Robotics - too good to be true? Just 52% believe that robots can go beyond data entry to understand business processes

New research from Redwood Software and Shared Services Link reveals that limited understanding is hindering the potential of the robotic revolution

Standardizing Collaborative Robots: What is ISO/TS 15066?

Samuel Bouchard for Engineering.com:  Collaborative robots (also known as cobots) are changing how robots and humans interact in our factories and manufacturing facilities.  No longer separated by cages, humans and cobots can work beside each other on complex tasks from picking and placement to assembly and logistics.  Human-cobot systems bring together the best of human capabilities (complex reasoning, ease of learning new tasks, pattern and object recognition in cluttered environments) and robot functionality (the ability to perform complex, tedious tasks 24/7 and with high precision).  The close proximity between humans and cobots and its advantages are exciting for manufacturers, SMEs, and the robotics industry, but it also brings a unique set of safety challenges. Enter ISO/TS 15066 – the world's first specifications of safety requirements for collaborative robot applications.   Cont'd...

Packaging Robot Market to Rise Thanks to Increasing Count of Different Manufacturing Industries

Packaging Robots Market set to Surpass US $ 5 Bn by 2024, on the Backdrop of Need to Modernization of Manufacturing Facilities.

MICROMO Announces the Next Generation of Motion Controllers - V3.0

The new FAULHABER MC3/MCS Controller Family

MICROMO Launches New IER3 AND IERS3 Optical Encoders from FAULHABER

A New Standard for High Precision

Logistic companies Swisslog, Dematic, Egemin and Intelligrated have all been Acquired

All these companies are logistics and material handling vendors and times are changing in logistics and fulfillment

Piab acquires Kenos and grips new market

Acquisition enables Piab to enter the large area vacuum gripper market at full speed. A strategic step towards building the global leader in industrial automation components

Microsemi Announces Imaging/Video Solution Providing a Secure, Reliable, Low Power Device for Imaging Applications

New Solution Comprised of FPGA Mezzanine Daughter Card and IP Suite

At Semicon West, Festo Introduces Productivity Tools for the Semiconductor Industry - Tools That Bring Products to Market Faster at Less Cost

Festo will showcase productivity solutions, Handling Guide Online, Optimized Motion System, CTEU fieldbus module, and Mobile FAST App. Visitors to the Festo booth will have the opportunity of requesting a sample of the VUVG universal solenoid valve. (Festo Semicon Booth #1029)

Accenture to Invest €500,000 in RoboValley to Create New Innovations in Robotics

Accenture teams with RoboValley to advance the development of robotics technology

IMTS - Mitsubishi Electric Automation to Exhibit CNC Controls and Enterprise Connectivity Solutions at IMTS in Chicago

"The M8 Series features a CNC-dedicated CPU, which substantially increases the processing speed of the controller for high-speed, high precision machining," said Scott Strache, CNC product manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. "This results in reduced cycle times, netting more quality parts in a work shift."

Limit Lost Motion with Gam's SPH Flange Planetary Gearbox

Backlash and Torsional Rigidity are both important values to consider when selecting a high precision gearbox as they both affect lost motion (arcmin). GAM's SPH Flange Gearbox has a single piece steel housing and ring gear machined directly inside for maximum stiffness. The helical gears are precision cut and ground for extremely quiet and smooth torque transmission with a standard backlash rating of < 3 arcmin or < 1 arcmin reduced.

FANUC Robotics Integrator Remtec Automation Supports Soldier for Life Initiative at Fort Sill

Remtec Automation will attend the one-year anniversary of The Soldier for Life program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in support of the FANUC CNC Certification program that facilitates successful reintegration of soldiers into civilian careers in advanced manufacturing technology.

Rethink Robotics Strikes Gold at 5th China International Robot Show

Sawyer robot wins Golden Finger Award, named Best Industrial Robot 2016

Rise in Robotics Requires New Tax Approach, EU Report Warns

Linda A. Thompson for Bloomberg:  European lawmakers warn that the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence may cause job losses across the continent, threatening to result in plummeting tax revenues if current tax frameworks aren't revised to account for the rise of the robotic workforce. Practitioners told Bloomberg BNA that taxing robots as “electronic persons,” as the EU contemplates in a recent report, would hinder innovation and that other ways of taxing the value that robotics create should be explored. The recent European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs draft reportrecommends the European Commission adopt a resolution to require companies to report on “the extent and proportion of the contribution of robotics and AI to the economic results of a company for the purpose of taxation and social security contributions.” Its first paragraph references Frankenstein, and comes amid mounting concerns that the rise in automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace will fundamentally alter economies, destroy jobs and jeopardize social welfare programs such as social security.   Cont'd...

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.