Grocery 4.0: Ocado reshapes retail with robotics and automation

Jon Excell for The Engineer:   Online grocer Ocado is establishing a reputation as a major technology player. Jon Excell reports If prompted to name a UK company at the cutting edge of robotics and automation, few of us would cite one of the country's best-known grocery retailers. But, as The Engineer learned on a recent visit to one of its key facilities, online supermarket Ocado is establishing a reputation as a major technology player: harnessing and developing machine-learning systems, Internet of Things concepts and robotic hardware to a degree that leaves many traditional engineering businesses in the shade.   Full Article:

Analog ATEX-Certified Rotary Encoders for use in Explosive Atmospheres

POSITAL analog ATEX-certified absolute encoder is designed to operate safely in atmospheres where there are potentially dangerous levels of explosive gases or dust.

Mobile Industrial Robots Boosts Global Competitiveness of New Jersey-based Magna-Power

Two MiR100 Robots Free Up Three Employees from Material Transportation Tasks to Work on Higher-Value Activities

Chowbotics Raises $5 Million for Bringing Robotics to the Food Industry

Announces name change from Casabots to Chowbotics

Yale Expands Driven by Balyo Robotic Lift Truck Lineup

Below, please find a press release from Yale Materials Handling Corporation (www.yale.com) announcing a new addition to its Driven by Balyo robotic lift truck lineup - the Yale® MO70T tow tractor. To view a hi-res image of the new MO70T tow tractor Driven by Balyo, copy this link into your browser: https://goo.gl/0O6MbK

Extra-small Precision Robot Arm

"Mecademic created an innovative category of industrial robots; one that disrupts what is considered small, compact and precise"

Mouser Electronics Continues Sponsorship of Create the Future Design Contest

Intel®, Analog Devices Join in Effort to Encourage Technological Innovation

VadaTech announces AdvancedMC FMC carriers based on Altera Arria-10™ FPGAs

VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of integrated systems, embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, announces the AMC535 and AMC536 AdvancedMC FMC carriers based on Altera Arria-10™ FPGAs.

Stäubli's new collaborative robots will be highlighted at Staubli Tech Day

Innovative, efficient and safe solutions for robotics, electrical and fluid connectors will be on display

Automate 2017 - A3 Announces Finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition

Emerging Companies with Range of Offerings from Platform-as-a-Service to Actuators to 3D Vision Technology

Miso Robotics Unveils "Flippy" in CaliBurger Kitchen, Plans Worldwide Rollout

Miso Robotics and Cali Group today unveiled Flippy, an artificial intelligence-driven robot that will work alongside kitchen staff to grill burgers at CaliBurger restaurants. Flippy had its debut at the CaliBurger location in Pasadena, California. A video demonstration captured the robotic kitchen assistant flipping burgers and placing them on buns. Flippy will roll out in early 2018 and expand to more than 50 CaliBurger restaurants worldwide by the end of 2019.  Miso Robotics is pioneering the use of computer vision and deep learning software to bring low-cost, adaptable robotics into restaurants. The company's collaborative kitchen assistant handles the hazardous, tedious and time-sensitive aspects of grilling and cooks burgers to perfection every time. It easily integrates into CaliBurger's current kitchen layout without needing to reconfigure existing equipment.   Full Press Release:

MCMA Launches Motion Control Certification for Professionals

The certification program is designed to help individuals working with motion control, motors, and automation technologies obtain the core knowledge required to work in today's competitive job market.

Precision Robotics and Automation: Hexapods Advance Production Processes

Traditional robots can handle heavy loads at high speed, but lack positioning accuracy. Hexapod robots - six-legged parallel-kinematic machines - have a long history in precision optics alignment & micro / nano-manufacturing automation. They were considered overkill for traditional industrial automation applications, but the need for miniaturization and higher precision is rapidly changing the situation. New high-speed fieldbus interfaces facilitate integration with PLC or CNC controllers.

Rise of the Robots

If manufacturers are going to flourish in America, they’ll need to buy a lot more robots. Here are six ways to play this hot trend. Jack Hough for Barron's:  For long-term investors, robots could be one key to securing healthy corporate profit growth, and stock returns, even as wages rise. There are specific opportunities, too. Japan’s Fanuc (ticker: 6954.Japan) is far and away the U.S. market leader in industrial robots, and it’s quickly ramping up production. Its shares have been outperforming, and they could offer 20% more upside over the next year. Germany’s Kuka (KU2.Germany), which sold a majority stake last year to China’s appliance giant, Midea Group (000333.China), has similar return potential. Other stocks with high exposure to industrial robotics and factory automation include Rockwell Automation (ROK), Switzerland’s ABB(ABB), and Yaskawa Electric (6506.Japan). And for one-stop shoppers, there’s the Robo Global Robotics & Automation Index exchange-traded fund (ROBO), which tracks 85 stocks, charges annual expenses of 0.95%, and has returned 37% over the past year.   Cont'd...

Mouser Electronics Empowers Student Innovation with FIRST Robotics Regional Sponsorship

Mouser Electronics will be a major sponsor of this week's FIRST Robotics Competition Dallas Regional event, March 8-11 at the Irving (Tex.) Convention Center. The annual robotics event, which fosters STEM education, attracts over 50 high school teams from across the area. Photo from 2016 FIRST Championships.

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