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.

Autonomous Robot Completes "Full Day's Work" Unassisted

Gamma Two Robotics' security robot 'Vigilus' recently completed a full day's work, patrolling a parking garage for eight hours. And it did it all autonomously. No person helped the robot, told it how to navigate the garage, when to yield to moving cars, nor how to avoid obstacles in its path.

Seabed Adds Schilling Robotics HD Systems

Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced today the delivery of a new HD(TM) ROV system to underwater technology firm Seabed. The order was for HD 23, which is a 150hp, 4,000m-rated ROV system and was delivered in December 2011.

TurtleBot Xtion Mounting Kit

The ASUS Xtion Pro Live is ASUS' Kinect alternative. I Heart Engineering now sells a Xtion Mounting Kit for the TurtleBot personal robot development platform . The mount is available for $39.95 here or can be purchased with a ASUS Xtion Pro Live for $249.95 here .

Persuadable Research Survey Shows Many Willing To Borrow Money To Buy A Domestic Robot

In a January 2012 survey conducted by Persuadable Research Corporation, it is clear that most people would be in favor of domestic robots. The list of task abilities that is desired from a domestic robot is quite long. At the top of the list is moving heavy things and providing home security. Other tasks include cleaning windows, washing floors and dishes and doing laundry. Interestingly, nearly half, 41%, said they might consider a loan to pay for a robot.

JOT Automation Inc. Moves U.S. Headquarters to San Diego

Exhibiting at first U.S. trade shows, Medical Design & Manufacturing West and APEX, in February

Tactical Micro-Robots Prove That Less Is Often More

Designed to be thrown up to 120 feet, the Throwbot could also move quietly throughout a structure and send back real-time video that revealed the layout of rooms, the location of barricaded subjects and the condition of hostages.

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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.