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VTT has 3D printed a smart metal part: a step towards artificial intelligence

VTT's proof of concept demo showed that a range of sensors or smart identifications can be added to 3D printed metal parts during manufacture, in order to track the performance and condition of machines or devices, or verify the authenticity of the parts.

AI Enabling Intelligent Robotic Picking

Whether it is enabling mobility, improving the ability to handle material, or in the case of Nvidia Isaac simulating the learning required for intelligence, AI is delivering improved robotic capabilities and helping businesses to enhance operations through the use of robots.

Why Custom Robot Integrations With Rotary Index Drives Makes Financial Sense for a Variety of Manufacturing Applications

As manufacturing is increasingly interwoven with automation, companies seek cost-effective options for integrating rotary index drives with a variety of robotic applications such as spray painting, welding, assembly, material handling and more.

The Many Uses of Bellows

Bellows are most often used to protect critical components. Actuators used in motion control equipment are often exposed to contaminants ranging from dust and abrasive grit to metal chips and weld spatter.

Glide-Line Conveyor Case Study: Automating in-context Conveyor Configuration With Solidworks

We needed a powerful configuration platform so customers would have access to complete assemblies, could easily put systems together using automated snaps, and manage operational states

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BitFlow Predicts Vision-Guided Robotics to Become Major Disruptive Force in Global Manufacturing

As the plant floor has become more digitally connected, the relationship between robots and machine vision has merged into a single, seamless platform, setting the stage for a new generation of more responsive vision-driven robotic systems.

Finalists Named for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL in Denver, May 1

Why Robots Won't Kill Jobs: The World's Largest Robotics Company Says More Robots Means More Jobs

John Koetsier for Forbes: "The more advanced countries, such as Germany, South Korea, and Japan have around 300 robots per 10,000 workers. Those three countries have the lowest unemployment rates."

FANUC America's Robot LINKi Zero Down Time Now Available to All Robotics Customers

Today, over 16,000 robots in the automotive industry are operating with ZDT. Since its introduction, FANUC estimates that ZDT has saved customers over 1,300 hours of unexpected production interruptions, which equates to more than $40M.

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Universal Robots Debuts at World's Leading Plastics Show with Cobots in New Palletizing, Sealing and Bulk Box Loading Applications

At NPE2018 in Orlando May 7-11, the leader of collaborative robots will show how this class of robots - now the fastest growing segment of industrial automation - effortlessly and inexpensively automate tasks in the plastics industry, a rapidly expanding market for the "cobots"

Epson Robots is Named a 2018 Silver Edison Award Winner

Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, today announced that the Flexion™ N-Series 6-Axis robots was named a Silver Winner for innovation by the highly prestigious Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology. The Edison Awards have been honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services for 31 years.

Epson Robots Honored by Vision Systems Design 2018 Innovators Awards Program

Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, today announced it was presented with a Bronze Award in the Vision Systems Category at the Fourth Annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards presentation, held during The Vision Show in Boston, MA. Their Synthis T3 All-in-One SCARA robot was recognized by a panel of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

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For Over 25 Years, Polyconn Has Privately Labeled And Manufactured Customized Products.

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Encoder Products Company

Encoder Products Company

Encoder Products Company (EPC) is a leading designer and world-wide manufacturer of motion sensing devices. EPC began operations in 1969, producing a line of custom encoders (the original Cube series) from a small, home-based shop. Today, EPC is the largest privately-held encoder manufacturer in North America, producing the most complete line of incremental and absolute rotary encoders in the industry. Meeting the diverse needs of a wide range of global customers, EPC's core philosophy is that each and every customer deserves quality products, superior customer service, and expert support. Adherence to these principals has enabled EPC to achieve its goal of maintaining long-lasting customer relationships.