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Alliance Spacesystems Delivers Robotic Arm for DARPA’s “FREND” Technology Demonstration
11/01/07 — Alliance Spacesystems, Pasadena, CA http://alliancespacesystems.com/, has delivered the Engineering Development Unit (EDU) of a robotic arm to demonstrate the “front end” of a possible future satellite that could one day conduct repairs or repositionings of military and commercial satellites in Earth-orbit.  The task funded and led by the Defense Advanced…

Aethon’s Autonomous Mobile Robotic System Provides Complete Asset Utilization Solution
11/01/07 — Aethon Inc., a leader in automating the hospital supply chain, announced that FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina, has successfully implemented Aethon’s autonomous mobile robotic system as the key component in its material handling re-engineering effort. Moore Regional was able to rapidly implement Aethon’s asset utilization solution within…

Carnegie Mellon Building Robot for Lunar Prospecting
10/20/07 — Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA that can creep over rocky slopes and then anchor itself as a stable platform for drilling deep into extraterrestrial soils. Called “Scarab,” this four-wheeled robot will never leave the Earth.…

NRL Developing Space “Tow Truck” Technology For Satellite Operations
09/20/07 — The Naval Research Laboratory’s Naval Center for Space Technology has achieved a key milestone toward the development of autonomous servicing of unaided spacecraft. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NRL has developed, tested and ground-demonstrated guidance and control algorithms to allow a robotic servicing vehicle to autonomously…

Carnegie Mellon, Caterpillar Sign Research Agreement
09/05/07 — Carnegie Mellon University and Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction, mining and other heavy equipment, have signed a three-year master agreement for sponsored research. Initial projects involve work at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. That research will include applications using advanced outdoor sensors,…

Fugro-Rovtech Recieves Seaeye Falcon ROV
07/16/07 — Falcon 100 is one of four Falcon Systems being delivered to Fugro during 2007 by Seaeye, and is part of a total order for 15 ROV Systems to be delivered, to Fugro, this year. The total package being delivered in 2007 includes: - 4 Seaeye Falcons - 4 Seaeye Panther…

Adept Wins $1.2 Million Robotics Order for Use in Prescription Drug Fulfillment System
07/13/07 — Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced that their robotics have been selected for an automated prescription drug fulfillment system that will use their Adept Cobra™ SCARA and Adept Viper™ 6-Axis robots. The $1.2 million order represents Adept’s second major…

Swarmy Save the Day
07/06/07 — In November 2005, a problem was discovered with an old wastewater tank at Sandia’s Technical Area 5. The tank, which had been buried 26 feet under the courtyard at Sandia since the late 1950s, had less water in it than anticipated. It had originally served as a drainage tank for…

Foster-Miller Acquisition of Automatika and Applied Perception Completed
06/07/07 — “The addition of these two companies introduces new robotics platforms and autonomous navigation systems to our robotics product line,” Dr. William Ribich, President and CEO of Foster-Miller explained. “With newly enhanced and diversified product offerings, I am confident that we will continue to grow our customer base in government and…

Carnegie Mellon Software Steers NASA’s Mars Rover
02/18/07 — Autonomous navigation software developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) drove the NASA Mars Rover “Opportunity” in the software’s first live test on the Red Planet. Preliminary data from the test run, which was initiated Feb. 7, indicates it was successful. Opportunity, operating near…

Speci-Minder™ Autonomous Robot Helps Hospitals Speed Lab Results
02/14/07 — Autonomous robots will soon be appearing in hospitals around the US, according to CCS Robotics and MobileRobots Inc, jointly announcing Speci-Minder, a new hospital helper robot that assures patient samples arrive at the lab expeditiously. Speci-Minder automatically adjusts to changing environments, without wires, lines, reflectors or other traditional guidance. It…

Adept Technology Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement for High Speed Robotics for Packaging Market
01/31/07 — Adept Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Fundacion Fatronik for exclusive supply, distribution and service of a revolutionary high speed packaging robot mechanism targeted at the expanding international packaging market in food, pharmaceuticals,…

Snake-Like Robot and Steady-Hand System Could Assist Surgeons
01/03/07 — Drawing on advances in robotics and computer technology, Johns Hopkins University researchers are designing new high-tech medical tools to equip the operating room of the future. These systems and instruments could someday help doctors treat patients more safely and effectively and allow them to perform surgical tasks that are nearly…

Transbotics Secures AGV System Order in the Publishing Industry
12/17/06 — Transbotics Corporation, (OTC BB: TNSB) (http://www.transbotics.com), announced it received an order for an Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) system from an existing customer in the publishing industry. The order, totaling approximately $425,000, is based around AGVs capable of transporting loads of up to 3,500 pounds. It is to be installed over…

Leading Pipe Maker Orders Innova Robotics & Automation’s Universal Robot Controller
12/14/06 — Innova Robotics & Automation, Inc. (OTCBB: INRA), a robotics technology firm, announced today that a steel and alloy pipe manufacturer has placed an order for Innova’s Universal Robot Controller(TM) (URC(TM)) through the Robotic Workspace Technologies (RWT) subsidiary. Innova believes that the PC, open-architecture URC enables its customers to save on…

Robots Find Regular Teeth Brushing Helps Them Munch Through 50,000 Aluminium Spot Welds
12/04/06 — Resistance spot welding research by Paul Briskham at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group in conjunction with Douglas Boomer of Innoval Technology and engineers from Jaguar and Land Rover has achieved a landmark result of 50,000 high quality welds on automotive-grade aluminium sheet using just one set of standard…

Snake-Arm Robots Steer Aircraft Assembly in a New Direction
11/26/06 — Working with Airbus, OC Robotics has achieved the first major milestone for a snake-arm robot designed for assembly and inspection tasks within aircraft wings – an area previously inaccessible to automation. OC Robotics has completed build and initial testing of a demonstration snake-arm robot capable of sealing, swaging and inspection…

FANUC Robotics Introduces New M-430iA/2F High-Speed Intelligent Food Robot
11/26/06 — FANUC Robotics America, Inc. demonstrated its new M-430iA/2F high-speed, intelligent picking robot designed to handle primary food and packaged products, and the LR Mate 200iB/5WP food robot at Pack Expo, at McCormick Center, Chicago. Designed specifically for food washdown environments, the M-430iA/2F food robot is capable of picking products at…




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