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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…

Universal Robotics and Motoman Partner to Set New Benchmark for 3D Vision Systems
10/05/09 — Machine learning provider partners with industrial robotics company to make materials handling more accurate, efficient and cost-effective. Universal Robotics, Inc. and Motoman, Inc. announced a partnership to develop and market an accurate, cost effective and easy-to-implement 3D vision system solution for a variety of robotic applications. The companies will integrate…

Motoman Partners With Agile Planet on Dual-Arm Robots
08/19/09 — Provider of industrial robots partners with developer of advanced control software on robotic solutions for unstructured environments. Motoman Inc., a leading industrial robot manufacturer, and Agile Planet, Inc., developers of advanced robotics software, have entered into a partnership that will provide commercial users with a leading-edge hardware and software solution…

FANUC Robotics Introduces M-1iA Intelligent, High-Speed Assembly Robot
07/01/09 — Lightweight assembly robot specifically designed for easy set-up and to work in small spaces boasts of ready-to-use robotic vision package. FANUC Robotics America Inc. introduced the new M-1iA intelligent assembly robot, a lightweight and compact six-axis, parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking and assembly applications.  The unique…

Food Robot Turns Heads in Tokyo
06/11/09 — Fanuc Robotics, Inc. is demonstrating its high-speed food-picking robot arm at the Fooma Tokyo food-automation expo this week. The units, which were the first to pass USDA hygiene requirements and got the company an approving nod from analysts at Robotics Business Review for the innovation, are designed to pick primary…

Seegrid’s GT3 Industrial Mobile Robot Reduces Travel Time and Labor Costs at Customer Manufacturing
06/02/09 — Seegrid Corporation (http://www.seegrid.com), a provider of industrial mobile robots for the material handling industry, announced Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. has sold and implemented Seegrid’s GT3 robotic tugger in a customer’s facility, providing immediate efficiencies and labor savings. | The Iowa-based customer, in its continuous efforts to improve quality and gain…

Motoman Releases Expert-System Software for Robot Repairs
05/26/09 — Motoman has announced a new software product called RobotPro Web Edition that provides a comprehensive troubleshooting system for preventive maintenance and repairs of Motoman robots that use the company’s NX-series controllers. The software has versions for each robot model and is structured in a way designed to be easy for…

Motoman Announces Compact, Versatile 7-axis Welding Arms
05/26/09 — Industrial-arm manufacturer Motoman has announced two new products designed to make its automated arc-welding robotic arms more effective, especially in crowded manufacturing environments. The VA1400 “Versatile Arc” welding arm is designed to provide flexible positioning and reach, adding a seventh axis to the usual six, in the lower part of…

Swedish Factory Fined After Robot Grabs Worker’s Head
05/01/09 — A Swedish company has been fined the equivalent of $3,000 for a June, 2007 incident in which an industrial robot grabbed a worker’s head and broke four ribs as he was attempting to repair it.  According to a local news site, a maintenance worker in the town of Balsta approached…

Robotics Powered Business Process Innovation – A Conversation With Kiva Systems CEO Mick Mountz
02/19/09 — At Kiva Systems, Mick Mountz’ goal is to alleviate one of the most complex, costly, relentlessly human-powered components of supply chain management - the process of getting a specific list of items off the shelf in a warehouse and into the truck that will deliver them to the customer. The…




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