Floating on a cushion of air with an overall height of only 38mm, the new mini A-141 air bearing stage is one of the smallest on the market.
By Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: The best and worst part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals waswatching all of those huge expensive humanoids topple over in a series of epic faceplants. Faceplants are called faceplants because you’re planting your face into the ground as a means of breaking your fall, which usually also breaks your face, among other things. This tends to happen when you’re unprepared for falling, which with most robots, is 100 percent of the time. Now researchers at Georgia Tech want to teach humanoid robots to fall more safely with techniques adapted from judo, which might protect them enough to actually be able to get up again. Falling safely (or, as safely as you can), assuming that you have very little control over the nature of your fall, is all about controlling exactly when and how your body crashes down. During a fall, your body is busy converting potential energy to kinetic energy, all of which has to go somewhere when you hit the ground. If your face hits the ground first, then that’s where all the energy goes at once, but if you can manage to contact the ground with a bunch of different parts of your body at different times on the way down, the energy will be spread out. Ideally, the energy gets spread out to the point where each individual impact doesn’t do enough damage to hurt you in a permanent sort of way. Cont'd...
Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released a new educational video for design engineers, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly lubricate linear bearings and guides. The video is the latest in an ongoing series of multimedia content from Thomson intended to maximize performance, reduce lifecycle costs and extend the life of high precision linear motion technology.
Rethink Robotics Branches into Latin America with New Distribution Partners in Mexico
The SCHUNK EGL 70 mechatronic parallel gripper combines power and intelligence.
SMARTTECH will launch their new product on 16th Ocotober on Warsaw
NEXCOM's open EtherCAT robot package aims to grant robotics lab students and engineers freedom to develop and utilize their own control algorithm into best practice. The NexROBO Edu package helps build robot control with high command accuracy, fast throughput, collective feedback, and I/O expandability.
Machine-Pro Products was started in 2003 by Nick & Randy Balster as a DIN rail company with a goal to supply the highest quality DIN rail at the lowest possible price.
"YuMi will provide manufacturers with an inherently safe, extremely accurate, and flexible automated solution for small parts assembly."
Program places emphasis on improving safety and security in chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas processing
Renesas Electronics America Simplifies Industrial Drives and Robotics Systems Development with New RZ/T1 Motion Controller Reference Kit
Dual-core Servo Drive MPU includes a 600MHz Real-Time CPU and the R-IN Engine with Real-Time Network Connectivity
Sessions will share new perspectives; foster growth of industry knowledge
Cosen Saws launches a cloud-based machine monitoring technology that is intuitive and user customizable. MechaLogix monitors blade performance, accurately forecasting complete breakage and the number of remaining cutting hours left before a saw blade dulls and is no longer cutting with precision. MechaLogix also reports real time machine performance data which equates to more efficient operations.
Photron's Mega-Pixel FASTCAM Mini AX200 - High-Speed Camera System with the Industries' Highest Light Sensitivity
• The newest high-speed video camera in the FASTCAM Mini AX family features extraordinary light sensitivity of ISO 40,000 monochrome and 16,000 color.
Yaskawa to celebrate 100th anniversary while expanding into renewable energy and marine with The Switch technology
Yaskawa will be participating in the Technologia 2015 exhibition in Helsinki, Finland.
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