by Zacks Equity Research: Technology giant and Dow component Cisco Systems, Inc. recently entered into a strategic alliance with a robotics company Fanuc America, thereby stepping up its efforts to make itself a key player in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Per the alliance, Fanuc and Cisco have built an IoT system that enables Fanuc to monitor every robot on the factory floor. This way it can be determined whether a robot is likely to fail, so that a service technician can fix the equipment before it stops working. This could save companies hundreds of dollars of fixing cost. Per Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, downtime for these robots can cost a business $16,000 per minute. Therefore, the new system that offers predictive maintenance can be a big thing for some operations. The companies are currently testing the system in a channel that comprises around 1,800 robots and includes Fanuc customer, GM. In this testing period, Fanuc says its customer has saved $38 million. Fanus has plans to expand the system to 2,500 robots by the end of the year. Cont'd...
RIA Events Next Week Focus on Safety and Collaborative Robots
Joey Hall of Somerset, KY receives a custom F-150 XLT Crew Cab truck for his commitment to professional achievement, safety and community service
New Viper Robots on Display at Motek Trade Show in Stuttgart, Germany
Teledyne DALSA to showcase new Genie Nano and Calibir Cameras at First Canadian Machine Vision Conference
The conference will be held October 7 at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa.
Banner Engineering Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Now Available in Models Exclusively for Clear Object Detection
Featuring a default clear object detection mode setting, the Q4X clear object model eliminates two-point, dynamic, foreground and background suppression mode.
A low-cost solution for industrial robots
Association for Advancing Automation White Paper Links Increasing Robotics Shipments to U.S. Job Growth
Shifting Trends Drive Manufacturing Sector Job Growth
RE2's robotic manipulator arms will serve as the brawn for the robotic nursing assistant to aid patients and reduce on-the-job injuries suffered by nurses during lifting and maneuvering patients.
OCTOPUZ recently put a KUKA KR 60 robot with KRC4 controller and an IPG LaserMech auto-focusing head to the test and the results were phenomenal.
By tech2 News Staff: Earlier this year, Google had released an interesting video of Spot, a 160-pound dog robot navigating an office and then heading outside on its own. It is a smaller version of the Big Dog that first popped its head when Google acquired Boston Company. As the new changes come into effect, Boston Company is now Alphabet-owned and not a part of Google. It will continue to build robots, and falls under Google X Projects (for now), a subsidiary of Alphabet. The other subsidiaries include Google, Nest Labs, Google X, Calico, Google Ventures, Google Capital and Google Life Sciences. A new report says that the “company will create a separate division for robotics within the renamed umbrella entity Alphabet”, citing a person related to the matter. Google has acquired roughly eight companies related to robotics including military grade robotics company Boston Dynamics. It will likely allow Boston Dynamics to operate with some independence. Cont'd...
Fully customizable frequency inverters give machine builders the features they need
AUTOMATICA 2016 trade fair in Munich on June 21 to 24, 2016
ABB Robotics to host high school students interested in skilled trade jobs in honor of National Manufacturing Day
Students from Engineering & Emerging Technologies program in Oakland County schools will learn about robot and robotic system manufacturing
Customers always ask for faster performance but they mean, of course, faster performance without compromising on accuracy or stability.
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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.