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Where No Robot Has Gone Before
04/09/12 — Huffington Post blogger Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux calls himself “the first second-generation astronaut,” and his credentials offer ample proof. A video game entrepreneur who is the son of an astronaut, Garriott bought his own ticket to the International Space Station. He’s a board member for the X-Prize Foundation and…

Are Airborne Systems Next for ReconRobotics?
04/09/12 — EDINA, MN—ReconRobotics, Inc., engaged in the design and development of micro-robot systems for defense and law enforcement, announced today that it has acquired Xollai LLC, a systems engineering firm with a broad base of intellectual property in automated guidance technology, optics-based autonomous control systems, and image processing and recognition. The…

National Robotics Week, April 7-15
04/06/12 — BEDFORD, MA--Celebrating U.S. innovation in robotics, the third annual National Robotics Week will take place April 7 - 15. Designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), National Robotics Week serves to increase public awareness about the growing importance of robots in education, industry and the…

New PZH-plus Long Stroke Gripper Introduced
03/26/12 —   When components of different sizes have to be handled alternately, conventional centric grippers quickly reach their operational limits. In order to cover the whole spectrum of components, gripper fingers or complete grippers have to be exchanged over and over again. SCHUNK offers a highly efficient alternative: the innovative Long…

Kiva Systems to be Acquired by Amazon
03/20/12 —   Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced late Monday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems, Inc., a leading innovator of material handling technology. “Amazon has long used automation in its fulfillment centers, and Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing the products directly to employees…

NASA, GM Partner to Create Robotic Gloves for Human Use
03/15/12 —   NASA and General Motors are jointly developing a robotic glove that astronauts and autoworkers can wear to help do their respective jobs better while potentially reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries. The Human Grasp Assist device, known internally in both organizations as the K-glove or Robo-Glove, resulted from…

Energid Funded by the NSF to Cut Costs for Robotic Manufacturing
03/12/12 —   Energid Technologies Corporation received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under a two-year project to create robotic manipulation technology for cost-effective manufacturing. The work will make it easy for operators to achieve more with existing hardware capability. Many time-consuming tedious tasks, such as moving and modifying objects, combining…

Adept Technology Signs MOU with Major South Korean Manufacturing Company
03/01/12 —   Adept Technology announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a South Korean multinational manufacturer on the Fortune Global 500 list. The MOU states that Adept Technology and its exclusive dealer in South Korea, Han Shin Power Tech Co. Ltd., are the South Korean manufacturer’s strategic…

Report: Global Industrial Robotics Market to Reach 204 Thousand Units by 2017
02/27/12 —   Robotic technologies have undergone sea changes, over the decades, driven by the need to automate the workforce and achieve zero-error tasks/operations. Incremental technology developments in chip design have transformed robots into smaller, more intelligent and less expensive marvels of mechatronic engineering. Meanwhile, the convergence of robotics with cognitive science,…

New Hamilton Workstation Provides Clean and Secure Automation Environment
02/24/12 —   Hamilton Robotics introduces MICROLAB NIMBUS Enclosed at SLAS 2012 – a protected, multifunctional benchtop workstation that enables gripper movements and a range of pipetting capabilities for tubes and plate within a secure environment. The NIMBUS Enclosed accommodates either the Hamilton CO-RE (compressed O-ring expansion) 96-probe multichannel head or four…

MultiCam Robot Slider Facilitates Welding Applications
02/24/12 —   MultiCam, Inc., a global CNC cutting system manufacturer, designed its Robot Slider for the rough environment of robotic welding. In a prepared statement, the company said it’s also ideal for high-speed, high-velocity, medium-duty pick-and-place applications, painting and other related activities. At 14 inches tall along the track, the sleek,…

Industrial Robot Sketches Portraits
02/20/12 —   Artists are often colorful personalities. This one, though, comes across as cool, precise and metallic – and is anything but extravagant. No wonder – after all, it’s an industrial robot, one that will convert the Fraunhofer stand at CeBIT into an art studio. Its artistic genius only emerges if…

Adept Technology Introduces New Autonomous Transporter
02/06/12 —   Adept Technology, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions, announced the launch of the new Adept Courier, which the company says represents an innovative new approach to automating the movement of goods. The Adept Courier is a small autonomous vehicle that simplifies the everyday task…

ABB Debuts Cleanroom ISO 5 (Class 100) Version of the IRB 120 Multipurpose, 6-Axis Robot
01/26/12 —   ABB Robotics has introduced an ISO 5 (Class 100) Cleanroom version of the IRB 120, its smallest ever multipurpose 6-axis robot. The component materials of the IRB 120 prone to particle generation have been modified to eliminate the potential for contamination of the manufacturing area and the parts being…

Maryland Company To Distribute Robotic Freezer for Scientific Applications
01/23/12 — Maryland Company to Distribute Robotic Freezer for Scientific Applications "The SmartFreezer is the first solution in the marketplace that delivers both a virtual and a physical inventory that is retrieved utilizing touch screen technology.”  RURO, Inc., a developer of research software and inventory solutions, based in Frederick, Maryland, announced that…

SwRI Establishes ROS-Industrial Software Repository
01/19/12 — Southwest Research Institute recently established the ROS-Industrial Software Repository, a BSD-licensed ROS stack that will contain libraries, tools and drivers for industrial automation hardware. ROS-Industrial resources can be found at http://code.google.com/p/swri-ros-pkg/. ROS (Robot Operating System) is an open-source project providing a common framework of libraries and tools for a wide range of applications,…

Adept Touts Courier that Can Find its Own Way to a New Destination
01/10/12 —   The Adept Courier brings the latest in robotics research & development to the everyday task of moving goods, materials, samples, or parts around a warehouse or production environment. Using its patented, self-driving, capabilities the Adept Courier finds its own way to a new destination, drives around obstacles in its…

Company Says Robotics Industry Can Use its InduraNET p for Wireless Communication Needs
12/28/11 —   These days robots have successfully established themselves in a wide range of industrial applications. Whether it's the automotive industry, packaging technology, or sheet metal working: industrial robots play an ever increasing role. The robotics industry needs a reliable, wireless transmission of standard I/O data to mobile plant or machine…




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