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‘Uplifting’ Outlook for Pallet-Handling Robotics Technologies in 2011
11/11/10 —   The coming year is poised to be another one in which operations managers will be tasked with further reducing costs. According to Boston-based research firm The Aberdeen Group, that could mean big things for warehouse robotics. Automated pallet-handling equipment solutions, such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and other pallet-moving…

RLX PLC Unified Robot Motion Control from Agile Planet Now Available
11/11/10 —   Agile Planet Inc., a developer of intelligent robotics software based in Austin, Texas, has made available its RLX software suite for robotic control and motion planning on Programmable Logic and Automation Controllers (PLC/PAC). RLX enables PLCs and PACs to become robot application development, simulation, and control environments for all…

Advanced Motion Controls Adds to the Z-Drive Servo Family
11/05/10 —   Advanced Motion Controls’ AZ and AZB series of PCB-mount, embedded plug-in servo drive modules are designed for use under normal industrial conditions; the company’s AZX series of modules operate in extended environments. Models within the AZ and AZB series now operate over a 40 to 175 VDC range while…

Cimcorp Launches New MultiPick Robotic Gantry System
10/26/10 —   Cimcorp, a provider of automated bakery order fulfillment, has launched its MultiPick Robotic Gantry system. The company developed the picking solution to meet the need for fast order fulfillment with reduced costs, greater capacity, 100 percent accuracy, and improved traceability and logistics in perishable food applications. The MultiPick combines…

Universal Robotics Introduces ‘Software with an IQ’
10/19/10 —   Universal Robotics, Inc. has unveiled its flagship technology, Neocortex, patent-protected software that enables machines to learn from their experiences in the physical world. Launched at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference in San Diego, Calif., Neocortex makes flexible automation in unstructured environments possible. “With…

New Workpiece positioners for Arc Welding, Thermal Cutting, and Metal Finishing from ABB Robotics
09/29/10 —   ABB has released what it heralds as a new generation of workpiece positioners for robotic applications with improved load capacities and motion control. The nine models have load capacities ranging from 250 kg up to 5,000 kg. For the two most popular positioners, the IRBP K and the IRBP…

Robotic VISION Technologies Releases eVisionFactory Version 6.0
09/29/10 —   Robotic VISION Technologies LLC (RVT) has released eVisionFactory (eVF) Version 6.0, which includes new features and is designed to deliver simplicity, standardization, commonality, and flexibility for applications in the industrial, government, and defense markets. The eVF 6.0 software for creating vision-guided robotics solutions provides “intelligence”—that is, the ability to…

Adept Technology Intros New Robotic Platform for Primary Packaging Solutions
09/29/10 —   Adept Technology, which provides intelligent vision-guided robotics and autonomous mobile robotics solutions, will unveil its new packaging platform for the food industry at the Pack Expo 2010 event in Chicago, October 31 to November 3, 2010. The Adept Packaging Automation Cell (PAC) is a platform targeted to next-generation, high-speed…

Beckhoff Automation Introduces TwinCAT Robotic Control
09/27/10 —   To further integrate robot control into its dyanamic PC-based software platform, Minneapolis-based Beckhoff Automation has released its new TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation software. With this release, TwinCAT software now extends its standard machine sequencing and motion control capability to Delta- and SCARA-type robot mechanisms with a Kinematic Transformation option.   …

DENSO Introduces New Aseptic Robots
09/15/10 —   DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Japan, has introduced the new DENSO VP-G2 six-axis articulated aseptic robots, which offer Class 100 cleanroom performance in an ultracompact design. Anodized aluminum coverings, a protective outer coating, and specially sealed joints allow the robots to be safely cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, enabling them to…

Motoman MS120 “Master Spot” Welding Robot Picks Up the Pace
09/06/10 —   Quick and agile, the six-axis MS120 “Master Spot” welding robot features a 120 kg (264.6 lb) payload and is more than 43 percent faster than a traditional heavy-payload robot, resulting in shorter takt times and higher throughput. Specifically designed to optimize automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact…

ABB Combines AC500 PLC and IRC5 Controller for Easier Robot Cell Integration
09/03/10 —   ABB has introduced an integrated PLC and robot controller for robot cell applications in a single unit. Combining ABB's flexible AC500 PLC with its IRC5 robot controller, the newly integrated unit eliminates the cost and space of a separate PLC cabinet and greatly reduces the time associated with the…

Powerful PinPoint Pattern Find Vision Algorithm Solves Numerous Industrial Applications
08/23/10 — PPT VISION Pinpoint Pattern Find tool provides part location, inspection and identification support making it an ideal solution for a broad range of vision applications. PPT VISION announced its PinPoint Pattern Find tool, which provides an ideal solution for a broad range of vision applications. From robotic guidance to label…

Precise Automation Introduces Low Cost, Vision-Guided Motion Control System
08/10/10 — Accommodating remote access, Guidance System D4/D6 includes all electronic components necessary to operate robotic mechanism: 4- or 6-axis motion controller, motor and logic power supplies, fans and filters for cooling, and connectors. Software includes complete set of motion commands and machine kinematics as well as continuous path motion planner and…

Wolf Robotics Introduces Welding Robots with Grinding Capability
08/05/10 — New system allows finish grinding of weld beads by robots, allowing the robotic systems to complete the operation without further handling or relocating of the part. Robotics can now be used to both weld and grind when finish grinding is required. Previously, a part that was welded and needed the…

Universal Robotics Launches Spatial Vision and Spatial Vision Robotics
07/31/10 — Software turns webcams into affordable, highly accurate 3D vision positioning systems that can be easily deployed in any setting. Universal Robotics, Inc., a software engineering company, has announced the launch of two simple-to-use 3D vision software products: Spatial Vision and Spatial Vision Robotics. The products can turn any pair of…

Robotics Trends and Supply Chain Group Partner for Online Industrial Robotics Conference and Expo
07/14/10 — First virtual event focused on industrial robots to highlight “Robotics Solutions for Materials Handling” and “Robotic Manufacturing Solutions for Small-to-Medium Businesses” EH Publishing today announced that two of its media business units, Robotics Trends and Supply Chain Group, will partner to produce the New Applications for Industrial Robotics virtual conference…

ABB Introduces RobotWare 5.13
06/29/10 — New robot controller software enables leaner robotic cell design, provides greater performance and enhanced safety, and is compatible with the new IRC5 Compact controller ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots, has launched the latest version of its robot controller software, RobotWare 5.13. The updated software provides manufacturers with…




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