OMRON Launches New Integrated Solutions for Industrial Robots

This release includes 49 best-in-class robots developed by OMRON Adept Technologies, Inc. These have been integrated with OMRON's family of sensors, safety components and award-winning NX/NJ series machine automation controllers to simplify the introduction of robots in a production environment.

Collaborative Robots Will Transform Logistics Says DHL Group

Patrick Burnson for Logistics Management:  “Robots work in many industries but haven’t made an impact on logistics yet because of the complexity of the work – handling a wide array of different things in an infinite number of combinations, close to people and in confined spaces,” says Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President Strategy for the Group.

“Current research shows that 80 percent of logistics facilities today are still manual. Recently, however, technology is just starting to catch up to meet demands for flexible and low-cost robots that could collaboratively work in logistics.”
The report highlights that the development of the next generation of robots that can see, move, react to their environment and work at precision tasks alongside people, is on a fast track powered by the explosion in labor-intensive e-commerce and diminishing and ageing workforces.  Cont'd...

Yale MODEX Seminar to Focus on Profitability of Alternative Power Sources

Below, please find a press release from Yale Materials Handling Corporation (, announcing its 2016 MODEX seminar, titled "The Profitable Energy Equation for Materials Handling."

My Business and Marketing Tips for Robot Integrators

Although I mention "robot integrator" in the title specifically, these principles can be applied to any business within the industry, including: Custom Machine Builders, Controls Integrators, Engineering Companies and more.

SME Recognizes 2016 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

Young professionals' accomplishments highlight manufacturing industry opportunity

Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Simplifies Complexity with Rethink Robotics' Baxter

Custom molder uses smart, collaborative robot to increase workforce productivity and serve customers

MECHATROLINK-III Certified CNC Controller Ensures Precise Control of Machine Automation

NEXCOM's NControl 30 CNC Controller manages the complexity and sophistication of 5-axis CNC machining with ease, thereby reinvigorating machine automation at full throttle.

A3 Focuses On Robot Adoption and Jobs at RoboUniverse Conference

Organization To Present Statistics, Real-World Examples of Robots Creating Employment Opportunities

KINGSTAR Launches Open, "Plug-and-Play" Software Platform for Real-Time, PC-Based Industrial Motion Control and Machine Vision

KINGSTAR 2.5 eliminates the need for proprietary, point, and/or hardware solutions for industrial automation motion control and machine vision.

Intelligrated Software to showcase order fulfillment technologies at MODEX 2016

Booth exhibitions focus on solutions to maximize labor, fulfillment efficiency

Allied Motion Welcomes Kevin McNicholas as New Vice President of Sales

Hired March 14, 2016, McNicholas' primary goal is to develop a sales organization and channel strategy that meets the current and emerging needs of customers while leading Allied Motion to continuously exceed the organic growth rate of the motion control industry.

US Economy: Auto Sector Buys Every Second Industrial Robot

The US economy is one of the front-runners in the global automation race. By 2018, the number of industrial robots sold to 2018 will, on average, rise by at least five percent per annum, to a new record of 31,000 units (2014: 26,202).

2016: Six Trends Affecting Safety In The Workplace

Safety is a complex topic, but these six factors are helping to not only increase workplace safety this year but also efficiency, quality and employee well-being.

ABB to feature an IRB 1200 robot paired with the PickOne Perception system at MODEX 2016 in Atlanta

The innovative vision system is designed for singulation tasks often found in Third Party Logistics and Mail Order Fulfillment Companies

Dorner's New Universal Drive Simplifies Motor and Mounting Package Options for 2200 Series Conveyors

This new drive technology, developed by Electric Torque Machines (ETM), along with Dorner's unique mount package is designed to integrate universally across the 2200 Series end drive conveyor line. An advantage the Universal Drive brings to operators is the ability to save time by reducing SKUs and stocked service items into one manageable part number.

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Zaber's Fastest, Longest Travel Stage

Zaber's Fastest, Longest Travel Stage

Zaber's new and improved stage (X-BLQ-E) is a closed-loop, belt-driven motorized linear stage with built-in motor encoder and controller. With travel lengths up to 3 m, 10 µm repeatability, and a maximum speed of 2.0 m/s, X-BLQ-E stages are perfect for rapid positioning over large distances. A built-in motor encoder allows closed-loop operation and slip/stall recovery, and an optional indexed knob provides manual control for operation without a computer. Like all Zaber products, the X-BLQ-E Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.