More versions, more power - New DCX motors and GPX gearboxes from maxon

Now even stronger, more efficient and with yet more combination options: There are new additions to the maxon family of X drive products. Several long versions of brushed DC motors, with higher torques and more power, are being added to the product range, together with matching planetary gearheads. Each of the 3-stage versions can now be combined with the next smaller motor. This saves space, weight and costs.

New Parker Electric Thrust Tubular (ETT) Linear Motor Increases Performance

Rod-style actuator comes in cost-effective, energy-efficient, low-maintenance package

Altera to Exhibit Comprehensive Solution Portfolio for Accelerating Intelligent Automation at SPS IPC Drives 2014

Demos Include Secure Cloud-Enabled PLC for IoT and Industry 4.0, Precision Robotics, Motor Control and IEC 61508 Functional Safety

KUKA Robotics Corporation debuts the KORE of STEM Education at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014

KUKA Robotics to debut KORE; KUKA Official Robotics Education program in booth #808 November 20th- 21st, 2014

Robotic Assembly

Manual assembly procedures, which previously have been neither ergonomic nor appropriate for automation, can currently be automated in a cost-effective way.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation announces Secomea as newest member of its e-F@ctory Alliance Program

Secomea provides remote access solutions for the automation and machine industry.

Altera to Exhibit Comprehensive Solution Portfolio for Accelerating Intelligent Automation at SPS IPC Drives 2014

Demos Include Secure Cloud-Enabled PLC for IoT and Industry 4.0, Precision Robotics, Motor Control and IEC 61508 Functional Safety

Diversified Machine Systems Partner, Fagor Automation, Rolls out CNC Automation Advancements

Fagor Automation, strategic partner of Diversified Machine Systems, the original equipment manufacturer of DMS CNC Routers, announces CNC technology advancements such as the new 8060 CNC System and Exposed Linear Encoders.

Trending Shelf-Ready Packaging Relies on Mosca S-ATRS to Get to Market

Shelf-Ready Packaging, (synonymous with Retail-Ready) is trending for many retailers, including discount clubs. Merchandise in Shelf-Ready Packaging (SRP) is easier to ship, display and sell. But, the small production runs of wildly diversified products have to get to manufacturers first. Mosca's Model S-ATRS for bundling cartons has proved to be a reliable and cost effective design with surprising throughput potential.

LeddarTech Attracts Significant Investor Interest, Successfully Completing $7 Million Financing

LeddarTech has successfully completed a $7 million equity financing to accelerate commercialization efforts for its innovative detection and ranging sensor modules and to support the ramp-up of operations.

New Version of PLC Technician II Program from George Brown College

New computer-based curriculum gives students a "hands on" learning experience in a wide range of manufacturing and service environments

Festo Introduces Its All-in-One DC Servo Motor/Drive Unit - The MTR-ECI

This solution is ideal for on-machine mounting and fast, precise format adjustment.

Deep Visual-Semantic Alignments for Generating Image Descriptions

Because of the Nov. 14th submission deadline for this years IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) several big image-recognition papers are coming out this week:

From Andrej Karpathy and Li Fei-Fei of Stanford:

We present a model that generates free-form natural language descriptions of image regions. Our model leverages datasets of images and their sentence descriptions to learn about the inter-modal correspondences between text and visual data. Our approach is based on a novel combination of Convolutional Neural Networks over image regions, bidirectional Recurrent Neural Networks over sentences, and a structured objective that aligns the two modalities through a multimodal embedding. We then describe a Recurrent Neural Network architecture that uses the inferred alignments to learn to generate novel descriptions of image regions. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our alignment model with ranking experiments on Flickr8K, Flickr30K and COCO datasets, where we substantially improve on the state of the art. We then show that the sentences created by our generative model outperform retrieval baselines on the three aforementioned datasets and a new dataset of region-level annotations... (website with examples) (full paper)

From Oriol Vinyals, Alexander Toshev, Samy Bengio, and Dumitru Erhan at Google:

Show and Tell: A Neural Image Caption Generator (announcement post) (full paper)

From Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard S. Zemel at University of Toronto:

Unifying Visual-Semantic Embeddings with Multimodal Neural Language Models (full paper)

From Junhua Mao, Wei Xu, Yi Yang, Jiang Wang and Alan L. Yuille at Baidu Research/UCLA:

Explain Images with Multimodal Recurrent Neural Networks (full paper)

From Jeff Donahue, Lisa Anne Hendricks, Sergio Guadarrama, Marcus Rohrbach, Subhashini Venugopalan, Kate Saenko, and Trevor Darrell at UT Austin, UMass Lowell and UC Berkeley:

Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks for
Visual Recognition and Description
(full paper)

All these came from this Hacker News discussion.

Teledyne DALSA Displays Industrial Vision Solutions at Rockwell's Automation Fair 2014

Automation Fair will take place from November 19-20, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

Researchers Make Self-Learning Robots using 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.

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US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital is pleased to announce the launch of the E4T, their latest series of miniature high performance optical encoders. The E4T series delivers a marked performance increase over similar encoder models and designed to be an enhanced replacement for the E4P encoder series. The E4T utilizes state of the art transmissive optical sensing technology, and incorporates US Digital's own proprietary OptoASIC. Assembly of the E4T is simple and efficient and retains the previous E4P's form factor. Key features of the new E4T include: • Mechanically and Electrically Interchangeable with E4P • Improved Quadrature Signal Strength • 100 kHz Frequency Response • Transmissive Optical Design • Collet Style Push on Optical Disk Design (Patent Pending) • Simple & Efficient Assembly Process As with all of our products the E4T is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver, Washington USA facility and is available for purchase as of December 2014.