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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IBG/Goeke Technology Group to focus on vision technology at Hannover Messe 2017

At this year’s event in Hanover, IBG / Goeke Technology Group will present their entirely new strategic focus in Hall 17, Booth E18: from now on, our customers and their challenges will be the very focus of our joint projects. In accordance with the new mission statement I5 {ai five} – Initiative, Inspiration, Innovation and […]

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Parts packs expand reach of TETRIX MAX robotics kits

Pitsco Education always aims to improve the TETRIX Robotics experience. With the creation of new TETRIX MAX parts packs, getting the specific parts needed to expand the design of a robot is easier than ever. Eight different TETRIX MAX parts packs feature a huge assortment of specialty parts and pieces. These include: • Structure Pack […]

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Denso offers guide to controllers for small assembly robots

DENSO Robotics has announced a new free guide, “Small Assembly Robots: Evaluating Controllers.” The guide provides essential facts and information about controllers for small assembly robots. A section on buying tips is included. “A robot controller plays a critical role in programming and operating the robot, as well as communicating back and forth with the Industrial […]

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Deployment of robots soars 70% in Asia

Asian industry’s uptake of industrial robots is accelerating: in just five years its operational stock rose 70 percent to 887,400 units, (2010-2015). In 2015 alone, annual sales of robots jumped 19% to 160,600 units, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive year. These are results of the World Robotics Report 2016, published by the […]

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Where do cartesian XYZ robot and printer configurations fit vs formats like delta, articulated, and SCARA?

It used to be that motion control was X, Y, and Z, and then there was the evolution of articulated and SCARA robots to go ahead and achieve, cost effectively, anywhere from three to seven axes of motion. Then there started to be the delta format robots that you would see on packaging lines, that […]

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Collaborative robot arm makes visual inspections in the blink of an eye

Using a robot arm for lightbox visual inspections has simplified production for one visual inspection systems manufacturer. Highlighted at PackExpo last November, Universal Robots’ collaborative robot—or cobot— is automating parts inspection for one of its preferred system integrators, HNJ Solutions. Its Automated Cosmetic Inspection system integrates automated pick-and-place with quality inspection of high volume production. […]

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Robotics in motion: Quadrupled production capacity with collaborative robots

Robotic platforms abound in Cartesian setups, delta subtypes, and six-axis selective-compliance-articulated robot arms (SCARAs). They’re more common than ever for machining, packaging, palleting, machine tending, welding, and assembly. But no matter the application, the robot morphology must match the task at hand. Case study: Quadrupled production capacity with collaborative robots Contract manufacturer Dynamic Group had […]

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FIPA gripper system for protective film removal delivers cost and labor-savings for sheet metal handling

FIPA Inc. a leading manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT), recently created a custom EOAT solution that facilitates the removal of protective film from sheet metal with a cost- and labor-saving automated process. Developed for Foilpuller GmbH, a stainless steel sheet metal processing company based in Bobingen, Germany, FIPA’s […]

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One vise for all workpieces with jaw support for ID and OD clamping

The SCHUNK KONTEC KSC centric clamping multifaceted vise has optimal jaw support for I.D. and O.D. clamping with long base jaw guidance. It can be easily adapted for conventional clamping, short clamping depths for 5-sided machining, mould parts, plates or saw cuts. This innovative vice has already set itself apart on the market because of […]

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Universal hydraulic toolholder now with extended lengths

With the TENDO E compact, SCHUNK has started a new era in tool clamping with this universal toolholder that is suitable for applications such as milling, drilling, and reaming.  SCHUNK now offers new extended lengths in CAT 40 (4“) and CAT 50 (6“). Both are great for long reach applications and in multi-axis machines. For […]

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DoD announces new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing center in Pittsburgh

The Department of Defense has awarded the 14th Manufacturing USA institute—the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub—to American Robotics Inc. The eighth DoD-led institute, the ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing and incentivize companies to invest in new technology development in the United States. Headquartered […]

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Basler camera modules for embedded vision at embedded world 2017

Basler AG from Ahrensburg, Germany, a global leading manufacturer of industrial digital cameras, will be exhibiting at the embedded world fair in Nuremberg, Germany, from March 14 – 16. The focus of its presentation will be on its board level camera modules as well as development kits and software for the embedded vision field. Working […]

