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Robot Modularity – Q&A with Víctor Mayoral, CEO of Acutronic Robotics

Machines should be built out of the most appropriate hardware for each particular purpose. And that’s where modular robots deliver a big advantage. In modular robotics you just choose the best hardware including the H-ROS technology and built the robot.

What is the Difference between Hexapod 6-DOF Alignment Systems vs Conventional Stacks of Stages?

When faced with a multi-axis alignment and positioning application, motion engineers typically assemble a system from a stack of individual linear and rotary stages. This approach works well for applications when only a few degrees of freedom are involved (e.g. XYZ).

Easy Programming of Cobots

Learning without programming means anyone can teach OB7 to do hundreds of complex automation jobs quickly. The operator simply shows OB7 how to do the job by physically moving the cobot through the steps, and it learns and remembers.

OUTLOOK on World Robotics Report 2019 by IFR

Steven Wyatt, IFR Vice President, presented an outlook by regions, markets and key challenges at the AUTOMATE 2019 in Chicago.

Addressing Safety when Introducing Cobots to the Workforce

Cobots are safer than ever, but care must still be taken during implementation. These 4 steps will help.

RoboticsTomorrow - Special Tradeshow Coverage
Automate & ProMat 2019

Automate & ProMat 2019 took place at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL April 8th - 11th. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Talking Automate 2019 with Universal Robots

Booth #7154 - Our booth features four different application clusters for machine tending, packaging, assembly and processing. We chose to focus on these applications as they are currently experiencing a significant demand for cobot automation.

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Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Reimagined for Logistics

The boxes used in the video weigh about 5 Kg (11 lbs), but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to (15 Kg) (33 lb). This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall (48 inches deep and 68 inches tall).

Automate Announces 2019 Launch Pad Startup Competition Finalists

Emerging Companies with Range of Offerings from Augmented Reality Headsets to Intelligent Robotic Software to Soft Robot Hands and Wireless Charging for Drones

Ryder Redefines the Smart Warehouse; Deploys Innovative Mix of Startup Technologies

Partnerships with innovators in robotics, drones, sensors, and wearables make the smart warehouse customizable, flexible, and scalable

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NanoCube®: High Speed XYZ Piezo Flexure Stage for Fast, Precise Fiber Alignment and Nanopositioning Applications

Higher scanning speed, ceramic-insulated actuators for long life, flexures for friction-free motion, and sensors for sub-nm precise positioning make this new piezo stage from PI ideal for fiber alignment and high resolution optics applications.

ATI Automation Expo keynote speakers and presentation topics now available

Event scheduled for May 9, 2019 at newly expanded ATI headquarters in Apex, NC

Novotechnik - Compact Hollow Shaft Angle Sensor

Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the new WAL 340 hollow shaft angle sensor that provides absolute, rotary position. Sensor dimensions are 32 x 39 mm. A unique notch that is built into the housing aids alignment.

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Novotechnik - Vert-X 05E Series of dual angle/speed sensors
Novotechnik - Vert-X 05E Series of dual angle/speed sensors

Novotechnik - Vert-X 05E Series of dual angle/speed sensors

Vert-X 05E Series of dual angle/speed sensors. The series features easy mounting in small and narrow spaces with a 5 mm body depth and mounting flanges with metal inserts. The sensors make measurements only 6 mm from edge of product for close-to-wall measurement applications. Vert-X 05E Series sensors measure angles from 0 to 360°, rotational speed and direction with repeatability to 0.1°.

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PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the broadest and deepest portfolio of precision motion technologies in the world. PI USA complies with the US laws for export controlled technologies.