Toyota Assigned Patent for Movable Robot

Toyota, Toyota-Shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,010,232) developed by Yuichiro Nakajima, Toyota, Japan, Haeyeon Lee, Toyota, South Korea, and Hideki Nomura, Nagoya, Japan, for a movable robot.

Launch of MotorSolve with Thermal Analysis Announced

Infolytica Corporation announced plans to include an extensive thermal analysis module in the next release of MotorSolve, which is due out by fall 2011. With this latest addition, it will be possible to evaluate the impact of temperature and different cooling methods on the performance of brushless, PMAC and induction machines.

Point Cloud Library (PCL) version 1.1.1 has been released

PCL 1.1.1 is a patch release, API compatible with 1.1

ROS Electric Emys is now officially available!

This amped up, current release of ROS features new, stable libraries for arm navigation and point cloud processing. There is also improved support for Android, Arduino, Windows, ARM, and Python 3. Please see the release page for some of the cool new tools and libraries in Electric, such as "interactive markers" for creating custom GUIs in RViz.

Hillcrest Labs Unveils Next-Generation Portfolio of Motion Control Software and Products

Hillcrest Labs today unveiled its second-generation family of user interface solutions that pave the way for a wide range of products to incorporate state of the art natural user interfaces (NUIs).

US Patent Issued to FANUC on Aug. 30 for "Image Processor for Robot System and Robot System Including the Same" (Japanese Inventors)

United States Patent no. 8,010,233, issued on Aug. 30, was assigned to FANUC Ltd. (Yamanashi, Japan). "Image Processor for Robot System and Robot System Including the Same" was invented by Yoshiki Hashimoto (Yamanashi, Japan), Takehisa Sera (Yamanashi, Japan) and Shougo Takahashi (Yamanashi, Japan).

Schneider RCCL/Spider for Complex Case Loading

LAS VEGAS, NV - Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc., specializing in end-of-line solutions for cartoning, case packing and palletizing needs, demonstrates its newest Robotic Vertical Carton/Case Loader (RCCL) equipped with two FANUC Robotics Delta (spider) robots for specialty cartoning, case loading, and high-speed pick and place applications at Pack Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, September 26-29, 2011 in Booth 2018.

VISION wants to grow further

Promising start to registrations: An even better event is to follow the most successful VISION - Focus on system integration

Machine Vision Market in North America Posts Healthy Results in Second Quarter 20

Machine vision sales grew 16% in North America in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter one year earlier, according to the Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).

New ISO Robot Safety Standards Published

Recently they announced the ISO 10218-1 standard for the robot, and the ISO 10218-2 standard for the robot systems and integration. For more info on what's changed from the older paper and what's been added read more here.

Robotic Cartoner Infeed Reduces Required Space and Increases Productivity

ESS Technologies, Inc. new robotic cartoner infeed integrates with automatic cartoning machines, allowing manufactures to easily automate manual carton loading processes or retrofit other bulkier types of product infeed systems.

Aerotech Announces the Release of its Automation Control Solutions Brochure Highlighting Their Complete Line of Motion Controllers and Software

Aerotech announces the release of its Automation Control Solutions brochure highlighting their complete lines of high-performance motion controllers and software

New ISO Robot Safety Standards Published!

The new standard requires a risk assessment be accomplished when designing and integrating new robot systems and assigns responsibilities for them. The R15.06 and Z434 will also include an update of the popular risk assessment methodology offered in the existing standards.

e-con Systems Announces e-CAM33_USB Autofocus Camera

-con Systems announces e-CAM33_USB, a 3.2 Mega Pixel USB camera module housing Autofocus pluggable camera with OV3640 CMOS Image sensor from Omnivision.

New Research Brings Simulations Of Complex Objects To Real-time

Jernej Barbič and Yili Zhao of USC preseneted a paper at this years SIGGRAPH that demonstrates a method of simulating deformation of large complex objects in real-time by decomposing the mesh into several subdomains. Here is the abstract: This paper shows a method to extend 3D nonlinear elasticity model reduction to open-loop multi-level reduced deformable structures. Given a volumetric mesh, we decompose the mesh into several subdomains, build a reduced deformable model for each domain, and connect the domains using inertia coupling. This makes model reduction deformable simulations much more versatile: localized deformations can be supported without prohibitive computational costs, parts can be re-used and precomputation times shortened. Our method does not use constraints, and can handle large domain rigid body motion in addition to large deformations, due to our derivation of the gradient and Hessian of the rotation matrix in polar decomposition. We show real-time examples with multi-level domain hierarchies and hundreds of reduced degrees of freedom. They are also doing experiments to combine the simulation with haptic feedback to allow real-time interactions with the simulations. You can watch a video here , or visit the USC's page with the full paper here.

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IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.