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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,…

DENSO Introduces New Version of WINCAPS III
06/29/11 —   Japan-based DENSO Corporation, a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components, announced an updated version of its WINCAPS III offline programming software. The company says the software saves development time by allowing a robot to be programmed on an offline computer. The software also enables remote monitoring…

President Champions Gov.-Industry High Tech Manufacturing Partnerships
06/24/11 —   Speaking to an audience of reporters and invited guests at the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, President Barak Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a $500 million plan to boost this nation's high-technology manufacturing sector as a way of emerging from the long-running recession and insuring the…

President Obama to Address U.S. from CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center
06/23/11 — Just over a week since his gaffe stating that technologies such as ATMs were hurting the economy by taking jobs away from tellers and the resulting barrage of criticism from the right wing press, President Barack Obama seems to have done an about face and is now embracing these very…

Topcon Brings Precision Measurement Station to U.S.
06/17/11 —   Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announced it was making its MS Series of high-precision robotic total stations in North and South America. Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures precision positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. TPS’ parent company, Topcon Corporation (Tokyo…

Ford Incorporates Robotics into Quality Control and Plant Ergonomics
06/03/11 —   Ford motor company recently announced it had “earmarked $100 million to install robotic plant laser inspection technology in its assembly plants, hoping to achieve a more precise component fit for its vehicles in order to reduce wind noise,” according to the American Machinist. Additionally, the company said that as…

Barrett Technology, Inc. and Leeman China Forge Strategic Partnership
05/26/11 — Barrett Technology, a leader in advanced robotic manipulators, and Leeman China, a leading supplier of mobile platforms in China, have announced a strategic partnership covering all of China and Hong Kong. For over 20 years, Leeman China has been engaged in the sale and servicing of technologically sophisticated systems, including…




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