Robot Can Pick and Sort Fruit

A robotics breakthrough by product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is set to boost productivity across the food chain – from the field to the warehouse. It paves the way for robots to take on complex picking and sorting tasks involving irregular organic items – sorting fruit and vegetables, for example, or locating and removing specific weeds among crops in a field. “Traditional robots struggle when it comes to adapting to deal with uncertainty,” said Chris Roberts, head of industrial robotics at Cambridge Consultants. “Our innovative blend of existing technologies and novel signal processing techniques has resulted in a radical new system design that is poised to disrupt the industry.”  

Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Program Expands with New Partners

The PartnerNetwork program is a team of leading suppliers, distributors, system integrators, and machine and equipment builders.

Geometric launches CAMWorks 2016

The latest release of Geometric's award-winning suite of 3D CNC machining applications enhances productivity, advances machining capabilities, and improves user experience

Special Tradeshow Coverage for FABTECH 2015

FABTECH 2015 will be held from November 9th - 12th in Chicago, Illinois. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

KC Robotics, Inc. to Exhibit at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show is Shaping the Future of the Industry

FABTECH - FABTECH 2015 Special Events Feature Manufacturing Leaders and Innovators

Keynote speakers, panel participants to offer insight on additive manufacturing, security risks, innovation and more

FABTECH - Eisele Connectors to Showcase New Solutions for the North American Manufacturing Industry at 2015 FABTECH Show

2015 FABTECH show Chicago from Nov. 9-12

Yaskawa Motoman Receives Special Recognition Award from Honda

The award winning companies were honored for achievements in the categories of Special Recognition, Outstanding Value, Performance Excellence and Supplier of the Year.

Banner Engineering Self-Contained Photoelectric Sensors Now Available in Fixed-Field Sensing Mode

Featuring excellent optical design and an advanced electronic design

FABTECH - ABB to feature a range of advanced technology robotic welding demos for fabricators of all sizes at FABTECH 2015

Demos include a compact welding robot, a three robot welding system with 20 axes of coordinated motion, a TIP-TIG production welding cell and YuMi, ABB's new dual arm collaborative robot

A Miniature Linear Servo Motor Air Bearing Stage, Introduced by PI

Floating on a cushion of air with an overall height of only 38mm, the new mini A-141 air bearing stage is one of the smallest on the market.

Robots Learning Judo Techniques to Fall Down Without Exploding

By Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  The best and worst part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals waswatching all of those huge expensive humanoids topple over in a series of epic faceplants. Faceplants are called faceplants because you’re planting your face into the ground as a means of breaking your fall, which usually also breaks your face, among other things. This tends to happen when you’re unprepared for falling, which with most robots, is 100 percent of the time. Now researchers at Georgia Tech want to teach humanoid robots to fall more safely with techniques adapted from judo, which might protect them enough to actually be able to get up again. Falling safely (or, as safely as you can), assuming that you have very little control over the nature of your fall, is all about controlling exactly when and how your body crashes down. During a fall, your body is busy converting potential energy to kinetic energy, all of which has to go somewhere when you hit the ground. If your face hits the ground first, then that’s where all the energy goes at once, but if you can manage to contact the ground with a bunch of different parts of your body at different times on the way down, the energy will be spread out. Ideally, the energy gets spread out to the point where each individual impact doesn’t do enough damage to hurt you in a permanent sort of way.  Cont'd...

New Thomson Video Teaches Lubricating Techniques for Linear Guides and Bearings

Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released a new educational video for design engineers, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly lubricate linear bearings and guides. The video is the latest in an ongoing series of multimedia content from Thomson intended to maximize performance, reduce lifecycle costs and extend the life of high precision linear motion technology.

Rethink Robotics Branches into Latin America with New Distribution Partners in Mexico

Rethink Robotics Branches into Latin America with New Distribution Partners in Mexico

SCHUNK EGL: Intelligent Gripping Module

The SCHUNK EGL 70 mechatronic parallel gripper combines power and intelligence.

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