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ABB Introduces A Through-the-Arc Seam Tracking System For Welding Systems
06/22/10 — Specifically designed for the ABB IRC5 controller in heavy deposition welding application, WeldGuide III system is more cost-effective and reliable than the previous weld controlled systems. ABB Robotics is introducing WeldGuide III, an adaptive sensing system that performs weld seam joint tracking during the welding process, identifying variations in the…

Intuitive Human-Robot Interaction – the Future of Robot Programming
06/21/10 — Intuitive programming approach employs a intelligent 3D object recognition system to create a model of the real workpieces. PROFACTOR, the Steyr, Austria based corporate group specialized in manufacturing technology, presented an intuitively programmable gripper demonstrator at AUTOMATICA 2010, thus showing the way to the future of robot programming. The demonstrator…

Adept Technology Acquires MobileRobots Inc.
06/14/10 — Supplier of vision-guided robotics solutions has entered into an agreement to acquire provider of robot platforms, autonomous navigation systems and software for robot researchers and commercial application developers. Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced that it has entered into an agreement…

Axium Announces Robotics Order Picking Solution for Mixed Case Packing Applications
05/04/10 — New MP900 robotic system addresses demand for mixed product orders, improved working conditions and reduced shipping costs and errors. Axium Inc. a robotics solution provider, announced its new robotic order picking solution. The MP900 is a fully automated solution for packing complete mixed load cases. The system utilizes a series…

Robot Orders Post Strong Gains in First Quarter of 2010
05/04/10 — Robotics manufacturers announce that Q1 orders for robotics systems have increased significantly posting large gains in both unit sales and revenue over the same period in 2009. North American based robotics manufacturers saw new orders jump 16% in units and 30% in dollars in the first quarter of 2010 when…

Adept Technology Ships First USDA Accepted Parallel Robot
03/30/10 — Provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics has shipped the first units of the high speed Adept Quattro s650HS.  The Quattro systems, specifically designed for high-speed manufacturing, packaging, material handling, and assembly applications, are to be used primarily for food handling. Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics…

Baumer Introduces GigE Trigger Device
03/23/10 — GigE Trigger device controls single or multiple cameras, eliminating the need for hardware triggers and PLC controllers by combining sensor information with machine vision applications. For automated industrial inspection machines and vision systems, Baumer has introduced the revolutionary GigE Trigger device designed to control single-camera or multi-camera setups, eliminating the…

FANUC Robotics Expands Certified Robot Training Program With M-1iA Robot
03/11/10 — Schools now have the choice of FANUC’s LR Mate 200iC or M-1iA robots for use with the company’s CERT’s industrial robotics training lab. FANUC Robotics America, Inc. has added its M-1iA robot to the Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program line-up.  Launched in 2008, the CERT program certifies instructors at…

SICK Launches OLM High-Speed, Long-Range Fine Positioning Sensor
03/08/10 — New OLM Distance Measurement Positioning Sensor supports increased speed and positioning accuracy through the use of a linear bar code tape for positioning. SICK, a manufacturer of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, announced the launch of its new OLM Distance Measurement…

ABB Introduces Hybrid System Integrating Articulated Robot Automation With a Linear Gantry
02/19/10 — The new IRB 6620LX system, a 5-axis overhead robot arm mounted on a linear axis, increases robot utilization and reduce costs for machine tending, material handling, assembly and many other industrial applications. ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, has developed a hybrid system integrating articulated robot automation with a…

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…




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