Belden's New Multiprotocol I/O Modules Boost Flexibility and Installation Convenience in Industrial Production Settings

Compact I/O modules from Lumberg Automation meet EtherNet/IP and PROFINET specifications, creating an all-in-one solution for high cost savings

Universal Robots to build architectural scale pavilion in direct collaboration with attendees at Autodesk University

The Autodesk University conference merges traditional craftsmanship with computational design and manufacturing processes as the Hive Pavilion takes shape during the three day event in Las Vegas December 1-3. The Pavilion will be designed and built with the collaborative Universal Robots working in tandem with attendees, showcasing the future of digital construction and human-robot collaboration.

2015 Robotics Alley to feature Health Care and Medical Device Track

Robotics Alley has brought back one of its most popular tracks from 2014, the Health Care and Medical Device Track. The conference takes place in Minneapolis, at the heart of one of the nation's largest medical device clusters.

Tarsus launches Additive Manufacturing Shows for vertical markets

The new events will incorporate 3D Printshow

Yaskawa Motoman Prepares for Continued Growth with New V.P. and Organizational Changes

Scott Jenkins has joined Yaskawa Motoman as Vice President of North American Sales & Marketing.

MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot "MIP Junior", Designed with Its Own Technology

After several years of R&D, MIP robots have a new gear reducer type suited for robotics, patented by the French start-up.

Mouser Electronics to Sponsor Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest for University Engineering Students

The contest is currently underway. It will end at 11:59 p.m. (CST) on May 27, 2016.

Rethink Robotics and Sumitomo Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership in Japan

Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Robot Now Available Throughout Japan

Intelligrated appoints Jon Tutuncu as senior director, commercial operations and strategy

Commercial operations veteran to lead data-driven optimization of sales, analysis and strategy

MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot "MIP Junior",

MIP robotics is a startup founded in 2015 and based on research conducted for many years. The company aims to provide accessible, industrial robots, especially for SMIs (small and medium industries). In other words, like 3D printing in recent years, MIP wants to democratize industrial robotics.

The robots can be used to automate repetitive, arduous or dangerous tasks; indeed it is possible to set the standard gripper arms: suction cup, hook, screwdriver, blade etc. Application examples are numerous: storing goods in cartons, checking the tightening torque, making the automated cutting, removing non-compliant products etc. MIP allows its customers to increase their productivity (and hence margins) in order to improve the quality or reduce the hardship. The investment can be made profitable in only 6 month.

The "Junior " is a robot called "SCARA" (that is to say a horizontal arm) operating on a range of 600mm and fixed on a vertical axis in a standard 400mm high. These dimensions can be adjusted on demand. Its speed reaches up to 250mm/s with an accuracy of 0.5mm and can move up to 5kg. Junior is also characterized by its ease of use: for instance you can teach the robot the movements to be carried out by manually moving the robotic arm. Finally, the robot stops in case of impact, enabling collaborative applications if all safety conditions are met. While prices often start around €20,000 on the market, Junior is available from €8000.  Full Press Release:

Electrical Slip Ring In The Application of Robotics

The rotating joint of robot has complicated structure and inconvenient installation, but we could adopt electrical slip ring to realize 360 degree with unlimited rotations freely in the robot, which through slip ring to transmit power and signal.

OMRON Releases New Models to Join Machine Automation Controller NJ101-series.

-New Models Connect to Database Directly and Accelerate Leveraging Big Data and IoT at Production Sites-

MVTec to release MERLIC 2 in December

Major software release for easily creating machine vision applications without in-depth knowledge of programming ---New features for application training, password protection and even more flexibility ---Existing customers receive upgrade free of charge

Robotmaster Reduces Outsourcing, Increases Production and Profitability

Adding a robotic system enabled Groupe Gravel, a metal fabricator, to profitably automate cutting and welding for high-mix short-batch production. Robotmaster's tools enabled automatic path creation from CAD models drastically improved programming time.

ABB's largest ever robot is 25 percent faster than competitor robots in high payload range

ABB has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 meters and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, the IRB 8700 provides the lowest total cost of ownership among competitor high payload robot models. The new robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries.

“When designing the IRB 8700, we focused on combining ABB’s largest ever model with an unusually long reach for a robot in the high payload class,” said John Bubnikovich, vice president, sales and marketing, ABB Robotics North America. “Utilizing ABB’s superior motion control technology at high moments of inertia, the new robot automatically adapts and adjusts its speed to accommodate heavy and wide parts. With a compact footprint, optimized counterweight, parallel linkages, stiff axes and fewer drive motors, the IRB 8700 keeps its momentum down and speed up, providing unmatched agility and performance.”

The IRB 8700, ABB’s largest ever robot offers all the functionality and expertise of the ABB portfolio in a much bigger package. The robot has only one motor and one gear per robot axis, while most other robots in this size class use dual motors and/or gears. In addition, there are no gas springs; only a reliable counterweight and mechanical springs for counter balancing. Together these design elements mean the IRB 8700 has fewer components and is able to deliver shorter cycle times and higher accuracy – making it 25% faster than any comparable competitor robots in its payload range.  Full Press Release:

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