Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died peacefully at his home this morning, December 1, 2015, in Newtown, Connecticut. Engelberger - widely known as the "Father of Robotics" and creator of the world's first industrial robot - revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing processes and went on to establish robotics in human services. Engelberger was 90 years old. 

Engelberger, an industry advocate, author, and international ambassador for robotics, founded Unimation, Inc., in 1956, the world's first industrial robotics manufacturer. Working closely with inventor George Devol, he developed the first industrial robot in the U.S., called "Unimate", which was installed for industrial use in a General Motors plant in 1961. Since then, approximately three million industrial robots have been installed in manufacturing facilities around the world.   Full Press Release.

Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Engelberger Legacy: Using Robotics to Automate Manufacturing Industry

Matrix Design, LLC Becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

"This certification validates our business processes and provides prospective end-users additional assurance of our competencies to design, build and install safe and efficient robotic automation systems"

ABB Robotics awarded IACET accreditation; all training courses approved for Continuation Education Credits

Prestigious accreditation demonstrates commitment to high-quality, lifelong learning; CEUs nationally recognized by wide range of organizations.

Teledyne DALSA to Showcase High-Performance, Low-Cost GigE Vision Cameras at ITE Japan 2015

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in machine vision technology, will showcase its high performance low-cost CMOS area and line scan cameras at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment 2015 (ITE Japan 2015).

FANUC America Corporation Named a Top Workplace in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press

Companies whose workers expressed satisfaction with workplace advantages such as culture, pay, benefits, and amenities make the top workplace list.

Panasonic Showcased the New AC Servo Motor and Other Smart Factory Solutions at the 17th China International Industry Fair

Serves as a show window for the world, and a platform for economic exchange and for promoting collaboration.

On Cyber Monday, Friendly Robots Are Helping Smaller Stores Chase Amazon

DAVEY ALBA for Wired:  Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently.
What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead.  Cont'd...
 

New Robotmaster Website is launched by Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team

Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team presents its new rebranded website.

Machine Pro Products Offering Special Discount on Industrial Products

Machine Pro Products, a St. Henry, Ohio based company specializing in providing the highest quality DIN rails at the lowest possible prices, is continuing on its mission to be an unparalleled source for any DIN rail related industrial product.

Think You Know Industrial Robots? Think Again

Jim Lawton for Forbes:  Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and in my experience there’s no industry where that wisdom holds more true than manufacturing. I’m not a hardened cynic, just a pragmatist, having spent the majority of my career bringing technology that disrupts the status quo – from inventory optimization and managing risk in the supply base to collaborative robots. Manufacturers are among the most skeptical buyers and for good reason – what they do is hard, complex and things are done the way they are done because it’s been proven to work. There are times though when the opportunity to transform the business is so compelling that – as Drucker said – executives need to spend whatever time is necessary to tear down the cultural barriers that are getting in the way of the strategy that capitalizes on the moment.

In the category of robotics and industrial automation, now is one of those times. It’s been more than 50 years since Unimate went to work at a GM plant unloading heavy parts and welding them onto automobile frames. Manufacturing has changed a lot and today is on an evolutionary path toward the 4th industrial revolution. Unfortunately, while executives may be ready to move quickly toward the factories of the future for first mover advantage, many automation engineers remain entrenched in 20th century thinking about robots — when they were highly customized solutions, designed to perform one task over and over again, with a price tag to match.  Cont'd...

A shared vision: SICK AG and MVTec Software GmbH step up cooperation

Up to now, cooperation between the two companies has been limited to 3D cameras but it will now be expanded to include various sensors in the vision sector.

The Robotic Industries Association Announces New Director of Standards Development

New Director brings expertise in project management, facilitation, communication

Belden Connectors Offer Efficient Way to Transmit High Levels of Power

Latest Lumberg Automation Product Is Excellent for Harsh Environments

Belden's New Cordsets Deliver Greater Power and Performance Reliability in Confined Industrial Automation Settings

Industry-proven M8 technology from Lumberg Automation provides a robust solution for the most demanding network requirements

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