As Robots Are Fast Becoming Our Co-workers, We Take A Look At When And Where This Alliance Began

While there are an increasing number of 'physical' robots such as drones and self-driving delivery vehicles, software robots are becoming more and more common in the workplace, automating front and back office functions across a variety of industries and sectors.

User Case Study: MapleSim Used To Speed Up Development Of High-fidelity Robotic Manipulator Models

Using MapleSim, engineers created multiple models of robotic manipulator in time previously required to create just one model.

Drake: Robotics Planning, Control And Analysis Toolbox

From MIT: Drake ("dragon" in Middle English) is a toolbox maintained by the  Robot Locomotion Group  at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). It is a collection of tools for analyzing the dynamics of our robots and building control systems for them in MATLAB and C++, with a heavy emphasis on optimization-based design/analysis. Here is a quick summary of capabilities: Simulation Rigid-body dynamics including contact/collisions (hybrid+LCP) and kinematic loops Basic aerodynamics/fluid dynamics Sensor models (lidar, depth camera, imu, contact force/torque; cameras coming soon) Hand-derived models for many canonical control dynamical systems Easily add your own models/components Some support for stochastic models For all of the above we aim to expose sparsity and provide analytical gradients / symbolic analysis Primary limitations: code is optimized for analysis / planning / control design (as opposed to speed, generality)... ​... Most of these models/tools are described in  the companion textbook from an MIT course/MOOC . We've also recently started populating the  Drake Gallery  (contributions welcome!)... ( git repo )

Intelligrated Software announces enhancements to key warehouse execution system software module

Enhanced Route Manager offers simplified configuration and scalability, improved user experience and expanded support for IT platforms

Breaking down the robot-factory language barrier

In most industrial settings, robots speak one language and the plants within which they work speak another.

ITyX Solutions selects Orlando for its Americas headquarters

German market leader in self-learning software opens a new office in Florida

Tolomatic launches new website featuring streamlined user interface

With its clean design for quick navigation, Tolomatic's new all-in-one website platform takes engineers easily from specs to design, request a quote to purchase.

University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) using Robotmaster to help students' racing team

The students from the University of Sheffield's Department of Mechanical Engineering make up the Sheffield Formula Racing (SFR) team, who are entering this year's car - the SFR6, into the annual Institute of Mechanical Engineers' (IMechE) Formula Student competition.

Waterjet Cutting and OCTOPUZ a Powerful Combination

OCTOPUZ was created to meet the rising needs in the robotics industry, and uses a revolutionary method of combining offline programming of robots with manufacturing process simulation.

Robotmaster Asia leads the robotic revolution at Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting 2015

In its 19th year, BEW is the premier welding exhibition within the robotics landscape in China and was a solid platform for Robotmaster to showcase its robot programming technologies.

The demand for CAD models of electrical and electromechanical components is growing rapidly

TraceParts has published a detailed report about the use of electrical and electromechanical CAD component models by product family

Dynamic Tooling one of OCTOPUZ's versatile features

OCTOPUZ not only makes the complex simple, but it can also help your company save time and improve safety through Dynamic Model Simulation. Also known as Dynamic Tooling, it is an OCTOPUZ feature that shows how objects can change when they're physically pushed during a robotic automation process.

AUTOMATION ENGINEERING SOFTWARE SUITE DELIVERS NEW LEVELS OF PRODUCTIVITY

* system-wide automation development software can reduce project costs by 30% or more!

Rockwell brings factory-automation tools to smartphones, tablets

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel:  The Texas facility that mass-produces State Fair corn dogs and Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick retooled itself recently as a hyper-automated smart factory. It installed 1,500 sensors to collect gigabytes of data on everything from raw meat inventories to wastewater and electrical usage. Then the Fort Worth factory took one extra step into the future of industrial technology: It added software that transmits all of that real-time data onto smartphones and tablets, making it possible for plant managers to monitor their production network from anywhere on the factory floor — and during coffee breaks or vacations, as well. If they choose — so far, most don't — this new breed of mobile managers can even operate factory equipment remotely, shutting off pumps or speeding up production lines. Technology has made that sort of operation as easy as playing a smartphone video game, but it can be reckless because a lot of equipment can interfere with or hurt those who are physically present. It's only a matter of time, some say, before factory controls migrate to Google Glass, the wearable displays mounted in eyeglass frames, or smart wristwatches. Cont'd...

Simulating Clearpath Robots In Maplesim

If your robotics research depends on accurate models, you may want to consider looking at MapleSim® 2015 - a high performance physical modeling and simulation tool developed by Maplesoft™.

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