Featuring robot-assisted lean manufacturing demonstrations in hall 3 booth #151
Recruiters posted more than 2,100 online job ads for robotics skills in January of 2012, growing 44% versus 2011, according to WANTED Analyticsâ„˘.
Cognex introduces the In-Sight 7000 smart camera. This vision system features vision tools, fast image capture, capability to power and control a range of external lighting, and enough input/output (I/O) capacity for virtually any inspection scenario - all in a compact, industrial IP67 package that makes the system ideal for more applications than ever before.
ABB reported an increase in profitability in the fourth quarter of 2011 on a combination of strong revenue growth and cost savings. For 2011, the company reached $40 billion in orders for the first time ever and reported record revenues of $38 billion.
TORC Robotics Increasing Speed and Operational Capability for the USMC Optionally Unmanned GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) Program
GstarCAD is developing an application on Android to enable users design more flexible and efficient. This application will give new experience to users with its new features.
Ramses Martinez, Carina Fish, Xin Chen and George Whitesides have published a paper describing a soft pneumatic actuator constructed by combining paper with a silicone elastomer. On pneumatic inflation, these actuators move anisotropically, based on the motions accessible by their composite structures. They are inexpensive, simple to fabricate, light in weight, and easy to actuate. This class of structure is versatile: the same principles of design lead to actuators that respond to pressurization with a wide range of motions (bending, extension, contraction, twisting, and others). Paper, when used to introduce anisotropy into elastomers, can be readily folded into 3D structures following the principles of origami; these folded structures increase the stiffness and anisotropy of the elastomeric actuators, while being light in weight. These soft actuators can manipulate objects with moderate performance; for example, they can lift loads up to 120 times their weight. They can also be combined with other components, for example, electrical components, to increase their functionality.
Ingenia Motion Control released Venus digital servo drive, an integrated motion controller and digital servo drive in a convenient stand-alone package, capable to drive most of motor topologies in today's market of up to 2 kW and without the need of any additional heat-sink on its whole operating temperature range.
December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology-- and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.2% from November and up 12.7% when compared with the total of $461.48 million reported for December 2010. With a year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010.
AeroVironment Secures Global Distribution Rights for Sentient's Target Detection Software for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
AeroVironment becomes exclusive global distributor of Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI Tier I automated target detection software for use with small unmanned aircraft systems
JAI has added four new GigE Vision cameras to its series of industrial grade CCD cameras built around quad-tap sensors from Kodak.
New Higher Capacity Allows Wider Range of Applications
New 2M Series compatible with existing micro-miniature aerospace/defense connectors
Configurable Pressure Measurement Devices (7 bar to 34 bar) Provide Reliable Performance in Moderately Harsh Media Environments
Miniature 9-Axis Inertial Module with 32-bit Processing Unit from STMicroelectronics Boosts Realism and Accuracy in Gaming, Robotics and Navigation
MEMS leader unveils a compact 9 degrees-of-freedom motion-sensing module with powerful processing capabilities
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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product
The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.