PI Releases New Vacuum Precision Motion and Positioning Solutions Catalog and Whitepaper

Vacuum and UHV applications in research and industry are increasing in importance as testing and manufacturing specifically require vacuum or cryogenic environments.

Robot Sews First Complete Garment

From Sewbo:  Sewbo Inc. on Thursday announced that it has achieved the long-sought goal of automated sewing, by using an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt. This milestone represents the first time that a robot has been used to sew an entire article of clothing.

Despite widespread use in other industries, automation has failed to find a place in apparel manufacturing due to robots’ inability to handle limp, flexible fabrics. Sewbo avoids these hurdles by temporarily stiffening fabrics, making it easy for conventional robots to build clothes as if they were made from sheet metal. Afterwards, the process is reversed to produce soft, fully assembled garments.

“Our technology will allow manufacturers to create higher-quality clothing at lower costs in less time than ever before,” said Jonathan Zornow, the technology’s inventor. “Avoiding labor issues and shortening supply chains will help reduce the complexity and headaches surrounding today’s intricate global supply network. And digital manufacturing will revolutionize fashion, even down to how we buy our clothes by allowing easy and affordable customization for everyone.”

Sewbo performed their feat using an off-the-shelf industrial robot, which they taught to operate a consumer sewing machine. Having successfully proved its core concept, Sewbo is now expanding its team and working towards commercializing its technology... (company webpage, MIT article)

Next-Generation Robotics & Automation: Automotive Manufacturing Europe 2106

The Next-Generation Robotics & Automation: Automotive Manufacturing Europe conference takes place at The Vox, Birmingham, UK, 29-30 November, and London Business Conferences offer Robotics Tomorrow readers a discount to attend.

VISION 2016: Between anniversaries and product premières

Leading world trade fair for machine vision showcases innovations in all exhibition areas / FRAMOS, Matrix Vision, MVTEC and Vision Components celebrate company anniversaries

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution offers manufacturers a feasible, holistic approach to control, communication, and cloud integration, fast-tracking the implementation of virtual war rooms, preventive maintenance and Industry 4.0 applications alike.

Industrial Technology Events Co-Located At IMTS 2016 Post Show Report

Five Trade Shows And Conference Programs Powered By HANNOVER MESSE Focused On Industry 4.0. And Industrial Internet Of Things Capabilities

Stäubli to host Stäubli Tech Day, Oct. 13, 2016

Stäubli will be hosting Stäubli Tech Day Oct. 13, 2016 at their Duncan, SC location.

IMTS 2016 Third Largest Show for Registration and Exhibit Space, also Showcased Highest Number of Exhibitors in History

Pack the halls! A total of 115,612 people registered for IMTS 2016, the third highest total ever and the most for a six-day show. IMTS 2016 also broke an all-time record for the highest number of exhibitors, 2,407.

FABTECH - NEW SHOP FLOOR SOLUTIONS DISPLAYING AT FABTECH 2016, BOOTH C13109

Shop Floor Automations brings its latest manufacturing tools to Fabtech in Fall of 2016.

FABTECH 2016 Special Event Topics Include Additive Manufacturing, Product Development, Post-Election Analysis and More

Industry-leading keynote speakers and panel participants to share expertise, new strategic perspectives

IMTS - FANUC Brings New Look to Machine Tool Controls with iHMI at IMTS 2016

FANUC America Corporation is bringing a new look and feel to CNC operations with the introduction of the new FANUC iHMI

Big Picture Processes Impact Efficient Lineside Delivery

The self-driving vehicle (SDV) using an autonomous guidance system breaks free of magnetic strips and pre-programmed routes.

ABB Robotics to hold a Silicon Valley Open House at its new San Jose, California facility, October 5th

Event to feature robotic demonstrations, technical breakout sessions and innovation briefings from area vendors and startup companies

Engineer Biren Patel exposes why the industry needs new positioning controllers

Biren Patel, motion control engineering manager at maxon motor, talks about the company's new EPOS4 next-generation positioning controllers.

maxon supports young engineers and start-ups.

The drive specialist maxon motor has created the Young Engineers Program to work more closely with schools and start-ups. Their innovative projects benefit from discounted drives and expert consulting.

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Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter

Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter

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.