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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…

Swisslog’s Click&Pick Speeds Up Order Fulfillment
04/04/13 — Before the US had Gilt, Shoedazzle, and Fab, Europe pioneered the addictive discount and curation models with Vente Privée and Net-a-Porter. But it’s not only the brick-and-mortar busting business models where the US ecommerce sector has drawn inspiration. More recently, robotic fulfillment technology born out of Europe’s land crunch has…

SCHUNK Introduces Milling Toolholder Solution, Chuck Quickfinder App
03/28/13 — Workholding and tooling manufacturer SCHUNK has released two dynamic toolholding solutions for the shop floor and the mobile device. The Sino-R milling toolholder is designed for simple installation for heavy duty cutting operations. The solid body toolholder clamps onto the cutting tool via actuation wrench in a “simple” operation that…

SCHUNK Debuts New Light-Weight Magnetic Gripper
03/21/13 — The Magnetic Gripper EGM from SCHUNK maintains high holding forces even in confined work spaces. It is light-weight, yet powerful enough to handle difficult applications even in situations which may require an emergency stop. It also promotes energy efficiency because electricity is only needed for magnetization and demagnetization of the unit. This…

Smart Vision Enables One ABB Work Cell to do the Work of Many
03/13/13 — A flexible Tube Press and Weld System developed by ABB Robotics for the Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has won the 2012 Ford Global Powertrain Technical Maturity Model Excellence Award. Installed in 2012, the ABB Tube Press and Weld system was selected for the “2012 Top Award”…

KC Robotics and KUKA Reduce Robot Downtime
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Motion Control Association Announces New Board of Directors
02/28/13 — The Motion Control Association (MCA), the global trade group representing the motion control industry, announced its 2013 Board of Directors on February 21st during the annual MCA Business Conference in Orlando, Florida. John Hegel, President of American Control Electronics was named Chairman of the Board. Bill Steury, Group President –…




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