Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Announces Launch Pad Competition for Startups

Entrepreneurs Vie for Cash Award and Spotlight at Automate 2017

Mikrotron presents new family of high-resolution high-speed Machine Vision cameras

CoaXPress® cameras EoSens® 25CXP+, EoSens® 12CXP+ and CameraLink camera EoSens® 25CL+ will be showcased at SPIE Photonics West 2017

Artificial fingertip that 'feels' wins international robotics competition

Phys.org:  An open-source 3D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research. Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile sensor that has been developed by the Tactile Robotics Team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). The fingertip meets the need for a cheap, robust, versatile tactile sensor to give robots an artificial sense of touch. The sensor has a unique design in which a webcam is mounted inside a 3D-printed soft fingertip to track internal pins that act like touch receptors inside our own fingertips, making it cheap to build and highly customisable.   Cont'd...

Robots Took My Job but I Don't Care

The company pays the robot monthly, plus payroll taxes. The robot pays income tax and a percentage of the robot's wages go to the RMWP. The RMWP (Robot Minimum Wage Plan) collects the money and distributes it to the displaced workers.

Schunk - ELP Electric Linear Module

The SCHUNK ELP can be adjusted in two simple steps making it the most user friendly electric linear module on the market! The end positions can be mechanically adjusted with a screw and the speed of extension and retraction is adjusted using rotary switches on the side of the unit.

Award-Winning Television Personality and Special Effects Master, Jamie Hyneman Adds Star Power to UBM's Advanced Design & Manufacturing Keynote in Anaheim, CA

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Launches Trade Association in Mexico

A3 Mexico Will Support the Robotics and Automation Industry in Fast-Growing Market

Pearson Becomes FANUC Certified Servicing Integrator (CSI)

Pearson technicians complete FANUC's extensive training program and earn a hard-to-come-by accreditation to perform robotic troubleshooting and repair work.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Powering Continuous Improvement with Rethink Robotics' Sawyer

Global leader in automotive interiors improving accuracy, output with collaborative robots

CTRL The Robot. A modern industrial robot for the desktop.

Via Yahoo Finance:  This robot arm is a fraction of the price of similar robots you might see in factories.  It’s called CTRL and was developed by Robotics Evolved to be an affordable robot arm. Unveiled at CES 2017, this desktop-sized robot arm aims to make robotics more accessible to the masses.  The device is open-source and can be run on the programming language of the user’s choosing.  For those unfamiliar with code, CTRL can also learn to replicate movements when manipulated by hand. CTRL is currently equipped with a gripping tool but the company plans to expand attachment offerings to include options like spray nozzles and engraving tools. Robotics Evolved is currently seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign and you can reserve your very own CTRL robot arm for just over $500.   Kickstarter page:

$18.867 billion Paid to Acquire 50 Robotics Companies in 2016

Companies are reinventing themselves, looking at their business in a new way with regards to how can they be a disrupter, and how they can prevent being disrupted - and this opens up deal flow.

High performance at low voltage

Tecnotion, the direct drive specialist offers both small iron core and ironless linear motors for low voltage purposes. In addition to 230 Vac and 400 Vac motors for industrial applications, drives are often sought for low-voltage applications of 60Vdc and less.

DENSO continues strong commitment in 2017 to FIRST Robotics and STEM education

DENSO announced its plans today as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Honorary Chair of the FIRST Championship Detroit Host Committee, and other Detroit leaders launched activities leading up to FIRST Championship Detroit in April 2018 at a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

New Integrated 400Watt Servo Motor with 12-48VDC Battery Supply Voltage

MAC402 - The complete 400W solution for medium power ratings with battery supply 12-48VDC.

Robotics, Trump and Brexit turn up the heat amid the snow of Davos

Graeme Wearden for The Guardian:  The “fourth industrial revolution” will once again be a key theme at this year’s Davos, where the focus will be on the problems created by technologies such as smart robots and driverless cars. The WEF will examine whether the loss to these innovations of millions of jobs is undermining social cohesion and contributing to the rise of populist parties. Davos will also consider whether increased use of artificial intelligence and the “internet of things” are laying firms open to a new wave of cyberthreats and security beaches. This area of technology has until now been only lightly regulated; is the world ready to hand more decision-making powers to machines?   Full article:

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Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

The ATI Robotic Tool Changer provides the flexibility to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling. These tool changers are designed to function reliably for millions of cycles at rated load while maintaining extremely high repeatability. For this reason, the ATI Tool Changer has become the number-one tool changer of choice around the world. ATI Tool Changer models cover a wide range of applications, from very small payloads to heavy payload applications requiring significantly large moment capacity.