By Gary Robbins for the San Diego Union Tribune: UC San Diego is creating a robotics institute that will develop machines that can interpret everything from subtle facial expressions to walking styles to size up what people are thinking, doing and feeling. The “See-Think-Do” technology is largely meant to anticipate and fulfill people’s everyday needs, especially the soaring number of older Americans who want to live out their lives in their own homes. Engineers envision robots that are so good at sizing up people, places and situations that they could help evacuate crowds from dangerous areas and pick through the rubble of an earthquake to look for survivors. The newly created Contextual Robotics Institute will be formally announced on Friday when some of the nation’s top scientists meet at UC San Diego to discuss the future of robotics. The campus has already lined up support from such San Diego companies as Qualcomm, which needs new markets for its computer chips, and Northrop Grumman, which develops unmanned aerial vehicles. “Our plan is to do the research and development that’s needed to realize robots of the future — robots that are safe, useful and autonomous in any environment,” said Albert Pisano, dean of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Cont'd...
Bishop-Wisecarver Group Expands Product Portfolio as North American Distributor of T RACE Linear Guides and Telescopic Slides
Strategic Move Strengthens the BWG Commitment as the Linear Motion Market Leader with the Most Comprehensive Product Offering
Rockwell Automation today named four organizations as recipients of its third annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards at the EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference.
FABTECH - Marketing Experts to Make Repeat Appearance at the Nation's Premier Manufacturing Industry Event-FABTECH 2015
Stevens & Tate Marketing President Dan Gartlan and Internet Marketing Director Nicole Wagner have been selected as featured speakers for the FABTECH 2015 tradeshow in Chicago, IL. As repeat speakers for this prominent national event, the pair will provide key insight into proven strategies designed to maximize the impact of manufacturing and B-to-B organizations marketing programs.
Visit Uniweld At Fabtech 2015, North America's Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event.
FABTECH - FABTECH 2015 Expert Workshops Aim to Help Suppliers Evaluate Competencies, Optimize Processes and Grow Their Business
Attendees learn powerful best practices on how to best deal with scheduling issues, job costing, and implementing lean at Chicago-based event
Honest Sensor broke through the obstacles and developed 0.2 mm concentricity encoder disk to create a new level in the rotary encoder market.
A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015.
Our technologies are designed to fulfill the complex requirements of industrial robotics.
The Dust Extraction Swing Arm is an attachment that can be connected to any portable Ruwac vacuum system to safely remove airborne dusts, gases and smoke emitted straight from the point of source during the manufacturing process.
Suryansh Chandra claims the affordable robotic arm his company Automata is developing could lead to robots becoming as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers. "Today, every design studio has a 3D printer," Chandra says. "Soon, we hope to get to the point where every design studio has a robotic arm." Chandra founded Automata together with Mostafa Elsayed five months ago, after they became frustrated by the expense and complexity of industrial robots while working at the research division at Zaha Hadid Architects. "If you're out to get a robot today, you'd have to spend 50 or 60 thousand dollars," Chandra explains. "Our goal is to democratise robotics through a low cost hardware platform and easy to use software." Automata's first product is a plastic six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000 (£2,000). "Unlike industrial robots that are heavy and expensive, Eva is low cost and lightweight," Chandra says. "She can pick up 750 grams when fully outstretched and about a kilogram in a more recessed position." Cont'd...
Festo showcases a modular X/Y planar gantry that is capable of screw driving, gluing, insertion, and picking and placing; a new flexible platform conveyor; an innovative vision sensor, a new high force/high accuracy servo controlled press subassembly; online productivity tools; grippers; and a host of electric and pneumatic motion control components ready to be packaged into subassemblies. (Festo Booth 1205)
Open-source robotic arm for domestic use
North American Manufacturing Organizations Bring More Than 300 Years of Combined Experience to Canada's Fabricating, Welding, Metal Forming and Finishing Industries
Midwest Engineered Systems is celebrating their strong partnership with KUKA Robotics by launching a special KUKA Robotics integrator webpage.
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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.