Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Design and Operation Features of a BDC Motor Controller

The design and functionality of a DC motor controller depend on the characteristics of the motor and the electronic system it powers. Using the example of a brushed DC motor controller, we’ll consider its operating principles and circuit design.

Pickle's new robot works with people to get your online orders delivered sooner.

Watch this MIT startup's robot unload a trailer blazingly fast. The secret? Keep people in the picture.

Robotics and the Resumption of MRO Activities

Our recent discussions with key players in the field confirm that MRO’s operations will increase significantly in late 2021 or 2022. How will maintenance centres efficiently restart their operations? What impact can technology have in this recovery?

Grasping Static Electricity for Revolutionary Robotics - Nike-backed Start-up Automates the Impossible

Following Grabit’s inception in 2013, Nike Inc. made an investment in the company and later became one of the first customers to buy its materials handling robot system, Stackit. Using Stackit, Nike can manufacture 600 pairs of shoes in just one eight-hour shift.

AMR Manufacturer, Integrator, and Owner: What Are Your Safety Responsibilities?

The challenge for many companies is how to consistently maintain a safe workplace without creating barriers to productivity or innovation. Enter autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

Upcoming WindRiver Webinar - ROBOTICS: THE ERA OF AI AND AUTONOMY

In this webinar we will look at how integrating robotics into the working world means that both cobots and autonomous systems will be important differentiators for production, processes, and innovation.

Dual Loop Control: No More Gear Backlash

Can loads be positioned dynamically, with high precision and no oscillation, despite mechanical backlash and elastic components? Yes — using an intelligent system.

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Honey Bees, with the help of Drones, will Find Landmines

Teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have concocted using robots to screen honey bees while they work. An automated vehicle flies around, catching pictures of the bug, which PCs subsequently examine to uncover potential mines covered up in the ground.

Axis compensation module from the XYR1000-B series with new linear guide and new installation sizes

Zimmer Group is announcing the introduction of an updated version of its established XYR1000 axis compensation module series.

Co-Learning of Task and Sensor Placement for Soft Robotics

Deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Mecalac Hydraulic Thumb Increases Material Handling Ease

The new thumb makes it easy to pick up, maintain and move large or long objects, transforming material handling capabilities for applications such as truck loading or pipe laying. This makes it ideal for contractors in a number of industries including utilities, landscaping, road maintenance and general construction.

New Compact HEIDENHAIN Rotary Encoder Made for Robots

With its small dimensions and high reliability, HEIDENHAIN's new KCI/KBI 1300 series of inductive rotary encoders are made specifically to support compact servomotors for collaborative and service robots.

Vector and Wind River Transform Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving

The joint solution comprises Vector's AUTOSAR Adaptive technologies and the new Wind River Studio, which includes the VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS).

HDS Global Adds $3 Million Investment to Accelerate Development of AI-based Robotic Demonstration Center

Retail visionary Bob DiRomualdo invests in Louis Borders' new venture

Seegrid Showcased New Autonomous Mobile Robot Solutions at ProMatDX 2021

Leading AMR Provider Offered Insights to Maximize ROI and Drive Continuous Improvement

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

ATI Industrial Automation - Manual Tool Changers

ATI Industrial Automation - Manual Tool Changers

Simpler, stronger, and more precise. ATI Industrial Automation has developed a series of Manual Tool Changers that provides a cost-effective solution for quickly changing tools by hand. They feature a unique design that combines high strength, excellent repeatability, and a patent-pending screw-cam locking mechanism with multiple fail-safe features, which resists vibration and prevents loosening. These robust and compact Manual Tool Changers can handle payloads up to 80 pounds (36 kg) and pass pneumatics and electrical signals.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

ResinDek / Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products

ResinDek / Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products

Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products® is the manufacturer of ResinDek® flooring panels, the premier flooring system designed for the material handling industry. ResinDek flooring panels are designed for elevated platforms such as pick modules, mezzanines, and work platforms. They have the proven structural integrity to support dynamic and static rolling limits from 2,000 to 8,000 lbs. ResinDek flooring panels have been independently evaluated and approved for use in Types I-V construction and as part of a fire-resistance rated assembly by the IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services and are backed by a 10-year product warranty.