Robotiq Releases a New Adaptive Robot Gripper with Wide Stroke and Advanced Control

Ideal for high-mix pick and place applications in many diverse industries

NX-Series Safety Control Units - New Stand-Alone, Expandable Solution From Omron Connects Directly to Any Safety Device

The NX-series Safety Control Unit's inputs support direct connectivity to any kind of safety device.

Pack Expo - Roberts PolyPro Introduces a New High Speed Series of Robotic Bottle Handle Applicators - Up to 60 Cases per Minute - at Pack Expo 2015

Roberts PolyPro is offering two models of the new series rated at 30 or 60 cases per minute with a compact footprint (Roberts PolyPro Pack Expo Booth C-2814)

Pack Expo - Pro Mach Brings a Flexible Packaging Emporium of Solutions to Pack Expo 2015

Two years ago, Pro Mach established its Flexible Packaging Group to be a one-stop shop for flexible packaging. Today with strong annual growth and solutions from filling through palletizing, the group is more than realizing its promise (Pro Mach Flexible Packaging Group Booths C-3221, 3223, and 3323)

Pack Expo - Shuttleworth's Booth at Pack Expo 2015 Is a One-Stop-Shop for State-of-the-Art Conveying Solutions

Shuttleworth engineered two comprehensive, modular active demonstrations that showcase a wide range of conveying solutions for every shape, size, and composition of products from cartons and cases to delicate baked goods (Shuttleworth Pack Expo Booth C-3623)

AutonomouStuff to bring PolySync Demonstration Kit to RoboBusiness

RoboBusiness 2015, September 23-24 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Pack Expo - Lenze Americas Announces Sponsorship of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015

As sponsor of PMMI exhibitor, hospitality lounges and golf tournament, Lenze supports packaging industry and showcases motion control solutions

Eliminate vacuum related downtime in your production

piCOMPACT23 revolutionizes the air driven vacuum pump market

Technology gap gives foreign firms the edge in China robot wars

BY GERRY SHIH for Reuters:  In a cavernous showroom on the outskirts of this port city in northeastern China, softly whirring lathes and svelte robot arms represent Dalian Machine Tools Group's (DMTG) vision of an automated future for Chinese manufacturing.

On closer inspection, however, most of the machines' control panels bear the logos of Japan's FANUC Corp or the German conglomerate Siemens.

The imported control systems in DMTG's products – used in the assembly of everything from smartphones to cement trucks – are symbolic of the technology gap between Chinese and foreign industrial automation firms, just one of several challenges facing China's ambition to nurture a national robotics industry.

Chinese robotics firms are also grappling with a weakening economy and slumping automotive sector, and industry insiders already predict a market bubble just three years after the central government issued policies to spur robotics development.

"Last year everybody thought they could produce a robot," said Alan Lee, director of Asia sales and business development at Boston-based Rethink Robotics. "When you have market saturation you'll have filtering and M&A. These guys will be the first layer to suffer." 

It is a storyline familiar from other new industries such as solar panels: Beijing's policies and subsides trigger a wave of low-margin, low-cost contenders to rush into the market, where, with no meaningful technology of their own, they struggle to compete on price alone.  Cont'd...

New High Precision Gear Reducers from GAM Gear

Designed to maintain the high quality associated with GAM products, the Economy Series was engineered to provide a high-quality, low-cost gearing solution for less demanding servo applications. The EPL series consists of a variety of configurations to meet the requirements of many applications.

Novotechnik - Ultra-Compact Hollow Shaft Angle Sensors

Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the new WAL 200 Series of hollow shaft angle sensors that provide absolute, rotary position. Sensor dimensions are 7 x 22 mm. The WAL 200 Series has a measurement range of 0 to 340°. Mechanical range is a continuous 0 to 360°.

OMRON to Acquire U.S. Based Adept Technology

OMRON plans to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Adept common stock through an all cash tender offer followed by a second-step merger. OMRON will offer Adept investors $13.00 per share of Adept common stock, which represents a 63% premium over the closing price for Adept's common stock on September 15, 2015. This values Adept at approximately $200 million. OMRON will fund the tender offer through cash on hand. 

Commenting on the acquisition, Yutaka Miyanaga, OMRON Industrial Automation Business Company President, said, "We are delighted Adept Technology, a world leader in robotics, has agreed to join OMRON. This acquisition is part of our strategy to enhance our automation technology and position us for long term growth. Robotics will elevate our offering of advanced automation." 

Rob Cain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adept, added, "We are excited about the opportunity to join OMRON, a global leader in automation. Together, our products will offer new innovative solutions to customers all around the globe." 

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New Open Frame VPX Development Chassis From Pixus Technologies Is Versatile and Cost-Effective

Pixus Technologies, a supplier of backplane, chassis, and embedded component solutions, has released an open frame chassis platform for OpenVPX backplanes.

VPX Ejector Handles and Panels From Pixus Offer Quality European Designs for up to 30% Less

Pixus Technologies, a supplier of backplane, chassis, and embedded component solutions, now offers ejector handles and panels for 3U and 6U VPX boards.

Lenze Brings Robot Programming Module to Gantry Pick-and-Place Applications

Software engineering made easy with FAST application software module for robot kinematics and multi-axis coordination

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SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.