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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,…

Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance
08/02/12 — With Euro financial chaos raging on, China’s industrial engines slowing, and BRIC countries feeling a decided fiscal drag, the U.S., even with its economic rebound still limping along, is looking more and more like a manufacturing renaissance unfolding…ever so slowly. After a decade of globalization, during which the U.S. witnessed…

ADAM Mobile Robot is Proven Tire Handling Solution
07/25/12 — Grimsby, Ontario, Canada – RMT Robotics, a Cimcorp Oy company and the manufacturer and integrator of the ADAM autonomous mobile robot (AMR), is pleased to celebrate seven years of ADAM’s proven industry success as a tire handling solution. Since July of 2005, ADAM has maximized the efficiency of green tire transport…

Seegrid Appoints Michael M. Hasco as Chief Growth Officer
07/25/12 — Pittsburgh, PA—Seegrid Corporation announced the appointment of Michael M. Hasco, as Chief Growth Officer. According to Seegrid CEO Anthony Horbal, “Appointing Hasco as chief growth officer was a strategic move by Seegrid. His proven success as a global sales executive will strengthen the Seegrid management team for our global presence…

KUKA Robotics and Optima Automation Team Up at Paper Mill
07/19/12 — Optima Control Solutions Ltd, an independent automation company, was approached by KUKA Robots and charged with the task of installing and programming a robot solution to integrate with the paper mill’s existing machine control system. The mill’s automation engineer reported: “We had complete confidence in the company’s expertise when KUKA…

Apple May Venture into Home Robotics
07/12/12 — For a company that has managed to make its presence felt in almost every major tech arena there is,be it smartphones, tablets, music, et al, it might get a little tricky to figure what can come next. Steven Milunovich, a UBS analyst, now suggests that "Apple could eventually move into…

China’s Rising Wages Feed Robotics Boom
06/28/12 — (CNN) -- Rising wages in China may be squeezing the profits of many manufacturers -- but they are also feeding a boom in the robotics industry. Wages in China's cities rose 12.4% last year, while in rural areas they were boosted by 21.9%, accordingto figures from China's National Bureau of…

Rosie the Riveting Robot?
06/27/12 — Forget Rosie the Riveter, OC Robotics has been working with Airbus UK and KUKA developing aerospace robots to deliver end effector packages capable of inspection, drilling, sealing and swaging during the low-access assembly process. The developer is bringing its snake-like robotic arms to the Farnborough International Airshow, from July 9-13 where…




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