PI's New Sophisticated Hexapod Motion Controller

The new smaller and more powerful C-887.52 hexapod controller, just released by PI, makes hexapod 6-D positioning easy.

Work and Play at MD&M East and Co-Located Design and Manufacturing Events

UBM Canon Provides Entertaining Activities Around Latest Innovations to Spice Up the Expo Hall

Schunk - High-speed picker with safety functionality

Compared with electrically operated small component grippers that are available on the market the SCHUNK EGP features high speed with simultaneous high gripping force, which can be adjusted in two or four steps, depending on the model.

Advanced Motion Controls Expands their EtherCAT Product Offering

ADVANCED Motion Controls provides products for the fastest, most flexible form of industrial Ethernet control - EtherCAT.

New BOA2 Vision System Offers Greater Accuracy and Detects Smaller Defects

Now with more pixels, power and integration flexibility for automating parts and assembly inspection.

EPSON Announces New CV2 Vision Systems

Epson CV2 Vision Systems - Increased Performance with Faster Processing, More Cameras, Higher Resolution Support and much more

New, Low Cost Right Angled DC Gearmotor now available from MMP!

Midwest Motion Products Inc., with Manufacturing and Office Facilities now based in Howard Lake, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of the new "TM57-GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System. This new 1:1 Right Angled Gearbox allows for significantly increased versatility, and design whose geometry allows for the unit to be mounted in tight spaces.

Interview with Mark G. Knebusch of Softing: Mainstreaming The Internet of Things

The idea of many connected devices helping better control the factory floor is not new. IoT in one sense is merely a shift to internet addressable devices versus those either addressed by proprietary means or just "dumb".

Advanced Motion Controls Expands their EtherCAT Product Offering

ADVANCED Motion Controls announce the release of a full family of high performance EtherCAT Servo Drives. Models are available with AC (single or three phase) or DC inputs, from 7.5amp continuous (15A pk) to 50amp continuous (100A pk).

Intelligrated to feature automated fulfillment solutions at CeMAT South America 2015

Exhibit to focus on picking technology, automated equipment to optimize retail, e-commerce distribution

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES MOBILITY SOLUTION FOR RETHINK ROBOTICS' BAXTER ROBOT

Clearpath Robotics announced the newest member of its robot fleet: an omnidirectional development platform called Ridgeback. The mobile robot is designed to carry heavy payloads and easily integrate with a variety of manipulators and sensors. Ridgeback was unveiled as a mobile base for Rethink Robotics' Baxter research platform at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  "Many of our customers have approached us looking for a way to use Baxter for mobile manipulation research - these customers inspired the concept of Ridgeback. The platform is designed so that Baxter can plug into Ridgeback and go," said Julian Ware, General Manager for Research Products at Clearpath Robotics. "Ridgeback includes all the ROS, visualization and simulation support needed to start doing interesting research right out of the box."  Ridgeback's rugged drivetrain and chassis is designed to move manipulators and other heavy payloads with ease. Omnidirectional wheels provide precision control for forward, lateral or twisting movements in constrained environments. Following suit of other Clearpath robots, Ridgeback is ROS-ready and designed for rapid integration of sensors and payloads; specific consideration has been made for the integration of the Baxter research platform.

KUKA Systems Commercializes New PULSE Line Technology

PULSE technology is extremely fast and flexible - 30% faster than conventional friction-based transfer systems.

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES MOBILITY SOLUTION FOR RETHINK ROBOTICS' BAXTER ROBOT

Ridgeback Development Platform gives legs wheels to Baxter and other stationary manipulators

Photron Introduces Compact and Affordable, High-Speed, 4-Megapixel HD Camera - FASTCAM Mini WX 50

Photron's new, compact Mini WX high-speed camera family features standard F-mount and C-mount lens mounts for easy integration into new and/or existing systems.

AllCell and LG Develop High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery for Material Handling Market

A Navigant Research report estimates that revenue from fuel cells, fast chargers, and Li-ion batteries in the material handling market will be $556MM in North America by 2020, compared to $121MM in 2013.

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MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

Space, or the lack of it, can be a challenge when placing barcodes or Data Matrix symbols on components. However, readable barcodes are critical to component traceability, time/date stamping, work in progress (WIP) tracking, and recall management. MicroHAWK UHD smart cameras can decode very small and difficult-to-read barcodes, including Data Matrix two-dimensional (2D) symbols and direct part marks (DPM). Users can rely on the MicroHAWK UHD to read symbols with an x-dimension almost invisible to the naked eye!