OCTOPUZ v1.5 Update Highlights

We've been busy at OCTOPUZ! OCTOPUZ v1.5 brings with it exciting new core updates, including an OCTOPUZ eCatalog, full RTCP support and automatic rail settings. Welding with OCTOPUZ? Look for GUI enhancements and weaving simulation. This is a free update for anyone on OCTOPUZ maintenance.

The Ultra-fast Brushless DC Motor

The new ECX motors are fast, sterilizable and configurable.

SCHUNK 2-Finger Angular Gripper PWG-plus

There are many advantages to using the PWG-plus gripper

Do you need a faster, more accurate robot?

Single bellows DURAFLEX suction cup offers improved stability at higher speeds.

Saft awarded multi-million dollar contract from Textron Systems for lithium-ion batteries to power Universal Ground Control Station

Saft to deliver 92 Integrated Charger Batteries under terms of $2.2 million contract

Getting Started with Collaborative Robots? Part 1 - What can collaborative robots do?

This is the first in a series of articles about Collaborative Robots

The New Festo SPAU Pressure Sensor Lowers OEM Inventory Overhead and Decreases Installation Time

Offering fewer part numbers, a lower list price, and higher functionality compared to the unit it replaces, this new flagship pressure sensor from Festo is arguably the highest value machine and cell level pressure sensor on the market.

Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died peacefully at his home this morning, December 1, 2015, in Newtown, Connecticut. Engelberger - widely known as the "Father of Robotics" and creator of the world's first industrial robot - revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing processes and went on to establish robotics in human services. Engelberger was 90 years old.  Engelberger, an industry advocate, author, and international ambassador for robotics, founded Unimation, Inc., in 1956, the world's first industrial robotics manufacturer. Working closely with inventor George Devol, he developed the first industrial robot in the U.S., called "Unimate", which was installed for industrial use in a General Motors plant in 1961. Since then, approximately three million industrial robots have been installed in manufacturing facilities around the world.   Full Press Release.

Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Engelberger Legacy: Using Robotics to Automate Manufacturing Industry

Matrix Design, LLC Becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

"This certification validates our business processes and provides prospective end-users additional assurance of our competencies to design, build and install safe and efficient robotic automation systems"

ABB Robotics awarded IACET accreditation; all training courses approved for Continuation Education Credits

Prestigious accreditation demonstrates commitment to high-quality, lifelong learning; CEUs nationally recognized by wide range of organizations.

Teledyne DALSA to Showcase High-Performance, Low-Cost GigE Vision Cameras at ITE Japan 2015

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in machine vision technology, will showcase its high performance low-cost CMOS area and line scan cameras at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment 2015 (ITE Japan 2015).

FANUC America Corporation Named a Top Workplace in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press

Companies whose workers expressed satisfaction with workplace advantages such as culture, pay, benefits, and amenities make the top workplace list.

Panasonic Showcased the New AC Servo Motor and Other Smart Factory Solutions at the 17th China International Industry Fair

Serves as a show window for the world, and a platform for economic exchange and for promoting collaboration.

On Cyber Monday, Friendly Robots Are Helping Smaller Stores Chase Amazon

DAVEY ALBA for Wired:  Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently. What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead.  Cont'd...  

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IDS NXT - Novel Vision app-based sensors and cameras

IDS NXT - Novel Vision app-based sensors and cameras

App Your Sensor®! What would smartphones be without apps? They would be mobile phones that can't do much more than make phone calls and sending SMS. Apps turn smartphones into intelligent assistants with any number of different tasks. Transferred into the world of image processing, this app-based approach transforms cameras and sensors into customised, smart vision sensors.