Dan Mannisto

Dan Mannisto

Dan Mannisto

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Selecting a Network Protocol for Robotic Machine Control

Robotic machines are becoming a popular solution to a variety of problems. Examples include unmanned vehicles of various types that carry out military operations, surgical robots that assist in the operating room, robotic mining equipment that performs work too dangerous for human beings, and intelligent machine tools that save money while increasing quality. This new generation of robotic machinery differs radically from older industrial robots developed in the second half of the twentieth century. While the stereotypical industrial robot is a machine operating in a highly managed environment using open-loop control techniques, these newer robotic machines depend heavily on closed-loop control and often operate in unmanaged environments.