IMTS - Shuttleworth to Partner with APT Manufacturing Solutions and FANUC America at IMTS 2016

The companies have formed a strategic partnership showcasing Shuttleworth's conveyor systems and APT's integrated automation solutions utilizing FANUC robotics to increase efficiency and productivity while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety.

New High Accuracy Positioning Tables/Nano Precision Stages from Primatics

Primatics custom engineered solutions are ideal for assembly & inspection applications, vacuum environments, clean room environments and metrology applications for precision testing and measurement.

Integro Technologies Ranks on 35th Annual Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today ranked Integro Technologies on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Machine vision: MVTec presents the HALCON 13 major release

 Faster than ever with even higher performance for optimized machine vision  New functions for texture inspection and 3D technologies  Release date: November 1, 2016

Robotic Pharmaceutical Unit Pick Workcell Introduced by Yaskawa Motoman, R/X Automation Solutions and Universal Robotics

The newly introduced RX Unit Pick Workcell is a fully automated robotic pharmacy order fulfillment system capable of handling thousands of different kinds of pre-packaged medicine with 100% verification for mail order delivery direct to customers or to central fill locations.

IMTS - FANUC America Expands CNC Training Program

FANUC training courses include hands on instruction and real-world troubleshooting and are taught by experienced professionals who have been trained at FANUC headquarters in Japan.

EPSON Expands LS-Series SCARA Lineup

With the Addition of the LS20, LS6-500 and LS6-700, Epson's Robust SCARA Lineup Offers Even More Robots for More Applications


SCHUNK has introduced several improvements on the original PGN-Plus and has announced the newest generation grippers, PGN-Plus-E and PGN-Plus P.

Special Tradeshow Coverage for The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2016)

IMTS 2016 will be held from September 12th - 17th in Chicago, Illinois. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Global collaborative robots market expected to grow at a high rate

Market Reports World:  The global market for collaborative robots is expected to grow at a CAGR of 60.04% between 2016 and 2022 from USD 110.0 million in 2015 and reach USD 3.3 Billion by 2022. The market is expected to be driven by the growing demand because of higher return on investment and low price of collaborative robots that are attracting the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and the increase in investments for automation in industries.

“The market in the automotive industry and furniture & equipment industry is expected to grow rapidly”
The application in the automotive industry accounted for the largest share of the collaborative robot market in 2015 and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. However, the increasing installations of collaborative robots in the automotive industry and furniture & equipment industry would provide rapid growth between 2016 and 2022, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.  Full report...

Japan Is Leaping Towards Smart Factory Implementation

A few niche Japanese companies have been producing high-performance all-axis servo-driven take-out robots to make an industry smart in its various stages of planning, organizing, staffing, controlling, delivering, etc.

18 Questions to Ask Your AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) Vendor: Part 1

You need an AGV solution that will grow with your company, adapting to your changing industry and taking on the challenges you face as your business grows.

Microscan Hosts 3-Day Advanced Machine Vision Training Course

For intermediate users of machine vision, Microscan provides an in-depth study of common machine vision applications with hands-on exercises using its Visionscape® Machine Vision Software - hosted Sept. 20-22 at Microscan's corporate headquarters in Renton, Washington, U.S.A.

Motion Controls Robotics to Demonstrate the Know Nos of Case Packing and Palletizing at Pack Expo International 2016

Motion Controls Robotics will be in the thick of things at Pack Expo 2016 (booth N-4946). Stop by the booth to spot Know Nos of Case Packing and Palletizing.

Do the benefits of robotics outweigh the heavy demands on infrastructure?

Ben Rossi for Information Age:  Robotics has already been deployed in manufacturing to great effect for over a decade, performing delicate and precise tasks with greater accuracy than humans.

But now cutting-edge robots and other smart machines are set to join forces with the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, which Gartner estimates will total 25 billion devices by 2020.

In healthcare, robotic services are already operating pharmacy dispensers and robotic trolleys are now deployed in a growing number of hospitals. In hospitality, robots deliver services such as drinks dispensing and automated trolley deliveries.

Robots have even made their way into education, where they are being deployed successfully as a tutor, tool or peer in learning activities.

But what impact will this large-scale adoption of robotics have on existing networks as they encounter inevitable further strain?  Cont'd...

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BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow has offered a Camera Link frame grabbers for almost 15 years. This latest offering, our 6th generation combines the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0. Enabling a single or two camera system to operate at up to 850 MB/S per camera, the Axion-CL family is the best choice for CL frame grabber. Like the Cyton-CXP frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the new StreamSync system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing. There are two options available; Axion 1xE & Axion 2xE. The Axion 1xE is compatible with one base, medium, full or 80-bit camera offering PoCL, Power over Camera Link, on both connectors. The Axion 2xE is compatible with two base, medium, full or 80-bit cameras offering PoCL on both connectors for both cameras. The Axion-CL is a culmination of the continuous improvements and updates BitFlow has made to Camera Link frame grabbers.