DE-STA-CO Gives Press Room Customers 150 More Ways to "Accelerate" Automation Line Productivity

DE-STA-CO has added more than 150 parts to its Accelerate® Collection of lightweight tooling. The collection, introduced in 2013, was expanded in response to customer requests for additional options to increase automated press room stamping line speed. Accelerate is the world's lightest standard line of end effectors.

Servo-Tek Publish 8pg Comprehensive DC Tachometer Catalog

The new Servo-Tek Products Company tachometer catalog includes detailed specifications of all Servo-Tek high performance DC tachometers for precision speed control applications.

11th Asia International Industrial Automaiton Exhibition,2015

Professional automation exhibition for INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION (Production and Process Automation), ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, ROBOTICS, INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION IT & SOFTWARE

MORGAN ADVANCED MATERIALS EXTENDS REFLECTOR GLAZE RANGE

Developed for high-energy pulsed Q-switching infrared laser applications, a new, high-absorption samarium oxide glaze from Morgan Advanced Materials means it is now able to offer three grades of glaze for laser systems.

Intelligrated launches redesigned, enhanced OnTimeParts.com spare parts procurement website

User-friendly features improve ordering experience

Servo-Tek Publish 8pg Comprehensive DC Tachometer Catalog

The new Servo-Tek Products Company tachometer catalog includes detailed specifications of all Servo-Tek high performance DC tachometers for precision speed control applications.

VERSABALL Beer Pong Robot

From Empire Robotics:

The VERSABALL is a squishy balloon membrane full of loose sub-millimeter particles. The soft ball gripper easily conforms around a wide range of target object shapes and sizes. Using a process known as “granular jamming”, air is quickly sucked out of the ball, which vacuum-packs the particles and hardens the gripper around the object to hold and lift it. The object releases when the ball is re-inflated. VERSABALL comes in multiple head shapes and sizes that use the same pneumatic base... (Empire Robotics' site)

Four Robotics Related Kickstarters For January

EVB: Replace the brain of your LEGO® EV3 with BeagleBone / X PlusOne: Your Ultimate Hover + Speed Aerial Camera Drone / The ProtoCam+: An easy way to build projects and prototypes around your Raspberry Pi Camera Module with your A+ and B+ Raspberry Pi / Tektyte: LogIT Specialised Circuit Testers

Harmonic Drive® Publish 148pg Comprehensive Gearhead Catalog

The new Harmonic Drive® gearhead catalog includes detailed specifications of all Harmonic Drive® high performance gearheads for servo and stepper motors.

Gudel Introduces the Base-RAP Dress-out Solution

Standard routing and protection solutions for cable management from TrackMotion cable carrier to robot base.

Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by "Watching" Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web

From Yezhou Yang, Yi Li, Cornelia Fermuller and Yiannis Aloimonos:

In order to advance action generation and creation in robots beyond simple learned schemas we need computational tools that allow us to automatically interpret and represent human actions. This paper presents a system that learns manipulation action plans by processing unconstrained videos from the World Wide Web. Its goal is to robustly generate the sequence of atomic actions of seen longer actions in video in order to acquire knowledge for robots. The lower level of the system consists of two convolutional neural network (CNN) based recognition modules, one for classifying the hand grasp type and the other for object recognition. The higher level is a probabilistic manipulation action grammar based parsing module that aims at generating visual sentences for robot manipulation.


The list of the grasping types.

Experiments conducted on a publicly available unconstrained video dataset show that the system is able to learn manipulation actions by “watching” unconstrained videos with high accuracy.... (article at Kurzweilai.net) (original paper)

2014 Robotics In A Word: "MORE"

The list of top stories in robotics for 2014 is a story of "MORE": MORE uses of and for robots; MORE serious discussions about robots; MORE robots in unusual places; MORE news in the financial press; MORE funding, acquisitions and IPOs; and MORE choices.

MTI Systems Inspires Manufacturing Career Interest by Donating Again to FIRST Robotics Club

Robotics club size doubles gaining more students interested in manufacturing.

Morgan Advanced Materials announces ceramic capacitors for high voltage and high power radio frequency applications

Morgan Advanced Materials (MGAM) announces its extensive range of ceramic capacitors for high voltage DC and AC and high power radio frequency (RF) applications.

Intuitive Robot Programming for Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Robots are proving to be flexible tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Their full potential however can be limited by the challenges of programming a robot in a CAD/CAM environment. Software that integrates offline programming, simulation, code generation, and path optimization makes the process seamless and error-free.

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Allied Motion - New MFH170i Housed Brushless Torque Motor Has Integrated Servo Drive and Optical Encoder

Allied Motion - New MFH170i Housed Brushless Torque Motor Has Integrated Servo Drive and Optical Encoder

Allied Motion's Megaflux MFH170i series of 170 mm (6.7 in) diameter housed brushless torque motors consists of a high performance brushless DC torque motor, a digital servo drive, and an optical encoder, all integrated into a rugged machined aluminum housing with robust duplex bearings. The MFH0170i series features a 63.5 mm (2.5 in) large-bore through shaft, and is characterized by a very high torque-to-inertia ratio. There are three stack lengths in the series with peak torque ranging from 8.5 up to 16.9 Nm (75 up to 150 lb-in). The standard winding voltage is 48 V. And to ease the hassle of long leadtimes for prototypes, the new MFH170i is now available through our QuickShip program.