New Microscan Smart Cameras Unveiled in Robotics Demo at The Vision Show 2016

Microscan along with distribution partner Axis New England, demonstrated flexible in-line inspection using the Universal Robots collaborative UR3 robotic arm and Microscan's latest machine vision smart camera platform at The Vision Show 2016 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, from May 3-5.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Introduces Large Capacity 6-Axis Robots

These new robots extend the Mitsubishi Electric RV-F Series product line to address applications that require higher payloads and longer reaches, including CNC machine tending, large material handling and assembly applications. The new RV-35F, RV-50F, and RV-70F robots are especially well suited to the automotive, food and beverage, as well as electronic manufacturing industries.

Tether free actuator hailed as soft robotics breakthrough

Jon Excell for The Engineer:  Designed by a team at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, the new device is claimed to have considerable advantages over existing pneumatically-powered soft actuators as it doesn’t require a tether.

The device consists of a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA): a membrane made of hyperelastic material like a latex balloon, with flexible (or ‘compliant’) electrodes attached to each side.

The stretching of the membrane is regulated by means of an electric field between the electrodes, as the electrodes attract each other and squeeze the membrane when voltage is applied. By attaching multiple such membranes, the place of deformation can be shifted controllably in the system. Air is displaced between two chambers.

The membrane material has two stable states. In other words, it can have two different volume configurations at a given pressure without the need to minimize the larger volume. Thanks to this bi-stable state, the researchers are able to move air between a more highly inflated chamber and a less inflated one. They do this by applying an electric current to the membrane of the smaller chamber which responds by stretching and sucking air out of the other bubble.  Cont'd...

Industrial Internet of Things Focal Point for Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit at 2016's Industrial Automation North America

CANopen Motor Controllers for Electric Mobility and Vehicular Applications

The DVC series motor controllers from Advanced Motion Controls are digital four-quadrant servo drives purpose-designed and built to operate today's modern mobile electric vehicular platforms.

TM Robotics Partners with M.A.P Services to Sell Toshiba Machine Industrial Robots in Australia for the First Time

M.A.P will offer full line of Toshiba Machine Industrial Robot's Cartesian, 6-Axis and SCARA robot systems for all types of automation and materials handling industries

TM Robotics Hires Industry Veteran Doug Dalgliesh to Lead U.S. Sales Team

Former Yamaha Robotics exec brings more than thirty-five years of U.S. market experience to TM Robotics

Comau presents SmartDriveComau 800L

The horizontal machining center with its ergonomic design is thought to answer all manufacturing needs

SoftBank Robotics America Announces New Developer Portal and Android SDK to Boost Expansive Ecosystem of Support for Pepper - the Interactive, Humanoid Robot

In Preparation for Pepper's U.S. Debut, Developers are Invited to Collaborate, Create Applications and Be at the Forefront of the Robotics Evolution, Starting Today

OpenConnect Launches Latest Generation of Robotic Process Automation Solution, AutoiQ

OpenConnect,, a leader in software solutions that deliver efficiencies derived from objective workforce intelligence, analytics, and robotic process automation (RPA), has announced the introduction of AutoiQ™, the latest generation of its RPA solution.

Germán Villalobos Joins Yaskawa Mexico as General Manager

Germán Villalobos will be responsible for the robotics company's strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico.

Makeblock, the Ultimate DIY Robotics Construction Platform for Makers & STEM Learners to Showcase its Portfolio Expansion at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

Makeblock Makes DIY & STEM Educational Robots More Diverse & Accessible for Everyone

Manufacturer of World's First Collaborative Robot Illustrates the History of the "Cobot"

Eight years ago, Universal Robots sold the world's first collaborative robot - long before the term for this emerging robot class was coined. Fast forward to 2016 and the cobot market with an annual 50% growth is now the fastest growing segment of industrial robotics, forecast to hit $3B in global revenue in 2020.

Schunk - SWS Quick-Change System: Modular, Robust, and Flexible

The SWS is a tool changing system used to automatically change end-of-arm-tooling on robotic and gantry systems wherever changeover times between a robot and a tool are needed.

Developing Manufacturing Workers Who Are Job-Ready on Day One

Over the next decade, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 60% of them are likely to be unfilled due to the talent shortage. How can we close that number (and the skills gap)?

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