QUAN Hones in on New Robotics Targets

Quantum is moving forward with its aggressive acquisition plans in order to capitalize on the robotics tipping point now at hand

GAM Gear Achieves Record Sales and Boosts Capacity to Meet Market Demand

By building domestic production capacity and inventory, GAM enhances customer experience and expedites shipping of robust, feature-rich standard and custom components

Beckhoff introduces AM8800 Stainless Steel Servo Motors

Beckhoff Automation introduced the AM8800 stainless steel servo motor series. The stainless steel motors are implemented completely in a food-grade design; they can be used in extremely harsh or corrosive environments and are particularly suitable for use in the food, chemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Aerotech introduces A3200 Automation Controller

Aerotech introduced the A3200 Automation Controller, a motion control industrial computer The controller is a rugged, compact panel-mount or rack-mount (1U or 4U) computer designed for industrial environments.

ST Robotics Introduces the R12-six: A Remarkably Low-cost Six-axis, Articulated Robot Arm

Utilizing digital motors driven by steel-reinforced, polyurethane timing belts, R12-six is suited for testing, sample handling, and machine feeding. Self-contained 6-axis bench-top unit is available with optional incremental optical encoders, plus hand that incorporates mounting plate for grippers and vacuum cups.

EPRI Tests Confirm Viability of Using Drones to Assess Storm Damage on Distribution Systems

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has completed tests determining that unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, can be used effectively to assess storm damage on utility distribution systems.

New Kuka machining cell to be debuted at Automatica 2012 by Robotmaster

Robotmaster CAD/CAM software for programming robots - Robotmaster seamlessly integrates robot programming, simulation and code generation delivering quicker robot programming. Ideal for all applications including trimming, de-burring, dispensing, grinding, polishing and mold

DARPA Robotics Contest Announced

The Pentagon’s research and development agency has announced a contest to develop ground robotic capabilities to execute complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. The program will focus on robots that can utilize available human tools, ranging from hand tools to vehicles.The DARPA Robotics Challenge will consist of three key events – a Virtual Disaster Challenge, and two (2) Disaster Response Challenges. Participation in the Virtual Disaster Challenge is required only for teams working exclusively on control software development. The agency has not yet announced how much it intends to spend on the program or the size of the prize but previous contest awarded two million dollars for the top prize with one million dollars for the runner up. The full contest details and registration can be found here .

Why are there more unmanned platforms than customers?

Why are unmanned systems developers offering so many different kinds of platforms and ideas, when there is comparatively little demand by the civilian market? Why are there more offerings than customers?

Interview with Dr. Tom Van Doren, COO of HDT Robotics

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, HDT Global is widely recognized as the world leader in the design and manufacture of many products in use by U.S. and allied military units, civilian governments, and commercial customers today.

Is Your Business Employing Automation?

It will be worth your time to analyze each segment of your business and decide if automation is right for your business and if automation can produce more efficiency or profit.

Adept and Bremer Werk fur Montagesysteme GmbH Deliver Future-Proof Assembly Concept for High-End Razors

When Philips, a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting products, decided to build an assembly line capable of manufacturing their current line of high-tech shavers and support any future redesigns, they turned to Adept Technology (Nasdaq:ADEP) as their supplier of robotics and flexible feeding systems.

Advantech's Five Mega Missions for Enabling the Intelligent Planet as Industrial Computing Enters its Golden Decade

According to IDC (International Data Corporation) research, the number of intelligent embedded devices worldwide will grow to 25 billion by 2020, with over 30% of these being in the energy, transportation, and surveillance sectors.

Powerful robot coupling for pallet handling

If machine tools are loaded automatically, a reliable, precise, and space saving workpiece change is playing an important role.

KLEENLine selects the ABB IRB 360 FlexPicker for its new, ultra-sanitary high-speed robotic pick-and-place system

The KLEENPick series features the IPK69 stainless steel FlexPicker model, hygienically designed for packaging applications with open food

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.