Vidi Systems from Switzerland is the overall Grand Winner of the 2016 Robot Launch global startup competition, beating out many US contestants in a field that included sensors, artificial intelligence, social robots, service robots and industrial solutions.
Ruchir Sharma for The Washington Post: The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about overpopulation. Some have come from neo-Malthusians, who fear that population growth will outstrip the food supply, leaving a hungry planet. Others appear in the tirades of anti-immigrant populists, invoking the specter of a rising tide of humanity as cause to slam borders shut. Still others inspire a chorus of neo-Luddites, who fear that the “rise of the robots” is rapidly making human workers obsolete, a threat all the more alarming if the human population is exploding. Before long, though, we’re more likely to treasure robots than to revile them. They may be the one thing that can protect the global economy from the dangers that lie ahead. Cont'd...
The 4 in the 4D represents the additional level of visual process information available, "Making the invisible - visible." This means that on the screen the user receives 3D visualization of the robot's movement.
IO-Link is a standard intelligent digital interface. It's serial communication protocol makes wiring easier, needing only three wires to simultaneously transmit measured values and status information. The status bit can signal a controller if a sensor needs replacement and the controller can detect the new device and automatically configure it based on stored values minimizing down time. Parameters such as zero point can be sent and programmed into the sensor over this bus.
Robotics startup Exotec raises $3.5 million to help warehouses pack and dispatch goods using mini robots
Paul Sawers for Venture Beat: A French robotics startup has raised €3.3 million ($3.5 million) to build and grow a fleet of mobile robots that help warehouses prepare orders for delivery. The company was founded in 2015 by former GE Healthcare software architect Renaud Heitz and BA Systèmes technical director Romain Moulin, and Exotec Solutions (“Exotec”) robots have already been tested across a number of industries. With $3.5 million more in its coffers, the company expects to launch its first robot — called Exo — into the wild in early 2017. The most recent round was raised from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital, and a handful of its existing investors. The miniature robots are being targeted at any logistics operator that relies on humans to traverse large warehouses picking items off shelves, and it promises to cut employees’ average daily distance covered from 15km to 4km per day and to “[double] the productivity” of each worker. The robots are controlled by what the company calls a “centralized intelligence system,” which liaises between the humans and the robots on the ground. Cont'd...
Packaging Robots Industry set to Surpass US $ 5 Bn by 2024, on the Backdrop of Need to Modernization of Manufacturing Facilities and Enhance Operational Efficiency
Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces a three-day training course on advanced machine vision tools taught through hands-on exercises using Microscan's advanced Visionscape® Machine Vision Software platform.
Rising Media's Frontier Tech Forum San Diego to Include Top Speakers, Hackathon, and Diversity Panel, Focusing on Innovation in Emerging Technologies
Rising Media announced a series of special features and highlights for its upcoming Frontier Tech Forum event in San Diego, including an Amazon Alexa Hackathon, an interactive panel focusing on diversity in technology businesses, and a host of talks from key players in 3D printing, robotics, and virtual & augmented reality.
Global shipments for motion control products increased by five percent to $2.4 billion in the first nine months of 2016, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.
The China-based robotic startup is raising funds for the Dobot M1 arm -- which is targeted at small businesses, desktop developers, educators and makers -- following last year's successful Kickstarter campaign for the original Dobot. The M1 prototype has since been tested by leading manufacturers such as Apple, Bose and Chow Tai Fook.
Company to host RIVA and other system demonstrations at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting and Exhibition from December 5 to 8
A-Tech will offer full line of Cartesian, 6-Axis and SCARA robot systems for automation and materials handling needs in a variety of industries
Science Daily: Throw a baseball, and you might say it's all in the wrist. For robots, it's all in the gears. Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; low-quality gears cause limbs to jerk or shake. If you're designing a robot to scoop samples or grip a ledge, the kind of gears you'll need won't come from a hardware store. At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, technologist Douglas Hofmann and his collaborators are building a better gear. Hofmann is the lead author of two recent papers on gears made from bulk metallic glass (BMG), a specially crafted alloy with properties that make it ideal for robotics. Cont'd...
FANUC Robotics Integrator Remtec Automation Announces Growth in Automated Robotic Material Handling Projects
Remtec Automation sees uptick in automated robotic pick-and-place, palletizing and case-packing conveyor projects due to tight labor market in manufacturing.
Tolomatic's new electric linear rod actuator is more efficient, accurate and flexible compared to hydraulic cylinders--and without the messy leaks or noisy operation of hydraulics.
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