Universal Robots makes a strong entry into U.S. market

Since Universal Robots launched in North America four months ago, the user-friendly, lightweight robot arms from Denmark have been met with overwhelming interest from both distributors and end customers.

OpenBeam

Started last year on Kickstarter and now available through their website, as well as several other distributors, OpenBeam is a T-Slot aluminum framing systems that uses standard M3 nuts and bolts. Introduction: T-Slot extruded aluminum framing systems have been in use throughout the manufacturing and automation industries for machine building, prototyping and robotics applications for the past 30 years.  Unfortunately, all the vendors in this industry utilize a razor and blade business model; while the extrusions are priced low, they require the use of specialty nuts and plates, which can be priced as high as $3.00 per nut and $10.00 per joining plate. Starter kits cost $80 and include: 4 pieces of 150mm long extrusion 4 pieces of 120mm long extrusion 4 pieces of 90mm long extrusion 4 pieces of 60mm long extrusion 4 pieces of 30mm long extrusion 8 pieces of T bracket 16 pieces of L bracket 100 pack of nuts, 100 pack of bolts and a 2mm hex key  

New Lego Mindstorm EV3 With Linux-based OS

At CES Lego announced their new Mindstorm EV3 robotics platform. The big changes are the improved processor, USB 2.0 WiFi dongle, and the switch from a proprietary OS to an open-source Linux-based OS. Below is the promo video but for further in-depth info read the rundown at The NXT STEP Mindstorm Blog .

GIN Introduces Advanced Robotics and Dispensing Technnology at SLAS 2013 in Orlando, FL

Global Innovation Network will debut the Delilah EMB dispenser at SLAS 2013. This multi-functional high accuracy and quiet dispenser has the world's smallest footprint.

WSU Autonomous Underwater Vehicle with Robotic Gripper Extending Human Reach at Robosub Competition

Washington State University (WSU) entered the International RoboSub 2012 Competition in San Diego to innovate and advance robotic technologies with their AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). Robosub competition is hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the US Office of Naval Research to challenge University students in extending human reach with a robotic submarine.

Weld Tooling Company Helps Educate Engineering Students and Machine Designers About Adjustability

Rentapen, Weld Fixture Components Manufacturer, Provides Lessons in Machine Design Using Videos and Youtube.

Genmark Automation Expands "FastExchange" Product Refurbishment Program

"Customers can trade-in their older products for cost effective, like-new, refurbished products, based on an accelerated implementation process."

Intertek Expands Singapore Oil Condition Monitoring Laboratory with Advanced Robotics Automation

The robotic system improves analysis productivity and quality while allowing for faster reporting to clients.

ABB features multi-robot material handling demos and a 10-axis long reach welding robot at Automate 2013 in Chicago

Demos also highlight advanced software developments that continue ABB's mission to make robot systems easier to program and operate

Stäubli Completes Offline Development Offering with Visual Components Simulation

A whole range of easy to use tools enable the fast and easy creation of whole robot cells and layouts within minutes.

Matrox Imaging to Demonstrate New Machine Vision Hardware and Software at Automate 2013

ATI Industrial Automation to Exhibit New Products and Solutions at Automate 2013

ATI's products are integrated into many industries, including: Aerospace, assembly, automotive, fabricating, finishing, material handling, packaging, welding, medical, and more.

Elmo to Display Full Motion Solution at Major U.S. Trade Shows

Elmo combines its cutting edge technology with proven reliability and world-class automation expertise in designing and manufacturing motion control solutions.

Automation Industry Association Criticizes 60 Minutes Segment 'March of the Machines'

"While the 60 Minutes depiction of how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace was spot on, their focus on how implementation of these automation technologies eliminates jobs could not be more wrong,"

Roboteq Launches Revolutionary Sensor for Guiding Robotic Vehicles along Invisible Magnetic Tracks

Its unique sensitivity and accuracy opens a world of new application opportunities

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.