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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…

Rethink Robotics’ “Baxter” Revealed
09/20/12 —  “We roll up to a factory, and 45 minutes after we arrive,  the robot is on the floor doing useful work.”                     —Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics BBJ & WSJ—Intended to support a rebirth of domestic production for U.S. manufacturers, says its creator, Rodney…

RMT Robotics Announces Launch of New Layer Picking System
09/18/12 — RMT Robotics®, a Cimcorp Oy company announces the development of its new layer picking system using its state-of-the-art, patent-pending robotic layer picking tool. Using a combination of vacuum and clamping technology, the new tooling has the capability of picking 95 percent of consumer products on the market today including corrugate…

Physik Instrumente Provides High-Accuracy Robotic Positioning Systems
09/18/12 — Hexapod parallel positioners are provided in ranges such as classical articulated / stacked multi-axis positioners. Each actuator can be integrated to other actuators or motion axes in a serial configuration. All six actuators work in sync in a hexapod positioner, impacting common motion output platform. This design principle enhances robustness,…

CHEP Selects Universal Robotics to Provide Innovative Pallet Inspection System
09/12/12 — CHEP, a leader in pallet and container pooling services, announced today that it has selected the Universal Robotics Spatial Vision Inspection (SVI) solution for the company’s automated 3D pallet inspection. CHEP issues, collects, conditions and reissues over 300 million pallets and containers every year. By identifying pallet defects accurately and…

Robots Adjust Solar Panels to Improve Output
09/05/12 — Could the solution to solar efficiency lie in robotics? California startup QBotix Inc. thinks so. In their test setup, a small robot moves around a solar panel array on a monorail, making slight adjustments to panel angles in order to more efficiently track the sun through both the days and…

RoboBusiness 2012: Countdown to Pittsburgh
08/28/12 — RoboBusiness 2012 is only 7 weeks away. Save your seat today…and save up to $600!   "Rethink's goal is simple: that its cheap, easy-to-use, safe robot will be to industrial robots what the personal computer was to the mainframe computer or the iPhone was to the traditional phone." —Thomas L.…

Invert Robotics Impacts Dairy Inustry with its Wall-climbing Robot
08/23/12 — Award-winning Christchurch start-up company Invert Robotics has begun earning revenue from its wall-climbing robot. The world-class cutting tech company has inspected Westland Dairy’s tall milk powder drying vats in its first major contract. Invert Robotics was founded as a result of research performed at the University of Canterbury (UC), the…

LORD Corporation Acquires MicroStrain, Inc.
08/21/12 — MicroStrain,Inc. of Williston, Vt. is pleased to announce it has agreed to the terms of a business acquisition of its assets by LORD Corporation, headquartered in Cary, N.C. “We’ve worked on a number of innovative joint development projects with LORD for several years now,” said Steve Arms, founder and CEO of MicroStrain.…

Adept Technology Mobilizes The Next Generation Of Industrial Robots
08/14/12 — When businesses discuss building the factory or warehouse of the future, you can bet that robots are involved. Fundamentally, those robots must possess autonomy, flexibility and safety to be a worthwhile investment. But add mobility to that equation, and you have the true future of industrial robotics.  Whether a mobile…

When Apple Comes Home, Thank a Robot
08/13/12 — When Apple comes home—and it will happen sooner than anyone, even Apple, would ever imagine—we’ll need to thank the triumvirate of rising wages overseas, automation and robots, especially robots. Rising wages and automation alone might make Apple move to India or Africa, but not re-shore itself stateside. The robot, however,…




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