North American Robotics Industry Breaks Records For 2011

A total of 19,337 robots valued at $1.17 billion were sold to companies in North America, beating the previous record of 18,228 robots sold in 2005. When sales by North American robot suppliers to companies outside North America are included, the totals are 22,126 robots valued at $1.35 billion.

Robots sold to automotive component suppliers in North America jumped 77% over 2010, while robots sold to automotive OEMs increased 59%. Sales to non-automotive customers grew 27%, led by metalworking industries (+56%) and semiconductor/electronics/photonics (+24%).

2011 is Record-Breaking Year for North American Robotics Industry

North American robotics companies sold more robots in 2011 than ever before, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

In Response to ASHP's Unprecedented Demand, Health Robotics Announces USA's 2012 Road Tour Schedule

Health Robotics today released its upcoming 2012 schedule for USA's 56-city product education road tour, showcasing on-site demonstrations of its world-leading IV Automation solutions, directly in response to the extraordinary demand generated by its 2nd Generation robots and workflow tools post-ASHP Midyear.

Vestas Wind Systems Renews Three-Year Sponsorship With FIRST LEGO League

Vestas Agrees to Continued Support of Global Science and Technology Program

Open Automation Software Launches New Website to Showcase Its 'One Click' SCADA Solution - Complete SCADA

Today Open Automation Software announced the launch of the new website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information on SCADA Software for Enterprise Business Applications.

Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc. (ADTI) Enters $11 Billion a Year Drone and UAV Market

ADTI to Deliver Sensors, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Detection, and Communications for Unmanned Drones and UAVs

Honeywell announces student competition in process automation

Honeywell launched its fifth annual competition for technical students in colleges and universities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), challenging them to devise ways of advancing innovation in the process automation industry.

CasePick Systems Emerges From Stealth Mode as Symbotic

Symbotic offers solutions for Intelligent Supply Network Automation

Microsemi and TRINAMIC Deliver Dual Motor Control Kit

Solution Includes SmartFusion Evaluation Kit and Motor Control Daughter Board Kit

Schilling Robotics Expands Support Centre in Macae, Brazil

Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced today the opening of a service and support operations in Brazil. This is a newly built 3000 ft2 (278m2) facility on the FMC Technologies campus in Macae.

iRobot Schedules Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Earnings Call

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, announced today it will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 financial results after market close on February 8.

GRASP Lab Demonstrates Nano Quadrotors Swarm

The GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania have developed tiny versions of their quadrotor swarming robots. The swarm is able to align in complex formations and remain in formation while traveling through small areas like windows or doors.


ASI announces S7 SeriesFiber Optic Sensors

Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) releases S7 series fiber optic sensors for applications requiring high accuracy sensing combined with very compact dimensions.

ABB announces MicroFlex e150 Ethernet servo drive family

ABB announces MicroFlex e150 Ethernet servo drive family for the fast-growing Ethernet-based machine automation market. The drives are compatible with numerous industrial Ethernet protocols, and offer a universal encoder interfacing capability, local motion control programming, and integrated functional safety capability.

Sanyo Denki shrinks F2 Stepping Motor

Sanyo Denki America added a smaller model to its F2 Series 2-Phase Bipolar Stepping Motors. With a compact frame of 0.55" and weighing only 1 oz, this new model allows for a space-saving end product design.

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IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.