Minnesota Rubber and Plastics Doubles Clean Room Manufacturing Capacity At Its Litchfield, Minnesota Facilities

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics announced that it has doubled its clean room manufacturing capacity at its Litchfield, Minnesota facilities. The expansion is in response to rapid growth of the company’s medical and pharmaceutical business. As a leading molder of high performance elastomers and thermoplastics to the medical device industry, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics added a

DENSO celebrates 50 years in robotics

Back in 1967, the U.S. was immersed in the cultural “Summer of Love” – a time of rapid change when new ideas flourished freely. Robotics was relatively unknown, with most people only able to dream about robots such as those they’d seen in sci-fi films. Few knew what a vital role robots would play in […]

Programmable dc motor controller targets autonomous land, underwater robots

Roboteq Inc. has introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving three DC motors up to 60 Volts and 60Amps per channel. The FDC3260 is targeted at designers ofmobile robots, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs). The 3 high power outputs are particularly effective for XYZ stabilization platforms, flight simulators or for driving three thrusters in underwater […]

New DENSO RC8A robot controller

DENSO Robotics has announced a new RC8A robot controller that adds DENSO Safety Motion—which allows creation of virtual fences around the robot—to the list of advanced-performance features and functions already available with the previous RC8 model. “As people and robots work more and more closely together, especially with the trend toward collaborative robots, new safety […]

Rethink Robotics expands global reach with new distribution partners

Rethink Robotics announced that it has signed deals with nine distribution partners throughout the United States and Europe to extend the availability of its smart, collaborative robots. With an extensive network throughout the world—including partners in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico and Australia—these distribution deals are part of Rethink’s efforts […]

A look at DENSO Robotics’ new Ohio training center

DENSO Robotics has opened its latest and most modern Sales, Application and Training Center, located just 40 minutes northeast of Cincinnati. At DENSO, developing the most advanced automation technologies is only half the story. Customer education and support are vital, ongoing services that must match the high quality levels set by DENSO products. The DENSO […]

PLK modular pneumatic pin clamps can be used with robotic arms

Series PLK Modular Pneumatic Pin Clamps feature high clamping force on a lightweight body, and are often used as the end effector of a robotic arm. As with the previous design, these clamps are designed with a completely enclosed pin and long life seals that can withstand the dirt and water present in shop air, […]

Bimba enters into Robotics market with IntelliAxis

Bimba, a manufacturer of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, has introduced IntelliAxis multi-axis electric Linear Robot actuators for either X-Z or X-Y motion applications. Employing a one-of-a-kind two-axis system, the unit features a single continuous belt that serpentines around the two axes eliminating the need for a motor in the Z- or Y-axis while […]

DENSO awards Battle Creek student scholarships

DENSO Manufacturing Michigan (DMMI) in Battle Creek, the city’s largest employer and one of the top automotive thermal systems and component producers, today awarded scholarships to four outstanding students through partnerships with the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (BCAMSC). Scholarship resources come from the DMMI Scholarship […]

DENSO Foundation awards nearly $1 million in grants

Supporting the communities DENSO serves and providing resources for the next generation of technical workers to succeed are core to DENSO’s success. To fulfill these promises, DENSO’s philanthropic arm—the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF)—funds programs across the continent each year providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development. […]

VBOTS announces new certified material developer program

New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), the only provider of Built to Share automated 3D printing solutions, has announced the launch of the Certified Material Developers Program, which will enable material, polymer, and chemistry companies to test and develop new 3D printing materials. As a member of the Certified Material Developer Program, organizations can experiment with any […]

First Renishaw neuromate stereotactic robot installed in Canada

Renishaw is pleased to announce the first neuromate stereotactic robot in Canada has been installed in the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario. The first neuromate assisted neurosurgical procedure performed in Canada was a Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals within the brain. The aim of […]

Square pole technology boosts productivity in flat grinding

SCHUNK MAGNOS parallel pole, square pole, and radial pole plates ensure reliable workpiece clamping, quick workpiece changes, and particularly efficient processes in grinding applications. 200% increased productivity Among other things, SCHUNK MAGNOS square pole grinding plates boost productivity by up to 200%, compared to conventional setups using parallel pole technology. Movable pole extensions make such […]

