Manufacturing Technology Orders Remained Sluggish in October

"While the general economy continues to grow at a moderate pace, the manufacturing sector is struggling with the effects of a strong dollar, reduced commodity prices, especially oil, and struggles in key export markets like China"

Brown University Wins Inaugural Rethink Robotics Video Challenge

Rhode Island-based Ivy League institution to receive free Baxter robot for innovative work in object manipulation

KUKA Presents Six-Axis Industrial Robot at IAAPA Expo

At the IAAPA in Orlando/Florida, KUKA presented the latest generation of the KUKA Coaster

triflex rse Energy Chain Retraction System for Industrial Robots From igus

igus has developed a lightweight and effective retraction system for feeding tubes for rivets and screws on industrial high-speed assembly robots.

New Bi-directional Inductive Coupler Powered by IO-Link from Balluff

Balluff's new IO-Link inductive coupler, with its small compact IP67 housing, is the industry's first compact inductive coupler to offer 32 bytes of bi-directional data transfer over a standard 4-pole M12 sensor cable.

CADsoft Consulting, Inc. Launches CADsoft University: Advance Technology Conference

Vital Insight into Progressive Building and Design Technology Solutions for a Connected Future.

Cutting-Edge 3D Camera Now Available in U.S. from Acroname

New Fotonic E-Series Defines State-of-the-Art in Time-of-Flight, Triangulation Technology

Getting Started with Collaborative Robots - Part 3 - Get the team on board with robots

In this section, we'll discuss how to present the idea of automating your production with your workforce, and how to help diminish fears of working with robots.

igus Celebrates 25 Years of Chainflex Motion Cables

The motion plastics specialist, igus is celebrating 25 years of offering specially designed flexible cables for use in Energy Chains.

Patti Engineering Achieves Control System Integrator Association's Certification for the Fifth Consecutive Time

CSIA's landmark Certification program, introduced in 2001, provides manufacturers an important management tool for use in evaluating and selecting control and information system integrators.

Panasonic Introduced Its Tomato-picking Robot and Parallel Link Robot at International Robot Exhibition 2015

This robot will autonomously deliver items to destinations.

Robotics: The Only High School Sport Where Every Kid Can Go Pro

FIRST Builds Momentum for Robotics as Official Extracurricular Sports Activity; Texas joins growing list of states to sanction robotics program as official sport

ABB Robotics receives the Global Powertrain Manufacturing Excellence award from the Ford Motor Company

Award recognizes the Flexible Cylinder Head Assembly system for bringing superior technical innovation and global supply solutions to improve investment efficiency

PMAT transforms your assembly tools

Flexible vacuum tooling system excels in automotive body-in-white (BIW) assembly

'Rushing into robotics revolution without considering impact,' warn scientists

From RT.com:  Governments should examine the effects of robotics on human civilization before automated machines leap “out of factories to automate all aspects of our lives,” a group of scientists warns. The Foundation for Responsible Robotics, launched on Friday in London, aims to persuade governments and industries to look at the ways robots will impact on society. They want organizations to look at the way robots could disrupt the job market, and believe policymakers have so far failed researched the issue. Robotics professor at Sheffield University and Chairman of the foundation Noel Sharkey said the potential problems must be considered. “We are rushing headlong into the robotics revolution without consideration for the many unforeseen problems lying around the corner. It is time now to step back and think hard about the future of the technology before it sneaks up and bites us.” Sharkey said growing numbers of robots are being used in the service industry, whereas historically robots have usually been used to automate factory work.   Cont'd...

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.