Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died peacefully at his home this morning, December 1, 2015, in Newtown, Connecticut. Engelberger - widely known as the "Father of Robotics" and creator of the world's first industrial robot - revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing processes and went on to establish robotics in human services. Engelberger was 90 years old.  Engelberger, an industry advocate, author, and international ambassador for robotics, founded Unimation, Inc., in 1956, the world's first industrial robotics manufacturer. Working closely with inventor George Devol, he developed the first industrial robot in the U.S., called "Unimate", which was installed for industrial use in a General Motors plant in 1961. Since then, approximately three million industrial robots have been installed in manufacturing facilities around the world.   Full Press Release.

REO Capital - Launches "Go Fund Me" Expansion Campaign

"John Denes - CEO - REO Capital has just released a new project called "REO Capital - Expansion Capital."

Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Engelberger Legacy: Using Robotics to Automate Manufacturing Industry

Matrix Design, LLC Becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

"This certification validates our business processes and provides prospective end-users additional assurance of our competencies to design, build and install safe and efficient robotic automation systems"

RoboUniverse Shanghai Announces AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners as Keynote Speaker

RoboUniverse confirmed that AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners, will deliver the opening keynote session at its Shanghai event, taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on December 8-10, 2015.

Festo's R&D Timeline - Part 4

More interesting stuff from Festo - ExoHand, CogniGame, SmartInversion, NanoForceGripper

ABB Robotics awarded IACET accreditation; all training courses approved for Continuation Education Credits

Prestigious accreditation demonstrates commitment to high-quality, lifelong learning; CEUs nationally recognized by wide range of organizations.

AUTOMATICA 2016: Automation in the plastics industry complete Machining in Plastic

The plastics industry is booming.

Festo's Bionic Learning Network Presents New Automation Technology at SPS IPC Drives 2015

At SPS IPC Drives 2015, the international exhibition for electric automation, systems and components from 24th to 26th November in Nuremberg, Festo presents current research projects from the Bionic Learning Network. The FlexShapeGripper and the eMotionButterflies are inspired by natural principles and demonstrate ways to transfer those to automation.

Teledyne DALSA to Showcase High-Performance, Low-Cost GigE Vision Cameras at ITE Japan 2015

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in machine vision technology, will showcase its high performance low-cost CMOS area and line scan cameras at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment 2015 (ITE Japan 2015).

FANUC America Corporation Named a Top Workplace in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press

Companies whose workers expressed satisfaction with workplace advantages such as culture, pay, benefits, and amenities make the top workplace list.

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).

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

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

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 majority of my career bringing technology that disrupts the status quo – from inventory optimization and managing risk in the supply base to collaborative robots. Manufacturers are among the most skeptical buyers and for good reason – what they do is hard, complex and things are done the way they are done because it’s been proven to work. There are times though when the opportunity to transform the business is so compelling that – as Drucker said – executives need to spend whatever time is necessary to tear down the cultural barriers that are getting in the way of the strategy that capitalizes on the moment. In the category of robotics and industrial automation, now is one of those times. It’s been more than 50 years since Unimate went to work at a GM plant unloading heavy parts and welding them onto automobile frames. Manufacturing has changed a lot and today is on an evolutionary path toward the 4th industrial revolution. Unfortunately, while executives may be ready to move quickly toward the factories of the future for first mover advantage, many automation engineers remain entrenched in 20th century thinking about robots — when they were highly customized solutions, designed to perform one task over and over again, with a price tag to match.   Cont'd...

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.

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