Looking for a few good robots

By Adam Zewe for Harvard News:  If you have a soft spot for robotics, this competition is right up your alley. The 2016 Soft Robotics Competitions offer anyone with an interest in robotics the chance to design and build their own soft robot using the resources available in the open-source Soft Robotics Toolkit. Now in its second year, the competition was developed by Conor Walsh, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Dónal Holland, visiting lecturer in engineering sciences, as a way to encourage individuals to take advantage of the resources provided in the Soft Robotics Toolkit. The toolkit, which incorporates contributions from researchers from Harvard and other institutions, provides a set of intellectual tools that one can use to design and construct a robot using soft, flexible materials. It includes resources such as step-by-step instructions on building actuators and sensors, lists of suggested materials, and how-to fabrication videos. The ultimate goal of the competition is to encourage others to find innovative applications for soft robotics technology and continue expanding interest in this relatively new field.   Cont'd...

Spinning motors just got simpler with TI's latest stepper technologies

AutoTune™ technology dynamically tunes motors, and integrated current sensing saves 20 percent board space

Details of FIRST STRONGHOLDSM 2016 Robotics Game Revealed

Full Details of FIRST STRONGHOLD Game Unveiled to More than 75,000 High-School Students Worldwide at the 2016 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kickoff

New Torque Motor Family from Tecnotion

Tecnotion adds QTR Frameless Torque Motors to its direct drive product offering. With low axial height and high torque density, the QTR bridges the size-performance gap.

Meet Inertia Dynamic's Family of Servo Brakes & Clutches

Inertia Dynamic's 36 years of business growth as a world-class manufacturer of clutches and brakes have been marked by a commitment to TOTAL CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Datakit offers SOLIDWORKS 2016 support and will attend SOLIDWORKS WORLD

Datakit, a leading CAD file conversion software vendor will attend the tradeshow SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016, from January 31 to February 3, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

New Torque Motor Family from Tecnotion

Tecnotion adds QTR Frameless Torque Motors to its direct drive product offering. With low axial height and high torque density, the QTR bridges the size-performance gap.

Novotechnik - Angle Sensor for Extreme Environments

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the RSX-7900 Series of angle sensors that provide up to IP69K ingress protection, extremely long life of >100 million movements and ISO13849 PL-d safety compliance in a non-contacting design.

Dorner Appoints Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Lincoln Frazier has been appointed Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Dorner Mfg. Corp. In his new position, Frazier will be working with sales channel partners and key accounts to grow the company's industrial and sanitary conveyor business throughout the Southeastern United States.

New Veratus Precision Optical Encoder

New Veratus Precision Optical Encoder

Robotics 2016: Doubling Throughput in Distribution and Factory Operations

Two existing bakery facilities were successfully integrated into one and finished goods capacity nearly doubled from 6,500 lbs. /hour to 12,000 lbs. /hour.

RoboUniverse Makes its Debut in Singapore this 26 - 27 Jan 2016

RoboUniverse will be co-located with Inside 3D Printing and the Virtual Reality Summit, giving attendees an all-access experience to the exhibits and seminars for all 3 events.

Space Bots & Android Waste Collectors: What's Ahead for Robotics

By Elizabeth Palermo for LiveScience:  It was a good year to be a robot. In 2015, researchers in Korea unveiled a robotic exoskeleton that users can control with their minds, a four-legged bot in China set a new world record by walking 83.28 miles (134.03 km) without stopping and 3D-printing robots in Amsterdam started work on a new steel footbridge. But these smart machines are capable of so much more. Researchers around the world are now designing and building bots that will complete more noteworthy tasks in 2016 and beyond. From exploring other planets to fighting fires at sea, here are a few skills that bots could pick up in the new year.   Full Article:  

Industrial stages with Built-in Stepper Motors, Motor Encoders, and Controllers

The X-LRQ-E Series devices are Zaber's recently released industrial-style stages, combining high load and thrust capabilities in a compact size. The dual-rail design has a low profile measuring only 36 mm high, with a 100 kg load capacity.

What Robots and AI Learned in 2015

By Will Knight for MIT Technology Review:  The  robots didn’t really take over in 2015, but at times it felt as if that might be where we’re headed. There were signs that machines will soon take over manual work that currently requires human skill. Early in the year details emerged of a contest organized by Amazon to help robots do more work inside its vast product fulfillment centers. The Amazon Picking challenge, as the event was called, was held at a prominent robotics conference later in the year. Teams competed for a $25,000 prize by designing a robot to identify and grasp items from one of Amazon’s storage shelves as quickly as possible (the winner picked and packed 10 items in 20 minutes). This might seem a trivial task for human workers, but figuring out how to grasp different objects arranged haphazardly on shelves in a real warehouse is still a formidable challenge for robot-kind.   Cont'd...

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

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.