Machine vision in action: MVTec at Hannover Messe 2016

 Machine vision as a key technology for Industry 4.0  Safe human-machine interaction in smart factory scenarios  Robust and reliable solutions with HALCON 12.0.2 and MERLIC 2

Intelligrated Software features comprehensive lineup of order fulfillment solutions

Single-source fulfillment technology, software delivers increased throughput and accuracy

Collaborative Robots Are Broadening Their Marketplaces

In a human-machine study conducted by an MIT professor, it was shown that teams made of humans and robots collaborating efficiently can be more productive than teams made of either humans or robots alone.

FANUC America Expands Operations in 2016

The expansion will allow the company to better serve its growing customer base.

Is CoaXPress the Safest Bet in Machine Vision Interfaces?

The CoaXPress® camera standard was developed nearly a decade ago to overcome the limitations of Camera Link™, which at the time was the most popular interface for machine vision systems requiring real time data in small volume systems.

Daifuku Warehouse Automation Technology Selected for Innovative Robotics Training Center in Michigan

Wynright Corporation and sister company Jervis B. Webb to help Lansing Community College train a new generation of mechatronics technicians

Kinema Systems Announces World's First Self-Training Robot Picking Solution

Kinema Systems is proud to announce its first product - Kinema Pick - the world's first self-training, self-calibrating software solution for robotic depalletizing.

Automation Networks ANC-120e, USB to Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus (DH+) Converter $995 USD List.

Automation Networks is a Technology company providing a wide variety of quality Industrial Networking products for the most popular Ethernet & Fieldbus Industrial Networks. These include Allen-Bradley Ethernet CSP, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Data Highway Plus (DH+); Siemens Profibus & Profinet; Schneider Electric Modbus RTU & Modbus TCP/IP. Other Industrial protocols & Networks includes CC-Link, BACnet MS/TP.

Epson Expands 6-Axis Robot Lineup

EPSON Robots, a global leader in advanced robotic technology, expands their 6-axis robot lineup with the introduction of the new EPSON C8-Series robots.

MCMA Technical Conference set for October 11-13, 2016 in New Orleans

More than 30 technical sessions will be presented in three distinct tracks on motors and related technologies, motion control and drives technologies, and network communication technologies.

Yaskawa Motoman's Strategy for Robotics Education is Strategy for the Economy

Organizations must provide the right products, technology and education to fill the gap between what the industry wants and what educational institutions can provide. Yaskawa Motoman is addressing these critical needs with innovative products, curricula, training certification and services for education and industry.

Novotechnik - Basic and Programmable Touchless angle Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 31E Series of rotary angle sensors. The sensors are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet that can be secured to an application's rotating shaft, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

Toshiba Launches Bipolar 2-channel Stepping Motor Driver with Maximum Rating of 40V and 2.0A

High speed, high performance motor drives are required for applications such as printers, surveillance cameras, office automation equipment, banking terminals such as ATMs, banknote identification machines, amusement machines, and home appliances.

OMRON Launches New Integrated Solutions for Industrial Robots

This release includes 49 best-in-class robots developed by OMRON Adept Technologies, Inc. These have been integrated with OMRON's family of sensors, safety components and award-winning NX/NJ series machine automation controllers to simplify the introduction of robots in a production environment.

Collaborative Robots Will Transform Logistics Says DHL Group

Patrick Burnson for Logistics Management:  “Robots work in many industries but haven’t made an impact on logistics yet because of the complexity of the work – handling a wide array of different things in an infinite number of combinations, close to people and in confined spaces,” says Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President Strategy for the Group.

“Current research shows that 80 percent of logistics facilities today are still manual. Recently, however, technology is just starting to catch up to meet demands for flexible and low-cost robots that could collaboratively work in logistics.”
The report highlights that the development of the next generation of robots that can see, move, react to their environment and work at precision tasks alongside people, is on a fast track powered by the explosion in labor-intensive e-commerce and diminishing and ageing workforces.  Cont'd...

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