ROS Navigation Basics

If you've worked with ROS and robotics, you've probably heard of gmaping, localization, SLAM, costmaps and paths, but what does all this mean? They are more than just robot buzz words - these allow a robot to get from one point to another without bumping into obstacles, and in this tutorial, we'll be covering some of the key concepts in what makes up an autonomous robot.

SME Announces Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series to Educate and Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Topic of additive manufacturing/3D printing session kicks off series March 16 in Detroit

Republican-Leaning Cities Are At Greater Risk Of Job Automation

By Jed Kolko for Five Thirty Eight:  More and more work activities and even entire jobs are at risk of beingautomated by algorithms, computers and robots, raising concerns that more and more humans will be put out of work. The fear of automation is widespread — President Obama cited it as the No. 1 reason Americans feel anxious about the economy in his State of the Union address last month — but its effects are not equally distributed, creating challenges for workers and policymakers. An analysis of where jobs are most likely to face automation shows that areas that voted Republican in the last presidential election are more at risk, suggesting that automation could become a partisan issue.

So-called “routine” jobs — those that “can be accomplished by following explicit rules” — are most at risk of automation. These include both “manual” routine occupations, such as metalworkers and truck drivers, and “cognitive” routine occupations, such as cashiers and customer service reps.1 Whereas many routine jobs tend to be middle-wage, non-routine jobs include both higher-wage managerial and professional occupations and lower-wage service jobs.  Cont'd...

Japanese Firm To Open World's First Robot-run Farm

Spread, a vegetable producer, said industrial robots would carry out all but one of the tasks needed to grow the tens of thousands of lettuces it produces each day at its vast indoor farm in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture, starting from mid-2017.

The robots will do everything from re-planting young seedlings to watering, trimming and harvesting crops.

The innovation will boost production from 21,000 lettuces a day to 50,000 a day, the firm said, adding that it planned to raise that figure to half a million lettuces daily within five years.

“The seeds will still be planted by humans, but every other step, from the transplanting of young seedlings to larger spaces as they grow to harvesting the lettuces, will be done automatically,” said JJ Price, Spread’s global marketing manager.

The new farm – an extension of its existing Kameoka farm – will improve efficiency and reduce labour costs by about half. The use of LED lighting means energy costs will be slashed by almost a third, and about 98% of the water needed to grow the crops will be recycled.

The farm, measuring about 4,400 sq metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown... (cont'd)

National Robotics Week Looks to Host More Events, Robot Enthusiasts and STEM Educators than Ever Before

Help Promote the Importance of Technology Education this April

KUKA Small Robot Receives Renowned Awards for Product Design

Fivefold triumph for the KUKA small robot: with the American Good Design Award, the KR AGILUS adds another trophy for excellent product design to its collection.

Navitar Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Hyperion Development

Navitar, Inc, a leading USA-based manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hyperion Development, LLC, a leading design firm and manufacturer of custom optical assemblies and OEM solutions. The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the first quarter.

Global Motion Control Shipments Contract 3.9% in 2015

Global shipments for motion control products declined by 3.9% to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Locus Robotics Named Top Robotics Company to Watch in 2016

Robotics Business Review unveils its fifth annual RBR50 List

Schunk - Pneumatically Powered Universal Gripper PGN-Plus-P

SCHUNK has introduced several improvements on the original PGN-Plus and has announced the newest generation gripper, PGN-Plus-P. Enlarged supporting dimensions between the six load-bearing shoulders of the multi-tooth guidance allow higher moment capacity which can accommodated longer fingers and greater loads.

AUTOMATICA 2016: INNOVATIONS IN MACHINE VISION

VISION: THE EYE OF AUTOMATION

Asia: Robots, Automation & the Xi Jingping-effect

Please join newly launched Asian Robotics Review as it chronicles the greatest technological transformation in history: The Asian Century.

Automation Networks ANC-100e, Ethernet/IP to Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus (DH+) Converter. $1,295 USD List.

Automation Networks is a Technology company providing a wide variety of quality Industrial Networking products for the most popular Ethernet & Fieldbus Industrial Networks. These include Allen-Bradley Ethernet CSP , Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Data Highway Plus (DH+); Siemens Profibus & Profinet; Schneider Electric Modbus RTU & Modbus TCP/IP. Other Industrial protocols & Networks includes CC-Link, BACnet MS/TP, BACnet/IP & MELSEC.

Getting Started with Collaborative Robots - Part 5 - Get Management On Board with Robots

Even if you are part of management yourself, you will need to justify the integration of the robot with solid arguments. We suggest the "Scotty maneuver": under-promise, over-deliver!

Robotics Business Review Announces the Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2016

These visionaries were recognized based on their innovation, groundbreaking application, commercial success and potential, and represent many different levels and facets of the robotics ecosystem.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

PQ12-R Micro Linear Servo

PQ12-R Micro Linear Servo

The PQ12-R series of linear servos are the smallest affordable linear servo on the market today. Small enough to fit inside a tic tac box, it's very powerful with a maximum force of over 11lbs. It operates as a direct plug-and-play replacement for standard rotary servos, using the same standard 3 wire connector. Regardless of how you drive your servos, be it with an RC receiver, an Arduino board, or a VEX micro-controller, the PQ12-R servo will function in place of a regular servo, but with the added benefit of providing linear motion. They're available in a 20mm stroke coupled with gear ratio options of 30:1, 63:1 and 100:1 cover a large variety of applications. Our PQ12 is popular used in a variety of robotics applications, medical devices, radio control and 3D printable bionic hands. Our PQ12 is proudly designed in Canada by our in-house team of engineers and thoroughly tested before leaving our facility.