Robotics Emerge to Power Next-Generation Industrial Environments

Dan Dibbern and Laura Studwell for Quality Magazine:  Industrial robots are expected to be the focus for investment in factory automation. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), investment in industrial robots is expected to grow at an annual rate of 12% from 2015 to 2017. The packaging industry is experiencing a surge in robotic integration throughout primary, secondary and tertiary packaging—from processing, assembly, labeling and cartoning to case packing and palletizing. The driving force behind the surge in robotics sales growth in North America is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA is requiring companies to introduce automated machinery and components into the production process to help eliminate potential product quality and integrity issues. With the FSMA about to publicly release its requirements, the use of robots in packaging is at the point of takeoff. And with recent technical advances in robotics helping to power the new wave of interest, companies are experiencing first-hand that robots are faster, smarter and more affordable than ever before.

Service Pack 1 for TraceParts's Supplier Parts Management system

TraceParts Enterprise 2015 Service Pack 1 offers numerous improvements in performance, reliability and usability

SME's THE BIG M Shapes the Future of Manufacturing through Student Summit

Students experience manufacturing firsthand through gas-to-electric vehicle conversion and creation of underwater remote-operated vehicles.

MakerBot Europe and LIUC - Università Cattaneo Partner to Bring the First MakerBot Innovation Center to Europe

LIUCs MakerBot Innovation Center brings 3D printing and prototyping to students and enterprises to experience Digital Manufacturing

PKD International's RX1 Roll Fed Labeler Registration System

PKD International is a leading manufacturer of roll-fed labelers, and distributor of related parts & services. PKD has extensive engineering services providing quality manufacturing & assembly, spare parts & service, and sales & marketing expertise.

Wachendorff Automation: Accurate positioning ... for marking systems

Measuring system LMSLA12 for marking and labeling

ST Robotics Announces New Vision System

ST Robotics offers an excellent, low-priced, yet highly accurate vision system that can measure to 0.1mm and send precise coordinates of an object to the robot.

New Development with Interesting Advantages - Pyroelectric LTO Detectors in Current Mode

The LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group introduces new developments: Pyrodetectors used in current mode.

Video - Milling a Statue out of Soft Foam

This is an example of high speed milling of a soft foam statue into a sculpture using Robotmaster and a KUKA Robot. The 7-axis robot allows accurate cutting from all angles.

STRATASYS SELECTS WINNERS FOR THE 2015 EXTREME REDESIGN 3D PRINTING CHALLENGE

Entries were evaluated based on creativity, being mechanically sound and being realistically achievable.

Netzer's New DS-58 Absolute Position Rotary Electric Encoder Features 18 bit Resolution

The Non-contact, absolute-position Electric Encoder relies on interaction between the measured displacement and an internally shielded, space/time modulated, electric field and offers features unsurpassed by traditional optical and magnetic encoders.

University of Maryland Opens MakerBot Innovation Center to Foster Entrepreneurship on Campus and in the Region

First Large-Scale 3D Printing MakerBot Innovation Center at Big Ten University and First in the Baltimore-Washington Area

ITS Manufacturing, Inc. Certified as an AS9100C CNC Manufacturer

ITS Manufacturing, Inc., one of the fastest growing CNC companies in the Mid-Atlantic, has received AS9100C certification.

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Modelon GmbH

A New Milestone to Achieve "Ready-to-Experience" Mechatronics Systems

Trimble Acquires HarvestMark to Provide Food Traceability and Quality Control

Acquisition Enables Trimble to Provide Food Quality Inspection and Food Traceability to Producers, Distribution Centers and Retailers

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Swift Navigation's Duro Ruggedized RTK GNSS Receiver

Swift Navigation's Duro Ruggedized RTK GNSS Receiver

Duro® and Duro Inertial are enclosed dual-frequency RTK GNSS receivers. Designed and built to survive long-term, outdoor deployments, the easy-to-deploy Duro and Duro Inertial combine centimeter-accurate positioning with military ruggedness at a breakthrough price. Duro Inertial features an integrated IMU for continuous centimeter-accurate positioning in the harshest of outdoor deployments.