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SCHUNK hosts service robotics symposium

For the fifth year in a row, SCHUNK GmbH will host Expert Days on Service Robotics from February 29 to March 1 in Hausen, Germany. The anniversary event will focus on topics critical to applied service robotics, such as perception and learning, marketing, robots and component design, and robots and people. Speakers from around the world will present current trends, the latest research, and promising business models. For more information, visit

FANUC recognized for innovation

FANUC Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., a manufacturer of CNC systems, robots and machine tools, was recently named by Thomson Reuters as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator. The program recognizes the world's most innovative organizations by analyzing patent data and related metrics, using methodology based on patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations, and overall patent volume. In 2011, Forbes magazine also named FANUC one of the top 100 companies on its “World's Most Innovative Companies” list. For more information, visit

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