Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Top Six Trends in Industrial Robotics

Here are six emerging trends in the world of industrial robots that will likely have a big impact on a wide variety of industrial sectors, and provide benefits well beyond what was once imaginable.

Sensing, Measurement and Process Control Robots

One of the major problems with a robot is sensor irregularity, where the sensors provide data that at times is accurate and at other times inaccurate.

ArduIMU V4: An Arduino Based Integrated Measurement Unit

Kickstarter for version 4 of ArduIMU: Initially, the ArduIMU project was started as an open source project by 3DRobotics in 2007 to create an inertial measurement unit based on the Arduino™. We contributed to the sof

Quickstick® Linear Synchronous Motors Increase Productivity in Pharmaceutical Application

A major mail order pharmacy was planning a new facility so they approached their long time supplier of automated solutions, Tension Packaging, to design a system that would reduce their cost per prescription and produce 1,000 validated and labeled pieces per hour.

MIT's Cheetah Untethered Running And Jumping!

From MIT: Further info from Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

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Robotics and Automation - Featured Story

Pawly: Play With Your Pet Anywhere Anytime

Indigogo campaign for Pawly:

Take your playtime to the next level with Pawly's accessory. Pawly can be equipped to play and reward your pets in real time, mimicking the way pet-owners would play with their pets.

Treat Blaster
Reward your pet when they do back flips when you're away. Toss them a treat with Pawly's Treat Blaster. This safe but exciting accessory will shoot out a treat at the press of a button. The LEDs found on the dome light up, followed by a sound before shooting out their favourite treats.

To use the Treat Blaster, mount it on top of Pawly by lining up the teeth of the accessory to the three holes on top of Pawly. Turn on Pawly's app and start blasting away.. (cont'd)

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

New Multi-Function Machine Capable of 3D Printing, CNC Milling, and Injection Molding

Luminar Products from Nampa, ID announces launch of the TRiBOT Kickstarter project. The first multi-function machine capable of 3D printing, CNC milling, and auto-injection molding.

Active-Semi® Announces HYDRA-X Development Platform for Rapid Prototyping Motor and Power Control Products

"Active-Semi's highly integrated PAC™ IC Family simplifies system design of motor and power control and offers ultra-small system footprint and low cost while achieving industry benchmark system performance."

CrowdFunding - GE AFFILIATE, FIRSTBUILD, WILL USE CROWDSOURCING AND STRATASYS 3D PRINTING TO INVENT NEXT GENERATION OF HOME APPLIANCES

GE Appliances' FirstBuild using Stratasys 3D printing technology to revolutionize the way things are made

Special News Report for The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

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.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

IPR Robotics

IPR Robotics

IPR develops and manufactures top quality EOAT and robot accessories. We deliver the Hands and Feet of Robots! Our product range includes grippers, tool changers, load limiters and force, torque sensors, compliance wrists, alignment devices, custom EOAT and robot 7th axis. These products are integrated into many successful EOAT applications around the world. We are considered the leaders in the area of complex EOAT for assembly and insertion tasks.