Rethink Robotics and Sumitomo Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership in Japan

Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Robot Now Available Throughout Japan

Intelligrated appoints Jon Tutuncu as senior director, commercial operations and strategy

Commercial operations veteran to lead data-driven optimization of sales, analysis and strategy

MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot "MIP Junior",

MIP robotics is a startup founded in 2015 and based on research conducted for many years. The company aims to provide accessible, industrial robots, especially for SMIs (small and medium industries). In other words, like 3D printing in recent years, MIP wants to democratize industrial robotics. The robots can be used to automate repetitive, arduous or dangerous tasks; indeed it is possible to set the standard gripper arms: suction cup, hook, screwdriver, blade etc. Application examples are numerous: storing goods in cartons, checking the tightening torque, making the automated cutting, removing non-compliant products etc. MIP allows its customers to increase their productivity (and hence margins) in order to improve the quality or reduce the hardship. The investment can be made profitable in only 6 month. The "Junior " is a robot called "SCARA" (that is to say a horizontal arm) operating on a range of 600mm and fixed on a vertical axis in a standard 400mm high. These dimensions can be adjusted on demand. Its speed reaches up to 250mm/s with an accuracy of 0.5mm and can move up to 5kg. Junior is also characterized by its ease of use: for instance you can teach the robot the movements to be carried out by manually moving the robotic arm. Finally, the robot stops in case of impact, enabling collaborative applications if all safety conditions are met. While prices often start around €20,000 on the market, Junior is available from €8000.   Full Press Release:

Electrical Slip Ring In The Application of Robotics

The rotating joint of robot has complicated structure and inconvenient installation, but we could adopt electrical slip ring to realize 360 degree with unlimited rotations freely in the robot, which through slip ring to transmit power and signal.

OMRON Releases New Models to Join Machine Automation Controller NJ101-series.

-New Models Connect to Database Directly and Accelerate Leveraging Big Data and IoT at Production Sites-

MVTec to release MERLIC 2 in December

Major software release for easily creating machine vision applications without in-depth knowledge of programming ---New features for application training, password protection and even more flexibility ---Existing customers receive upgrade free of charge

Robotmaster Reduces Outsourcing, Increases Production and Profitability

Adding a robotic system enabled Groupe Gravel, a metal fabricator, to profitably automate cutting and welding for high-mix short-batch production. Robotmaster's tools enabled automatic path creation from CAD models drastically improved programming time.

ABB's largest ever robot is 25 percent faster than competitor robots in high payload range

ABB has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 meters and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, the IRB 8700 provides the lowest total cost of ownership among competitor high payload robot models. The new robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries. “When designing the IRB 8700, we focused on combining ABB’s largest ever model with an unusually long reach for a robot in the high payload class,” said John Bubnikovich, vice president, sales and marketing, ABB Robotics North America. “Utilizing ABB’s superior motion control technology at high moments of inertia, the new robot automatically adapts and adjusts its speed to accommodate heavy and wide parts. With a compact footprint, optimized counterweight, parallel linkages, stiff axes and fewer drive motors, the IRB 8700 keeps its momentum down and speed up, providing unmatched agility and performance.” The IRB 8700, ABB’s largest ever robot offers all the functionality and expertise of the ABB portfolio in a much bigger package. The robot has only one motor and one gear per robot axis, while most other robots in this size class use dual motors and/or gears. In addition, there are no gas springs; only a reliable counterweight and mechanical springs for counter balancing. Together these design elements mean the IRB 8700 has fewer components and is able to deliver shorter cycle times and higher accuracy – making it 25% faster than any comparable competitor robots in its payload range.  Full Press Release:

ABB's largest ever robot is 25 percent faster than competitor robots in high payload range

The IRB 8700 is the market's best performing high payload robot with the lowest total cost of ownership

ALine Introduces Instrument Control of Custom Microfluidics

ADEPT+ is ALine's latest product innovation in support of microfluidic device development for molecular assays. The customizable instrument platform includes pneumatic fluid control and thermocycling and is suitable for development across multiple industries including medical, laboratory research, and environmental.

FANUC America Demonstrates Seamless Integration of its CNC, Robotics and ROBOMACHINE Products at the Automation Fair Event

Automation Fair event, hosted by Rockwell Automation, Nov. 18-19, in Chicago.

CHGT's 3D Printers Shift into High Gear with New Automotive Parts Deal

"The automotive parts aftermarket has really hit the accelerator in its use of 3D printing"

Latest VadaTech AMC Supports new 8-Core Intel Xeon Processor D Family

VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, today announced that its latest processor AdvancedMC (PrAMC), the AMC754, is available with either the new 8-core Intel® Xeon® processor D-1548 or 4-core Intel® Xeon® processor D-1520 and provides a migration path to next-generation 16-core processors expected to be available end of Q1 2016.

Robotic Additive Manufacturing Platform for 3D Printing Composite Parts

The first-of-its-kind solution consists of a standard commercially available robot, composite deposition end-effector hardware and a comprehensive software suite.

Walinga saving time and money with OCTOPUZ

Interview with Gregory Smuk, Industrial Technical Software Specialist at In-House Solutions, and James Medemblik, Manufacturing Technologist at Walinga, exploring how Walinga is saving time and money with OCTOPUZ offline robotic programming and simulation software.

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