First robot to collaborate directly with employees at Volkswagen plant

The car manufacturing group Volkswagen has integrated an industrial robotic arm from the Danish manufacturer Univer-sal Robots into mass production at its engine production plant in Salzgitter, Germany. The lightweight robot UR5 is installed in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for handling delicate glow plugs. This is the first collaborative robot in use at Volkswagen worldwide. Due to its integrated safety mode, the six-axis robotic arm is able to collaborate directly with people without any guards, contrib-uting significantly towards optimizing ergonomic working processes.

Microscan to Demonstrate ID & Inspection Solutions at Pack Expo 2013

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces that it will showcase its latest identification and inspection solutions for product traceability and quality compliance in Booth #S-7455 at Pack Expo 2013.

Flutter: $20 Wireless Arduino With Half Mile Range.

Kickstarter campaign : What is Flutter? Flutter is a wireless electronics development platform based on Arduino. With over half a mile of usable range, a powerful ARM processor, and integrated encryption, Flutter makes it easy for you to build projects that communicate across the house, across the neighborhood, and beyond. Whether you want to check the temperature of a beer-brewing setup, have your mailbox send you a text message when the mailman arrives, control a swarm of flying robots, or just turn on your lights with your phone, Flutter gives you the range, power, and flexibility to do it. We’re not just building circuit boards though. Our goal is simple: make it easier for engineers, makers, builders, and hackers to go farther with their projects than ever before. Even if it's their first time. We’re going to arrange and keep a set of basic electronics tutorials so getting started with Flutter is as easy as possible. Getting Connected Creating Flutter networks is easy, even if it’s just two boards. Specify networks in Arduino code or configure Flutter with our mobile app. Once configured, devices can enter and exit the network seamlessly. This makes it extremely easy to set up a network at home (or anywhere else) where all of your projects can reliably communicate. Flutter is like a second network for your devices.

IPak Machinery Adds Value and Capability to 2013 TF-350 Tray Former with Enhanced Servo-Drive Technology

New, improved servo-driven TF-350 S-Series boasts superior speed, forming consistency, tray aesthetics and flexibility in a simple, easy to maintain design; See the IPak TF-350 S-Series tray former at Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 23-25, Booth C-2014.

XY Stages for High Speed Microscopy Applications

IntelLiDrives releases a new low profile large aperture XY stage for automated microscopy applications.

Alelo and RoboKind Win Grant to Develop Robots for Language Learning

Alelo-led team will develop a robot to engage children in Chinese language learning and improve student outcomes.

IntelLiDrives XYZ Robot Helps Researchers to Develop Weather-resistant Crops

XYZ robot is used to acquire time-lapsed plant growth images.

Honeywell Launches New Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen®

High configurable digital pressure sensors are rugged and accurate

Nissan Announces Unprecedented Autonomous Drive Benchmarks

Nissan will be ready with revolutionary commercially-viable Autonomous Drive in multiple vehicles by the year 2020 ---- Program underway in Japan to construct first dedicated, purpose-built autonomous drive proving ground ---- The goal is availability across the model range within two vehicle generations ---- Nissan already working with top universities including MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford and The University of Tokyo*; seeks to broaden collaborative research with other world-class institutions as well as start-ups ---- Nissan leveraging 80 years of technical prowess and innovation in new effort to revolutionize vehicle chassis and design for Autonomous Drive

DARPA Selects Southwest Research Institute to Support DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA is funding an effort to advance robot technology that can supplement or substitute for direct human activity in disaster environments.

ADVANCED Motion Controls introduces most configurable analog servo drives to date

These new servo drives are suited for a wide range of applications

New DENSO Robotics Product Catalog

Details DENSO 4-Axis SCARA and 6-Axis Articulated Robots

RMT Robotics announces sale of automated storage and picking system for The Kroger Co.

New dairy facility system fulfills faster picking, accuracy and reliability objectives

ADVANCED Motion Controls introduces most configurable analog servo drives to date

Available immediately are the B060A400AC and B100A400AC analog brushless servo drives providing up to 21kW and 35kW respectively.

Market for Unmanned Surface Vessels Sees Rapid Growth

Unmanned surface vessels (USV) still lag far behind their aerial equivalents in terms of technical capabilities, technology, and deployment. However, new threats, cost-benefit calculations, operational experiences in the past decade, and new technological developments are driving rapid growth in the market.

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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.