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Developments to watch: Mobile microrobots
Developments to watch: Mobile microrobots

Untethered mobile microscale robotic system research began in the 1980s and continues with a growing number of researchers involved, according to Dr. Igor Paprotny, assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Sensors Expo on June 25. Progress is slow as power and control remain significant... Read More

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Fundamentals of real-time processing in automation and control
Fundamentals of real-time processing in automation and control

This is the first part of a series of articles on real-time systems, real-time processing and fundamentals of real-time software design, applied to automation and control systems. Today, almost all... Read More

5 trends in wireless motion control
5 trends in wireless motion control

Wireless control of robotics can be achieved by implementing control of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) upon which a robot can ride. Alternatively, with an appropriate safety protocol present, one... Read More

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Manufacturers can do a better job of planning for the future
Manufacturers can do a better job of planning for the future

Proliferation of robotics, 3D printing, demographics, climate change, and government debt are among under-anticipated high-impact trends, suggested Richard Worzel, author of "Who Owns... Read More

Energy harvesting for Internet of things
Energy harvesting for Internet of things

The Internet of things (IoT) is part of the evolution of the Internet where items are interconnected (stoves, toilets, shoes, shirts); the future may be found in connecting parts of everyday life.... Read More

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Machine safety standards: ANSI Z10 versus new ISO 45001 in late 2016
Machine safety standards: ANSI Z10 versus new ISO 45001 in late 2016

The standard ANSI Z10-2005 is a machine safety concern and an opportunity. I barely... Read More

Machine Safety: We haven’t finished assessing cloud computing; here comes the fog
Machine Safety: We haven’t finished assessing cloud computing; here comes the fog

Microsoft, Apple, Cisco Systems, IBM, Google, Facebook, HP, Sony, and other "big... Read More

Machine Safety: Which safety circuit design is required?
Machine Safety: Which safety circuit design is required?

First of all, is everyone familiar with “B” level and “C” level machine safety standards? Secondly,... Read More

Machine Safety: Can one channel mitigate a Cat 3/PLd functional requirement?
Machine Safety: Can one channel mitigate a Cat 3/PLd functional requirement?

Category 3 and 4 architectures typically call for a control reliable (that is, redundant)... Read More

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