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iPhone 6 Will be Made by Foxconn Robots
07/14/14 — Folks eagerly awaiting the availability of the iPhone 6 in Sept. 2014 might not spend much time thinking about who made it and how. But for those of us interested in more than snapping selfies, robots will be making the iPhone 6 a reality. The Fiscal Times reports that "Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry is set to deploy an army of 10,000 assembly-line robots to help meet the demands of producing the highly anticipated iPhone 6. Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou revealed in a recent shareholder meeting that Apple would be the very first customer of Foxconn’s latest robots."…


Q-Bot Robots Easily Install Insulation Underneath Floors
07/03/14 — Robots small enough to enter under a building's floor and apply insulation from below are being developed in England, helping to decrease heat loss and increase comfort for residents while reducing heating bills. London-based Q-Bot says it hopes to "assist human labor where there are significant cost or health/safety benefits." Current methods of applying much-needed insulation are expensive, time-consuming and annoying as they require residents to move out of the property for the duration of the work, the company says. But those days, apparently, are numbered. "By entering the narrow space between the floorboards and the ground, Q-Bot's robots can…



Jellyfish-Killing Robot is Helping Fishermen
06/25/14 — Jellyfish represent far more than just a personal hazard at the beach this summer. They're bigger, badder and more prevalent than ever before due to climate change, over-harvesting of their natural predators and other environmental factors. Groups of jellyfish called blooms kill valuable sealife, close down power plants and wreak…

Trio of ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Create Structures With Concrete
06/19/14 — From the land that brought us Gaudi’s Cathedral comes the latest marvel in architecture: mobile 3D printers that create fabulous structures in one continuous process by laying down concrete. The extrusion process is slow but solid, according to the team that's devised the Minibuilders at the The Institute for Advanced Architecture of…

Robotic Welding Technique Could Result in Lighter Cars
06/12/14 — Researchers at University West in Trollhättan have developed a new robotic welding technique that can reduce the weight of cars, reports Phys.org. And it has to do with incorporating the battery into the vehicle chassis. Here's how it works, writes Phys.org: Researchers at University West in Trollhättan have now invented…

Robot Ice Resurfacer Cleans Ice Rink in 1 Minute
06/04/14 — The Zamboni has been a staple of hockey for more than 60 years. But it could soon be a thing of the past. According to the Winona Daily News, Paul Van Eijl of Winona, Minnesota has created a robot called Ice Jet that uses GPS coordinates to control multiple robots…

Online Tool from Micromo Helps Engineers Specify Products
05/30/14 — Design engineers can now find what they need over the Internet with the new Motion System Selector from Micromo of Clearwater, Fla., a member of the Faulhaber Group.Available from Micromo, the innovation is a powerful, interactive parametric search tool that helps OEMs and design engineers quickly and easily specify and…

LORD MicroStrain Adds Mini Inertial Sensors with MEMS Technology
05/22/14 — LORD MicroStrain has introduced the 3DM-GX4 family of miniature 10°/hour inertial sensors using MEMS sensor technology.The 3DM-GX4-15 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and 3DM-GX4-25 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) feature tri-axial accelerometers and gyroscopes plus an onboard Adaptive Kalman Filter. In addition, the GX4-25 also includes tri-axial magnetometers and a pressure…

Stöcklin Partners with BlueBotics on First Automated Forklift Truck
05/15/14 — Thanks to ANT lite+, the new driving force in autonomous navigation for localization and control from BlueBotics, Stöcklin has created its first automated forklift truck. The world debut was earlier this year at LogiMAT Stuttgart, and the system can also be seen in Hanover later this month. As Stöcklin's partnership…

Maxon Intros MAXPOS 50/5 Positioning Controller
05/07/14 — A positioning controller for robotics and other applications with high requirements for dynamics, control, precision, synchronization, durability and longevity now is available from Maxon. The MAXPOS 50/5 is a compact EtherCAT slave that can keep pace with motors (such as ironless Maxon DC brushed motors and brushless Maxon EC motors)…

Human-Robot Collaboration ‘Gaining an Enormous Amount of Momentum’
05/01/14 — Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation. Industrial robots often sit behind metal fences, their mechanical arms a blur of terrific speed and precision; to prevent serious injury to humans (or…

Robot Milker Demand to Surge
04/23/14 — Lenders are expecting a rise in demand for robotic milking systems, but urge farmers to look on them as part of a long-term business plan and future herd expansion rather than just replacing a parlour. Dawn Ferris, senior agricultural manager with financiers Lombard, said the company was looking “very positively”…

Dalek Robot Fixes Potholes in 2 Minutes
04/16/14 — Mention Daleks and a ruthless race of extraterrestrial robots intent on universal domination spring to mind.But 'The Dalek' is also the nickname of a £200,000 machine that is exterminating potholes 30 times as fast as the conventional method of repair.The machine is capable of filling in the craters in just…

Boeing Turns to Robots to Increase 777X Production
04/10/14 — The Boeing Co. plans to deploy robotic assembly technology on the 777X that will dramatically change the way the plane’s metal hull is built, documents submitted to the city of Everett indicate. The automation technology, replacing a crane and a giant cylindrical fixture now used to turn the half-built fuselage…

Meet Festo’s Gesture-Controlled Bionic Kangaroo
04/03/14 — When our robot overlords come to power, they may not look exactly how you imagined. If Festo has its way, they could look more like unstoppable hopping kangaroos rather than Terminator-style machines. For the past two years, the German group has been secretly working emulating the jumping behaviour of the…

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award
03/27/14 — The Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council has named LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems as one of 100 recipients of the 2014 Enterprise Technology Leadership Award. LORD MicroStrain earned the award for its custom-designed Quality Management module, an integral part of the company’s Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) system. PLM tracks a product from…

Seegrid Launches GWS35 Flexible, Unmanned Walkie Stacker
03/18/14 — Seegrid is launching its newest product at MODEX 2014 this week at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The GWS35 unmanned walkie stacker has the company's patented vision-guided autonomous navigation system to transport palletized loads in a variety of manufacturing and distribution environments. The flexible walkie stacker automatically picks,…

Bionic Elephant Trunk Brings Dexterity to Industrial Robots
03/13/14 — I am in Jochen Steil's lab, grasping a segmented, whiplashing tentacle that resists and tries to push me away. It feels strangely alive, as though I am trying to throttle a giant alien maggot. In fact, I am training a bionic elephant's trunk to do real-world jobs like picking apples…

UK Manufacturers Turning to Industrial Robots
03/06/14 — The adoption of robotics over the last 10 years has rapidly increased in sectors where fast and accurate assembly has been a top priority, say new figures from the British Automation and Robotics Association. The Association (BARA) also points to a recent acceleration in the deployment of robotics by UK…

Industrial Robotics Boost Picosun’s Production ALD Systems
02/27/14 — Picosun Oy, the leading Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment manufacturer, has expanded its selection of high volume manufacturing solutions by launching a patented, fully automatic sample handling system based on industrial robotics. The customer proven robot loading system is ideal for Picosun's large scale batch ALD reactors such as the…




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