Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Kissing It Better: Lifting Ergonomically with Vacuum

By using the right suction and the right lips for the job, you really can “kiss it better” before lifting, rather than after.

Robotic Assembly

Manual assembly procedures, which previously have been neither ergonomic nor appropriate for automation, can currently be automated in a cost-effective way.

Microsoft Deploys Autonomous Robot Security Guards in Silicon Valley Campus

From Extremetech: The K5, built by the Californian company Knightscope, is billed rather euphemistically as an “autonomous data machine” that provides a “commanding but friendly physical presence.&r

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary
Jan, Feb, Mar 2013

The year starts off a bit slow for Robotics and Factory Automation events, but once March comes around Automate 2015 gets going and the once every 2 year Tradeshow is perhaps the biggest and most important Manufacturing show in North America.

Deep Visual-Semantic Alignments for Generating Image Descriptions

Because of the Nov. 14th submission deadline for this years IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) several big image-recognition papers are coming o

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OpenCV Vision Challenge

From the OpenCV Foundation:

OpenCV Foundation with support from DARPA and Intel Corporation are launching a community-wide challenge to update and extend the OpenCV library with state-of-art algorithms. An award pool of $50,000 is provided to reward submitters of the best performing algorithms in the following 11 CV application areas: (1) image segmentation, (2) image registration, (3) human pose estimation, (4) SLAM, (5) multi-view stereo matching, (6) object recognition, (7) face recognition, (8) gesture recognition, (9) action recognition, (10) text recognition, (11) tracking.

Conditions:

The OpenCV Vision Challenge Committee will judge up to five best entries.

You may submit a new algorithm developed by yourself or your implementation of an existing algorithm even if you are not the author of the algorithm. 
You may enter any number of categories. 
If your entry wins the contest you will be awarded $1K.
To win an additional $7.5 to $9K, you must contribute the source code as an OpenCV pull request under a BSD license. 
You acknowledge that your contributed code may be included, with your copyright, in OpenCV.

You may explicitly enter code for any work you have submitted to CVPR 2015 or its workshops. We will not unveil it until after CVPR.

Timeline:

Submission Period: Now – May 8th 2015 
Winners Announcement: June 8th 2015 at CVPR 2015

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Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Festo Introduces the DDLI Pneumatic Actuator for Servo Positioning and Force Control

The new DDLI servo-pneumatic actuator from Festo delivers precise dynamic movement of large loads - up to 180kg horizontally and 60 kg vertically - and cycle times up to 30 percent faster than comparable standard pneumatic actuators.

HLH Prototypes Offering State-Of-The-Art Rapid Prototype Service Using Plastic Molding

HLH Prototypes in China creates rapid injection molds for prototype modeling. Their quality and low cost has made them one of the leading rapid injection molding companies in the industry. Along with the most advanced rapid prototyping equipment, they utilize high speed CNC machining to realize injection mold tools in unbelievable lead times.

Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Enables PSA Peugeot Citroën to Reinforce its Zero-Defect Strategy in Manufacturing

Body-in-White Division to Boost Efficiencies by Leveraging DELMIA Applications

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Us Digital - E5 Optical Kit Encoder

Us Digital - E5 Optical Kit Encoder

Precise speed is critical for controlling autonomous robot movement in environments where collisions with other machines or humans are possible. US Digital encoders provide the ideal solution for robotic applications, as the small package size allows system designers to optimize their designs without giving up on performance. The E5 optical kit encoder easily mounts and dismounts to an existing shaft, providing digital feedback information. The E5 encoder is an improved replacement for HEDS-5500 series encoders and accommodates standard NEMA motor sizes 17-34. Features include 32-1250 cycles per revolution (CPR), A&B quadrature with optional index and latching 5 pin or 10 pin cable connectors. US Digital has best-in-industry lead times, with standard orders shipping with 1-2 business days.

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Robotmaster (Jabez Technologies)

Robotmaster (Jabez Technologies)

Robotmaster seamlessly integrates robot programming, simulation and program generation using industry proven CAD/CAM tools typical of CNC Manufacturing. Optimized and error-free programming for such tasks as trimming, 3D machining, de-burring, polishing, welding, dispensing, grinding and painting.