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Maximizing Efficiency of Store-Friendly Pallets with Automated Mixed-Case Palletizing
02/18/10 — Capable of building mixed-case pallets from an inventory of over 10,000 SKUs, the latest evolution in order assembly systems — Automated Mixed-Case Palletizing (AMCAP) — represents a paradigm shift in high SKU-count case palletizing. by Jim McMahon Many high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to…

Crate and Barrel Adopts Kiva Warehouse Automation System
02/17/10 — Home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel selects Kiva Systems to automate its Tracy, Calif. Distribution Complex (DC), the largest industrial facility in the country to achieve Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Kiva Systems (http://www.kivasystems.com), a developer of mobile-robotic…

ABB Secures Agreement to Provide Robotic Automation to A123 Systems for Advanced Battery Application
02/08/10 — ABB Robotics to provide A123 Systems with 15 robots for the assembly and manufacturing of high-power lithium-ion battery modules and packs. ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, has reached an agreement with A123 Systems to provide robotic automation systems for the assembly and manufacturing of lithium-ion battery modules and…

North American Robot Orders Fall 25% in 2009, But Positive Signs Emerge in Fourth Quarter
02/08/10 — Robotic Industries Association reports a sharp decline for new robot orders over 2009, but levels off during the 4th quarter.  Moreover, life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomedical orders rose 43% in units while food and consumer goods orders rose 7%. North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots fall 25% in 2009, but…

Latest Version of GigE Vision Standard Released
01/25/10 — The latest version of GigE Vision, the widely adopted camera interface standard, with dozens of leading companies offering hundreds of GigE Vision compliant products in the market, has been released. The GigE Vision camera interface standard that has been used by the machine vision industry since 2006 has recently been…

Boston Scientific Selects Kiva Warehouse Automation System for Distribution Centers
01/19/10 — Kiva continues to roll with a multi-year agreement to automate the distribution centers in the Netherlands and New England of medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific. Kiva Systems, a developer of robotic solutions that automate order fulfillment and warehouse operations, announced that Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has chosen Kiva to…

Innovations in Robotics and Evolving Safety Standards Examined in New White Paper
01/18/10 — Rockwell Automation releases a new white paper entitled “International Safety Standards Keep Pace With Advances in Robotic Technology and Applications” that examines the major innovations in robotics and robotic systems, including cableless teach pendants, human-robot collaboration, robot-to-robot synchronization and vision-based safeguarding systems, that new safety standards will address for the…

FANUC Robotics Introduces M-3iA Intelligent, Flexible, and High-Speed Assembly Robot
01/16/10 — A larger version of FANUC’s M-1iA robot introduced last year, the M-3iA, which comes in a four- or six-axis model, can automate the assembly of a variety of applications that cannot be done with traditional SCARA-type robots. FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced the new M-3iA intelligent, parallel-link robot designed…

Kiva Systems’ Double Digit Growth Defies 2009’s Recession Economy
01/06/10 — Despite the 2009 “Great Recession”, Kiva Systems, a producer of order fulfillment robotics solutions, had a banner year in 2009, doubling the number of its customers and expanding into Canada, the UK and the Netherlands. Kiva Systems, a developer of game-changing mobile-robotic solutions that automate order fulfillment and warehouse operations,…

Viewbits Introduces 12 Megapixel, 25 Frames per Second, Machine Vision Camera
12/21/09 — Compact Iyeron CMOS monochrome camera with camera link captures full frame 4096 x 3072 resolution images at usable rates that compete strongly with linescan cameras. Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of CMI, announced today that they are now shipping their new high speed, high resolution 12 megapixel CMOS machine vision…

DENSO Robotics Introduces New EtherNet/IP Connectivity
12/15/09 — DENSO’s EtherNet/IP connectivity option for RC7 robot controller allows for single cable connectivity to programmable logic controllers, thereby reducing setup time and hardware costs. DENSO’s new EtherNet/IP option for its RC7 robot controller allows a single cable to connect the robot controller with a programmable logic controller (PLC), simplifying integration…

>SAS< Automation, Introduces New Adjustable Bag Gripper
12/11/09 — New bag gripper is easily and quickly adjustable, and supports bag weights up to 111 lbs. >SAS< Automation recently introduced a new adjustable bag gripper for a variety of bag handling applications that eliminates the need for costly custom tooling and can be adjusted quickly and easily in minutes for…

National Instruments and DENSO Robotics Collaboration Supports New Applications
12/08/09 — ImagingLab Robotics Library for DENSO communicates directly with DENSO controllers to command and control DENSO robotic arms through LabVIEW software. National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI), a developer of industrial measurement and control solutions, and DENSO Robotics, a pioneer in manufacturing automation using robotics technology, announced their collaboration to integrate NI measurement…

KUKA is Revolutionizing Robotics With a Sensitive Touch
12/04/09 — KUKA and the German Aerospace Center co-develop a small, lightweight robot, in use in piolet projects since March 2009, was designed to operate in close association with human co-workers. KUKA Roboter GmbH, based in Augsburg, is demonstrating once again that it wants to play a key role in shaping the…

Applied Robotics Introduces New Family of Heavy Duty Modular Tool Changers
11/19/09 — Manufacturer of end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions releases SmartChange tool changers, strong and most flexible robotic tool changers available to maximize robot load capability. Applied Robotics Inc., a manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions, announced today the introduction of its newest family of heavy duty modular tool changers.…

Robot Orders Down 30% Through September
11/11/09 — The Robotic Industries Association indicates that North American orders of industrial robots to both automotive and non-automotive customers declined significantly in the first three quarters of 2009. North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 30% in units and 43% in dollars in the first nine months of…

Braintech Inc. Closes $3 Million Financing With Silicon Valley Bank
11/11/09 — Developer of software products for Vision Guided Robotic (VGR) solutions to draw down $1.55M of to pay for debt and provide working capital. Braintech Inc. (OTC BB: BRHI) has closed a $3 million loan facility with Silicon Valley Bank, Chief Executive Officer Rick Weidinger announced today. The loan facility consists…

ST Robotics Introduces “Firefly”
11/09/09 — Affordable, high-performance industrial robot system, featuring theR12-500 robot arm, the new Mk5 controller, and RoboForth II software, targeted to small companies looking to automate processes. ST Robotics announced the introduction of their new R12-500, dubbed “Firefly”—a technological and economical breakthrough in bench-top robotics.  At last, small companies looking to increase…




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