Case Study: Micron Resolution Vision Inspection Systems

Compass Automation has rapidly become an industry-leading provider of high resolution, in-line vision inspection systems. In the fall of 2011 Compass completed the project highlighted below for Mitchel & Scott Machine Company, providing an automated vision inspection and thread checker system. Compass was able to provide Mitchel & Scott with an outstanding product in an extremely tight timeline. This system exceeded the quoted performance, providing a repeatability of 2 microns, a reproducability of 4 microns, and passing a Gage R&R with a score of 7.4%.

Robotics and Roads

Bill Zurn was inspired to develop a road repair machine patent after being frustrated by all of the potholes on the freeways & city streets. He postulated that a more efficient method of repairing roads was possible by adding robotic modules and computer controlling methods to repair machines.

Initial Industrial Robot Safety

Integrating industrial robot systems into your workplace requires managers and workers learn safety concerning these robots. Ensure worker and robot safety with initial safety precautions.

Vecow introduces EC-5500 Fanless Embedded Controller

Vecow introduces EC-5500 Fanless Embedded Controller with Intel Core i7, i5, i3, and Celeron Sandy Bridge mobile series processors.

ABB announces EDP300 series digital valve positioner

ABB announces the EDP300 series digital positioner for regulating air-driven linear and rotary actuators, including control valves.

Urban Robotics Extends Octree Format to Point Cloud Library Open Source Community

Urban Robotics' Highly Scalable 3D Octree-based Format Lays Foundation for Large-Scale Point Cloud Application Standards

A RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR ROBOTICS IN 2011

A report from the International Federation of Robotics states record-breaking sales and sales orders of robots and robotic systems.

Robotics is a Highly Fragmented Industry With Few Common Standards or Platforms

Recently there's been a clammer for (and against) a universal open-source robotic operating system. The proponents main argument is that such a system is beneficial particularly for rapid prototyping in the development of new systems while almost all of the industrial robot manufacturers argue that their robots are performing mission critical tasks which require secure and fail-safe operating systems - which they have developed and optimized over the past 50 years.

TETRIX Robotics System Makes Global Impact

Building system moves into Europe, Middle East, Mexico, and beyond.

Pick and Place Unit offers less than 0.01 mm repeat accuracy.

Able to carry out high-speed assembly tasks with precision, freely programmable PPU-E30 is designed for vertical stroke of up to 100 mm, horizontal stroke of 270 mm, and moving mass of 3 kg.

Robotic Welding Cells automate manufacturing processes.

Standardized Robotic Welding Cells Now Available from Wolf Robotics

Ignition Control Modules feature MPU-based design.

Capable Controls, Inc. Introduces Their Series 5X Microprocessor-Based Intelligent Direct Spark or Intermittent Pilot Ignition Control Module

Lenze Compact I/O-System 1000 Modules Blend Intelligent Plug-and-Play Electronics

New slim-line L-force drive technology significantly reduces costs associated with manufacturing, commissioning and maintaining machines and automation systems

i-AGV ADAM from RMT Robotics Supports Otis Technology's Transition To Lean Manufacturing

When a company announces its intention to introduce Lean practices and implement automated solutions to improve efficiencies, the first concern internally is the displacement of labor. But that was not the case for Otis Technology, a forward-thinking company specializing in the design and manufacturing of gun cleaning systems in upstate New York. The priority was to redeploy labor into value-added tasks in line with its commitment to a Lean philosophy.

ABB to acquire Newave

ABB, will acquire Newave Energy Holding in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately CHF 170 million. The deal will strengthen ABB's position in the power control and quality market and provide Newave with significant growth opportunities outside its traditional markets in Europe

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

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.