Safety solutions for intelligent human-robot collaboration

Fanny Platbrood for SafeToWork:  Human-robot collaboration (HRC) describes a work scenario in which humans and automated machines share and work in the same workspace at the same time. Driven by Industry 4.0, this model of collaboration promises highly flexible workflows, maximum system throughput and productivity, as well as economic efficiency. However, ensuring that HRC is actually able to live up to this promise requires exactly the right safety technology for the application in question. One of the major issues associated with Industry 4.0 is making work processes flexible. At the extreme end of the spectrum, this may involve manufacturing products in batch size 1 under industrial mass-production conditions – that is, manufacturing unique items on a conveyor belt.   Cont'd...

IMTS - KUKA Announces KUKA Connect at the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016

The Internet of Robotics comes to life with KUKA Connect - KUKA's all-new cloud software platform that securely transforms robot data into insightful information accessible from any device at anytime

IMTS - FARO® Disrupts In-Process Guided Assembly and Verification with the Introduction of a New Class of LIDAR with High Speed Imaging (HSI) Technology

LIDAR HSI obsoletes conventional LIDAR with ultra-high speed, high-resolution 3D imaging and measurement with projection guidance for manual and automated inspection and assembly

Don't Replace - Go With CNC Center Remanufactured

With an increasing number of obsolete components on major manufacturing lines, CNC Center has found a way to keep them running smoothly without downtime.

Dorner Introduces Next Generation 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyors

Dorner's newly redesigned 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyor features additional belt options, a sleek open frame design, a universal T-slot and is ideal for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling and general manufacturing industries.

Fulfillment Provider Fiege acquires perception-controlled picking robots from Magazino

Deployment will begin in September, when the robots will be implemented into Fiege's Mega Center to pick shoes that have been ordered online.

IMTS - Robotmaster at IMTS 2016

Robotmaster will be exhibiting at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) which will be held September 12-17 at the McCormick Place in Chicago (IL).

mk North America Revamps and Relaunches VersaMove Pallet Conveyors & Brochure

mk North America revamps its VersaMove brochure to include in-depth technical specifications and information about the various system upgrades and improvements.

RND Automation selected for Gulf Coast 500

RND Automation & Engineering was selected for the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast 500 list. A collection of the largest companies on Florida's west coast ranked by revenue.

Tag Team Manufacturing Speeds Delivery with Rethink Robotics' Sawyer

Precision manufacturer uses smart, collaborative robot to increase speed, safety

Microscan Releases AutoVISION® Machine Vision Software for MicroHAWK® MV Smart Cameras

The latest version of Microscan's AutoVISION Machine Vision Software (AutoVISION 4.0) features advanced Locate, Measure, and Color tools for powerful automated visual inspections, and provides the machine vision interface for new MicroHAWK MV devices - the world's smallest smart cameras.

World renowned robot safety expert joins Universal Robots

Roberta Nelson Shea is Universal Robots' new Global Technical Compliance Officer. She has chaired the U.S. National Robot Safety Committee for 23 years, spent 35+ years within manufacturing automation, and is recognized as a global authority on robot safety - most recently as Convenor of the ISO committee publishing technical specifications on risk assessments of collaborative robots.

Novotechnik - New Robust High Accuracy Magnetic Encoder

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 51 Series of rotary magnetic encoders feature up to 16-bit resolution and repeatability to 0.1° - depending on model.

IMTS - The future of manufacturing on display with KUKA Robotics Corporation at IMTS 2016

KUKA Robotics will showcase the future of manufacturing at IMTS 2016 booth #N6200 -September 12-17

Kawasaki Robotics Releases the "duAro", a First-of-its-Kind Collaborative Robot, for North American Market

The next generation duAro robot is designed to work alongside humans on material handling, assembly, machine tending and dispensing applications.

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Innovative, Modular, Dual Belt Conveyor Pallet Systems

Innovative, Modular, Dual Belt Conveyor Pallet Systems

Dorner's 2200 Series Precision Move Pallet Systems feature the latest advancements in pallet traffic management. A unique pin tracking system guides pallets through merges and curves while maintaining product orientation. The fast belt change capability increases efficiency and reduces downtime in assembly automation processes. They are available in lengths up to 25 ft., can handle loads up to 500 lbs. and travel at speeds up to 114 ft/min.