New Vertical, Linear, and Rotary Precision Positioning Stage Family, from PI

A new family of precision positioning can be combined for multi-axis positioning.

BERNSTEIN: China's insane spending on robotics is fundamentally changing capitalism

Oscar Williams-Grut for Business Insider:  Analysts at global investment manager Bernstein believe the "age of industrialization is coming to an end," with robots set to destroy manufacturing jobs globally.

That may not sound seismic. After all, the industrial revolution happened hundreds of years ago and manufacturing jobs have been the minority of all jobs in the West for decades. But Bernstein is arguing that the nature of capitalism is undergoing a fundamental change.

Analysts Michael W. Parker and Alberto Moel argue that Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, the foundational textbooks of economics, is becoming redundant because of two trends: the rise of robotics and China's modernising economy.  Cont'd...

Carnegie Mellon Successfully Exploiting Manufacturing Robots

The team wanted to use the robot to transform complex 3D designs from concept to physical reality in machine foam and other soft materials.

Bimba Announces Acquisition of Vaccon Company

Bimba, an industry-leading innovator of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, today announced the acquisition of Vaccon Company, Inc., a leading innovator in vacuum technology that includes vacuum pumps, vacuum cups, end-of-arm tools, and accessories.

The Association for Advancing Automation Tops 1,000 Members

RIA, AIA and MCMA all at New Records

India Industrial Automation Show 2017, 2nd -4th February, 2017

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing the India Industrial Automation Show 2017(IIAS 2017)(International Exhibition and Conference on Automation Industry) from 2nd -4th February, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. IIAS 2017 will be held along with CII's flagship event, IETF 2017.

Sensitive Environment Robots

Because of their enclosed structure with all the cables routed internally, the robots are ideally equipped to handle even the most extreme conditions.

Oriental Motor Announces Release of 120 W (1/6 HP) Brushless Motor & Driver with Optional Hypoid Right Angle JH Gear

Hypoid Right Angle JH Gear with Stainless Steel Shaft and IP66 rated

ViDi Systems wins the Robot Launch 2016 competition

Vidi Systems from Switzerland is the overall Grand Winner of the 2016 Robot Launch global startup competition, beating out many US contestants in a field that included sensors, artificial intelligence, social robots, service robots and industrial solutions.

Robots won't kill the workforce. They'll save the global economy.

Ruchir Sharma for The Washington Post:  The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about overpopulation. Some have come from neo-Malthusians, who fear that population growth will outstrip the food supply, leaving a hungry planet. Others appear in the tirades of anti-immigrant populists, invoking the specter of a rising tide of humanity as cause to slam borders shut. Still others inspire a chorus of neo-Luddites, who fear that the “rise of the robots” is rapidly making human workers obsolete, a threat all the more alarming if the human population is exploding.

Before long, though, we’re more likely to treasure robots than to revile them. They may be the one thing that can protect the global economy from the dangers that lie ahead.  Cont'd...

Quick Overview of 4D Graphics

The 4 in the 4D represents the additional level of visual process information available, "Making the invisible - visible." This means that on the screen the user receives 3D visualization of the robot's movement.

Novotechnik - New Touchless Angle Sensors With IO-Link

IO-Link is a standard intelligent digital interface. It's serial communication protocol makes wiring easier, needing only three wires to simultaneously transmit measured values and status information. The status bit can signal a controller if a sensor needs replacement and the controller can detect the new device and automatically configure it based on stored values minimizing down time. Parameters such as zero point can be sent and programmed into the sensor over this bus.

Robotics startup Exotec raises $3.5 million to help warehouses pack and dispatch goods using mini robots

Paul Sawers for Venture Beat:  A French robotics startup has raised €3.3 million ($3.5 million) to build and grow a fleet of mobile robots that help warehouses prepare orders for delivery.

The company was founded in 2015 by former GE Healthcare software architect Renaud Heitz and BA Systèmes technical director Romain Moulin,  and Exotec Solutions (“Exotec”) robots have already been tested across a number of industries. With $3.5 million more in its coffers, the company expects to launch its first robot — called Exo — into the wild in early 2017. The most recent round was raised from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital, and a handful of its existing investors.

The miniature robots are being targeted at any logistics operator that relies on humans to traverse large warehouses picking items off shelves, and it promises to cut employees’ average daily distance covered from 15km to 4km per day and to “[double] the productivity” of each worker. The robots are controlled by what the company calls a “centralized intelligence system,” which liaises between the humans and the robots on the ground.  Cont'd...

Packaging Robot: A Step Ahead in Intelligent Modernization beyond Expectations!

Packaging Robots Industry set to Surpass US $ 5 Bn by 2024, on the Backdrop of Need to Modernization of Manufacturing Facilities and Enhance Operational Efficiency

Microscan Hosts 3-Day Advanced Machine Vision Training Course

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces a three-day training course on advanced machine vision tools taught through hands-on exercises using Microscan's advanced Visionscape® Machine Vision Software platform.

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Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

The ATI Robotic Tool Changer provides the flexibility to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling. These tool changers are designed to function reliably for millions of cycles at rated load while maintaining extremely high repeatability. For this reason, the ATI Tool Changer has become the number-one tool changer of choice around the world. ATI Tool Changer models cover a wide range of applications, from very small payloads to heavy payload applications requiring significantly large moment capacity.