Japan company testing robots to counter childcare shortage

Japan is in the throes of a childcare crisis as more mothers go to work, childcare staff are overworked and facility waitlists skyrocket. One child- and elderly-care company is testing out robots as a way to fill the gaps. Global Bridge Holdings, which runs 27 childcare centers in Tokyo, is working with Gunma University to…

IBM and MIT partner on AI research lab

IBM and the Mass. Institute of Technology plan to expand their ongoing partnership to create the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab to perform research on artificial intelligence. IBM is making a 10-year, $240 million investment to establish the Cambridge, Mass. center. The lab will harness the work of 100 scientists, professors and students to develop AI…

WATCH: Robot airbags help protect human workers

As companies and factories introduce more robots and robotics systems into their manufacturing processes and the interaction between robots and humans increases, so does the risk of injury to human workers. Although foam covers or lower working speeds could protect robots’ human counterparts, these measures also make the robots more inefficient. Researchers at Germany’s Institute…

Researchers find way to automate measuring brain cell signals

Engineers at the Mass. Institute of Technology are working to automate the process of recording electrical signals from a brain neuron, which could help researchers more precisely study individual brain cells that affect learning and functioning and cause cognitive diseases. “Knowing how neurons communicate is fundamental to basic and clinical neuroscience,” Ed Boyden, senior author…

Beijing ROS-AI developer Roobo raises $53 million

Beijing-based AI solutions developer Roobo raised $53 million in a Series B funding round led by Seven Seas Partners, a Chinese VC. This is in addition to the $100 million raised last year. The managing partner of Seven Seas, Jeff Xiong, will become Roobo’s new CEO.

ABB to expand Michigan-based factory

Swiss company ABB plans to expand its industrial robot factory in Auburn Hills, Mich., CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer told Reuters this week. He did not comment on new jobs or investments associated with the expansion. The facility, which was first announced in 2015, produced its first robot in March and currently employs about 1,000 people. ABB…

OMNIlife science tissue balancing tool receives FDA clearance

The FDA gave 501(k) clearance for a robotic tissue balancing device from OMNIlife science, which works with its OMNIBotics robotic-assisted knee replacement technology to provide a more custom procedure. The tool monitors the soft tissue envelope during an operation and provides feedback to the surgeon in real time. Using it in coordination with the OMNIBotics…

Cambridge Medical Robotics unveils first look at Versius ‘bot

Cambridge Medical Robotics released the first photos today of its surgical robot, Versius, designed to make minimal access surgery more widely available and easier to perform. “We’ve designed Versius with surgeons in mind. By equipping them with a remarkable tool, fit for their demanding job, we can change the way surgery is delivered,” CEO Martin…

Hi-rez pressure-based sensor reconstructs fingerprints at 1,000 dpi

Leti today announced that the European R&D project known as PiezoMAT has developed a pressure-based fingerprint sensor that enables resolution more than twice as high as currently required by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The project’s proof of concept demonstrates that a matrix of interconnected piezoelectric zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanowires grown on silicon can […]

Common applications for linear rails

Linear rails are the backbone of many industrial applications, providing low-friction guidance and high stiffness for loads that can range from just a few grams to thousands of kilograms. Their range of sizes, accuracy classes, and preloads make linear rails suitable for virtually any performance requirement. The reasons for using linear rails are numerous, but […]

Catalog details pyroelectric detectors, PbS and PbSe detectors, InGaAs photodiodes, sensor arrays

LASER COMPONENTS has issued a new catalog covering its extensive portfolio of infrared components on more than 130 pages. Many of the products are manufactured at the company’s own sites in Arizona and Florida – including pyroelectric detectors, PbS and PbSe detectors, and most of all the highly successful (x)InGaAs photodiodes and sensor arrays. Other […]

How do switched reluctance motors differ from stepper motors?

