World Robotics Report 2016 announces collaborative robots as market driver

Universal Robots welcomes new report that documents how "cobots" are now the hottest growth segment in industrial automation with forecasts showing no signs of slowing.

IMTS 2016 - Takeaways

Many of the OEMs were showing how their smart products and processes were driving new business models like servitization (manufacturing firms developing the capabilities to provide services and solutions that supplement their traditional product offerings) and new "power-by-the-hour" offerings.

KUKA Selects Apttus to Transform its Digital Commerce Offerings

Apttus solutions allow KUKA's digital commerce arm to create strong, efficient experiences for both customers and distributors

FANUC Robotics Integrator Remtec Automation Named to Ohio School Board Association's 2016 Business Honor Roll

Warren County Vocational School District recognizes Remtec Automation for its strong support working with the Warren County Career Center's Electromechanical Program

Piab's piINLINE®plus for perfect press-shop vacuum

Ultra-lightweight decentralized vacuum generators are compact, reliable and efficient

CANVAS Technology to Provide Autonomous Driving Indoors

The company says that while autonomous cars and trucks receive a lot of attention, the complexities of driving at speed outdoors means that commercial viability is still a distant future.

Piab's Kenos Range of Suction Pad Grippers are Perfect for Packaging and Palletizing

Available with either check valve or flow resistance technology, and configured to use either integrated vacuum generation or an external vacuum generator (pump/blower), the grippers are able to satisfy the needs of various industrial segments and practical applications.

ABB introduces the IRB 1200 Foundry Plus 2, the smallest foundry robot in its class

The new robot can withstand harsh environments and meets the requirements of protection ratings IP66/67; ideal for foundry material handling and machine tending

Pega Launches Industry's First End-To-End Automation Platform To Intelligently Optimize How Work Gets Done With Robotic Automation, BPM, and CRM

Pega Robotic Automation now unified with Pega BPM platform and CRM applications to automate tasks, streamline processes, and enhance customer engagement

PI Releases New Vacuum Precision Motion and Positioning Solutions Catalog and Whitepaper

Vacuum and UHV applications in research and industry are increasing in importance as testing and manufacturing specifically require vacuum or cryogenic environments.

Robot Sews First Complete Garment

From Sewbo:  Sewbo Inc. on Thursday announced that it has achieved the long-sought goal of automated sewing, by using an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt. This milestone represents the first time that a robot has been used to sew an entire article of clothing.

Despite widespread use in other industries, automation has failed to find a place in apparel manufacturing due to robots’ inability to handle limp, flexible fabrics. Sewbo avoids these hurdles by temporarily stiffening fabrics, making it easy for conventional robots to build clothes as if they were made from sheet metal. Afterwards, the process is reversed to produce soft, fully assembled garments.

“Our technology will allow manufacturers to create higher-quality clothing at lower costs in less time than ever before,” said Jonathan Zornow, the technology’s inventor. “Avoiding labor issues and shortening supply chains will help reduce the complexity and headaches surrounding today’s intricate global supply network. And digital manufacturing will revolutionize fashion, even down to how we buy our clothes by allowing easy and affordable customization for everyone.”

Sewbo performed their feat using an off-the-shelf industrial robot, which they taught to operate a consumer sewing machine. Having successfully proved its core concept, Sewbo is now expanding its team and working towards commercializing its technology... (company webpage, MIT article)

Next-Generation Robotics & Automation: Automotive Manufacturing Europe 2106

The Next-Generation Robotics & Automation: Automotive Manufacturing Europe conference takes place at The Vox, Birmingham, UK, 29-30 November, and London Business Conferences offer Robotics Tomorrow readers a discount to attend.

VISION 2016: Between anniversaries and product premières

Leading world trade fair for machine vision showcases innovations in all exhibition areas / FRAMOS, Matrix Vision, MVTEC and Vision Components celebrate company anniversaries

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution offers manufacturers a feasible, holistic approach to control, communication, and cloud integration, fast-tracking the implementation of virtual war rooms, preventive maintenance and Industry 4.0 applications alike.

Industrial Technology Events Co-Located At IMTS 2016 Post Show Report

Five Trade Shows And Conference Programs Powered By HANNOVER MESSE Focused On Industry 4.0. And Industrial Internet Of Things Capabilities

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US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital is pleased to announce the launch of the E4T, their latest series of miniature high performance optical encoders. The E4T series delivers a marked performance increase over similar encoder models and designed to be an enhanced replacement for the E4P encoder series. The E4T utilizes state of the art transmissive optical sensing technology, and incorporates US Digital's own proprietary OptoASIC. Assembly of the E4T is simple and efficient and retains the previous E4P's form factor. Key features of the new E4T include: • Mechanically and Electrically Interchangeable with E4P • Improved Quadrature Signal Strength • 100 kHz Frequency Response • Transmissive Optical Design • Collet Style Push on Optical Disk Design (Patent Pending) • Simple & Efficient Assembly Process As with all of our products the E4T is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver, Washington USA facility and is available for purchase as of December 2014.