Robots & Humans Cooperating and Coexisting in the Future

I believe that systems will receive high-level strategic goals ("Build one car according to the following specification: ...") and will be autonomous in the way of how they achieve these goals, together with people

The Benefits of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Similar to UPC, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has had delayed acceptance in the industry. Patented in 1983, initial RFID research completed in Los Alamos during the 1970s has seen limited acceptance.

Safe Cut

Safety gate system and safe interlocking for a core cutter. Where axles rotate, masses are in motion and cutting tools are in action, there is always the question of safety for man and machine.

5 Real-Time, Ethernet-Based Fieldbuses Compared

This paper seeks to determine which standard offers the best value and has the best chance of being viable in the long term.

ADLINK Introduces Complete EtherCAT Solution

New system offers ruggedness, intelligence and superior motion function scalability

Industrial Wi-Fi Harnesses Big Data and Video Transmission

NEXCOM's latest access point offers a stable and reliable Wi-Fi architecture, which optimizes operational efficiency, security, and safety of plants.

Ultra-Compact Multiprotocol I/O Modules Provide Flexible On-Machine Communication

The 32 mm slim TBEN-S modules from TURCK can be operated automatically in PROFINET, Modbus TCP or EtherNet/IP thanks to the multiprotocol communication

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