CES 16 - Orbbec Cements Reputation as Independent Leader in 3D Technologies

CES 2016: Orbbec will showcase the Astra 3D sensor and world's first 3D camera-computer, the Orbbec Persee

Industrial stages with Built-in Stepper Motors, Motor Encoders, and Controllers

The X-LRQ-E Series devices are Zaber's recently released industrial-style stages, combining high load and thrust capabilities in a compact size. The dual-rail design has a low profile measuring only 36 mm high, with a 100 kg load capacity.

NEMA 17 Stepper Motor with Built-in Controllers and Motor Encoders

Zaber's new product, the X-NMS-E Series, simplifies motion control by incorporating a built-in controller and motor encoder. Capable of over 25,000 microsteps per revolution and up to 2800 rpm, this compact stepper motor includes a detachable home sensor and small magnet. An additional, optional away sensor is also available.

What Robots and AI Learned in 2015

By Will Knight for MIT Technology Review:  The  robots didn’t really take over in 2015, but at times it felt as if that might be where we’re headed. There were signs that machines will soon take over manual work that currently requires human skill. Early in the year details emerged of a contest organized by Amazon to help robots do more work inside its vast product fulfillment centers. The Amazon Picking challenge, as the event was called, was held at a prominent robotics conference later in the year. Teams competed for a $25,000 prize by designing a robot to identify and grasp items from one of Amazon’s storage shelves as quickly as possible (the winner picked and packed 10 items in 20 minutes). This might seem a trivial task for human workers, but figuring out how to grasp different objects arranged haphazardly on shelves in a real warehouse is still a formidable challenge for robot-kind.   Cont'd...

90° FOV 3D camera from Chiaro Technologies

BOULDER, CO - Chiaro Technologies expands its range of motion capable Cloudburst 3D cameras with a 90° FOV in addition 50°. Cloudburst is factory­ calibrated making it simple to merge multiple pointclouds from single or multiple cameras, and now, with 90° FOV, it's easier than ever to capture very wide scenes or in tight spaces, such as automobile interiors.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Moves to DeltaPlex, Joins Forces with West Michigan Works! to Hold Largest Public Technology Show in Michigan

Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors.

Rockwell Automation Designates JMP as a "Process System Integrator"

JMP Engineering Inc. (JMP), an engineering services company providing solutions in Process Control, Information and Analytics, and Smart Robotic Applications for Fortune 500 companies, announced today that Rockwell Automation is now identifying JMP as a "Process PlantPAx Recognized System Integrator".

Integro Tech Named System Integrator Giant for Fourth Year

Integro Technologies has been recognized as a System Integrator Giant for the fourth consecutive year by Control Engineering Magazine.

FANUC Achieves Milestone Record for Production of Over 400,000 Robots

FANUC America Corporation, the leading supplier of robotics, CNCs, and factory automation announced that its parent company, FANUC CORPORATION, has set a new world record for production of over 400,000 robots.

ARxIUM Selects Additional Distributors of RIVA Automated Compounding System for Asia-Pacific Region

Distributors to meet growing demand for safe and efficient IV medication compounding

TORC Robotics and Caterpillar launch remote control system for Cat® Skid Steer, Multi-Terrain, and Compact Track Loaders

Introducing the integration of TORC Robotics' RemoteTask™ wireless remote control technology with the Cat D Series SSL, MTL, and CTL.

Fisnar Inc. Introduces the F7000SR Line of Soldering Robots

Fisnar announces an all new line of desktop solder robots. Available in 2 sizes to fit most soldering applications.

Google to incubate its robotics and drone divisions under Google X

By Mike Wheatley for SiliconAngle:  Google is planning an organizational reshuffle that will see its secretive robotics department and drone business folded into its Google X labs. Google’s robotics division, and the drone group it created when it acquired Titan Aerospace in 2014, will both fall under the Google X umbrella when the reshuffle takes place some time next year, Re/Code reported. Google X is the secretive part of Google that develops some of its most futuristic, bleeding edge technologies. These include its famous self-driving cars, Project Loon (Wi-Fi hot air balloons), and its airborne wind turbines. Google X operates as a standalone company under Google’s parent Alphabet Inc., which was created following Google’s corporate restructuring earlier this year. Google X’s projects are largely experimental and extremely uncertain in terms of a business model. Nevertheless, Google obviously deems it the best place to be for its robotics division, which has been left leaderless ever since Andy Rubin quit the Web giant last year. Previously, there was speculation that the robotics division may become a standalone company under Alphabet, but today’s news would indicate that’s not going to happen any time soon.   Cont'd...

Production Capacity of Güdel robot tracks doubles in the US

Major Machine Tool Investment: Specialized 5 axis mill doubles production capacity for company's robot track product lines

Hoffmann- Krippner Launches Miniature Displacement and Position Sensors for Extremely Confined Spaces

IZAL Series sensors are ideal for medical, industrial, testing, agricultural and military applications ---- IP65 Housing protects against harsh environments

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