Sarcos demoed its Guardian XO, including the manipulation of a full sheet of plywood by using a vacuum gripper attached to the arm of the exoskeleton.
Show Guide for the 2021 ATX West event
The ATX West show is next week. Check out our show guide with a curated list of robotic vendors to visit while at the show.
Compact Interior Paint Station designed by ABB to minimize space, costs, ecological impact
The Compact Interior Painting Station enables automotive manufacturers to reduce the size of their vehicle interior painting stations by one third, while saving costs and making facilities more sustainable, said ABB.
VW Commercial Vehicles deploys 800 ABB robots to manufacture electric vehicles
VW Commercial Vehicles plans to deploy 800 ABB industrial robots to support its transition to electric vehicles in the plant for its ID. Buzz van.
Omnirobotic closes seed round to commercialize AI platform for factory robots
Omnirobotic, which has been developing a “cognitive engine” for general manufacturing, raised $5 million toward further developing and commercializing its Omniscanner and Omnibrain AI platform.
ARM Institute picks 5 Robotics in Sustainment projects for military maintenance
The ARM Institute announced the selection of five sustainment projects focused on strengthening U.S. Department of Defense equipment maintenance with robotics.
Yaskawa Motoman Adds MPX1150, MPX2600 Painting Robots
Yaskawa Motoman has added two high-speed, six-axis robot arms to its line of paint robots. The MPX1150 and MPX2600 robots are designed create for a variety of painting and dispensing applications. The main differences between the two robots are the payloads and horizontal and vertical reaches. The compact MPX1150 robot, which is designed for painting smaller…
Yaskawa MLX300 software for programming robots with PLC language
The MLX300 software option is the newest generation of integration for Yaskawa robots and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The MLX300 lets operators control and program Yaskawa robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot-programming language. All program execution is performed by the PLC; the motion control is handled…
Quiet inroads in robotics: practical applications for service robots
The service robotics industry has been growing exponentially for the past 10 years and many are out in the field performing a wide and diverse range of useful tasks. Consider Savioke, Reis & Irvy, and ECOVACS. These three companies are providing unique, new uses for service robots and are indicative of the growth of service robotics in…
Jorge Cosio joins Yaskawa Mexico as General Manager
Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to announce that Jorge Cosio has joined the company as General Manager of Yaskawa Mexico. In this position, Cosio will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico. Plus, he will be responsible for the operation of Yaskawa’s three facilities located in Mexico (Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro). […]
What’s slowing the use of robots in the ag industry?
Why are so many farm equipment manufacturers so heavily involved in the ag industry yet things are going so slowly in relation to robotics? Perhaps farmers need to first incorporate the digital era — and the concepts and practices of precision agriculture — before taking the next step toward the use of robots. Two traditional qualifyers for farmers buying…
Robotics market in North America surges 32% with $516 million is Q1 2017
North American robotics companies posted the strongest ever first-quarter results, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. Both robot orders and shipments achieved record levels. An all-time high total of 9,773 robots valued at approximately $516 million were ordered from North American robotics companies during the first quarter of 2017. This […]
Yaskawa Motoman educates students about automation career paths
In celebration of National Robotics Week, Yaskawa Motoman provided facility tours for student groups from local high schools, universities and career centers. Attendees had the opportunity to see live robotics demonstrations and learn about the future careers they could have in automation. Yaskawa Motoman hosted approximately 400 students. Schools, universities and career centers represented include: […]
AccuFast II laser-based seam finder improves weld quality and reduces cycle times
AccuFast™ II, an economical laser-based seam finder for Yaskawa Motoman’s arc welding robot line, features improved sensor capabilities. The improved sensor offers increased performance by providing more reliable and repeatable feedback to the robot controller regarding part position. It also provides readings on a variety of materials and at angles of measurement that were not […]
ArcWorld 200 and ArcWorld 500 Workcells with dual workstation design
The new ArcWorld® 200 and ArcWorld 500 welding solutions are designed to be versatile workhorses for small- to medium-sized parts or medium-volume production runs. These customizable models feature a dual-station design allowing for high robot utilization; the operator can load one workstation while the robot is servicing the other. Floorspace requirements are minimal, as they can […]
Show daily: Hottest and most useful robotic technologies at Automate 2017
The Automate 2017 Show in Chicago is quite large this year, with record foot traffic and exhibitors. We’ve seen a lot of new technologies here in the form of motion control, power transmission, linear designs … and robotics for automation. One bit of news from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) was of the first-ever U.S.-China robotics forum […]
42 companies empowering robots and humans to work side-by-side
There is growing demand for more flexibility in factories and shops. Collaborative robotics, a sub-set of service robotics in labs, manufacturing and material handling, is where the action is today because co-bots are meeting these new demands, while caged legacy robots are not. Service and assistance robotics, with and without mobility, are an emerging and somewhat futuristic field, albeit one…
Transcript: How mechatronics is taking additive manufacturing to the next level
I think you would have to live under a rock to have not been exposed to the term “additive manufacturing.” 3D printing, quite honestly, there was somewhat of a hype bubble that has burst, but the good news is the market is transitioning from that hype hangover and really getting down to business and getting […]
Over $19 billion paid to acquire 50 robotics companies in 2016
2016 was a banner year for acquisitions of companies involved in robotics and automation: 50 sold; 11 for amounts over $500 million; five were over a billion. 30 of the 50 companies disclosed transaction amounts which totaled up to a colossal $18.867 billion! UPDATED 1-31-17: Our December story about the acquisition of Liquid Robotics by Boeing didn’t have any financial details but a flurry…
Digital farms are already a reality
Farmers, ranchers and growers the world over are transitioning to precision agricultural methods, i.e., subdividing their acreage into many unique sub-plots — in some cases right down to the individual plant, tree, or animal. These methods enable increased productivity, trace-ability and lower overall costs. Low-cost aerial vehicles, sensors and cameras are integral to the process and are…
Precision Agriculture: Top 10 technologies
PrecisionAg’s editor Eric Sfiligoj has prepared a list of the top 10 technologies that are shaping precision agriculture today. Most involve some level of robotics, navigation, sensors and variable rate dispensing. Check them out! Republished with permission from PrecisionAg – Meister Media Worldwide 1. GPS/GNSS It’s hard to tell exactly where the state of precision agriculture today would be…
Robot orders, shipments set new records in 2015
Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2015, an increase of 14% in units and 11% in dollars over 2014. Robot shipments also set […]