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BEI Kimco meets robotics application requirements with high-torque-density frameless motors

BEI Kimco, a brand of Sensata Technologies, is developing new motor designs to meet the torque loads and size requirements in the rapidly growing robotics industry.  The company recently met demanding brushless DC (BLDC) motor needs for use in a multi-axis assembly robot for semiconductor and other light manufacturing applications. Key to the robot’s design […]

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Line scan cameras feature industry’s highest optical resolution

Chromasens GmbH, a leading manufacturer of line-scan camera systems for 2D and 3D machine vision applications, has introduced the latest generation of its 3DPIXA stereo line-scan color cameras, the 3DPIXA HR (High Resolution), now offering more speed and the industry’s highest optical resolution. “Unprecedented imaging prowess, combined with ultra-fast stereo algorithms empower a single 3DPIXA HR to […]

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ROTA NCX power lathe chuck – Upgrade easily to tomorrow’s technology

Manufacturing requires cost control — which usually takes the form of control over lot size, setup, and changeover times. Lot sizes affect the costs of parts. Setup and changeover times dictate how long a machine stays running and how much it’s subject to downtime. The last cost driver is machine cost, and it’s been in the spotlight lately as machines […]

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SCHUNK EGL: Intelligent gripping module

The SCHUNK EGL 70 mechatronic parallel gripper combines power and intelligence. With variable gripping force between 50 and 600 N it is one of the most powerful and flexible mechatronic grippers on the market and was specifically developed for industrial applications. Because the finger position, closing speed, and gripping force are freely programmable within a maximum stroke […]

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SCHUNK hydraulic expansion arbor with VERO-S module quick-change capabilities

With more than 75,000 implemented, customer-specific solutions, SCHUNK has been developing and manufacturing hydraulic expansion arbors for high-precision applications in milling, hobbing, turning, grinding, assembly, inspection, and balancing for over 35 years. With SCHUNK, profit from the know-how of the world’s largest supplier and the market leader for hydraulic expansion technology … now with VERO-S Module […]

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135,000 new robots installed in U.S. over past six years

According to the World Robotics Report 2016, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), from 2010–2015, U.S. manufacturers have installed approximately 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver in this race to automate is the automotive industry. During this same period, the number of employees in the automotive sector increased by 230,000. Today, the […]

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NaviPack announces the release of the most affordable and Useful LiDAR navigation module for drones, robots and autonomous devices

NaviPack is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking product for autonomous control of drones, robots, and other devices. The low cost, ease of use, and pure utility of the NaviPack LiDAR navigation module makes integrating control for vehicles and robots easier and cheaper than ever before. What makes NaviPack different from other LiDAR systems begins […]

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Teledyne DALSA presents its innovation for machine vision at ITE 2016

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in machine vision technology, will showcase its Calibir Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) radiometric camera, its multi-line CMOS color Piranha XL camera and will provide a preview of its new Xtium-CXP PX8 frame grabber at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment (ITE Japan 2016). The […]

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Sercos slave prototyping with EasySlave Kit for Arduino

Sercos International, provider of the Sercos® automation bus, presented Sercos slave prototyping with EasySlave kit for Arduino. Arduino is a physical computing platform that is enjoying strongly growing popularity in research and teaching and also in the implementation of IoT concepts. The special thing about Arduino is that the boards are inexpensive and both hardware […]

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No Need for Speed: More innovation needed before adopting automated vehicles

By Wade Trappe | Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University We spend a considerable amount of time driving—to work and home, for recreation and travel. Envisioning a completely autonomous world, we’ll be able to rent a vehicle pre-programmed to take us to a specified destination. Drivers will be able to disengage to read the newspaper […]

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Comau’s Racer 5 Small robot family grows for quick handling in tight spaces

After releasing its Racer3 robot last year, Comau is once again expanding its small robot family for quick applications in restricted spaces, including handling, assembly and pick-and-place operations. Two new robots—Racer5-0.63 and Racer5-0.80—are both controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. The […]

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BitFlow releases single-link CoaXPress frame grabber

A new generation of machine vision cameras built to the CoaXPress (CXP) standard has recently emerged that makes the development of CXP systems more affordable, easier to configure, and cooler operating. Responding to the need to create an equally cost-effective, high-speed interface to fully leverage these new CXP cameras, BitFlow has introduced the Aon-CXP single link […]

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