KEBA at PACK EXPO 2011

KEBA and Staubli Robotics will showcase a new approach to robot control at the 2011 PACK EXPO show in Las Vegas. The innovative system provides seamless integration between robotic and PLC control, making it easier and less expensive to include one or more robots in your process.

Flexpoint Announces First Universal Sensor

Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. announced that through a joint venture relationship, they have completed the development of a sensor and integration of a housing utilizing the patented Bend Sensor for use in multiple seat related applications.

Facial image analysis helps spot liars

A UK academic is developing a noninvasive lie detection system based on the analysis of facial images.

NASA and The Cleantech Open Partner in Robotics Challenge

NASA has selected The Cleantech Open of Redwood, Calif., to manage the agency's Night Rover Challenge that will culminate in a competition in fall 2012

MISUMI'S INNOVATIVE WEB SERVICES HELP MACHINE DESIGNERS SAVE TIME, INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY

MISUMI USA, Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc., will highlight two recently introduced Web services at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest show in Chicago, September 20-22.

Ultimate Linings Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Ultimate Linings is leader in sales and distribution of high quality polyurethane,polyurea and hybrid products for various industrial coating requirements.

Giving Artificial Hands a Sense of Touch

One of the biggest challenges in prosthetic hand development is designing a method that would let prosthetic hands transmit haptic information — the sense of touch — to patients. Machine Design magazine has an article about Kinea Design's new approach that provides wearers with more sensory information, including contact pressure, friction, texture, and temperature. The full article can be read here.

Five Companies Join Rockwell Automation Encompass Program

Two product suppliers have joined the Rockwell Automation Encompass third-party product referencing program in the Americas region, while an additional three companies have been named global partners.

ABB to control pulp and paper plant in India

ABB won an order worth more than $15 million to supply integrated automation and power equipment and related engineering and commissioning services to JK Paper Ltd for its expansion project.

PCL and Toyota Code Sprint 2011

PCL Code Sprints are intended to rapidly advance the capabilities of the Point Cloud Library in a certain area/subject by offering stipends to talented student developers and pairing them with knowledgeable mentors for several months of accelerated software development

"ROS (Robotic Operating Systems) Everywhere!" says Willow Garage's Steve Cousins

Yaskawa America's Motoman Robotics Division signed a collaboration agreement with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to port Willow Garage's ROS (Robotic Operating System) to the Motoman line of industrial robots.

Microscan's Vision HAWK Smart Camera Brings Robust Vision Inspection to Packaging Operations

Microscan announces the new Vision HAWK smart camera. Built rugged packaging and production environments, the fully-integrated vision system will be demonstrated at the company's booth, #6145, at next week's Pack Expo 2011, taking place in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 26-28.

Freescale Selects Mentor Graphics to Develop Software Libraries for Enhanced AltiVec Engine

Highly advanced software intended to optimize performance of Freescale's QorIQ AMP processors

Thien eDrives Cuts Electric Motor Controller Development Time in Half with Model-Based Design

MathWorks Code Generation Tools for TI's C2000 MCU Speed Progress from First Prototype to Final Series

Edward T. Lu, NASA Astronaut and Renowned Astrophysicist Joins Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics, Inc., an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider marine robot, today announced that Edward (Ed) T. Lu, formerly of Google and NASA, has joined the company as chief of innovative applications.

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