More than 13 million industrial designers are now part of the engineering community with access to TraceParts CAD content
Robots have been doing tough jobs for over half a century, mostly in the automotive sector, but they’ve probably had a bigger impact in Hollywood movies than on factory floors. That’s about to change. Today’s robots can see better, think faster, adapt to changing situations, and work with a gentler touch. Some of them are no longer bolted to the factory floor, and they’re moving beyond automotive manufacturing. They’re also getting cheaper. These improvements are helping to drive demand. In fact, we expect the global industrial robot population to double to about four million by 2020, changing the competitive landscape in dozens of fields — from underground mining to consumer goods and aerospace manufacturing. Robots will allow more manufacturers to produce locally and raise productivity with a knowledge-based workforce. Cont'd...
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High performance, gold or fiber optic contact to ensure reliable data transfer, flexible design, industry robot, can be used in every industry.
U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board denies Afinia's attempts to challenge validity of Stratasys IP
Company with 24 year history in robotics, invests in advanced workforce training and tools to meet accelerated demand for industrial robotics programming and integration expertise in manufacturing.
Festo is actively advancing the implementation of Industry 4.0: besides carrying out intensive research into intelligent components and decentralised automation, the automation producer is setting out to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 with specific solutions in process automation as well.
Capturing and processing camera and sensor data and recognizing various shapes to determine a set of robotic actions is conceptually easy. Yet Amazon challenged the industry to do a selecting and picking task robotically and 28 teams from around the world rose to the competition.
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...
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Sensors On Display: Velodyne LiDAR Featured in 'Robot Revolution,' National Touring Exhibit From Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
In Silicon Valley, Computer Museum Extends Run of 'History of Autonomous Vehicles,' Showcasing Velodyne LiDAR Sensor Technology
Educational sessions will be offered in multiple tracks including GIS, assessment, infrastructure and public safety.
LASER COMPONENTS invested further
New Anaren "Sensor Element Library" Enables Easy Integration of Sensor Drivers and Intelligence into IoT Devices
Anaren Launches Atmosphere Sensor Partnership Program to support its Wireless Connectivity Ecosystem
Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security, and medical applications, NEXCOM's new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.
W.D. Distributing, the largest machine tool service organization in Oklahoma, will now be a reseller of the full line of Stratasys authorized products.
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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.