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The Hydroponic, Robotic Future of Farming in Greenhouses

Matt Simon for Wired: The company is developing machine learning algorithms that will automatically detect diseased plants and kick them out of the system before the sickness spreads. Underdeveloped plants would also get the boot.

Robotic Solutions in the Supply Chain

Following a number of successful implementations, we’re starting to see robots and their human counterparts work side by side in warehouses, deliveries and at sorting centers. Logistics plays a fundamental role in the success of the manufacturing process and by using robot

Interview with Bruce Welty, co-founder of Locus Robotics

My view is that companies (1) start with a problem that is suited to be solved by a robotic solution, then (2) design and build a robot that solves that problem and finally (3) build a business model that makes the robot the best economic solution to the problem.

Case Study: The Flying Eye

Embedded vision solution with USB 3.0 board-level camera.

Genesis Systems Group Innovates NDI Systems with ATI End-Effectors

The NSpect family of Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) Systems from Genesis Systems Group is making quite an impression. By combining ATI End Effectors, KUKA Robots, and vast engineering expertise, Genesis creates more efficient methods of NDI that encourage safety and increa

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Warehouse robot startup Kindred signs up the Gap to test its first commercial product

Nick Statt for The Verge: Kindred’s new production model robots, now called Kindred Sort, have been operating in a pilot program at a Gap warehouse, with plans to expand the fleet of robots to help the retailer’s full fulfillment network down the line.

There's a huge opportunity in robotics for early career computer scientists

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The reason is that programming a robot is no easy task, which presents challenges when it comes to deployment. That's particularly true of small- and mid-sized businesses, which are unlikely to have a qualified roboticist onboard.

1.7 Million New Robots to Transform the World's Factories by 2020 - Forecasts IFR

In 2017 robot installations are estimated to increase by 21 percent in the Asia-Australia region. Robot supplies in the Americas will surge by 16 percent and in Europe by 8 percent.

A Radar for Industrial Robots May Guide Collaboration with Humans

Will Knight MIT Technology Review: Humatics, an MIT spinout, is developing an indoor radar system that should give robots and other industrial systems the ability to track people’s movements very precisely.

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Efficient Vacuum Technology from Schmalz at CAMX 2017

Schmalz Inc. will showcase its portfolio of innovative vacuum handling solutions at the composites and advanced material Expo CAMX 2017 in Orlando, Florida. One of the highlights at booth A52 includes the Schmalz Needle Gripper (SNG-M) for handling composite textiles and preforms. This needle gripper is specifically designed to handle highly permeable workpieces.

Mencom offers Industry-Specific Ethernet Switches for Easy Power/Railway Networking

The IEC 61850 for utility automation is the international standard to regulate a unified and standardized communication protocol for electrical substation and power grid automation.

Mouser Electronics Named Distributor of the Year at 2017 Elektra Awards

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, has been named Distributor of the Year at the 2017 Elektra Awards.

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