement in the design of networks and increased support from infrastructure products.

Blurring the Lines of Control
In the world of high-performance servo control, robotic motions have traditionally been a processing-intensive task often requiring a separate robot controller and software. But now with core technology upping the processing power of machine controllers, along with the goal of designing robotic mechanisms more tightly into automation equipment, integration of robot motions with the standard controls used on machines has become a growing trend.

Sensing Trouble Out at the Network Edge
Design News spends a lot of time talking about and covering the trends, advances, etc., of materials. When you think about it, there aren't too many designs that occur today without a discussion of the materials that comprise that design. That's because the choice of a material, or more specifically making the wrong material choice, can doom your design before it gets beyond the prototype stage.

Lighter, Quicker Robots Add Flexibility
Robot arms replaces a similar arm payload range, but adds flexibility and decreases physical size, while dramatically increasing the performance throughout the entire work envelope

Additive Techniques Come to Low-Volume Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques produce low volumes of complex products with high quality and precision. These products typically include medical and dental prosthetics and implants. With engineering-quality materials, aerospace and automotive components can also be fabricated.

Software Convergence Upends Automation & Control
In technology, it often turns out that the lessons of the past weren't mistakes at all. They were just great ideas ahead of their time. In this fashion, the industrial PC is now hitting its stride as an automation platform.

Applying Lean to Product Development
While concepts like kanban, flow and value stream mapping are well understood in the manufacturing world, the language of lean has been tougher to translate to engineering practices, despite heightened interest in new ways to reduce costs and wring inefficiencies out of product development cycles.


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