ISA and Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month

Throughout November, ISA is offering its members special benefits, promotions and discounts on multi-day classroom or online, instructor-assisted ISA training* and other select ISA products, which include technician guides, safety books and cybersecurity resources.

Ultra High Current, Ultra Small, Ultra Efficient Servo Drives

Meet us at AIRTEC 2015, Munich, Germany, November 3-5, Hall C3- stand G77

Safe Robotic Cable Retraction Without Looping - the New Triflex RSE System From Igus

The retraction system for industrial robots enables cost-effective, automatic guidance of energy supply systems and supply hoses.

UCSD to create robots that see, think and do

By Gary Robbins for the San Diego Union Tribune:  UC San Diego is creating a robotics institute that will develop machines that can interpret everything from subtle facial expressions to walking styles to size up what people are thinking, doing and feeling.

The “See-Think-Do” technology is largely meant to anticipate and fulfill people’s everyday needs, especially the soaring number of older Americans who want to live out their lives in their own homes.

Engineers envision robots that are so good at sizing up people, places and situations that they could help evacuate crowds from dangerous areas and pick through the rubble of an earthquake to look for survivors.

The newly created Contextual Robotics Institute will be formally announced on Friday when some of the nation’s top scientists meet at UC San Diego to discuss the future of robotics. The campus has already lined up support from such San Diego companies as Qualcomm, which needs new markets for its computer chips, and Northrop Grumman, which develops unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Our plan is to do the research and development that’s needed to realize robots of the future — robots that are safe, useful and autonomous in any environment,” said Albert Pisano, dean of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.  Cont'd...

Bishop-Wisecarver Group Expands Product Portfolio as North American Distributor of T RACE Linear Guides and Telescopic Slides

Strategic Move Strengthens the BWG Commitment as the Linear Motion Market Leader with the Most Comprehensive Product Offering

Rockwell Automation Honors Four Organizations with Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards

Rockwell Automation today named four organizations as recipients of its third annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards at the EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference.

FABTECH - Marketing Experts to Make Repeat Appearance at the Nation's Premier Manufacturing Industry Event-FABTECH 2015

Stevens & Tate Marketing President Dan Gartlan and Internet Marketing Director Nicole Wagner have been selected as featured speakers for the FABTECH 2015 tradeshow in Chicago, IL. As repeat speakers for this prominent national event, the pair will provide key insight into proven strategies designed to maximize the impact of manufacturing and B-to-B organizations' marketing programs.

FABTECH - Uniweld Set To Exhibit At Fabtech 2015 In Chicago With New And Innovative Products

Visit Uniweld At Fabtech 2015, North America's Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event.

FABTECH - FABTECH 2015 Expert Workshops Aim to Help Suppliers Evaluate Competencies, Optimize Processes and Grow Their Business

Attendees learn powerful best practices on how to best deal with scheduling issues, job costing, and implementing lean at Chicago-based event

Honest Sensor Unveils New Selection of Encoder Disc for Motion Encoder

Honest Sensor broke through the obstacles and developed 0.2 mm concentricity encoder disk to create a new level in the rotary encoder market.

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2015

A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015.

Batteries for Robotics Applications

Our technologies are designed to fulfill the complex requirements of industrial robotics.

Ruwac USA's Dust Extraction Swing Arm Offers Fully Mobile Point of Source Extraction Solution

The Dust Extraction Swing Arm is an attachment that can be connected to any portable Ruwac vacuum system to safely remove airborne dusts, gases and smoke emitted straight from the point of source during the manufacturing process.

Six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000

Suryansh Chandra claims the affordable robotic arm his company Automata is developing could lead to robots becoming as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers.
"Today, every design studio has a 3D printer," Chandra says. "Soon, we hope to get to the point where every design studio has a robotic arm."

Chandra founded Automata together with Mostafa Elsayed five months ago, after they became frustrated by the expense and complexity of industrial robots while working at the research division at Zaha Hadid Architects.

"If you're out to get a robot today, you'd have to spend 50 or 60 thousand dollars," Chandra explains. "Our goal is to democratise robotics through a low cost hardware platform and easy to use software."

Automata's first product is a plastic six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000 (£2,000).

"Unlike industrial robots that are heavy and expensive, Eva is low cost and lightweight," Chandra says. "She can pick up 750 grams when fully outstretched and about a kilogram in a more recessed position."  Cont'd...

At Assembly 2015, Festo Features Many New Productivity Solutions for OEMs

Festo showcases a modular X/Y planar gantry that is capable of screw driving, gluing, insertion, and picking and placing; a new flexible platform conveyor; an innovative vision sensor, a new high force/high accuracy servo controlled press subassembly; online productivity tools; grippers; and a host of electric and pneumatic motion control components ready to be packaged into subassemblies. (Festo Booth 1205)

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

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.