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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…

Machine Vision Sales Continue to Climb
05/30/13 — Total machine vision sales in North America grew ten percent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2013, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group.Sales of machine vision systems, the largest category, rose 11 percent year-over-year while sales of machine vision components saw an increase of four percent.The…

RIA Approves New Safety Standard
05/21/13 — (Ann Arbor, Michigan – May 21, 2013) A new American national robot safety standard has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Developed by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 standard has been updated for the first time since 1999 and is now harmonized with the International ISO…

ROS Industrial Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
05/13/13 — ROS Industrial (ROS-I), the open source project designed to promote a common framework for robot programming in industrial environments, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary. Back in September 2011, Robotiq CEO, Samuel Bouchard, was happily surprised at the collaboration between Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a private R&D organization based in San Antonio,…

Magnum Hunter Takes Delivery of Robotic Drilling Rig
05/09/13 — Magnum Hunter Resources’ subsidiary Alpha Resources has just taken possession of a “robotic drilling rig” that it plans to use to drill Utica Shale wells for the next three years. The robotic rig can, by itself, lift the entire drilling rig six inches off the ground and rotate it and…

Yaskawa Motoman Introduces New BioMedical Robot
05/02/13 — The new MH3BM (BioMedical) robot is designed to handle specimen processing, drug dispensing and medical research applications. It features a special coating and stainless steel fasteners that permit cleaning with hydrogen peroxide. Its ISO 5 (class 100) clean room rating makes the MH3BM robot compatible with applications outside the biomedical…

MLX100 Robot Gateway Offers Enhanced Dual Robot Control
05/02/13 — Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to announce enhanced functionality of dual-robot control with its MLX100 Robot Gateway™. MLX100 enables controlling and programming of Motomanâ robots entirely within the ControlLogix® platform, eliminating the need for an additional controller or language for robotic application development. MLX100 offers a seamless PLC and robot integration…

FANUC Aims to Close America’s Skills Gap
05/02/13 — FANUC Robotics America Inc. unveiled details Tuesday of a new training program it will offer in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at its Charleston location. FANUC showcased industrial robots that manufacturers use, which workers across West Virginia and the region will be trained to…

IBM’s Robotic Aid Helps Field Engineers Fix Equipment
04/25/13 — Developed by IBM, the Mobile Repair and Operations (MRO) prototype has a projector that can overlay information on equipment to guide remote repair work. Supervisors and experts back at base can also look and talk through the projector to oversee fault fixing. In addition they can sketch diagrams, use a laser…

New Miniature DC Servo Motor Controller from Maxon
04/22/13 — This mini OEM plug in module is a 4 quadrant Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) servo motor controller that can efficiently control permanent magnet brushed DC motors (PMDC motors) and Brushless DC servo motors (BLDC motors) containing hall effect sensors, with power levels up to 250 watts. The OEM module features…

Intelligrated to showcase latest automated robotic and e-commerce solutions at EXPO PACK Mexico 2013
04/22/13 — Intelligrated®(www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider with key operations in Mexico City, is exhibiting at EXPO PACK Mexico 2013, June 18-21. Intelligrated will highlight its Real Time Solutions®  pick-to-light and voice order fulfillment solutions, as well as its line of Alvey® robotic palletizing systems. Intelligrated’s Real Time Solutions® order…

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics Opens Doors to Local Students
04/18/13 — To celebrate National Robotics Week, Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division invited student groups from local high schools and universities to take facility tours, speak with automation professionals and interact with demos. Schools and universities represented include: Carroll High School, Chaminade Julienne, St. Henry (Kentucky), Waynesville High School, Wright State…

Adept Announces Development of New Line of PLC Programmable Robots
04/18/13 — Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions, today announced the development of its ePLC line of PLC programmable robots. The new ePLC robots will include new versions of the company's Cobra, Quattro, and Viper robots.The robots will interface directly with customer's existing PLC…

INNOROBO 2013 Results
04/11/13 — INNOROBO's third installation, held in Lyon from the 19th to the 21st of March, reports: A robotics pool of excellence with the European Robotics Forum and Innorobo happening at the same time and place A meeting and business place: Researchers, Start-ups with innovative projects, robotics companies and major groups were…

Why Manufacturing Needs Cloud Robotics
04/11/13 — Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one. According to…




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