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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…

ST Robotics to Introduce New SCARA-Style Robot
05/26/11 —   ST Robotics, with offices in Cambridge, Mass., and Princeton, N.J., is currently in the design phase of its plan to introduce the R13 SCARA bench-top robot arm in the fall of this year. The semi-direct-drive R13 robot arm, in the horizontally articulated SCARA format, has a 400mm reach and…

RobotWorx Converting Old Industrial Robot Arms into Positioners
05/20/11 — Industrial robot integrator, RobotWorx, has found a new way to, “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” by repurposing robotic arms as servo positioners. This green solution allows the company to reuse more parts from older model industrial robots and provide customers with affordable work cell components. “We’ve had success thus far retrofitting nearly a…

3D Printing Offers Fast, Accurate Solutions for Sophisticated Designs
05/09/11 — Founded in 2009, Sculpteo is the specialist in online platforms for 3D printing. The company provides access to a fleet of 3D printers for Web users who wish to produce 3D models at an affordable cost and in record time. Sculpteo.com has put rapid prototyping techniques—until now affordable to only…

ABB to Introduce New Palletizing Products
05/04/11 — ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots, will unveil a range of high-performance palletizing products at Interpack 2011, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 12-18. The new products, which include two palletizing robots, a powerful programming software package, and three new palletizing grippers, will complement the company’s existing products to…

ABB to Host Full-Day Robotic Laser Processing Workshop, April 27
03/24/11 — ABB Robotics will host a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27th, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at their North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Robotic laser processing, especially welding and cutting, is one of the fastest growing technologies in metal fabrication.  The workshop will give…

Robotic Flexible Feeding System Announced
02/24/11 —   While traditional feeding systems require custom engineering and significant floor space, TaskMate Flexible Feeding Systems have a small footprint and can be configured to handle a wide variety of products, according to ESS Technologies Inc. The flexible feeding system incorporates a high-speed FANUC multi-axis robot with an ESS-designed, end-of-arm…

M1 Mobile Manipulator Debuts from Meka Robotics
02/22/11 —   Meka Robotics, based in San Francisco and led by co-founders Aaron Edsinger and Jeff Weber, have announced the Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator. Inspired by the successful design of a Georgia Tech robot named Cody, the robot, which is designed to lift and carry objects and work in environments with humans,…

SCHUNK to Demo Its Latest ‘Pick-and-Place’ Unit at Automate 2011
02/21/11 —   SCHUNK, a maker of tool-holding robotics components, will be touting its PPU-E30 “pick and place” unit next month at Automate 2011. The robotics innovator demonstrated its PPU-E series products at last year’s Automate show as well. The company says the products are especially popular “since no motor or cables…

Global Industrial Robotics Market to Reach 143,000 Units by 2015
01/25/11 —   In a new study, Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA), a market research organization in San Jose, Calif., reports that the global market for industrial robotics will reach 143,000 units by 2015. Market growth will come from “expanding application possibilities, technology developments, rising value propositions, demographic shifts, and ensuing labor…

Adept Technology Expands Quattro Parallel Robot Line with Extended Reach Model
01/11/11 —   Adept Technology Inc., a provider of vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, introduced a new model of its high-speed, parallel-style robot, Adept Quattro. The Adept Quattro s800H expands high-throughput capabilities toward applications with larger work space requirements. The Adept Quattro s800H parallel robot was specifically designed for high-speed applications…

New Centric Grippers with Multitooth Guidance Gripper from SCHUNK
12/15/10 —   SCHUNK, a worldwide manufacturer of toolholding components, workholding systems, and automation components, has introduced the PZB-plus, a newly designed series of three-finger centric grippers with a central bore designed as a sleeve. The bore can be used to supply material or as an ejector. It can also be used…

ABB Expands Midrange Robot Portfolio with New IRB 2600
12/07/10 —   Industrial robot supplier ABB Robotics has introduced its new IRB 2600, the latest model in the company’s medium-capacity range of multipurpose robots. The IRB 2600 features a compact design, an ultra-wide working range, and a payload capacity up to 20 kg. ABB says the 2600 also offers the best…

RFID Forecasts for 2011 Indicate the Value of the Overall Market Will Pass $6 Billion
11/30/10 —   Latest RFID forecasts from analyst firm ABI Research show that the value of the overall market will pass the $6 billion mark next year. This includes both traditional applications such as access control, automobile immobilization, electronic toll collection, and e-ID/ID documents as well as “modernizing” applications such as animal…

Year-End Numbers Point to Recovery for Industrial Robotics
11/23/10 —   The end of 2010 brings some welcome news for the industrial robotics sector worldwide. In a comprehensive report, World Robotics 2010—Industrial Robotics, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), a Frankfurt, Germany-based nonprofit association whose purpose is to promote and strengthen the robotics industry, reports that worldwide industrial robotics sales…




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