Robotics startup Exotec raises $3.5 million to help warehouses pack and dispatch goods using mini robots

Paul Sawers for Venture Beat:  A French robotics startup has raised €3.3 million ($3.5 million) to build and grow a fleet of mobile robots that help warehouses prepare orders for delivery. The company was founded in 2015 by former GE Healthcare software architect Renaud Heitz and BA Systèmes technical director Romain Moulin,  and Exotec Solutions (“Exotec”) robots have already been tested across a number of industries. With $3.5 million more in its coffers, the company expects to launch its first robot — called Exo — into the wild in early 2017. The most recent round was raised from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital, and a handful of its existing investors. The miniature robots are being targeted at any logistics operator that relies on humans to traverse large warehouses picking items off shelves, and it promises to cut employees’ average daily distance covered from 15km to 4km per day and to “[double] the productivity” of each worker. The robots are controlled by what the company calls a “centralized intelligence system,” which liaises between the humans and the robots on the ground.   Cont'd...

Microscan Hosts 3-Day Advanced Machine Vision Training Course

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces a three-day training course on advanced machine vision tools taught through hands-on exercises using Microscan's advanced Visionscape® Machine Vision Software platform.

Global Motion Control Shipments Increase Five Percent in the First Nine Months of 2016

Global shipments for motion control products increased by five percent to $2.4 billion in the first nine months of 2016, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Desktop Robotic Arm Manufacturer Dobot Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Dobot M1

The China-based robotic startup is raising funds for the Dobot M1 arm -- which is targeted at small businesses, desktop developers, educators and makers -- following last year's successful Kickstarter campaign for the original Dobot. The M1 prototype has since been tested by leading manufacturers such as Apple, Bose and Chow Tai Fook.

TM Robotics Partners with A-Tech to Sell Toshiba Machine Industrial Robots Coast to Coast in Canada

A-Tech will offer full line of Cartesian, 6-Axis and SCARA robot systems for automation and materials handling needs in a variety of industries

FANUC Robotics Integrator Remtec Automation Announces Growth in Automated Robotic Material Handling Projects

Remtec Automation sees uptick in automated robotic pick-and-place, palletizing and case-packing conveyor projects due to tight labor market in manufacturing.

Tolomatic adds extreme-force capability to electric linear rod actuator offering

Tolomatic's new electric linear rod actuator is more efficient, accurate and flexible compared to hydraulic cylinders--and without the messy leaks or noisy operation of hydraulics.

Lenze Enables Fast Machine Commissioning

3, 5 and 7 minute demonstrations featured at PACK EXPO

New Compact Right-Angle, Flange-Mounted Planetary Gearbox

Neugart USA introduces its new compact right-angle, flange-mounted WPLFE gearbox for applications with tight space constraints and powerful torque requirements.

The University of Manchester Uses MapleSim in Robotics and Control Systems Courses

The University of Manchester, the largest single-site university in the UK, has a reputation for producing some of the world's greatest engineering and mathematical minds. Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have either worked or studied at the University.

Tibbo Technology Inc. Announces the OPC Server Release

The main point of OPC protocol is simple - it is a cross-functional fixed interface to communicate between data sources in the manufacturing industry.

FABTECH 2016 Las Vegas is a Knockout

Cutting-edge technologies, expert perspectives and large industry attendance define North America's premier manufacturing tradeshow and conference

US Digital Introduces New High Resolution E4T Optical Encoder Now with 400 and 500 CPR

Vancouver, Washington - November 22, 2016 - US Digital, a US manufacturer of quality motion control since 1980, today announced the addition of 400 and 500 cycles per revolution (CPR) resolutions to its existing E4T line of miniature optical encoders. Specifically designed for robotics, medical and other industrial automation applications, the new E4Ts deliver position and velocity feedback, while fitting National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) motors as small as size eight.

World's First Robot with Closed System Transfer Device to be Introduced by Equashield to Further Protect Pharmacy Staff during Hazardous Drug Compounding

A High Throughput Robot, Equashield® Pro, will be introduced in December at American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas

Integrated IP65 Stepper Motors from Applied Motion Products

SWM integrated steppers from Applied Motion Products Inc. are IP65 rated drive+motor units, fusing step motor and drive components into a single splash proof and dustproof device. This space-saving design eliminates wiring and saves on cost over conventional motor and drive solutions.

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maxon launches the next generation of positioning controllers - the EPOS4. A high performance module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install compact solution. Suitable for efficient and dynamic control of brushed and brushless DC motors with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750 W continuous power and 1500 W peak power. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernet-based interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders.