Panacea – Innovative Technologies to Improve Automation

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Panacea Technologies, Inc

Jacob Newberger has spent the past five years of his professional life establishing experience in the automation field and currently works as an automation validation engineer. Panacea Technologies, Inc., the company that employes Jacob Newberger, has been instrumental in establishing automated processes for vaccine manufacturers.

According to the company’s web site,, Panacea assisted a vaccine company by overseeing the process of establishing standards for automating the company’s systems interactions. One of the tools used in this project was the Control Logix/Archestra framework designed by Panacea. This framework makes the system configuration process easier with a distributed control system, which allows for the dissemination of control elements across the system, rather than having one element in a central location.

The Control Logix/Archestra framework also utilizes PLC/SCADA architecture, which reduces cost. A PLC (programmable logic controller) allows for automation through a digital computer; a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system enables remote equipment control by sending coded signals.


Welcoming Robots into Your Home

Jacob (Jake) Newberger currently serves as an automation validation engineer with Panacea Technologies, Inc. His previous experience includes working with companies such as AV Divine in the field of home automation. Alongside his career, Jacob Newberger pursues an interest in domestic robots.

Although many people may believe that robots are science fiction, or at least devices of the future, several domestic robotic models already exist. Most of these perform simple functions such as mowing lawns, cleaning pools, sweeping floors, providing pet care, cleaning windows, and vacuuming. These robots thus perform mundane chores, but they can also offer more: some people choose to personalize their robots and give them names.

Those interested in welcoming robots into their homes have a variety of options from which to choose. Companies such as the Robot Shop maintain an extensive selection. For example, the Robot Shop’s robotic vacuum cleaners include the iRobot Roomba, the Neato XV Signature, the E.ziclean, Infinuvo, Mamirobot, and Ecovacs Deebot, among others.

Benefits to Home Automation

Jacob Newberger is a designer and programmer of automation devices. Using cutting-edge technology, Jacob Newberger and his employer Panacea Technologies provide consumers with innovative new ways to maintain their homes or businesses. In a culture where technology is king, home automation harnesses the incredible power of smart devices. Home automation allows individuals to manage their homes at the touch of a button using any smartphone or tablet. This provides a number of benefits.


Safety: The ability to manage lights in the home remotely allows users to make it look like someone is home, even when the home is empty. Many systems also feature automated locking systems.

Savings: Home automation allows users to ensure lights are off when not in use and to adjust the thermostat as needed. Timeliness: Busy parents no longer have to rush home to unlock the door for children returning home from school.

Peace of Mind: Individuals on vacation can control their homes from anywhere. Instead of giving a key to another individual, users can let them inside remotely. In addition, users can check the status of their homes using security cameras.

Domestic Robot Technology in the 21st Century

Shadow_Hand_Bulb_large_AlphaJacob Newberger completed his bachelor of science at the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a major in mechanical engineering, achieving honors and placement on the Dean’s List. While studying, Jacob Newberger demonstrated advanced knowledge and interest in the design, assembly, and programming of autonomous robots created for domestic purposes.

Until quite recently, partly automated household devices still required some level of human interaction in order to function correctly. These included vacuum cleaners, automated pool cleaners, and food processors. At the beginning of the 21st century, fully autonomous vacuum cleaners introduced a new level of automated control, and research and product development continues today.

Security robots are now used domestically to detect movement and identify potential intruders. While video footage is created, security warnings can be sent via email to alert residents of potential breaches immediately. Robotic lawn mowers experienced a surge in popularity in 2012, and are now produced with electric sensors to avoid obstacles and observe property boundaries. Floor washing and polishing robots have also been developed in recent years. Electronic devices that control utility settings by way of mobile phone applications are gaining popularity, with Google’s purchase and collaboration with thermostat manufacturer Nest.

Japanese Robot Pepper Coming to United States

SoftBank_pepperJacob Newberger studied mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. An automation validation engineer with Panacea Technologies, Jacob Newberger maintains a strong interest in the domestic robot industry.

The Japanese domestic robot Pepper is set to make its American debut in the near future. During the robot’s initial release in Japan, Pepper was billed as the first robot capable of communicating with and understanding the emotions of humans. The first 1,000 units sold out in Japan less than one minute after hitting the public market.

Developed by SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran Robotics, Pepper stands just under 4 feet tall and moves on a set of rollers. The design features a set of cameras and sensors that allow Pepper to detect and interpret a variety of human facial expressions. Through a permanent link to cloud storage, Pepper can immediately draw on past experiences and can even learn new skills to aid in its verbal communications with people. Pepper is currently being used by Nescafé and SoftBank in Japan as a professional assistant. Designers plan to adjust the model’s personality to better fit American audiences before Pepper receives an official US release.

National Robotics Week 2015 – A Nationwide Event in April

Engineering professional Jacob Newberger designs and develops automated validation systems for manufacturing facilities at Panacea Technologies in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. An automatic validation engineer for the company, Jacob Newberger also maintains an interest in other areas of robotics. Robotics enthusiasts and engineering professionals throughout the country are gearing up for the 2015 National Robotics Week in April.

Established in 2010 to promote advancements in robotic technologies, National Robotics Week consists of a series of robotics events hosted by various individuals, professionals, and organizations affiliated with the robotics field. The Advisory Council that manages the event each year aims to create a collaborative network of groups across the country to host events in all 50 states.

Event hosts typically consist of schools, companies, and other institutions connected to the robotics industry and academia. The council welcomes events of all types for all age groups, including parties, company tours, and robot showcases and demonstrations.

National Robotics Week occurs annually during the second week in April. The 2015 event will take place April 4-12 in participating states. For more information and a full list of currently scheduled events, visit the National Robotics Week website at

Advancements in Robotic Automation for the Medical Industry

The founder of Need a Tutor? tutoring service, Jacob Newberger has tutored over 40 high school and university students for a total of more than 500 hours. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, he received the best engineered design award for his autonomous system navigation and driver augmentation vehicle. In addition to mechanical engineering, Jacob Newberger is interested in medicine and automation.

From an initial period of hesitation and resistance to robotic automation, the medical industry has made steps to embrace the technology. Especially useful in laboratories and packaging, robots can perform repetitive tasks quickly and precisely. As technology has improved, demand for it has grown, and the industry now is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 10 percent.

Recently, a robot called Eve and developed by the University of Manchester, Aberystwyth University, and the University of Cambridge, independently discovered a compound useful in the fight against malaria. Capable of screening over 10,000 compounds every day, Eve is able to create and test a hypothesis with a special focus on neglected tropical diseases. Over time, robotic automation may be used for a wider range of applications throughout the industry.