Ready Robotics announces new affordable robots-as-a-service pricing

Ready Robotics has announced the first robots-as-a-service solution tough enough to handle real industrial tasks and flexible enough to be deployed in mere hours. Ready Robotics’ unique combination of plug-and-play tooling and easy programming interface makes the formerly expensive and complicated task of automation achievable for all manufacturers. Ready is also proud to announce its […]

Integrating robotics faster at ATX East

I had a great chat with the leadership team of Baltimore-based Ready Robotics at the ATX East show at New York’s Javits Center this week. Kel Guerin, the company’s CTO and Benjamin Gibbs, the CEO, described how Ready has built an easy-to-use platform for integrating industrial robots. “We basically take out the headache of setting up the tooling, […]

Epson Robots to demonstrate efficient robotics for automation at ATX East

Epson Robots will be showing precision robotics to deliver efficiency and productivity for a wide variety of applications in factory automation at the Automation Technology show, ATX East. The showcase will feature the new and revolutionary Flexion N2 6-Axis robot as well as an assembly demo of an Epson Point of Sale printer built with […]

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). […]

ABB’s YuMi rings NASDAQ opening bell

ABB’s YuMi dual-arm, collaborative robot rang the opening bell today at the NASDAQ MarketSite Studio in Times Square in New York City to start the trading day. YuMi was a guest of ROBO Global LLC, which offers The ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index Series, the world’s first benchmark index series to track the global […]

Softbank announces purchase of Boston Dynamics

SoftBank Group Corp. on Friday announced that a subsidiary of SoftBank has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc. The transaction aligns with SoftBank’s investments in paradigm-shifting technologies and its vision of catalyzing the next wave of smart robotics. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Masayoshi […]

Yaskawa Motoman MPX3500 robot creates consistent finish in coating applications

The fast six-axis MPX3500 robot offers superior performance and efficiently creates a smooth, consistent finish in painting and coating applications. It offers a flexible, compact design and is suitable for painting parts of nearly any size and shape, including recessed, curved or contoured surfaces. The MPX3500 has a 15 kg wrist payload capacity and a 25 […]

New high-speed cameras feature Camera Link vision interface and industry-leading SONY and ON-Semi image sensors

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in image sensing technology, has expanded its high value Genie Nano camera series with new Camera Link models built around the industry’s best performing CMOS image sensors from SONY and ON-Semi. The first monochrome and color Camera Link models will feature ON-Semi’s 16 and 25M Python image […]

RoboteQ’s 500Amps brushless motor controller targets heavy duty robots

Roboteq Inc. has introduced the RGBL1860 and RGBL1896 controllers for High-Power Brushless DC Motors.These featured-packed controllers can drive up to 500A at 60V, or 300A at 96V respectively. This very high power capacity makes the controllers ideal for Electric Vehicles, Material Handling Robots, Electric Boats or Agricultural Robots. The controllers can operate in trapezoidal or […]

Stäubli introduces cutting-edge collaborative robots at Automate 2017

Stäubli introduced its new TX2 line of collaborative robots to the North American market at the Automate trade show in Chicago, ushering in a new era of Man-Robot Collaboration (MRC). The line of six-axis machines and corresponding CS9 safety control are just two of several innovations on display from the leading provider of fluid and […]

Machining simulator brings design/production training to classrooms

FANUC America has developed a new machining simulator that encompasses the complete manufacturing process from part design and engineering to CNC programming to virtual production simulation. The FANUC Machining Simulator features Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD/CAM/CAE software and a custom machining simulation program designed by ModuleWorks. The FANUC Machining Simulator comes with Fusion 360, a cloud-based […]

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Universal Robots launches Universal Robots Academy offering free online training in robot programming

Learning how to set up and program a collaborative robot – or cobot – no longer depends on real life access to a robot or a training class. Now everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots can log in to the Universal Robots Academy and get the introduction necessary to master basic […]

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