Flexomation Offers New Design for Micro Parts Feeding for Robotic Assembly and Material Handling Systems in the Medical and Electronics Industries

The New FX-MicroG feeder by Flexomation, LLC provides advanced feeding for a range of micro sized part types. Utilizing a precision glass feed surface, micro sized parts can be fed forward, backward and reoriented with the use of flipping action without the use of any tooling.

The New FX-MicroG feeder by Flexomation, LLC provides advanced feeding for a range of micro sized part types. Utilizing a precision glass feed surface, micro sized parts can be fed forward, backward and reoriented with the use of flipping action without the use of any tooling. The new design allows for standard downward mounted camera plus allows for the ability to use a bottom mounted upward pointing camera. Utilizing the new capability of an upward mounted camera, a system can process parts without any concern for the robot blocking the camera FOV, which allows for uninterrupted vision processing.


Flexomation offers a full line of flexible feeders capable of feeding ultra-small parts (less than 1mm) up to parts 5" in length. All feeders have the capability to feed multiple part types with little if any change over time plus the ability to move parts forward, backward, separate and flip.

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.