Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on integrating Motoman Robotics' line of industrial robots with the open-source ROS (Robot Operating System) software.
James Gosling -- the so-called "father of Java" -- left Google on Tuesday to join a company that is looking to scatter thousands of robots around the Earth's oceans. Gosling will become chief software architect for Sunnyvale startup Liquid Robotics, a 4-year-old company that places 7-foot-long robots resembling surfboards in the ocean to collect and transmit data for a variety of uses. Called Wave Gliders, the devices are powered by wave energy, with the constant up-and-down motion providing energy that pulls the robots through the ocean.
Vision Guide facilitates small-lot production and high-precision assembly
DENSO increased the number of its robot service engineers in its national service center in Maryville, Tenn., and its robotics headquarters facility in Long Beach, Calif. The company has also added a new robot field-service engineer in the Midwest region.
rChordata announced its PowerBotix line of power supply systems that allow robot batteries to be hot swappable, reducing or eliminating system downtime. The PowerBotix system also intelligently communicates with an onboard computer allowing for better mission planning.
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.
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.
PCL 1.1.1 is a patch release, API compatible with 1.1
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 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).
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.
Promising start to registrations: An even better event is to follow the most successful VISION - Focus on system integration
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).
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.
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Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent
• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.