The X-LRQ-E Series devices are Zaber's recently released industrial-style stages, combining high load and thrust capabilities in a compact size. The dual-rail design has a low profile measuring only 36 mm high, with a 100 kg load capacity.
By Will Knight for MIT Technology Review: The robots didn’t really take over in 2015, but at times it felt as if that might be where we’re headed. There were signs that machines will soon take over manual work that currently requires human skill. Early in the year details emerged of a contest organized by Amazon to help robots do more work inside its vast product fulfillment centers. The Amazon Picking challenge, as the event was called, was held at a prominent robotics conference later in the year. Teams competed for a $25,000 prize by designing a robot to identify and grasp items from one of Amazon’s storage shelves as quickly as possible (the winner picked and packed 10 items in 20 minutes). This might seem a trivial task for human workers, but figuring out how to grasp different objects arranged haphazardly on shelves in a real warehouse is still a formidable challenge for robot-kind. Cont'd...
BOULDER, CO - Chiaro Technologies expands its range of motion capable Cloudburst 3D cameras with a 90° FOV in addition 50°. Cloudburst is factory calibrated making it simple to merge multiple pointclouds from single or multiple cameras, and now, with 90° FOV, it's easier than ever to capture very wide scenes or in tight spaces, such as automobile interiors.
Advanced Manufacturing Expo Moves to DeltaPlex, Joins Forces with West Michigan Works! to Hold Largest Public Technology Show in Michigan
Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors.
By Lulu Chang for Digital Trends: We’re going to rewrite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, because now, it’s robotic dogs that are pulling Santa’s sleigh. In a rather frightening video, Google-owned robotics design firm Boston Dynamics has shown us the future of Christmas, and it’s plenty progressive, complete with machines and female Santas. I can get behind that sort of holiday, I think. Of course, the Internet wasn’t so sure. And to be fair, the dog-like robots are a bit frightening. Large and, well, headless, these machines seem to hearken more to the Thestrals (the skeletal winged horses visible only to those who’ve witnessed death) of Harry Potter’s universe than the adorable reindeer that are supposed to transport jolly Saint Nick to and from the North Pole.
In this paper, we introduce the TOF technology and the theory of operation. We also compare TOF sensors with 2D machine vision and other 3D vision technologies and highlight TOF sensors' differentiating advantages.
JMP Engineering Inc. (JMP), an engineering services company providing solutions in Process Control, Information and Analytics, and Smart Robotic Applications for Fortune 500 companies, announced today that Rockwell Automation is now identifying JMP as a "Process PlantPAx Recognized System Integrator".
The demand for quality offline robot programming and simulation software is growing. JBM met iRex2015 visitors at the doors with the solution - OCTOPUZ.
Well over a million dollars pledged for these projects.
FANUC America Corporation, the leading supplier of robotics, CNCs, and factory automation announced that its parent company, FANUC CORPORATION, has set a new world record for production of over 400,000 robots.
The 2015 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo played host to the first annual "Invest in Innovation" competition earlier this month, where three technology startups made an impression on both the judges and the attendees.
Distributors to meet growing demand for safe and efficient IV medication compounding
Dorset, England is known for their large woodlands, and Hooke Park- being 50 acres of woodland, is Dorset's biggest one yet. Located just north west of Dorchester, Hooke Park's woodlands mainly consist of 2 species of trees that were planted from the 1950s. Their plan is to have over 15 species that are durable and strong in 50 to 60 years so they can provide a product for the future.Courtesy of Architectural Association School of Architecture
Fisnar announces an all new line of desktop solder robots. Available in 2 sizes to fit most soldering applications.
By Mike Wheatley for SiliconAngle: Google is planning an organizational reshuffle that will see its secretive robotics department and drone business folded into its Google X labs. Google’s robotics division, and the drone group it created when it acquired Titan Aerospace in 2014, will both fall under the Google X umbrella when the reshuffle takes place some time next year, Re/Code reported. Google X is the secretive part of Google that develops some of its most futuristic, bleeding edge technologies. These include its famous self-driving cars, Project Loon (Wi-Fi hot air balloons), and its airborne wind turbines. Google X operates as a standalone company under Google’s parent Alphabet Inc., which was created following Google’s corporate restructuring earlier this year. Google X’s projects are largely experimental and extremely uncertain in terms of a business model. Nevertheless, Google obviously deems it the best place to be for its robotics division, which has been left leaderless ever since Andy Rubin quit the Web giant last year. Previously, there was speculation that the robotics division may become a standalone company under Alphabet, but today’s news would indicate that’s not going to happen any time soon. Cont'd...
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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product
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.