Introducing the 14th annual Unmanned Aerial Systems conference

The 14th annual Unmanned Aerial Systems conference takes place on the 17th - 18th December 2014, London, UK.

Applied manufacturing Technologies (AMT) Presents Technology Fair 2014 August 21, 2014. 25 Years of Automation Excellence

A combination of 30 speakers, vendor exhibits, technical breakout-training sessions, leading edge demonstrations and AMT engineers and specialists on-site, this is the must-attend automation event of the year.

Intro to Shape Memory Alloy Actuation Using Flexinol

From Jie Qi's projects page: Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are metals that change shape when heated up. They are wonderful actuators in that they are light, silent and can be "turned on" by simply running current through. The shape that they change to can also be set, though this process is a bit more tricky. Flexinol is a particular brand of nitinol, which is an SMA made of nickel and titanium, and is pre-set to contract about 10% of its original length when heated. In my projects, I generally used the 0.006" to 0.01" diameter, High-Temp wires. Since Flexinol draws a lot of current (about 300mA for the diameters I used), you need a strong power supply like a wall supply or a good lithium-ion battery. I've used from 3.7V up to 6V (any more and my Flexinol wires would start overheating). To turn the Flexinol on, I would simply short the ends of the wire to the power. For digital control, I used a standard MOSFET circuit which is a digital switch that can be turned on and off using a microcontroller... ( cont'd )

RobLog Industrial Demonstrator Entrance for Robotic Logistics

The design and construction of the RobLog Industrial Demonstrator was made under the requirements for such a machine to be robust yet have a streamlined design, flexible enough to fit into different space confinements, such as loading docks or warehouses.

Photron Introduces Mini UX50 - High-Speed Imaging System

New, compact, rugged 1.3 MPixel high-speed camera for automotive safety testing

Velodyne LiDAR, Leader in Autonomous Vehicle Technology, To Be Featured in Back-to-Back Events in S.F. Bay Area

CEO David Hall Joins Panelists During Robotics Conference at UC Berkeley July 13; At AUVSI Symposium Near SFO, Velodyne Team to Demonstrate LiDAR Vehicle

DNC Electronics cuts prices on Fanuc parts and highlights services

DNC Electronics Ltd has just announced price cuts to a number of its products, while at the same time highlighting the benefits of its services to both new and existing customers in the CNC machine tools industry fitted with Fanuc controls, drives and motors.

Hydroid Successfully Completes the Kongsberg Extreme 200 Offshore Race

Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton competes in 635-mile race from Newport to Bermuda

Interview with e-NABLE Founder Jon Schull

By far, one of the most inspirational and impressive projects that's come from the 3D printing/DIY community has been the work we're seeing on open-source assistive devices, and one online organization that is playing a major role in making this happen is e-NABLE, a group started by Dr. Jon Schull of Rochester Institute of Technology.

KUKA Robot Helps Fabricate Wooden Pavilion Inspired by the Sea Urchin

With the help of a KUKA robot, a research project at the University of Stuttgart gave rise to a wooden pavilion that is characterized by its particular capabilities and efficient use of resources. The unusual pavilion can be visited at the State Garden Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany until 12 October.

ATI Industrial Automation's 8th Annual Technology Fair Scheduled for August 21st, 2014

. ATI will provide cost-effective solutions to the most challenging applications which will increase robot productivity and surpass your automation needs.

Squad X Infrastructure Study Seeks Innovative Ways to Improve Dismounted Squads' Tactical Advantage

DARPA invites white papers designed to help define the state of the art and future research directions

BugJuggler: Project to build 70ft tall robot that juggles cars

Project Overview: BugJuggler will use a diesel engine to generate hydraulic pressure. An operator located in the robot’s head will be able to control its motions using a haptic feedback interface connected to high-speed servo valves. Hydraulic accumulators - essentially storage batteries for hydraulic fluid - will allow for the rapid movement required for the robot to juggle cars or other large, heavy objects.  The first stage of the BugJuggler project will be construction of a working 8ft tall single arm proof-of-principle juggler able to toss and catch a 250lb mass... ( cont'd )

Intelligrated appoints new senior sales manager for western regional operations

Sales and operations veteran to lead business development strategies

Automate 2015 - Speakers Sought for Automate 2015 Show & Conference

Automate 2015 show and conference in Chicago, March 23-26, 2015

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.