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DENSO Introduces New RC8 Industrial Robot Controller — World’s Smallest in Its Class
01/23/13 — DENSO announced that it has introduced the world’s most compact industrial robot controller in the 3-kW output class. The new DENSO RC8 controller is 60 percent smaller and 45 percent lighter than the company’s previous model. It has a footprint of only 12 x 18 inches and a height of…

Adept’s Lynx Finds its Own Way, Responds to Voice Cues
01/23/13 — If you’re in charge of a parts warehouse, a distribution center, or some other big building full of things that need to be moved around, the Adept Lynx might be just what you need. Made by California-based Adept Technology, the autonomous indoor vehicle (AIV) is able to find its own…

Universal Robots Makes a Strong Entry into U.S. Market
01/16/13 — Universal Robots’ collaborative robots have opened up a new market for robotics in North America. Thedistributor list of the Danish robotic arms is rapidly expanding as resellers show the robots to end customers with production processes previously thought impossible to automate due to cost and complexity. Universal Robots will be showcasing the…

Seegrid Introduces New Driverless Walkie Stacker
01/15/13 — The driverless GWS35 walkie stacker provides cutting edge robotic industrial truck automation, flexibility, affordability, and simplicity. Built on an off-the-shelf Class III walkie stacker chassis, and equipped with Seegrid’s vision-guided autonomous navigation system, the GWS35 automatically transports palletized or racked loads throughout manufacturing and warehouse environments without the need for facility modifications, wires, tapes, magnets…

Maxon Motors Releases New compact 4 quadrant PWM servo controller
01/14/13 — Maxon’s new ESCON 36/3 EC is a 4-quadrant PWM servo controller designed for efficient control of brushless DC motors with Hall sensors up to approximately 100 Watts.  The ESCON 36/3 EC has excellent control properties and a very fast digital current controller with a large bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque…

Roboteq Launches New Sensor for Guiding AGVs
01/10/13 — Roboteq, Inc introduces a magnetic guide sensor capable of detecting and reporting the position of a magnetic field along its horizontal axis. The sensor is intended for line following robotic applications, using adhesive magnetic tape to form a track guide on the floor. The 160mm wide sensor uses advanced signal…

Elmo to Display Full Motion Solution at Major U.S. Trade Shows
01/10/13 — Elmo Motion Control will present its compressive, high-performance motion control solution for the most challenging applications in Lab Automation, Material Handling and other industries at SLAS 2013 (booth 1507, January 13-15, Orlando FL.) and Automate 2013 (booth 926, January 21-24, Chicago, IL).  Elmo's solution of network controllers, servo drives, and design software, features advanced…

Intelligrated Celebrates Grand Opening of Headquarters Expansion in Mason, Ohio
01/10/13 — Intelligrated (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the grand opening of its 122,000-square-foot headquarters expansion in Mason, Ohio. With a combined area of 262,000 square feet, Intelligrated’s headquarters will accommodate an ongoing increase in engineering, research and development staffing.   The yearlong construction project was made…

The Next-Gen Control System for Industrial Robots
01/03/13 — Robots that cut in a new direction Different robots from a mix of different manufacturers can easily be added to the system, and the robot’s artificial intelligence will figure out for itself how everything works and how it fits into the automated system. You can reprogram them every day and…

ABB Robots at Work at Honeytop
12/26/12 — “After three weeks of production, a brand-new product was introduced in less than an hour without the need for any new investment from Honeytop.” FOOD AND BEVERIDGE PACKAGING: Robots help packagers work more efficiently, increasing output and reducing change over time. But they address hygiene concerns too. One company in…

Architecure Firms Building with Robots
12/19/12 — Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann want you to make architecture with robot arms. For decades, robots have been used on assembly lines to do things like make cars and package food. Over a long period of refinement, the iconic robot arm has become a nearly commoditized piece of hardware. You…

ROS-Industrial Consortium Welcomes Charter Members
12/13/12 — Southwest Research Institute announces the charter members of the ROS-Industrial™ Consortium (RIC). Willow Garage and Spirit AeroSystems are the first regular members of RIC-Americas, while Fraunhofer-IPA is leading a European branch of the consortium in collaboration with SwRI.    SwRI initiated the ROS-Industrial program to enable new applications and reduce project costs associated with industrial robotics…

ABB Takes Robotic Laser Cutting to the Next Level
12/05/12 — ABB has introduced two new, seamlessly integrated laser cutting software products that make laser cutting with ABB robots more accurate, highly flexible, and easier to program and operate. The new RobotStudio Cutting PowerPac is an add-on to RobotStudio, ABB’s 3D offline simulation programming tool, which allows operators to generate and…

Intelligrated to Showcase Latest Alvey Robotics Material Handling Solutions at Automate 2013
11/27/12 — Intelligrated® , a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, will showcase its latest Alvey® Robotics case packing, unpacking, palletizing and depalletizing solutions in booth #614 at Automate 2013, January 21-24 in Chicago. In-booth demonstrations will feature two robotic arms operating on a single PLC-based control system performing case depalletizing, packing…

Trimble Launches Robotic Surveying Station for Construction Industry
11/19/12 — Most construction jobs are repetitious, labor-intensive and dangerous - perfectly suited for robot automation. Robots have the speed, dexterity and power necessary to transform construction. From laying brick to handling delicate windows and insulation, they have the potential to become a valued part of future construction. Trimble, a provider of advanced positioning solutions, has launched…

Foxconn Builds, Installs Its Own Robots
11/15/12 — Foxconn, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that builds numerous mobile devices and gaming consoles, has been in the media lately because of labor issues, complaints over working conditions, rumored riots, and even suicides, all occurring in the past few years as demand for smartphones and tablets is skyrocketing. While consumers began…

STMicroelectronics Produces World-First Single-Chip Motor Control
11/13/12 — Precision movement and positioning systems used in industries such as automated manufacturing and pharmaceutical production can be quieter, smaller, lighter, simpler and more efficient using the advanced single-chip digital motion controllers announced today by STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and…

How Symbotic is Solving the Palletizing Puzzle
11/08/12 — Mobile robots and advanced 3D software are revolutionizing material handling, or, as Larry Sweet puts it: “This is not your father’s storage retrieval system.” Mr. Sweet, chief technology officer for Symbotic, made his comments at the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh, where he and Chris Ray, Hartness International’s robotics technical…




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