Robotics, automation, and how a strong network is needed to connect it all up

Manish Sablokk for IoTTech:  Cutting-edge robots and other advanced smart machines are set to be added into the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, which is projected to reach 25 billion devices by 2020. Robotics has already been used in manufacturing to great effect for over a decade, performing delicate and precise tasks with a higher success rate than humans. With advancements such as 'deep learning' robots, delivery drones and ubiquitous knowledge-sharing between machines, widespread robotics adoption is becoming far more feasible.

In healthcare, there are already robotic services in operation with automated pharmacy dispensing and robotic trolleys - robots that can navigate between floors and even call the lift using a Wi-Fi sensor. The hospitality sector has also been a keen adopter of robotics to deliver services and in education, robots are being deployed successfully as a tutor, tool or peer in learning activities, providing language, science and technology education.  Cont'd...

IMTS - Integrated Industries Conference at IMTS 2016 To Address Motion, Drive & Automation, Industrial Internet of Things/Industry 4.0 And Surface Technology Topics

"We have assembled some of the best known companies in these fields to discuss the rapidly evolving technologies and trends across each topic track," said Larry Turner, president/CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE. "Attendees can expect to hear from lifelong experts in smart manufacturing."

Solving the Custom Robot Parts Challenge: The Story

The number of unique parts required is high - some 200 parts in the past year or so - but the volume in which each part is needed is low, often only one or two.

Now Available through North American Distributors: The Most Advanced Autonomous Mobile Robot for Indoor Transportation Logistics - The MiR100

Mobile Industrial Robots, (MiR), a next-generation developer and manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots already sold in 26 countries, extends its foothold in the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican market by announcing distribution agreements for its award-winning mobile robot, the MiR100. These twelve industrial automation distributors in North America cover all major regions and are trained, certified and selling MiR100s.

Robotics Manufacturing Takes Off In Thailand

Thailand's Dominance in ASEAN Automotive Markets Paves Way for Growth in Robotics Industry, According to Thailand Board of Investment (BOI).

LEONI Brings Together Automation Technology, German Brew at Oktoberfest Networking Event

LEONI Engineering Products & Services, Inc. will be hosting an Oktoberfest-styled event on September 29, 2016, at its facility in Lake Orion, Michigan. Technology demonstration station will be set up to display LEONI EPS' various systems.

NEXCOM IoT Gateway Spurs A Cross-Industry Revolution with Smart Operations

Powered by Intel® Atom™ processor E3826, the NISE 50 offers data acquisition, edge computing, and cloud integration with a thin client and provides an easy way to scale IoT applications with optional NEXCOM IoT Studio, helping enterprises implement continuous improvement across organizations.

FlexMove Increases Functionality and User Experience with the Launch of New Website

FlexMove's new website at, brings a responsive design, easy navigation, updated product pages and other tools to guide users quickly to the information they're looking for.

Festo Introduces Low Cost EtherNet/IP Connectivity to Its Most Economical Valve Terminals

The new Festo CTEU-EP universal EtherNet/IP interface module improves the quality, performance, and diagnostics of OEM pneumatic systems at a fraction of the cost of previous generation solutions - configure up to 96 valves on multiple valve terminals with a single EtherNet/IP node. The CTEU-EP is a Rockwell Encompass referenced product

Everything You Need to Know About Stepper Motors

Recent servo motors are equipped with the encoder of 20 bits (1,048,576 steps) which has a very fine resolution. Because of this, errors due to the encoder installation accuracy have a huge effect on stopping accuracy.

What's Happening in Robotics? Five Trends to Watch

2016, through mid-June, shows 56 startups received $427.5 million; and that 20 acquisitions have happened thus far totaling $4.53 bn (from the 11 reporting amounts involved).

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Launch Groundbreaking Contest to 3D-Print Design Aboard International Space Station

The I.S.S. Design Challenge, co-sponsored by Mouser's valued suppliers Amphenol and Intel®, is a call to college and university students, engineers, and makers, to create a 3D-printable project designed to help I.S.S. astronauts in space.

SPIE announces scholarship awards to more than 135 photonics students

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced education and travel scholarship awards totaling of $351,000 made so far this year to more than 135 students. Among named awards is a new scholarship honoring the memory of Laurin Publishing and Photonics Media founder Teddi Laurin.

Kyntrol Introduces New Technology Actuators that Provide High Force in a Compact Package

Kyntrol's new Electro-Hydraulic Actuators use hydraulic technology coupled with electric servo accuracy to deliver a standalone, compact package that is reliable, simple to set up and customizable to the application's motion control needs. The compact design moves up to 20,000 pounds with repeatable positioning to 0.001 of an inch.

Packaging Robot Market size is expected to witness substantial growth and is expected to grow at over 9% CAGR from 2016 to 2023

"Packaging Robot Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

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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.