Switched reluctance motors operate by switching currents in the stator windings in response to changes in the magnetic circuit formed by the rotor and stator. The stator of a switched reluctance motor contains windings, similar to a brushless DC motor, but the rotor is simply made of steel that is shaped into salient poles, with […]

Charges filed by US in Medrobotics trade secret case after CEO spots suspect in secured office

An individual has been arrested and charged with entering robotic medtech firm Medrobotics‘ headquarters in an attempt to steal trade secrets, according to court documents from the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts filed this week. Court documents identify the suspect as 44-year old Dong Liu, who “appears to be a dual citizen…

This exoskeleton could eliminate crouch gait

The National Institutes of Health has created what it claims is the first robotic exoskeleton that is designed to treat crouch gait in children who have cerebral palsy. Crouch gait occurs when there is excessive bending of the knees while walking. It is a common condition in children with cerebral palsy. The NIH reports that…

Medtronic puts another $40m into Mazor Robotics

Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) said today that it’s accelerating a deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), which is due to put another $40 million into Mazor and take on exclusive global distribution rights for the Mazor X robot-assisted surgery device. It’s the third investment in the Israeli surgical robotics concern for Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic, taking its total investment to $72 million and…

Klüber Lubrication offers high-temperature lubricating greases for rolling bearings

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces STABUTHERM greases for rolling bearings in the automotive, beverage, glass and ceramics industries. STABUTHERM GH 461 and STABUTHERM GH 462 feature highly effective anti-wear properties and are resistant to oxidation, providing reliable protection against corrosion. Application of STABUTHERM greases can reduce lubricant and waste water disposal […]

Creaform wins prestigious 2017 IDEA award

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and highly accurate 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today that its portable optical CMM solution and 3D scanners, which include the MetraSCAN 3D, C-Track and HandyPROBE Next, won Bronze during the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), a premier international design competition held each year by the Industrial […]

Group Calls for a “Simulation Revolution”

The demand for engineering simulation software tools is exploding in response to deal with the rapidly growing complexity of products, processes, and systems and as companies increased competitiveness. At the same time, the industry is having difficulty keeping up with demand for the specialized experts needed to best use these complex tools. That’s the word […]

‘It’s in our DNA’: How Intuitive Surgical CEO Guthart plans to stay on top of the surgical robotics market

Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) has spent more than a decade dominating the robot-assisted surgery market, and longtime CEO Gary Guthart has no plans to cede that position, he tells MassDevice.com Executive Editor Brad Perriello in this special podcast. Guthart said Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive stays focused on one criterion: “Where can we make a difference in outcomes?” Robotic surgery…

Report: Cloud-based CAD Gaining Customers

When it comes to CAD and other computer-aided engineering tools available in the cloud, there’s a mismatch in definitions and expectations between customers and vendors, which has caused a delay in CAD-in-the-cloud adoption. But CAD customers are quickly moving toward accepting the new method of design delivery. That’s according to Jon Peddie Research and Business […]

Thermal imaging sensor aids in characterizing critical production equipment

Fluke Corp. has expanded the capabilities of its Condition Monitoring system to include thermal monitoring with the addition of the new Fluke® 3550 FC Thermal Imaging Sensor. Maintenance managers can now collect a more comprehensive variety of key-indicator data — thermal imaging, voltage, current, temperature, and power — on critical equipment to build a real-time […]

Motion System Handbook: A Solution for Every Motion Application + more

In this issue: 14 Actuators Electrical 32 Bearings Rotary 80 Drives AC   Engineers new and experienced: 2017 Design World Motion Handbook is for you Talk to a recent engineering graduate, and of top concern isn’t landing a job but rather a nagging inability to design something worth something — especially given the open-ended parameters

Newark element14 now stocking TE Connectivity Sensors

Newark element14, the Development Distributor, is now stocking a wide range of sensors from TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors. TE sensors are available for same day shipping. Access to a broad range of sensors provides engineers with the choices required to meet the needs of various applications, based on a […]

New holding bracket for handheld enclosures

ROLEC has added a new vertical holding bracket to the range of accessories available for its mobilCASE aluminum electronic enclosures. The new holder can be fitted to walls or machines. It is molded from black polyamide as standard. ROLEC mobilCASE was designed primarily for handheld electronics (IP 65 sealing) – instruments and controllers – but […]

Bel Power Solutions announces ultra-low profile 40 watt ABC41 and MBC41 series of AC-DC power supplies

Bel Power Solutions and Protection, a Bel group company and global manufacturer of power management devices, announces the expansion of their ABC Series open-frame, AC-DC power supply portfolio to include the ultra-low profile ABC41 (industrial) and MBC41 (medical) Series, with an industry leading footprint of 3″ x 2″ x 0.75″ (19 mm). Designed for OEM, […]