AUTOMATICA 2016: Automation in the plastics industry complete Machining in Plastic

The plastics industry is booming.

Festo's Bionic Learning Network Presents New Automation Technology at SPS IPC Drives 2015

At SPS IPC Drives 2015, the international exhibition for electric automation, systems and components from 24th to 26th November in Nuremberg, Festo presents current research projects from the Bionic Learning Network. The FlexShapeGripper and the eMotionButterflies are inspired by natural principles and demonstrate ways to transfer those to automation.

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.

Drone giant DJI launches crop-spraying drone

From BBC:

Billion-dollar drone company DJI is expanding from consumer and camera drones into the agriculture industry.

The Chinese firm's latest model is a crop-spraying drone, which it claims is "40 times more efficient" than manual spraying, despite having just 12 minutes of flight time.

It will be released in China and Korea where hand-spraying is more common.

DJI made $500m (£332m) in drone sales in 2014 and some analysts predict the firm will hit $1bn in sales this year.

The Agras MG-1 has eight rotors and can carry up to 10kg of crop-spraying fluids per flight.

The foldable device is also dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials, the firm says on its website (in Chinese).

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

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

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

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.

Nearly 100 Million Consumer Robots Will be Sold During the Next 5 Years, According to Tractica

Household Robots to Lead in Adoption, with Strong Growth in Robotic Personal Assistants, Robotic Toys, and Educational Robots

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.

How Universal Robots Doubled Production at Tegra Medical

Medical device manufacturer Tegra Medical faced profit erosion as costs went up and customers demanded price cuts. Deploying three collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots to tend the machines manufacturingmedical instruments doubled throughput, freed up 11 full time positions and enabled the manufacturer to keep up with customer demand while keeping costs down.

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.

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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.