ROBO-STOX Strategic Advisory Board Member to Receive Prestigious Robotics Award

ROBO-STOX Strategic Advisory Board member Raffaello D'Andrea selected as the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Midwest Engineered Systems is Offering 10% Discount on Service & Parts

Midwest Engineered Systems will be offering a 10% discount on all preventative maintenance services from July 13- August 24, 2015.

Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation Of Robots

From Michael Porter at Clemson University: Seahorse tails are organized into square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints.  Many other creatures, ranging from New World monkeys to rodents, have cylindrical tails. Researchers wanted to know whether the square-prism shape gives seahorse tails a functional advantage. To find out, the team created a 3D-printed model that mimicked the square prism of a seahorse tail and a hypothetical version that was cylindrical. Then researchers whacked the models with a rubber mallet and twisted and bent them. Researchers found that the square prototype was stiffer, stronger and more resilient than the circular one when crushed. The square prototype was about half as able to twist, a restriction that could prevent damage to the seahorse and give it better control when it grabs things. Both prototypes could bend about 90 degrees, although the cylindrical version was slightly less restricted... (cont'd)

Industry 4.0 Ready: Vacuum Solutions for the Intelligent Factory

The gripper spider for fiber composite components is a great example how significant this contribution to the intelligent factory can be in practice.

Adept Technology Introduces New High-Speed Packaging Robot

Hornet 565 to Debut at CiROS Tradeshow in Shanghai July 8-11, 2015

High Performance Drive in a Small Package

Maxon sets new standards in micro drives.

Armed Forces Can Meet Congressional Mandate Deadline Of 1/3 Ground Operational Combat Vehicles Unmanned By 2015

Utah Company Kairos Autonomi Says The Technology Exists For Removing Warfighters From Dangerous Tasks …Now!

Diversified Machine Systems Partner, Fagor Automation, Announces CNC Control Upgrades

Fagor Automation, strategic partner of Diversified Machine Systems, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of DMS CNC Routers, announces technology upgrades to the Fagor 8055 control system.

How Does the Accident in Germany Affect Industrial Robot Safety?

by Patrick Davison, Director of Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association:  Last week, an unfortunate fatality involving an industrial robot and a worker occurred at a Volkswagen plant in Baunatal, Germany.  The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and its member companies express its deepest sympathies to the victim’s family, friends, and colleagues. According to news sources, the worker was part of a contracting crew responsible for setting up the robot, and was working inside the safeguarded space when the incident occurred.  A second member of the contracting crew was standing outside of the safeguarded space and was not harmed. The international media response to the incident was aggressive, swift, and expounded on topics that were not relevant to the incident.  AWashington Post article referenced the dangers of Artificial Intelligence and posed the question, “Should the world kill killer robots before it’s too late?”  In another story, a Financial Times journalist with a name similar to a popular character in The Terminator franchise started a social media frenzy with a tweet.  A video from Ireland expounds on random tweets regarding the incident with backdrop footage of the Honda ASIMO robot and manual automotive operations.  Also, according to this article on an automotive news and gossip site, a Times of India article posted a photo of a gun-wielding toy robot beside the story.   Cont'd...

China's Hunger for Robots Marks Significant Shift

By TIMOTHY AEPPEL and MARK MAGNIER for WSJ.com -  Having devoured many of the world’s factory jobs, China is now handing them over to robots. China already ranks as the world’s largest market for robotic machines. Sales last year grew 54% from a year earlier, and the boom shows every sign of increasing. China is projected to have more installed industrial robots than any other country by next year, according to the International Federation of Robotics. China’s emergence as an automation hub contradicts many assumptions about robots and the global economy. Economists often view automation as a way for advanced economies to keep industries that might otherwise move offshore, or even to win them back through reshoring, since the focus is on ways to reduce costly labor. That motivation hasn’t gone away. But increasingly, robots are taking over work in developing countries, reducing the potential job creation associated with building new factories in the frontier markets of Asia, Africa or Latin America.   Cont'd...

FAA Approves Phoenix Arizona's First Complete Image Acquisition Drone Operation: HighGround Images, LLC

The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved the commercial use of drones for Phoenix Arizona based HighGround Images, LLC. The approval covers a broad range of UAS aerial image acquisition including: motion picture and television, real estate, short range inspection, mapping and survey, agriculture, and search and rescue.

Teledyne Increases Ownership Stake in Ocean Aero

Based in San Diego, California, Ocean Aero is designing unmanned surface vehicles that will also have the ability to descend subsea.

ABB wins $52 million robots order to boost manufacturing flexibility at Ford's newest China factory

ABB robots to be installed at Changan Ford's new Harbin-based auto factory as part of its Body-in-White (BIW) welding process ABB robots have been used successfully across Changan Ford's major automobile production facilities in China since 2007

Robots 101 - Lasers

Almost all robots today use lasers for remote sensing. This means that the robot is able to tell, from a distance, some characteristics of an object.

Barrett Technology Wins Grants to Fuel Innovations

"Barrett Technology is not only creating jobs in Newton and strengthening the local economy, but bringing products to market that will help revolutionize the global health care industry"

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