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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…

ST Robotics Announces New Low Cost Tandem Robot System
10/31/12 — ST Robotics announced today the latest addition to their R12 robot product line, the Tandem R125, a low cost two-armed robot system. The impressive Tandem R125 is comprised of two 5-axis vertically articulated robot arms which are mounted to a programmable carousel.  The two robot controllers are interconnected, enabling communications…

Epson Robots Announces 6-Axis Robot for Automation in Aseptic Manufacturing
10/31/12 — EPSON Robots, a global leader in advanced robotic technology, introduces new EPSON C3-V 6-Axis Robots. C3-V robots provide resistance to Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP®) Gas, an aggressive chemical used in aseptic manufacturing environments. "EPSON C3-V robots were created to reduce costs and increase throughput for aseptic manufacturing and assembly” stated…

DENSO Introduces New ISO 3 Cleanroom Robots
10/29/12 — DENSO announced new ISO 3 (class 10) cleanroom versions of its VS-Series six-axis articulated robots, adding to its previously released ISO 5 (class 100) versions. The VS-Series robots offer the world’s highest speed and precision in their class, with cycle times from 0.37 to 0.33 sec. and repeatability from ±0.03…

Liquid Robotics Named in the 2012 Global Cleantech 100
10/19/12 — Liquid Robotics®, an ocean data service provider and developer of the Wave Glider®, the first wave powered autonomous marine robot, today announced it was named in the prestigious 2012 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, a leading global research and advisory firm focused on innovation in energy and the environment. The…

Smarter Robots are Ready for a New Type of Industrial Automation Customer
10/19/12 — Robot companies will discuss their methods for handling disruptive technologies from the world of research robotics and apply them to new market opportunities during RoboBusiness 2012 Leadership Summit taking place October 22-24, 2012 at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA.Energid and Robai plan to demonstrate a small-footprint robot arm,…

Noodle-Making Chef Catches on in China
10/16/12 — In the face of rising labor costs, Chinese restauranteur Cui Runguan is selling thousands of robots that can hand slice noodles into a pot of boiling water called the Chef Cui. Runquan developed the noodle-making robot with a series of blades that cut slivers from big pieces of noodle dough. The robot also uses a…

AREVA Selects Energid’s Actin Robot Control and Simulation Software for Nuclear Applications
10/16/12 — Energid Technologies Corporation has been chosen to apply its ActinTM software to robotic systems being developed by AREVA Corporation for servicing and inspection of nuclear power plants.As robotics technology continues to advance, potentially dangerous manual servicing and inspection missions are being replaced by robotics. AREVA is at the forefront of…

Teaching Assembly Robots by Demonstration
10/09/12 — Do as I do, not as I say. That is the idea behind a new way to give instructions to robots. Neil Dantam at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and colleagues are developing a system in which robots learn by example. Instead of programming a robot to carry out a…

Fruit-Picking Robot Addresses Human Labor Shortage
10/02/12 — It's sunrise at Hayden Farms in Pasco. Chatter of birds nearby. But on Wednesday morning, wheels, tubes and exhaust cram the orchard.It's called the DBR. It stands for Dietrich, Brown and Rasch, the last names of the engineers of the machine. It's robo-farmer of sorts. A newly-engineered machine to assist…

The Danish Robot that Doesn’t Need Sensors
09/25/12 — Does this headline look familiar? While the international robotics community ogles over the unveiling of Rethink Robotics’ new line of compact, inexpensive, easily programmable robots, the Danish-based Universal Robots brings its six-axis robotic arms—boasting the same revolutionary qualities—to the U.S. for a very public show-and-tell.  The UR5 robotic arm manufactured by Universal…




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