BitFlow Predicts Vision-Guided Robotics to Become Major Disruptive Force in Global Manufacturing

As the plant floor has become more digitally connected, the relationship between robots and machine vision has merged into a single, seamless platform, setting the stage for a new generation of more responsive vision-driven robotic systems.

Finalists Named for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL in Denver, May 1

Why Robots Won't Kill Jobs: The World's Largest Robotics Company Says More Robots Means More Jobs

John Koetsier for Forbes: "The more advanced countries, such as Germany, South Korea, and Japan have around 300 robots per 10,000 workers. Those three countries have the lowest unemployment rates."

FANUC America's Robot LINKi Zero Down Time Now Available to All Robotics Customers

Today, over 16,000 robots in the automotive industry are operating with ZDT. Since its introduction, FANUC estimates that ZDT has saved customers over 1,300 hours of unexpected production interruptions, which equates to more than $40M.

Why Custom Robot Integrations With Rotary Index Drives Makes Financial Sense for a Variety of Manufacturing Applications

As manufacturing is increasingly interwoven with automation, companies seek cost-effective options for integrating rotary index drives with a variety of robotic applications such as spray painting, welding, assembly, material handling and more.

The Many Uses of Bellows

Bellows are most often used to protect critical components. Actuators used in motion control equipment are often exposed to contaminants ranging from dust and abrasive grit to metal chips and weld spatter.

Glide-Line Conveyor Case Study: Automating in-context Conveyor Configuration With Solidworks

We needed a powerful configuration platform so customers would have access to complete assemblies, could easily put systems together using automated snaps, and manage operational states

Lack of Machine Guarding Again Named to OSHA'S Top 10 Most Cited Violations List

The absence of required machine safeguarding remains a perennial member of OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations, and 2017 was no exception. It was named number eight on the list with a total of 1,933 violations.

The Benefits of Automating Production Lines with Robots

Robots have come a long way since their introduction to industry in the 60s. While they are most often found in the automotive industry, use of robots in a number of different industries is becoming much more common.

Mouser Electronics - Empowering Innovation Together

Mouser stocks the widest range and most technologically advanced robotic products in the industry. The Empowering Innovation Together program invites readers and viewers to consider the unexplored possibilities that advanced technology such as robots can offer.

Artificial Intelligence in the Factory

Because kinetic mesh is a mobile network, radios can go on any fixed or mobile asset on a manufacturing floor and still provide constant communications.

The Tale of the Painting Robot that didn't Steal Anyone's Job

Matt Simon for Wired: Today, three of these machines from Universal Robots handle the brute sanding and painting, while humans handle more complicated tasks like assembly. Some of these workers even turned into robot technicians.

Machine Vision Technology Update

Machine vision technologies based on CNNs and deep learning can be used profitably in a wide range of different industrial sectors and applications, allowing the automation and significant acceleration of inspection processes in the electronics industry, for example.

Robotics and Automation Transformation Omni-channel and Supply Chain

Decades of supply chain implementation translates to a strategic partnership in designing, implementing, and maintaining complex end-to-end supply chain enterprise solutions from transportation, labor, warehousing, and supply chain visibility.

First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun

Chris Martin for Bloomberg Business Week: Even before Trump's tariffs, the U.S. panel maker underpriced Chinese rivals with a spray-on, energy-absorbing metal and largely automated factories.

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A brushless DC motor solution for use in hip and knee exoskeletons. This complete joint actuation unit consists of motor, gearhead, encoder and position controller. Fitting absolute encoder directly at the joint rotation provides designers increased positioning accuracy. The unit will deliver 54Nm of continuous torque and 120Nm on a 20% duty cycle. The system can be operated on supplies between 10 and 50V DC and the actuation speed is up to 22rpm.