New ISO Robot Safety Standards Published

Recently they announced the ISO 10218-1 standard for the robot, and the ISO 10218-2 standard for the robot systems and integration. For more info on what's changed from the older paper and what's been added read more here.

Robotic Cartoner Infeed Reduces Required Space and Increases Productivity

ESS Technologies, Inc. new robotic cartoner infeed integrates with automatic cartoning machines, allowing manufactures to easily automate manual carton loading processes or retrofit other bulkier types of product infeed systems.

Aerotech Announces the Release of its Automation Control Solutions Brochure Highlighting Their Complete Line of Motion Controllers and Software

Aerotech announces the release of its Automation Control Solutions brochure highlighting their complete lines of high-performance motion controllers and software

New ISO Robot Safety Standards Published!

The new standard requires a risk assessment be accomplished when designing and integrating new robot systems and assigns responsibilities for them. The R15.06 and Z434 will also include an update of the popular risk assessment methodology offered in the existing standards.

e-con Systems Announces e-CAM33_USB Autofocus Camera

-con Systems announces e-CAM33_USB, a 3.2 Mega Pixel USB camera module housing Autofocus pluggable camera with OV3640 CMOS Image sensor from Omnivision.

New Research Brings Simulations Of Complex Objects To Real-time

Jernej Barbič and Yili Zhao of USC preseneted a paper at this years SIGGRAPH that demonstrates a method of simulating deformation of large complex objects in real-time by decomposing the mesh into several subdomains. Here is the abstract: This paper shows a method to extend 3D nonlinear elasticity model reduction to open-loop multi-level reduced deformable structures. Given a volumetric mesh, we decompose the mesh into several subdomains, build a reduced deformable model for each domain, and connect the domains using inertia coupling. This makes model reduction deformable simulations much more versatile: localized deformations can be supported without prohibitive computational costs, parts can be re-used and precomputation times shortened. Our method does not use constraints, and can handle large domain rigid body motion in addition to large deformations, due to our derivation of the gradient and Hessian of the rotation matrix in polar decomposition. We show real-time examples with multi-level domain hierarchies and hundreds of reduced degrees of freedom. They are also doing experiments to combine the simulation with haptic feedback to allow real-time interactions with the simulations. You can watch a video here , or visit the USC's page with the full paper here.

DynamicOps Debuts Upgrade to Award-Winning Cloud Automation and Management Platform at VMworld

Showcases Enhanced Private/Public Cloud Integration with Amazon EC2, Expanded VDI Capabilities

Adaptive Gripper Manufacturer and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. Form Strategic Partnership

Partners collaborate to bring greater flexibility to robotic automation applications with adaptive gripper tooling utilized on high quality robots.

New Aitech Graphics XMC and PMC Enable Dual Processing of Independent Video Streams

FPGA-based boards provide exceptional I/O capabilities; different video outputs

ReconRobotics Awarded $5.8 Million in U.S. Military Contracts

Miniature Recon Scout reconnaissance robots designed to protect dismounted soldiers

Bourns - New industrial-grade panel control switches

Two new industrial-grade panel control models have been introduced by Bourns - a push-pull switch and a rotary switch.

San Francisco Chronicle Profiles Willow Garage

The San Francisco Chronicle has an interview with Willow Garage about the PR2 robot, ROS and their dreams to create a new industry in personal robotics.

Roboteq releases HBL235 Brushless DC Motor Controller

Roboteq introduces the HBL2350, an intelligent controller capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motor up to 75Amps each at up to 50V.

JAI introduces two 2-megapixel CCD cameras

JAI has introduced two 2-megapixel industrial grade CCD cameras featuring full HDTV resolution (1920 x 1080p) at 64 frames per second.

FANUC Introduces FASConnect network for CNC

FANUC Factory Automation introduces FOCAS Automation Solution Connect (FASConnect) software solution for network distributed data management for FANUC CNC equipped machine tools.

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