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Comparing ladder logic and object-oriented programming
Comparing ladder logic and object-oriented programming

Cover story: Many young automation professionals are comfortable with object-oriented programming (OOP), but ladder logic remains the standard for industrial automation applications. See advantages and disadvantages of OOP and ladder logic. Read More

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Robot designed for exploring hazardous, disaster zones
Robot designed for exploring hazardous, disaster zones

MIT researchers have improved the design of their Cheetah robot to be used for exploring disaster zones and other dangerous or inaccessible environments. Read More

Cooling high-power VFD cabinets in harsh environments
Cooling high-power VFD cabinets in harsh environments

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have many benefits, which makes it critical to explore strategies to achieve maximum efficiency. Read More

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Bionic robots developed and modeled after fish, spiders, and bats
Bionic robots developed and modeled after fish, spiders, and bats

Festo's 2018 bionic animals features a transforming spider that rolls or creeps, a robotic fish that autonomously maneuvers through acrylic water-filled tubing, and a semi-autonomous flying bat-like... Read More

Global vision standards drive industry’s success
Global vision standards drive industry’s success

Machine vision standards are designed to guarantee component interoperability, and interoperability allows component manufacturers to develop better overall products. Read More

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Controller for remote monitoring and control applications
Controller for remote monitoring and control applications

Bedrock Automation's OSA Remote controller combines PLC, RTU, and edge control as well as intrinsic... Read More

Vision measuring system series for inspection applications
Vision measuring system series for inspection applications

Mitutoyo America Corporation's Vision Measuring System product offerings for users to meet their... Read More

Wireless vibration and shock sensor
Wireless vibration and shock sensor

LORD Sensing's G-Link-200-OEM sensor is an embedded wireless vibration/shock solution designed to... Read More

Motion control package for precision robotic applications
Motion control package for precision robotic applications

The Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP) is a control system for coordinated motion of up to six... Read More

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