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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…

ABB Extends IRC5 Panel Mounted Controller to Larger Robots
12/23/11 —   ABB Robotics has extended the functionality of its IRC5 panel-mounted controller (PMC) to all ABB robots, including its largest robot models. Previously the PMC was only available for models up to the IRB 1600. Featuring a new, large panel mount drive module, PMC “Large” will bring smaller footprint functionality…

Adept Introduces New Viper Model
12/22/11 —   Adept Technology, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions and services, today introduced the Adept Viper s1700D, a high-performance, 6-axis robot. Featuring new motors that are faster and more efficient, the Viper s1700D delivers higher speed motion and increased productivity. Like the previous Viper 1700…

Danish Firm Develops Light-Weight Robotic Arm
12/09/11 —   Universal Robots has developed a modern, light weight, and flexible industrial robotic arm, capable of performing many tedious and repetitive production-related tasks. The 6-axis robot, created by the Danish company, weighs a mere 18kg and can handle a payload of up to 5kg.  It has a working radius of…

Scientists Create New, More Versatile Control Algorithms for Autonomous Systems
12/06/11 —   Standard controllers used in industrial processes generally have derivative and integrative control actions with whole, preset orders. In contrast, the new type of controller that scientists at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) propose is based on a generalization of those whole orders and others which are not…

SCHUNK Powerball Makes Robots More Mobile
11/23/11 —   SCHUNK, a developer of gripping devices and other robotics-related components, has expanded its modular robotics range with the SPB Powerball. For the first time ever, the movements of two axes are combined in a single, compact module that provides high torques and can be used to implement compact lightweight…

ADVANCED Motion Controls Debuts EtherCAT Servo Drives and New ‘DxM’ Technology
11/15/11 —   OEM's are continually challenged to provide motion control precision at lowest possible cost.  Precision has been given a boost with the advent of EtherCAT®, an open Ethernet-based network standard setting new heights for real-time performance and topology flexibility, and has been the fastest growing area in motion control technology. As part of our highly successful Z-Drives platform of plug-in…

Sandia Labs’ Gemini-Scout Robot Aimed at Assisting Trapped Miners
08/25/11 —   When a mining accident occurs, first responders must work against the clock to assess the situation and save the miners. But countless dangers lurk inside crippled mines: poisonous gases, flooded tunnels, explosive vapors and unstable walls and roofs. Such potentially deadly conditions and unknown obstacles can slow rescue efforts…

Intelligrated Introduces InControlWare ShipSort and PackSort Sortation Software Packages
08/25/11 —   Intelligrated, a leading North American-owned automated material handling solutions provider, announces the launch of new shipping and packing sortation software packages as part of the InControlWare warehouse control software suite. The field-proven ShipSort and PackSort applications, designed to manage high-speed tilt-tray and cross-belt sortation systems, allow operations to manage people, processes…

RobotWorx Unveils Custom Robotic Workcell Options
08/13/11 — Ohio-based robot company RobotWorx recently added a custom robotic workcell listing to its website, robots.com. This flexible option makes it possible for businesses to customize any and every element of a robotic workcell to meet application, product, environmental, and even budgetary requirements. “There is a demand for workcell systems that speak…

Motoman Unveils Cloud-Based Service
08/05/11 — Motoman has launched a cloud-based remote monitoring service, saying it represents a new era in equipment monitoring, brought on by customers’ desire to have information at their fingertips at any time and on any Internet-connected device. The service, called MyMotoman, provides the ability to maintain “a pulse on robot equipment…

Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise 108 Percent in 2011
07/11/11 — May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $388.27 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 2.6% from April but up 121.3% when compared with the total of…

Cornell Researchers Develop Lens-Free, Pinhead-Sized Camera
07/07/11 — Researchers at Cornell University have developed a microscopic imaging device no larger than the head of a pin. The revolutionary device contains no lenses or moving parts and costs pennies to make – all factors, which the school says could revolutionize an array of technological fields, from robotics to surgery,…




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