DAVEY ALBA for Wired: Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently. What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead. Cont'd...
Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team presents its new rebranded website.
Machine Pro Products, a St. Henry, Ohio based company specializing in providing the highest quality DIN rails at the lowest possible prices, is continuing on its mission to be an unparalleled source for any DIN rail related industrial product.
Jim Lawton for Forbes: Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and in my experience there’s no industry where that wisdom holds more true than manufacturing. I’m not a hardened cynic, just a pragmatist, having spent the majority of my career bringing technology that disrupts the status quo – from inventory optimization and managing risk in the supply base to collaborative robots. Manufacturers are among the most skeptical buyers and for good reason – what they do is hard, complex and things are done the way they are done because it’s been proven to work. There are times though when the opportunity to transform the business is so compelling that – as Drucker said – executives need to spend whatever time is necessary to tear down the cultural barriers that are getting in the way of the strategy that capitalizes on the moment. In the category of robotics and industrial automation, now is one of those times. It’s been more than 50 years since Unimate went to work at a GM plant unloading heavy parts and welding them onto automobile frames. Manufacturing has changed a lot and today is on an evolutionary path toward the 4th industrial revolution. Unfortunately, while executives may be ready to move quickly toward the factories of the future for first mover advantage, many automation engineers remain entrenched in 20th century thinking about robots — when they were highly customized solutions, designed to perform one task over and over again, with a price tag to match. Cont'd...
Up to now, cooperation between the two companies has been limited to 3D cameras but it will now be expanded to include various sensors in the vision sector.
New Director brings expertise in project management, facilitation, communication
Latest Lumberg Automation Product Is Excellent for Harsh Environments
Belden's New Cordsets Deliver Greater Power and Performance Reliability in Confined Industrial Automation Settings
Industry-proven M8 technology from Lumberg Automation provides a robust solution for the most demanding network requirements
Belden's New Multiprotocol I/O Modules Boost Flexibility and Installation Convenience in Industrial Production Settings
Compact I/O modules from Lumberg Automation meet EtherNet/IP and PROFINET specifications, creating an all-in-one solution for high cost savings
Universal Robots to build architectural scale pavilion in direct collaboration with attendees at Autodesk University
The Autodesk University conference merges traditional craftsmanship with computational design and manufacturing processes as the Hive Pavilion takes shape during the three day event in Las Vegas December 1-3. The Pavilion will be designed and built with the collaborative Universal Robots working in tandem with attendees, showcasing the future of digital construction and human-robot collaboration.
Robotics Alley has brought back one of its most popular tracks from 2014, the Health Care and Medical Device Track. The conference takes place in Minneapolis, at the heart of one of the nation's largest medical device clusters.
The new events will incorporate 3D Printshow
Scott Jenkins has joined Yaskawa Motoman as Vice President of North American Sales & Marketing.
MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot "MIP Junior", Designed with Its Own Technology
After several years of R&D, MIP robots have a new gear reducer type suited for robotics, patented by the French start-up.
Mouser Electronics to Sponsor Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest for University Engineering Students
The contest is currently underway. It will end at 11:59 p.m. (CST) on May 27, 2016.
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