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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 –…

RIA Announces 2013 Board of Directors
02/22/13 — The 2013 RIA Board of Directors was announced today during the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. The following robotic industry leaders join the board for their first two-year terms: Henrik Christensen, Director of Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology; Chuck Keibler, Vice President, Genesis Systems Group, LLC; and Pete Squires,…

Yaskawa Motoman Announces New Quick Ship Program for Pre-Configured Workcells
02/21/13 — A new Quick Ship Program expedites delivery of Yaskawa Motoman’s most popular pre-configured ArcWorld® and FabWorld® robotic solutions. Five configurations are available with a targeted delivery of eight weeks after an order is received. ArcWorlds and FabWorlds are fully integrated robotic welding solutions that include the robot(s), welding equipment, part positioner and…

Webcast: Robotics Solutions for Materials Handling
02/14/13 — WEBCAST: February 14, 2013 | 2 pm ET This Valentine’s Day, between the chocolates and those long-stem red roses, spend an hour with the robots that probably packed those chocolates and roses for shipment to you. Well, maybe not those exact robots, but close relatives to the new class of…

DLR Builds Cost Effective Motion Simulator with KUKA Arm
02/07/13 — Computer simulations designed to teach people how to operate a vehicle can reproduce a reasonable facsimile of real-world conditions, but they lack one key ingredient: a realistic sense of motion. That's why companies like Toyota have spent millions developing motion simulators that typically move on six hydraulic arms to recreate the…

Robotiq Unveils Kinetiq Robot Teaching Device at Automate
01/24/13 — Quebec-based Robotiq, a robot components manufacturer, has introduced a bolt-on-device with which welders and machinists can guide a robot’s end-effector with their hands and intuitively train the robot through welding trajectories. The device, called Kinetiq Teaching, is a new robot accessory which can be fastened to the end linkage of…

ABB Robotics Brings PickVision Technology to North America
01/23/13 — ABB Robotics is collaborating with SVIA Industrial Automation of Sweden to bring SVIA’s PickVision Smart Camera vision system to the industrial robotics market in North America.  SVIA specializes in equipping industrial robots with vision enabled functionality for machine tool tending systems in manufacturing for such applications as CNC lathes, vertical…

DENSO Introduces New RC8 Industrial Robot Controller — World’s Smallest in Its Class
01/23/13 — DENSO announced that it has introduced the world’s most compact industrial robot controller in the 3-kW output class. The new DENSO RC8 controller is 60 percent smaller and 45 percent lighter than the company’s previous model. It has a footprint of only 12 x 18 inches and a height of…

Adept’s Lynx Finds its Own Way, Responds to Voice Cues
01/23/13 — If you’re in charge of a parts warehouse, a distribution center, or some other big building full of things that need to be moved around, the Adept Lynx might be just what you need. Made by California-based Adept Technology, the autonomous indoor vehicle (AIV) is able to find its own…

Universal Robots Makes a Strong Entry into U.S. Market
01/16/13 — Universal Robots’ collaborative robots have opened up a new market for robotics in North America. Thedistributor list of the Danish robotic arms is rapidly expanding as resellers show the robots to end customers with production processes previously thought impossible to automate due to cost and complexity. Universal Robots will be showcasing the…

Seegrid Introduces New Driverless Walkie Stacker
01/15/13 — The driverless GWS35 walkie stacker provides cutting edge robotic industrial truck automation, flexibility, affordability, and simplicity. Built on an off-the-shelf Class III walkie stacker chassis, and equipped with Seegrid’s vision-guided autonomous navigation system, the GWS35 automatically transports palletized or racked loads throughout manufacturing and warehouse environments without the need for facility modifications, wires, tapes, magnets…




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