Festo Introduces the DDLI Pneumatic Actuator for Servo Positioning and Force Control

The new DDLI servo-pneumatic actuator from Festo delivers precise dynamic movement of large loads - up to 180kg horizontally and 60 kg vertically - and cycle times up to 30 percent faster than comparable standard pneumatic actuators.

NextGen Photoelectric Sensors with IO-Link for the Food Industry

Cost and time savings due to flexibility characterize the stainless steel models of the O500 photoelectric sensor.

Indiegogo - Cubic Robotics Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Produce Open-Platform Artificial Intelligence Device

Cubic Robotics has already raised more than $30,000 through crowdfunding to produce an open-platform AI device for home and personal use.

ESCON Module 24/2 Servo Motor Controller

A miniature controller with maximum functionality.

Kissing It Better: Lifting Ergonomically with Vacuum

By using the right suction and the right lips for the job, you really can "kiss it better" before lifting, rather than after.

A NEW FLEXIBLE ELECTRIC GRIPPER PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR UNIVERSAL ROBOTS FROM ROBOTIQ

Robotiq releases a new version of its 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper. Nearly two times stronger and 50% faster this new Gripper has been perfectly designed to match Universal Robots in terms of payload, flexibility and user-friendliness.

OpenCV Vision Challenge

From the OpenCV Foundation:

OpenCV Foundation with support from DARPA and Intel Corporation are launching a community-wide challenge to update and extend the OpenCV library with state-of-art algorithms. An award pool of $50,000 is provided to reward submitters of the best performing algorithms in the following 11 CV application areas: (1) image segmentation, (2) image registration, (3) human pose estimation, (4) SLAM, (5) multi-view stereo matching, (6) object recognition, (7) face recognition, (8) gesture recognition, (9) action recognition, (10) text recognition, (11) tracking.

Conditions:

The OpenCV Vision Challenge Committee will judge up to five best entries.

You may submit a new algorithm developed by yourself or your implementation of an existing algorithm even if you are not the author of the algorithm. 
You may enter any number of categories. 
If your entry wins the contest you will be awarded $1K.
To win an additional $7.5 to $9K, you must contribute the source code as an OpenCV pull request under a BSD license. 
You acknowledge that your contributed code may be included, with your copyright, in OpenCV.

You may explicitly enter code for any work you have submitted to CVPR 2015 or its workshops. We will not unveil it until after CVPR.

Timeline:

Submission Period: Now – May 8th 2015 
Winners Announcement: June 8th 2015 at CVPR 2015

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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.

Intelligrated launches southwest regional operation

Dallas-Fort Worth-based regional operation offers responsive, localized service and dedicated support for key logistics hub

Robotics Trends Media Group Announces Exciting Expansion

Robotics Trends Media Group announces today exciting growth and developments to accelerate robotics industry expansion.

ECOVACS ROBOTICS NAMED AS 2015 CES INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

The RAYBOT from Ecovacs Robotics is a new environmentally friendly robot designed to effortlessly clean solar panels.

Parrot Invests $2M in MicaSense to Deliver Drone-Based Sensing Solutions for Precision Agriculture

Funding brings cutting-edge remote sensing technologies to the rapidly expanding commercial drone market.

Robotic Assembly

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

Microsoft Deploys Autonomous Robot Security Guards in Silicon Valley Campus

From Extremetech:

The K5, built by the Californian company Knightscope, is billed rather euphemistically as an “autonomous data machine” that provides a “commanding but friendly physical presence.” Basically, it’s a security guard on wheels. Inside that rather large casing (it’s 5 foot tall!) there are four high-def cameras facing in each direction, another camera that can do car license plate recognition, four microphones, gentle alarms, blaring sirens, weather sensors, and WiFi connectivity so that each robot can contact HQ if there’s some kind of security breach/situation. For navigating the environment, there’s GPS and “laser scanning” (LIDAR I guess). And of course, at the heart of each K5 is a computer running artificial intelligence software that integrates all of that data and tries to make intelligent inferences... (full article) (knightscope)

Adept Technology Hires Vice President for North America

Mr. Jellen joins Adept after more than 10 years with Danaher Corporation, where he held successive roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president and general manager for various business units.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.