Sarah Kessler for Quartz: A startup called RightHand robotics recently began piloting technology that automates a task robots have previously struggled to master: recognizing and picking up items from boxes.
FANUC will introduce its new R-30iB Plus robot controller at the annual FANUC Open House event on April 10-13 at its headquarters in Japan.
Industry 4.0 will significantly alter the traditional model of pushing products to market, instead creating a more collaborative environment between goods producers and their customers.
Patrick Clark and Kim Bhasin for Bloomberg Technology: It was Amazon that drove America's warehouse operators into the robot business. Quiet Logistics, which ships apparel out of its Devens, Mass., warehouse, had been using robots made by a company called Kiva Systems. When Amazon bought Kiva in 2012, Quiet hired scientists.
Tend Introduces in.control™: The First Smart Cloud Robotics Platform for Remote Control, Monitoring and Analysis of Production Lines
New Manufacturing Software Features a Mobile Interface to Control Any Robot, Tending Any Machine, From Any Location
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. has paired its proven iQ-R Series integrated control platform with a redundant function module to create a redundant process control system for applications that require highly reliable control.
Ideal for machine tool, packaging, and wash-down applications
VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of integrated systems, embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, announces expansion of the DAQ Series™ product range in MTCA.4.
Festo showcases new process automation solutions, clean valve terminals that can be machine mounted, corrosion resistant actuators, and air quality and energy efficiency solutions. (Festo ProFood Tech Booth # 1611)
Ideal for high-speed assembly and handling applications, the new GP-series robots are fast, compact and efficient. Available now in three models - GP7, GP8 and GP12 - these six-axis robots offer the highest payload, fastest speed and highest wrist allowable moment in its class.
Featuring power and force limiting technology, Yaskawa Motoman's new six-axis HC10 robot works safely with, or in close proximity to humans by stopping the robot in the event of contact with an operator. Dual torque sensors in all joints constantly monitor force to quickly react to contact; something typically only found in more expensive systems. It is designed to eliminate operator pinch points while through-arm utilities hide cabling and increase safety by reducing the risks of snagging or interference with other equipment.
The new ArcWorld® 200 and ArcWorld® 500 welding solutions are designed to be versatile workhorses for small- to medium-sized parts or medium-volume production runs. These customizable models feature a dual-station design allowing for high robot utilization; the operator can load one workstation while the robot is servicing the other. Floorspace requirements are minimal, as they can occupy a typical single-station space.
AccuFast™ II, an economical laser-based seam finder for Yaskawa Motoman's arc welding robot line, features improved sensor capabilities. The improved sensor offers increased performance by providing more reliable and repeatable feedback to the robot controller regarding part position. It also provides readings on a variety of materials and at angles of measurement that were not formerly possible.
PICMG, a not-for-profit 501(c) consortium of companies and organizations that collaboratively develop open specifications, has announced the release of a high-performance revision that adds server-grade functionality to COM Express embedded computing systems.
LocusBots work collaboratively and safely alongside warehouse staff, helping to quickly locate and transport pick items, so pickers don't have to push carts or carry bins.
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The Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter is an Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed to attach to movable carts and transport them from a pickup location to a drop off location. Applications include line-side inventory replenishment, moving flow racks, transporting Work in Progress (WIP) between process steps, and moving finished goods to the warehouse. The Lynx Cart transporter leverages Natural Feature Navigation to autonomously find a path through the facility without the need for any facility modifications necessary.