Input/output (I/O) systems design considerations include smaller sizes, faster response times, and greater functionality, with energy savings, diagnostics, and rugged environmental ratings.
Sensor failure risks are significantly reduced if the temperature sensor can be calibrated in situ.
Robotic design: Built-in collaborative force/torque sensing, safety features, and improved precision enable faster integration in a wider range of future-proofed applications.
Process control systems: A distributed control system (DCS) should help users innovate with greater automation system usability and functionality.
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MIT researchers have developed an on-chip system that detects signals at sub-terahertz wavelengths, which could help steer driverless cars through fog and dust.
Beckhoff Automation LLC has selected Kevin Barker as the company's new president, taking over for Aurelio Banda, who led the Minnesota-based company for four years.
Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.
Lenze gave middle school students a tour of their Massachusetts headquarters to enable students to explore possible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career paths in manufacturing.
Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants
Automation helps manufacturing employment, aids exports, and adds productivity. Key concerns include attracting and retaining a quality workforce, price increases in raw materials, trade uncertainties, and rising health care and insurance costs.
MIT researchers, along with scientists in Russia and Singapore, have developed a system of “strain engineering," which can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties using artificial intelligence (AI).