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The Drive for Reliable Data: Using Real-World Inputs to Test MicroStrain Inertial Sensors

Inertial measurement units (IMUs) are essential tools for manufacturers of off-road heavy-duty vehicles and machinery. They provide critical information that is used to control, monitor and manage the equipment, but also to ensure operator safety during use.

The Colossus Robot on the Front Line Against Covid-19

These remote control and highly modular autonomous robots are proving to be valuable assets in the fight against Covid-19. Fitted with maxon motors, these versatile robots are also capable of supporting the unit in large-scale incidents. A report on an heroic collaboration.

Trends in robotics: Cobots, agribots and medical robots

From recreational robots such as drones, to critical operational robots in the medical field, robotic technology is changing our daily lives.

Speed and Precision or Compact to Power Pack? Drive Solutions for Laboratory Automation

Countless samples are tested daily in analytical laboratories. The benefits of automation in this area is obvious: They make it possible to achieve faster results, higher throughput, fewer errors and lower personnel costs.

Gecko Robotics Scales to New Heights with Digital Manufacturing Partnership

For a world that relies on that infrastructure for essential access to everything from water to electricity, it’s a frightening reality, and most feel powerless to do anything about it. From there came the lightbulb inspiration for Gecko Robotics.

Q4 2020 Trend: Immediate Delivery Autonomous Forklifts

Fewer than 2% of forklifts sold in North America are automated, yet there has never been a greater need for this technology. Many manufacturers are looking to automate material handling processes because it reduces the potential for COVID-19 exposure by reducing human contac

Intelligent Image Processing Supports Production Workers in Industrial 4.0 Applications

Automation plays a major role in Industry 4.0. Cost reduction, increased productivity and zero-defect quality are factors that are increasingly prompting companies to digitalize their processes. But often full automation also means high investments.

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New system reduces emissions and fuel consumption - FERRY IN LONDON MOORS MAGNETICALLY

The recently developed intelligent mooring system from iDL, the intelligent Dock Locking System from Dutch company Mampaey Offshore Industries, is the world's first magnetic mooring system. It makes it possible for a London ferry to dock in just ten seconds.

5 Ways Automation Will Change the Nature of Work

Now that AI is on the scene, industry and commerce are on the verge of perhaps the greatest rush into automation ever, and the questions have turned philosophical. What will change in the day-to-day way that work gets done, and what will be required of tomorrow’s workers?

ATI Develops Space-rate Force /Torque Sensor for Mars 2020 Rover

JPL needed an automated system for collecting and handling space material as well as moving it through the indexing process. Engineers developed the Adaptive Caching Assembly, an application that resembles a pick and place operation commonly found on a factory floor.

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UK MoD and US DoD speakers announced for Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector

SMi reports: New programme details announced for Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector 2020

Destaco Develops Manual Swing Clamp Series

Innovative clamping solution combines best features of pneumatic swing clamps and straight line action clamps to create a low-cost option for fixture builders

Nidec-Shimpo Launches AGV with Vision-Based Navigation System

Left: S-CART-V, Right: Sensors for the Vision-based Navigation System

UltraFlex using induction heaters to preheat Inconel for the aerospace industry

] In a recent test application UltraFlex Power Technologies proved the efficiency of using induction heaters in the manufacturing process for aerospace components.

New MapleMBSE release from Maplesoft expands support to include Capella

MapleMBSE 2020.2 offers expanded toolchain connectivity, improved performance and usability

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.

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Staubli Corporation

Staubli Corporation

Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of textile machinery, quick release couplings and robotics systems. With a workforce of over 4500 employees Stäubli is present in 25 countries supported by a comprehensive distribution network in 50 countries worldwide. Stäubli's North American headquarters is located in Duncan, South Carolina and has over 200 employees supporting Textile, Connectors and Robotics customers, with a dynamic sales force strategically placed on the West Coast, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere throughout the continent.