Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 won by Australian budget bot

BBC: Cartman - a budget-priced robot from Australia - has triumphed in an annual contest to create a machine that can identify, pick up and stow warehouse goods.

Forms of Closed Loop Stepper Control

To achieve the highest performance, the stepper motor can be treated as a 2 phase brushless servo motor. Current to the motor will then be controlled as a function of the error signal just as with standard servo motors.

Amazon Enlists Researchers to Build Box-Packing Robots

Joshua Brustein for Bloomberg: Teams competing in Amazon's third-annual contest tackle a problem that has kept companies from automating warehouses entirely.

Open Board for 3D Gesture Control, Motion Capturing, Tracking and Robotics

Action, gesture, motion, and robots can be kept under control through a wearable, small but powerful electronic board.

Professor Michael Gennert Looks Back at a First Decade of Robotics Engineering Program

WPI.edu: The program's stature as a successful academic pioneer in the robotics field has grown worldwide

Robotic Label Placement

The company was looking to integrate a robot system that could handle placing a product sheet label in at least 5 different, smaller container models. The customer came to us with the hope of being able to improve throughput and consistency in their label placement process.

Spider robots on the move for additive manufacturing

Stuart Nathan for The Engineer: Like several concepts in mobile additive manufacture, the Spider bots grew out of a concept to build bases for exploration on the Moon and other planets.

Teaching Robots to 'Feel with Their Eyes'

Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science: Burka hopes to build up a database of one thousand surfaces to help coach robots on how to identify objects and also to know what they're made of and how best to handle them.

Case Study: Flex uses mobility to stay lean

Two mobile robots independently transport goods internally in the Austrian location of Flex, one of the world's leading technology companies. The automation of these monotonous tasks keeps processes lean, efficient and flexible and takes the strain off the employees and enables them to devote more time to more important activities.

Farason Corporation Chooses Dorner Conveyors to Integrate with its Robotic Machine to Successfully Assemble Coin Proof Sets

Placing coins into a coin presentation case insert sounds like an easy thing to do, right? But when the application calls for placing several thousand coins in exact places on moving inserts every day, the task becomes much more demanding.

New Service Helps Robotics Companies Drive Revenues & Grow Business

Service Advantage is a substantial addition to Ricoh's services suite that offers businesses access to its global network of highly skilled and certified services employees to assist with lifecycle management for electromechanical devices.

Robot Inertia vs Payload

Payload and inertia are both important factors when designing End of Arm Tooling and selecting a robot. The differences between the two and how they affect choosing a robot is explained in this article.

Lightweight Servo Actuators Lower Robotic RSW Costs

Either electric servo actuators or pneumatic cylinders can be used in robotic resistance spot welding; however, there are distinct advantages to going electric.

A Job Plan for Robots and Humans

Tom Simonite for MIT Technology Review: Melonee Wise's of Fetch Robotics spoke with San Francisco bureau chief Tom Simonite.

Smart grasping demonstrated at Automate and ProMat trade shows

Tactile sensing and force feedback are - and have been - problem areas for robot grasping. Humans could see, select and pick so much faster. Yet to handle the millions of different everyday items in our factories and warehouses, costly positioning and camera systems have been required.

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Servo2Go - CANopen Input Sinusoidal Brushless Servo Amplifiers establish a new benchmark in versatility

Servo2Go - CANopen Input Sinusoidal Brushless Servo Amplifiers establish a new benchmark in versatility

CANopen digital servo drives are designed to drive brushed and brushless servomotors in torque, velocity, or position mode and employs Space Vector Modulation (SVM), which results in higher bus voltage utilization and reduced heat dissipation compared to traditional PWM drives.