SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing 2013 Highlights Vital Role of Photonics for Defense and Commercial Applications

Capabilities essential to the work of first responders, military forces, researchers, and manufacturers were on display last week at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS), the largest annual international meeting featuring light-based technologies for defense and commercial applications. DSS 2013 drew more than 6,000 registered attendees and nearly 500 companies to Baltimore, illustrating the essential role the event plays in the development of mission-critical, dual-use technologies such as night-vision and thermal-imaging devices used to thwart terrorism, and chemical-sensing systems for rapid risk assessment in man-made disasters.

Roboteq Launches Raspberry PI-based Robot Navigation Computer project on Kickstarter

Roboteq launches a kickstarter project aimed at creating an amazingly powerful Robot Navigation Computer for its low price and size, and targetting applications in sea, land or airborne unmanned robotics vehicles applications, as well as in more traditional automation and machine control systems

A New Era in Robotic Manipulation Has Just Begun

Kinova to unveil MICO, a new state of the art robotic manipulation platform at ICRA 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Edinburgh Scientists Launch Crowdfunding for Robots that Repair Coral Reefs

Coral ecosystems support around 500,000,000 people, but are severely threatened; the Coralbots team aim to revolutionize how such threats are tackled. Their Kickstarter campaign (closing May 26th) seeks individuals and corporations who wish to make a lasting positive impact on the marine environment, offering ways for individuals, schools and corporations to be directly involved.

Hamilton Collaborate with Macherey-Nagel to Create Automated Liquid Handling Workstation

Hamilton has collaborated with kit manufacturer MACHEREY-NAGEL® to create the Genomic STARlet™, an automated liquid handling workstation that extracts nucleic acids from biological samples and purifies PCR products in a non-IVD environment.

Satellites and Underwater Robots Track Atlantic Sturgeons

More than a century ago, an estimated 180,000 female Atlantic sturgeon arrived from the coast in the spring to spawn in the Delaware River and fishermen sought their caviar as a lucrative export to Europe. Overfishing contributed to steep population declines, however, and today numbers have dwindled to fewer than 300 adults.

Soon, Collaboration Between Vehicles, Robots and Humans

You get into your car and ask it to get you home in time for the start of the big game, stopping off at your favorite Chinese restaurant on the way to grab some takeout.

Phoenix Contact Offers Training Opportunities Through New Virtual Technology Center

Phoenix Contact offers hands-on remote learning

Quantum-assisted Nano-imaging of Living Organism Is a First

QuASAR program shrinks equipment and removes temperature constraints for high-resolution sensing and imaging at nano-scale

Liquid Robotics Showcasing New SHARC SV3 at Upcoming International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) 2013

Solutions for Real Time Sentinel Security, Subsea-to-Space Communications, MPA/EEZ Protection and Severe Weather Monitoring

AIS Announces New Marine PC With Fully-Integrated Sunlight Readable Display for Marine Corps, Navy, and Defense Agencies

Meets Maritime Environment Standard: Tested to the DNV standard methodology for a range of extreme conditions including temperature, humidity, vibration, EMC compatibility and enclosures -----Environmental ratings for enclosures based on NEMA 4, 4X, IP65 Type designations: To provide a degree of protection against falling dirt, rain, windblown dust, splashing water, hose directed water, and corrosion ----C4ISR Concept of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Universal Robots reaches across North America

Collaborative robots from Danish manufacturer Universal Robots are now distributed nationwide in both United States and Canada. The lightweight robot arms are quickly becoming sought after solutions by companies that previously viewed automation as too costly and complex, but now see the robot as a game changer.

Microchip Sponsors 2013/2014 VEX® Robotics Competitions

Microchip Offers Grants for 20 Rookie Arizona VEX Teams and Loans Fully Equipped Gaming Trailer for Teams to Hold Local Tournaments

Intelligrated to Exhibit Scalable E-Commerce Order Fulfillment Solutions at IRCE 2013

Intelligrated and software subsidiary Knighted to feature live demonstrations of scalable order picking

BRM Announces EASTEC 2013 Tradeshow Plans; Visit Booth # 5000 for Diamond Flex-Hone® and NamPower Surface Finishing and Deburring Tools

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), American manufacturer of flexible honing tools and industrial brushes, announces tradeshow plans for EASTEC 2013. California company will showcase Diamond Flex-Hone® and NamPower™ surface finishing tools in West Springfield, Massachusetts from May 14 to May 16, 2013 (Booth # 5000).

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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.