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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…

Industrial Robot Sales Reach Record Highs
02/21/14 — The global demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high in 2013, with around 168,000 being sold, according to the latest statistics from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The figure represents a 5% increase on 2012. In Europe, poor sales in the first three quarters meant that the market stagnated…

Airbus Employs Humanoids at Spanish Plant
02/21/14 — Airbus said its Puerto Real plant in Cádiz, Spain is leading a project to expand the automation of its assembly processes with the use of two armed humanoid robots to perform repetitive tasks. The research and technology project, called FUTURASSY, “aims to introduce a harmonized robotic solution designed to automate…

Google, Foxconn Team Up to Realize Factory of the Future
02/13/14 — It was back in 2011 when we first heard that tech manufacturing giant Foxconn – well known for its work assembling Apple’s various iDevices – was looking to introduce somewhere in the region of a million robots to perform duties at its network of factories across China and beyond, though…

Epson to Unveil New Autonomous Dual-Arm Robot
02/06/14 — TOKYO, Japan, November 5, 2013--Seiko Epson Corporation has developed an autonomous dual-arm robot prototype that expands the range of tasks that can be automated on the production floor. Equipped with vision and force sensing functions, this robot can autonomously execute tasks by recognizing objects, making decisions, and adjusting the amount…

Intelligrated Debuts Alvey 950F and 750 Series Hybrid
01/28/14 — (CINCINNATI: Jan. 28, 2014)--Intelligrated=C2=AE (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the release of two new additions to its hybrid palletizer family, the Alvey-C2-AE 950F and Alvey 750 series. Both palletizers integrate robotic arms to perform flexible and accurate product handling and layer forming.Ideal for applications with reduced primary or secondary packaging, the…

Control System Improves Human-Robot Interaction
01/22/14 — Robot use in manufacturing is nothing new. Most industrial robots, however, operate in caged areas to protect humans from their movements. A few robots are used directly by people, in close quarters, for applications such as automobile assembly. For example, a person hanging a car door on a hinge uses…

Baxter Travels to Australia and New Zealand in New Partnership
01/15/14 — Boston, MA, January 15, 2014 – Rethink Robotics today announced the rollout of the Baxter Research Robot to academic and corporate researchers in Australia and New Zealand. The Company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Training Systems Australia, the leading supplier of technology-related products and training systems to universities and technical colleges in…

Seegrid Adds to Flexible AGV Suite
01/14/14 — The GT4 and GWSL3 are state of the art yet simple to use, as they do not require any additional infrastructure, costly expansion or redesign into a facility, or a specialized team of engineers to install, support, or operate the flexible vision-guided vehicles. The GT4 and GWSL3 offer fast and…

Empire Robotics Debuts VERSABAL Jamming Gripper
01/07/14 — Boston, MA, January 07, 2014 – The exciting robotic gripping technology that has been given many names now has one that's sure to stick: VERSABALL®. You may have seen it called a "universal jamming gripper," "coffee gripper," "granular gripper," or even "bean-bag gripper," but Empire Robotics, Inc.—the Cornell University spinout…

Barrett Technology Kicks Off New Year in New Facility
01/07/14 — NEWTON, MA, USA -- January 7, 2014 Barrett Technology opens 2014 in its newly completed facility.  The historic renovated brick-and-timber building with beautiful architecture, high ceilings, and natural sky-lighting, makes a fitting and handsome space for Barrett's exceptional team.   The echoes of steam, pulleys, clashing gears, and the gritty environment of past industrial…




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