Joe Jones, a co-inventor of iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaning robot left iRobot to found Harvest Automation along with three other industry veterans. Their first product is a small wheeled robot that picks up potted plants and move them from place to place. For nurseries that grow or distribute ornamental plants these task are labor intensive and the growing demand makes finding the human labor required difficult. The robot is being tested now in a few nurseries and Wired has a more detailed article here .
The dynamic block in the upcoming GstarCAD 2012 adds flexibility and intelligence to symbols.
ADVANCED Motion Controls releases DZE & DZS series of servo drives for EtherCAT enabled control networks. These products not only provide precise motion but also at reduced cost when applied in a multiple networked axes system.
DoD Envisions Further Investments for Fielding New Warfighter Technologies: NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition Providing Forum for Opportunity to Answer the Question, "What Will it Take to Achieve the Vision?"
Robotiq's Adaptive Gripper Ready for Flexible Fixturing Welding Applications at FABTECH 2011 - Booth #6369
Robotiq is pleased to introduce the Adaptive Gripper and welding glove component for flexible fixturing welding applications at FABTECH 2011. Equipped with a heat and splatter resistant glove, the Adaptive Gripper can pick and position, with great precision, any type of bracket, pipe and irregular shaped part to be welded on an assembly.
Image processing expert Vision Components introduces a multi-level approach which considerably facilitates programming for VC's intelligent cameras. All VC machine vision libraries have been revised to run on PCs.
Maxon have just released their new 24pg Pancake Motor Brochure.
A research project at Harvard aims to demonstrate an autonomous multi-robot systems capable of the construction of 3D structures. The hardware comprises a mobile robot and specialized passive blocks; the robot is able to manipulate blocks to build desired structures, and can maneuver on these structures as well as in unstructured environments. To illustrate the robot’s ability to perform complex tasks combining these functions, they demonstrate it autonomously building a ten-block structure significantly larger than itself. The full paper can be found here .
ROBOTICS will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years. The announcement is based on a study conducted by the market research firm, Metra Martech, "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment", which was published on Thursday in Tokyo.
From the video its hard to tell what technology is behind this robot but heres the Google translation of the press release: Communication robots for the elderly "Nodding Kabochan SMILE SUPPLEMENT ROBOT" Launched mid-November! Pumpkin is not nodding, communication robots for the elderly in the shape of a little boy. The reaction of five sensors that are built, or nodding, He makes a variety of chat depending on the season. To take advantage of robot technology, the elderly, who also receive care, How to care for, and further engaged in the business who care, safe delivery and a smile will help to improve life.
PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls
DENSO Robotics Joins Rockwell Automation Encompass Program, Introduces Add-On Instructions for Rockwell Automation PLCs and PACs
DENSO Robotics announced that it will participate as an Encompass Product Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork. Through Encompass Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges. These products are critical components or connectivity solutions that extend and enhance Rockwell Automation installations.
PPT Vision announced two GigE-compatible specialty cameras including the 8-megapixel and 3-CCD models as well as the release of Version 10.3 of the Impact Software Suite to support all cameras in its M-Series embedded machine vision system.
Rockwell Automation extended the power range of its PowerFlex 755 AC drives to 900 kW/1350 Hp and added 600/690 volt ratings.
Following a soft launch over this past summer, www.RoboticsTomorrow.com has officially published its first full online eMagazine issue and followed with its first monthly eNewsletter.
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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product
With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.