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Low-cost, LiDAR-based Navigation for Mobile Robotics

Using the ROS Navigation suite from the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), we highlight a solution employing the Rhoeby Dynamics R2D LiDAR, a low-cost LiDAR device

Think You Know Industrial Robots? Think Again

Jim Lawton for Forbes:  Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and in my experience there’s no industry where that wisdom holds more true than manufacturing. I’m not a hardened cynic, just a pragmatist, having spent the maj

How Universal Robots Doubled Production at Tegra Medical

Medical device manufacturer Tegra Medical faced profit erosion as costs went up and customers demanded price cuts. Deploying three collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots to tend the machines manufacturingmedical instruments doubled throughput, freed up 11 full time p

MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot “MIP Junior”,

MIP robotics is a startup founded in 2015 and based on research conducted for many years. The company aims to provide accessible, industrial robots, especially for SMIs (small and medium industries). In other words, like 3D printing in recent years, MIP wants to democratize


Special Tradeshow Coverage for FABTECH 2015

FABTECH 2015 will be held from November 9th - 12th in Chicago, Illinois. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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Drone giant DJI launches crop-spraying drone

From BBC:

Billion-dollar drone company DJI is expanding from consumer and camera drones into the agriculture industry.

The Chinese firm's latest model is a crop-spraying drone, which it claims is "40 times more efficient" than manual spraying, despite having just 12 minutes of flight time.

It will be released in China and Korea where hand-spraying is more common.

DJI made $500m (£332m) in drone sales in 2014 and some analysts predict the firm will hit $1bn in sales this year.

The Agras MG-1 has eight rotors and can carry up to 10kg of crop-spraying fluids per flight.

The foldable device is also dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials, the firm says on its website (in Chinese).

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Universal Robots to build architectural scale pavilion in direct collaboration with attendees at Autodesk University

The Autodesk University conference merges traditional craftsmanship with computational design and manufacturing processes as the Hive Pavilion takes shape during the three day event in Las Vegas December 1-3. The Pavilion will be designed and built with the collaborative Universal Robots working in tandem with attendees, showcasing the future of digital construction and human-robot collaboration.

New Robotmaster Website is launched by Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team

Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team presents its new rebranded website.

Machine Pro Products Offering Special Discount on Industrial Products

Machine Pro Products, a St. Henry, Ohio based company specializing in providing the highest quality DIN rails at the lowest possible prices, is continuing on its mission to be an unparalleled source for any DIN rail related industrial product.

A shared vision: SICK AG and MVTec Software GmbH step up cooperation

Up to now, cooperation between the two companies has been limited to 3D cameras but it will now be expanded to include various sensors in the vision sector.

The Robotic Industries Association Announces New Director of Standards Development

New Director brings expertise in project management, facilitation, communication

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New 6-Axis Assembly Robots from Adept Technology

New 6-Axis Assembly Robots from Adept Technology

Adept's Viper 700 and Viper 900 are new 6-axis articulated robots offering the versatility of a large working area with the convenience of a streamlined, compact architecture. These new Viper models accommodate payloads up to 7 kg. The Viper 700 and Viper 900 come standard with features such as an IP67 rating, integrated solenoid valves, and powerful off-line programming and emulation software. Watch our introduction webinar today.

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BitFlow, INC.

BitFlow, INC.

BitFlow has been developing industrial frame grabbers and software for the imaging industry since 1993. We specialize in interfacing to cameras with very high data/frame rates; working in environments with complex triggering and I/O requirements; and running in applications where every CPU cycle is precious.