Sushi Robots and Vending-Machine Pizza Will Reinvent the Automat

Leslie Patton  for Bloomberg:  Decades from now, historians may look back on 2016 as the year Earthlings ate pizza from vending machines, bought burritos from a box in New York’s Grand Central Terminal and devoured sushi rolled by robots. “Automation is coming whether we want it to come or not,” said Andy Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains. “It’s everywhere. It’s in everything.” At a time when more consumers are embracing hand-made artisanal foods, 24/7 Pizza Box, Burritobox and Sushi Station are headed in the other direction. Vending-machine pizza will start popping up in Florida later this year and chipotle-chicken burritos, accompanied by guacamole and salsa, can now be ordered from an automated box. Sushi-making robots from Japan are already operating in U.S. restaurants and university cafeterias.   Cont'd...

Intelligrated promotes Chris Hillman to sales engineer, central regional sales and operations

Engineering, concepting and application expert to support existing accounts and prospects with solution-based problem solving

Control System Integrator Patti Engineering Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

Patti Engineering thanks partners, employees and customers in celebration of a quarter century of providing innovative control system integration solutions for industrial automation, production intelligence and shop floor IT solutions

New Muscle-Inspired Actuators Hold Potential to Build Safer, Soft-Bodied Robots

Robots should be safer and softer in order to make them more cooperative and execute tasks in close contact with humans. George Whitesides, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), along with his team, has created a new actuator that moves like human skeletal muscles by using vacuum power for automating soft, rubber beams. These actuators are soft and shock absorbing similar to real muscles, and do not pose any danger to their surroundings or the human beings working along with them or the future robots containing them. This study was published in the June 1 issue of the Advanced Materials Technologies journal.  Cont'd...

Global Autonomous Mobile Robotics Market Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2024

Persistence Market Research Pvt. Ltd is released new forthcoming report on title "Autonomous Mobile Robotics Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2024".

FANUC America Wins Prestigious Innovation Award from General Motors

General Motors Honors FANUC as Inaugural Winner of Coveted Supplier Innovation Award

Robotics, Satellites & Motor Sport applications all benefit from Harwin's Datamate J-Tek in high shock and vibration environments

Hi-Rel industries shift to jackscrew fixings for ultimate connection security

Robot wars: Boston Dynamics fell out with Google over humanoid Atlas

Mary-Ann Russon for International Business Times:  When former Boston Dynamics employees released video of humanoid robot Atlas – walking unassisted over difficult terrain, such as rocks and snow – Google was reportedly displeased; despite the research receiving high praise from roboticists while wowing the public. And the real reason Google is selling off Boston Dynamics is, by and large, due to insiders telling Tech Insider that the robotics firm was unwilling to fall in line with the internet giant's vision of a consumer robot for the home. Google reportedly envisioned the firm as one of nine in a division called Replicant. Initially, under the guidance of Android co-founder Andy Rubin, the firms would continue with existing research and Google would see what ideas and innovations they came up with.   Cont'd...

Safety for Collaborative Robots: New ISO/TS 15066

Collaborative robots are the latest technology, and may provide just the solution you are looking for to improve your production process, but you must still make sure any risks associated with your robotic application are recognized and managed appropriately.

Types of Robotic Actuators

Actuators have become a crucial part of the automated system, as they help with controlling equipment using hydraulic, pneumatic or in some of the cases electronic signals.

Harmonic Drive LLC Introduces Harmonic Planetary® Gearheads

Quick Connect™ coupling for easy mounting to servo motors

Let's Go Robotics Patent on Robotic Gripper Increases Reliability in Unattended Operations

Patent #9,327,411 covers robotic gripper for failure‐free microwell plate handling

Matrix Design, LLC Achieves Certified Servicing Integrator Status

Matrix service engineers were required to pass a series of rigorous tests and meet several criteria in order to achieve this status.

AUTOMATICA TREND INDEX: EIGHTY-ONE PERCENT OF INDUSTRY MANAGERS PREDICT ROBOT BOOM IN GERMAN SMES

A total of 100 decision-makers were surveyed who are responsible for the use of automation technology in their companies.

Leading OEMs Will Unite In Detroit To Discuss Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies

THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS AND AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS. The automotive manufacturing industry is no stranger to automation and robotics. However, what the industry is now witnessing is an influx of next-generation collaborative robotics and automation technologies - technologies that are going to be provided at a lower cost than what the industry is used to, whilst driving safer, faster and more profitable manufacturing and maintaining a solid life-cycle.

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Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air – Flexible and Intelligent

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.