Rise of the Robots

If manufacturers are going to flourish in America, they’ll need to buy a lot more robots. Here are six ways to play this hot trend. Jack Hough for Barron's:  For long-term investors, robots could be one key to securing healthy corporate profit growth, and stock returns, even as wages rise. There are specific opportunities, too. Japan’s Fanuc (ticker: 6954.Japan) is far and away the U.S. market leader in industrial robots, and it’s quickly ramping up production. Its shares have been outperforming, and they could offer 20% more upside over the next year. Germany’s Kuka (KU2.Germany), which sold a majority stake last year to China’s appliance giant, Midea Group (000333.China), has similar return potential. Other stocks with high exposure to industrial robotics and factory automation include Rockwell Automation (ROK), Switzerland’s ABB(ABB), and Yaskawa Electric (6506.Japan). And for one-stop shoppers, there’s the Robo Global Robotics & Automation Index exchange-traded fund (ROBO), which tracks 85 stocks, charges annual expenses of 0.95%, and has returned 37% over the past year.   Cont'd...

Mouser Electronics Empowers Student Innovation with FIRST Robotics Regional Sponsorship

Mouser Electronics will be a major sponsor of this week's FIRST Robotics Competition Dallas Regional event, March 8-11 at the Irving (Tex.) Convention Center. The annual robotics event, which fosters STEM education, attracts over 50 high school teams from across the area. Photo from 2016 FIRST Championships.

Universal Robots Keeps Delivering High Double-Digit Growth

Universal Robots has continued its rapid expansion worldwide with a growth rate of 62% from 2015 to 2016. The company that pioneered and commercialized collaborative robot (cobot) technology continues to leverage its first mover advantage and market leadership position.

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 31E Series

The sensors are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet that can be secured to an application's rotating shaft, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

Dorner Launches Next Generation 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyors

When applications call for precise movement of product, then Dorner's newly redesigned 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyor is the answer.

Brain-controlled robots

CSAIL system enables people to correct robot mistakes using brain signals. Adam Conner-Simons via MIT News:  For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them explicit commands for very specific tasks. But what if we could develop robots that were a more natural extension of us and that could actually do whatever we are thinking? A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University is working on this problem, creating a feedback system that lets people correct robot mistakes instantly with nothing more than their brains.   Cont'd...

Embedded Solutions for Robotic Control Technology - Synapticon Presents New Modules and Encoders at Embedded World

Embedded Solutions for Robotic Control Technology

Stick-Slip Mini Motor Driver for OEM's

Inexpensive, versatile, compact: PI's E-872 stick-slip motor driver has it all for OEM applications.

Automate 2017 - Stäubli's New Collaborative Robots Headline Cutting-edge Products at Automate 2017

Innovative, efficient and safe solutions for robotics, electrical and fluid connectors will be on display

Table tennis playing robot breaks world record - Japan Tour

Developed by Omron Corporation, FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has officially been given the Guinness World Records title for being the First robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities.   According to the project's lead developer Taku Oya, the goal of FORPHEUS was to harmonise humans and robots, by way of teaching the game of table tennis to human players. 

Lensiora Announces Lensiora HD Intraoral Camera - Highest Resolution On The Market

Sporting a latest generation CMOS sensor with a resolution of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, Lensiora HD Intraoral Camera has now the highest resolution currently on the market.

Hot Jobs Study Reports IT a Top Industry

For entry level manufacturing positions, higher education is not normally required. Instead, a personal and commercial driver's license, and special certifications such as an Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification, Food Safety Program education, and HAZM

Machine Covers & Way Protection

The close proximity of moving parts often excludes the feasibility of static protective enclosures. The machine tool may create an environment in which its parts must be protected from its work processes, yet need to move without obstruction.

inVia Robotics Releases Robotic Goods to Person Solution for Warehouse Automation

The inVia Dynamic AS/RS goods-to-person solution delivers existing totes, corrugated trays, and more directly to pickers, packers and replenishers, thereby eliminating human travel time and liability in warehouse aisles.

BluHaptics Secures Additional Investments to Support Growth

Software start-up offers unique solution for high-risk robotics operations

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air – Flexible and Intelligent

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.