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Spider-like “Robotic Crawler” Checks Concrete
09/04/13 — The New York Power Authority’s Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant served as the venue this summer for the demonstration of robotic equipment whose widespread utility application would contribute to the power industry’s efforts to advance the operational performance and longevity of generating facilities. The Electric Power Research Institute demonstrated the capabilities…

New Pick & Place Unit PPU-P is Super Speedy
08/28/13 — With up to 120 cycles per minute, the PPU-P from SCHUNK is the fastest pneumatic Pick & Place Unit on the market. Thanks to the valve control unit, compressed air and energy consumption is minimized, while the cycle frequency is accelerated. Depending on the unit, five to nine integrated micro…

Fast New Vision System Ideal for Robotic Control Tech
08/21/13 — A new vision system from Omron has been released. The solution features high-speed image bus, four-core processing, a new vision algorithm and fast EtherCAT communications. The company advises, test have show that the FH vision system can achieve shorter machine cycle times along with precise operation, this includes useage in…

Robotic Dairying Innovates the Farm Industry
08/14/13 — A southern Queensland dairy farmer says his business is better off after installing robotic dairies. Mr Dennis installed four robotic dairies at a cost of about $125,000 a unit, plus GST. Greg Dennis says the cost is worth it despite the financial pressures many farmers in the industry are facing.…

Mobile Robotic Arm has Seven Degrees of Freedom
08/07/13 — A degrees of freedom is simply the ability of an object to move up-and-down (pitch), left-and-right (yaw)  and forward-and-backward (roll). By example, an airplane in flight has six degrees of freedom. In humans, your shoulder has three degrees of freedom, but your elbow only moves up and down, so it only one…

Wynright Begins Producing First Automated Truck Unloader Robot
08/07/13 — ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wynright Corporation, the nation’s leading independent, U.S.-based provider of intelligent material handling systems, today announced the general availability of its innovative, patent pending Robotic Truck Unloader (RTU). The RTU, first unveiled in prototype form by Wynright in January, 2013 (and currently being tested in a pilot program with a…

New Staubli Robotics Suite v2013 is Intuitive and Powerful
07/31/13 — A new Staubli Robotics Suite version 2013 has been launched by Staubli, a manufacturer of industrial robots.  The new Staubli Robotics Suite includes a new single window presentation with ribbons like ones seen in recent Windows updates, making it very intuitive yet powerful to use with all functions readily accessible. …

With Neocortex Tech Robot Can Unload Any Box Without Prior Analysis
07/24/13 — Universal Robotics Inc.®, a leader in 3D flexible automation, introduces the first flexible intelligence software for unrestricted box handling in logistics operations. The Unlimited Depalletization Applicationautomates on-the-fly handling of all cartons of any size and shape without advance analysis. Benefits include faster unloading, increased safety and less than 24-month payback. Ground-Breaking…

Robot Can Teach Itself to Manipulate Different Shaped Objects
07/17/13 — Festo recently demonstrated the LearningGripper, a pneumatically actuated gripper that self learns the shape of an object and then specifically orients that object. The LearningGripper is a demonstration of a future generation of robots, machines, and processes that are more flexible than any of the production systems available today – ones that…

Versatile KUKA Robot to be Used in Competition
07/16/13 — German robotics giant KUKA announced last week a competition designed to advance mobile manipulation applications and promote the company's youBot as a platform for robotics research. The KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award is open to researchers from around the world, who are invited to build a new and creative application…

GE Aviation Opens New Robotics Center in Quebec
07/10/13 — BROMONT, QC, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - GE Aviation opens a new Global Robotics, Automation and Instrumentation R&D Center in Bromont, Quebec. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE, welcomed Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec to the official opening of the center.…

JACO Robot Arm Now More Accessible for North American Research Market
07/10/13 — (Kitchener, Ontario – July 9, 2013) Clearpath Robotics announced today that they have partnered with Kinova Robotics as the exclusive North American distributor of their internationally recognized JACO Robot Arm. This partnership also brings ROS integration to the JACO Robot Arm to help advance the manipulation research community . “We’re…

Mountz Inc. Announces New Robotic Torque Screwdriver
07/02/13 — PRESS RELEASE—Mountz, Inc. introduces a new line of robotic torque screwdrivers, the BFA-Series and NFA-Series. Designed for robotic and automated applications, these durable power tools feature a Swiss Maxon brushless motor design, which reduces the standard maintenance costs for electric screwdrivers. The robotic screwdrivers deliver reliability and precision torque control. These…

Clean Sweep: ZenRobotics’ Recycler Literally Takes Out the Trash
06/25/13 — When Jufo Peltomaa and Tuomas Lukka were figuring out what to do next after selling Hybrid Graphics to Nvidia seven years ago, they knew it had to involve one thing. Robots. “Our business plan was — let’s do something cool with robots!” Peltomaa said. The pair, plus their third co-founder Harri Volpola, are one…

Ford Using Robots for Tough Testing
06/18/13 — Ford engineers have developed the industry’s first robotic test driving program – now in use at the company’s Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. – to meet demands that Ford trucks undergo ever more strenuous Built Ford Tough testing with greater frequency. The pilot program has been used most recently…

New VP of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Seegrid
06/18/13 — Pittsburgh, PA, June 18, 2013—Seegrid Corporation, the leading manufacturer of vision-guided robotic industrial trucks announced that material handling AGV (automated guided vehicle) expert, John Hayes has been promoted to vice president of U.S. sales and marketing.  According to Anthony Horbal, Chief Executive Officer for Seegrid, “John Hayes joined Seegrid as…

Teagasc Investigates Ireland’s Futuristic Cow Milking Systems
06/12/13 — With 10,000 commercial farms worldwide using automatic or robotic milking systems, these futuristic milking systems are set to grow exponentially in the coming years. In fact, it is estimated that up to 20 percent of cows in Europe will be milked automatically by 2020. With this is in mind, Teagasc…

Boeing 777 Production Bettered by Painting Robots
06/04/13 — Robots are painting half of all the wings for Boeing’s 777 jetliner, and will take over painting the other half this summer. This is one of the most visible signs of a push by Boeing to increasingly automate the assembly of Boeing’s largest twin-engine jetliner, which is now 90 percent…




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