We Robot 2014 to be Held in Coral Gables, Florida, on April 4-5, 2014

Robotics is becoming a transformative technology.

Güdel, Inc. Announces Transition of Trackmotion (TMF) Manufacturing to US

"Swiss Quality, Made Locally" a Core Strategy for Güdel's US marketplace

New Sensors Unlimited Mil-Rugged, High Resolution, Extended Sensitivity Shortwave Infrared Video Camera with Snapshot

Sensors Unlimited's new camera is an all-solid-state, ruggedized camera with snapshot exposure capability and automatic gain control (AGC).

BYD Collaborates with I2R on Autonomous Vehicle Research

A*STAR's I2R and China's BYD develop a joint vehicle laboratory

Rockwell Automation Introduces Allen-Bradley Micro820 PLC for Remote Automation Applications

Rockwell Automation announces the new Allen-Bradley Micro820 programmable logic controller (PLC), a new addition to the Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family. The 20-point Micro820 controller features embedded Ethernet and serial ports, and a microSD slot.

DARPA Open Catalog Makes Agency-Sponsored Software and Publications Available to All

Public website aims to encourage communities interested in DARPA research to build off the agency's work, starting with big data

Spectra-Physics® Expands Ultrafast Amplifier Portfolio

• Extends offering to high >14 W power and to ultrashort sub-20 femtosecond (fs) pulses at high repetition rates

Spectra-Physics® Launches Breakthrough >60 W Ultraviolet (UV) Laser

• Quasar® 355-60 also boosts maximum repetition rate by 3.5x, shrinks minimum pulse width by 2.5x

Spectra-Physics® Debuts Disruptive Cost-Performance Ultraviolet (UV) Q-switched Laser

• New Talon™ delivers unprecedented combination of UV performance, reliability, and cost

North American Robotics Shipments Grow in 2013 While New Orders Contract

While robot shipments set record highs in 2013, new orders fell.

Microscan to Instruct Machine Vision Course at Upcoming Learning Labs

Microscan, a global technology leader in machine vision and barcode solutions, will present an educational machine vision workshop at the upcoming 2014 Anaheim Learning Labs Program, scheduled to take place February 11-13 in Anaheim, CA.

USPTO Awards Vehicle Dispatching Patent to Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

The US Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded ASI with Patent No. US 8,626,565 B2 titled "Vehicle Dispatching Method and System."

Bilsing Automation Announces New PSB-20 Series Grippers

New slim, lightweight and high clamping force Bilsing gripper can become the standard across a variety of robotic end-of-arm tooling applications.

Robot Sidekicks: With NSF Funding, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers Tackle the Challenges of Putting Robots on the Shop Floor and in Our Homes

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received awards through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to investigate and overcome fundamental challenges involved with robots working alongside people. Dmitry Berenson will develop algorithms that will permit robots to collaborate with people on small-scale manufacturing operations. Sonia Chernova will draw on the experience of thousands of online "teachers" to learn more about how "everyday people" can teach robots to do simple tasks.

Spectra-Physics® Unveils Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser

• New air-cooled ultrafast laser is ideal for fixed wavelength multiphoton imaging and nano-structuring

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.