Automation becomes easy

Flexible automation solutions at GIFA

Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIA and Sculpteo Take the "3D Print" Button to New Frontiers

Dassault Systèmes and Sculpteo Partner to Deliver 3D Printing Through the Online 3DVIA Community

Obama Pushes High Tech Partnership to Fix Manufacturing Woes

Joking that "one of my responsibilities as commander-in-chief is to keep an eye on robots," President Obama on Friday announced a new public-private sector partnership that will be tasked with driving "a renaissance of American manufacturing." In a speech at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., Obama laid out plans for the "Advanced Manufacturing Partnership" (AMP) . According to the president, the group will bring together top engineering universities, beginning with Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, MIT and the University of Michigan, and leading U.S. manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell, Caterpillar, Northrop Grumman and Corning. Led by Susan Hockfield, President of MIT, and Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, a White House press release explained AMP will work across sectors to "create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness." The release noted that the partnership will "leverage existing programs and proposals" and invest more than $500 million to jumpstart the effort.

National Robotics Roundtable Applauds President for Robotics Initiative

Obama Announces Investments to Create Jobs, Improve U.S. Competitiveness

RobotWorx Debunks Myths Surrounding the Used Industrial Robot

Robotics integrator RobotWorx debunks the used robot myths, offering its customers reliable, high-performance, and fully warrantied used robots.

U.S. Military To Keep Robotic Edge in Face of $400 Billion Cuts

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said the U.S. will maintain its lead in unmanned robotic technology in the face of a $400 billion reduction in defense spending. "Robotics and unmanned technology is a key future" for the U.S. military, Lynn said in Paris today ahead of this year's Air Show. The Pentagon will also seek to maintain a lead in cyber security and the capability to strike long-range targets using a combination of missiles, aircraft and electronic attack, he said at briefing. The Pentagon is reviewing its long-range spending plans to meet President Barack Obama's goal of reducing spending over 12 years to help cut the U.S. deficit. Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, his successor, have said all defense programs are under review. "No country with a weak economy is going to be strong militarily," Lynn said. "So, it's a strategic imperative that we tackle the budget deficit" including ways to reduce defense spending. Still, there are some areas of emerging military strength the U.S. will try to preserve, including unmanned robotic technologies, because it's not clear "the exact shape they will take, or the precise advantages they will confer" Lynn said in prepared remarks that he plans to deliver at a dinner organized by the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association.

Health Robotics Reports Record Financial Results for FY2010 Driven by Winning 100% of Worldwide IV Robots' Purchases

TopCoder Community and Platform Power 2011 Zero Robotics SPHERES Competition for NASA & DARPA

Software Community Builds Competition Platform for High School Students Challenged to Conduct Experiments with Satellites Aboard the International Space Station

Topcon MS Robotic Series Opens New Era in Precision Measurements

The series can be used for large-scale 3D measurement applications and also has a 2D monitoring function for real-time two-dimensional projects.

Building a robotic future

Most of the machines that we use today are a part of the Robotic Technology that has encompassed our entire society and our lives. Yusra Husain explores

KUKA Robotics Showcases Innovative Robotic Solutions for the Packaging Industry at PACKEX 2011

KUKA Robotics Canada to demonstrate an innovative unified controlled palletizing solution, in addition to the LWR lightweight robotic technology, at PACKEX Toronto, Canada's most comprehensive resource for Packaging and Processing in booth #1113.

Topcon MS Robotic Series Opens New Era in Precision Measurements

"The MS 'measuring station' opens a new era in ultra-precision measurements"

Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics

For 25 years, the field of robotics has been bedeviled by a fundamental problem: If a robot is to move through the world, it needs to be able to create a map of its environment and understand its place within it. Roboticists have developed tools to accomplish this task, known as simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM. But the sensors required to build that map have traditionally been either expensive and bulky or cheap and inaccurate. On November 4, a solution was discovered-in a videogame. That's the day Microsoft released the Kinect for Xbox 360, a $150 add-on that allows players to direct the action in a game simply by moving their bodies. Most of the world focused on the controller-free interface, but roboticists saw something else entirely: an affordable, lightweight camera that could capture 3-D images in real time. Within weeks of the device's release, YouTube was filled with videos of Kinect-enabled robots. A group from UC Berkeley strapped a Kinect to a quadrotor-a small helicopter with four propellers-enabling it to fly autonomously around a room. A couple of students at the University of Bundeswehr Munich attached a Kinect to a robotic car and sent it through an obstacle course.

Kiva Systems Launches Robot Rental Program for Fulfillment Center Automation

Rental Option Offers Unparalleled Seasonal Flexibility to eCommerce Operations

KUKA Robotics Showcases Innovative Robotic Solutions for the Packaging Industry at PACKEX 2011

KUKA Robotics Canadato demonstrate an innovative unified controlled palletizing solution, in addition to the LWR lightweight robotic technology, at PACKEX Toronto, Canada's most comprehensive resource for Packaging and Processing in booth #1113.

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Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Mechatronic Motion Solutions from Festo is a unique system of components, modules, and software. It integrates all types of pneumatic, servopneumatic and (electro)mechanical automation motion and combines them according to your task. Irrespective of the control system environment you use, Mechatronic Motion Solutions always provides the appropriate interfaces. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator's hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. The objectives are to enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, to extend humans' scope of action and to secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age.