Adoption of Advanced Robots to Boost Industrial Productivity, Lower Total Labor Costs

The use of advanced industrial robots is nearing the point of takeoff, a development that could power a new wave of productivity growth in many industries and lead to changes of up to 5 percentage points in the cost competitiveness of major export economies relative to the U.S., according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Why I Automate: MPI Systems

The latest figures show that 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide in 2013, according to the International Federation of Robotics. That was a 12 percent jump over 2012. The increase is expected to continue when the final numbers are tallied for 2014.

Web tool for individual 3D gripper jaws now available online at www.schunk.com

Worlds first fully automatic 3D design tool for additively manufactured gripper fingers

Robots Learn to Perform Tasks by "Watching" YouTube Videos

DARPA program advances robots ability to sense visual information and turn it into action

Adept Technology Launches New Family of SCARA Robots in North America

eCobra robot models are available in 600-mm and 800-mm-reach configurations.

MVTec launches HALCON for Android

Machine vision software on mobile devices ----Wide range of applications for character and object recognition

The Industrial Automation Exchange

New online tool connects manufacturers with industrial automation expertise, products

NEW QC-160 ROBOTIC TOOL CHANGER PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY, EXCEEDS 200 kg ROBOT LOAD SPECIFICATION

The new QC-160 Robotic Tool Changer, recently developed by ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, has a high moment capacity in a lightweight and compact design and utilizes the same proven Locking Mechanism as ATIs QC-200 Series.

Güdel Introduces New Green Tire Trays

Fast, efficient handling of sticky, green tires.

Schunk - Extremely Compact and Powerful Servo Gripper

The EGL from SCHUNK is an extremely compact and powerful servo gripper. It has flexible control of gripping force, speed, and position, which makes it well suited for pharmaceutical, testing, laboratory, and assembly applications.

Baxter Robot Injects Packaging Innovation into Leading Plastics Manufacturer

Rethink Robotics' Baxter Robot Streamlines Packaging Process at Koller-Craft Plastics

ADVANCED PLC ADDRESSES EMERGING CHALLENGES IN MACHINERY CONTROL

"Machinery and motion control applications are becoming much more complex as machinery becomes more capable, smarter and safer, and as demands for more sophisticated human interfaces and communications grows"

VERSABALL Beer Pong Robot

From Empire Robotics: The VERSABALL is a squishy balloon membrane full of loose sub-millimeter particles. The soft ball gripper easily conforms around a wide range of target object shapes and sizes. Using a process known as “granular jamming”, air is quickly sucked out of the ball, which vacuum-packs the particles and hardens the gripper around the object to hold and lift it. The object releases when the ball is re-inflated. VERSABALL comes in multiple head shapes and sizes that use the same pneumatic base... ( Empire Robotics' site )

Four Robotics Related Kickstarters For January

EVB: Replace the brain of your LEGO® EV3 with BeagleBone / X PlusOne: Your Ultimate Hover + Speed Aerial Camera Drone / The ProtoCam+: An easy way to build projects and prototypes around your Raspberry Pi Camera Module with your A+ and B+ Raspberry Pi / Tektyte: LogIT Specialised Circuit Testers

Gudel Introduces the Base-RAP Dress-out Solution

Standard routing and protection solutions for cable management from TrackMotion cable carrier to robot base.

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Russell Finex - Reclaiming and recycling additive manufacturing powders

The Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ guarantees the quality of your additive manufacturing (AM) powder, and has been designed to provide optimum sieving efficiency, ensuring your powder is ready for use or reuse as and when you require it. With a simple one-button operation and mobile design, this automated check screener ensures your powder at every stage of the process is qualified for use quickly and safely. The flexibility of the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ means you can use the system for numerous powder handling tasks - being a modular design ensures the machine can be configured to meet your exact requirements.