Worcester Polytechnic Institute Joins The White House "Nation of Makers" Initiative

WPI responds to President Obama's call to develop a workforce oriented towards innovation, invention, design and manufacturing.

TraceParts Publishing Network leads the way in publishing CAD models

More than 13 million industrial designers are now part of the engineering community with access to TraceParts CAD content

The Age of Smart, Safe, Cheap Robots Is Already Here

Robots have been doing tough jobs for over half a century, mostly in the automotive sector, but they’ve probably had a bigger impact in Hollywood movies than on factory floors.

That’s about to change.

Today’s robots can see better, think faster, adapt to changing situations, and work with a gentler touch. Some of them are no longer bolted to the factory floor, and they’re moving beyond automotive manufacturing. They’re also getting cheaper.

These improvements are helping to drive demand. In fact, we expect the global industrial robot population to double to about four million by 2020, changing the competitive landscape in dozens of fields — from underground mining to consumer goods and aerospace manufacturing. Robots will allow more manufacturers to produce locally and raise productivity with a knowledge-based workforce.  Cont'd...

Through bore slip ring with other signal and power combination / Can meet your automation needs perfect

High performance, gold or fiber optic contact to ensure reliable data transfer, flexible design, industry robot, can be used in every industry.

STRATASYS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS VALIDITY OF FDM PATENTS

U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board denies Afinia's attempts to challenge validity of Stratasys IP

Patti Engineering Announces Growing Demand for Expertise in Industrial Robotic Integration

Company with 24 year history in robotics, invests in advanced workforce training and tools to meet accelerated demand for industrial robotics programming and integration expertise in manufacturing.

Festo Advances Implementation of Industry 4.0

Festo is actively advancing the implementation of Industry 4.0: besides carrying out intensive research into intelligent components and decentralised automation, the automation producer is setting out to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 with specific solutions in process automation as well.

Amazon Challenges Robotics' Hot Topic: Perception

Capturing and processing camera and sensor data and recognizing various shapes to determine a set of robotic actions is conceptually easy. Yet Amazon challenged the industry to do a selecting and picking task robotically and 28 teams from around the world rose to the competition.

Rockwell brings factory-automation tools to smartphones, tablets

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel:  The Texas facility that mass-produces State Fair corn dogs and Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick retooled itself recently as a hyper-automated smart factory. It installed 1,500 sensors to collect gigabytes of data on everything from raw meat inventories to wastewater and electrical usage.
Then the Fort Worth factory took one extra step into the future of industrial technology: It added software that transmits all of that real-time data onto smartphones and tablets, making it possible for plant managers to monitor their production network from anywhere on the factory floor — and during coffee breaks or vacations, as well.
If they choose — so far, most don't — this new breed of mobile managers can even operate factory equipment remotely, shutting off pumps or speeding up production lines. Technology has made that sort of operation as easy as playing a smartphone video game, but it can be reckless because a lot of equipment can interfere with or hurt those who are physically present.
It's only a matter of time, some say, before factory controls migrate to Google Glass, the wearable displays mounted in eyeglass frames, or smart wristwatches. Cont'd...

RoboticsTomorrow Related Kickstarter Projects - June 2015

Here are some crowd funding projects of interest.

Sensors On Display: Velodyne LiDAR Featured in 'Robot Revolution,' National Touring Exhibit From Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

In Silicon Valley, Computer Museum Extends Run of 'History of Autonomous Vehicles,' Showcasing Velodyne LiDAR Sensor Technology

Pictometry to Host FutureView 2015 User Conference

Educational sessions will be offered in multiple tracks including GIS, assessment, infrastructure and public safety.

Centricity Measurement in Substrate Production

LASER COMPONENTS invested further

New Anaren "Sensor Element Library" Enables Easy Integration of Sensor Drivers and Intelligence into IoT Devices

Anaren Launches Atmosphere Sensor Partnership Program to support its Wireless Connectivity Ecosystem

Machine Automation under Scrutiny for High-Volume, High-Quality Manufacturing

Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security, and medical applications, NEXCOM's new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.

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ST Robotics have decades of experience in industrial robots having sold hundreds of robots over the years. The company has 3 main models, R12, R17 and R19 all using a unique simple industrial technology that dramatically reduces costs resulting in the lowest priced industrial robots available. The same uncomplicated technology vastly improves reliability. ST backs this up with a 2 year warranty. Typical applications are routine testing, sample handling and also education. The software is a different paradigm from most robots. It is command based; you type a command and see immediate action. Programming is a building block approach, building confidence as you program in small 'mind-sized bytes'. ST offers free unlimited technical support.