Suhner introduces ROBOTsander for aerospace applications

Suhner has released its new ROBOTsander, a highly capable and adaptive surface treatment solution used in the automotive, aerospace, appliance, off-highway and outdoor power equipment market.  Operations that benefit from the ROBOTsander are material protection, surface brightening, paint preparations and CFRP activation. Applications include grinding, brightening, polishing, deburring and sanding. The ROBOTsander can safely be used on…

Tips for choosing a 3D vision system

With four times as many as color receptors as humans, the Mantis shrimp has the most impressive eyes in nature.  Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba…

Dan Kara Joins WTWH Media as VP, Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Industry veteran tapped to guide and expand robotics and intelligent systems initiatives PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Cleveland, OH—WTWH Media, LLC, a business-to-business publishing and event company, today announced Dan Kara, technology business analyst and integrated media veteran, has joined WTWH as Vice President, Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Kara will guide and…

TM Robotics will highlight Toshiba Machine’s newest SCARA robot in U.S. at ATX West

Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, will introduce the THE400, the latest Toshiba Machine SCARA robot, to the North American market Automation Technology (ATX) West alongside Futura Automation, the company’s sales agent for the West Coast. ATX West will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from February 6 to 8. TM Robotics will be…

Boeing unveils unmanned aerial vehicle prototype that can transport 500 pounds of cargo

Boeing recently completed initial flight tests of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype. The platform is designed to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. In less than three months, Boeing engineers designed and built the CAV prototype, which stands 4 feet off the ground, measures 15 by…

AGV designs: Re-envisioning material handling

Autonomous or automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are those compact wheeled conveyances that tote, tow, trailer, lift, shift, rotate, rack and store, or otherwise transport goods along defined paths set by guidance systems. New iterations of these robotic designs are on the rise. In fact, AGVs — a relatively mature technology in the field of robotics…

Point-to-point mobile robots hot sellers

Today’s e-commerce spurs demand for reduced response times in fulfillment centers; generally has fewer products per order; and is constantly changing — increasing system complexity and the need for flexibility in automation. Today’s warehouses and distribution centers are far more complex than they were 10 years ago and employee turnover remains high; with complexity comes higher wages…

Teledyne DALSA’s new 1.3M cameras optimized for price and performance

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company has introduced its newest Genie Nano cameras built around ON Semiconductor’s Python P3 1.3M CMOS image sensors. These new models feature a global shutter, with 1280 x 1024 resolution, and image capture of up to 83 frames-per-second with Teledyne’s TurboDrive technology. Developed for cost-conscious imaging applications that don’t require the…

Study: Implantable robot helps spur tissue regeneration

An implantable, programmable robot induced cell growth and lengthened part of the esophagus in an animal model by more than 75%, according to researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. The team reported in Science Robotics today that the robot triggered tissue growth without interfering with organ function. The system could help regrow parts of the esophagus that are missing…

Intuitive Surgical shares up on prelim Q4, FY2017 earnings

Surgical robotics giant Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) shares have risen over 5% today after it posted preliminary earnings for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2017 that beat Wall Street analyst consensus. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said it expects to post sales of $892 million for the fourth quarter, up 18% compared to sales during…

December 2017 fundings, acquisitions and IPOs

Twenty-one different startups were funded in December cumulatively raising $430 million, down from the $782 million in November. Three didn’t report the amount of their funding. Only three were over $50 million of which one was a Chinese startup. Three acquisitions were reported during the month including two takeovers of Western robotics companies by Chinese…

November fundings, acquisitions and IPOs

Twenty-two different startups were funded in November cumulatively raising $782 million, down a bit from the $862 million in October. The big $400 million funding for UBTech and the $55 million for TuSimple were the only two fundings over $50 million and they were both for Chinese startups with funding from Chinese VC firms. Six…

Han’s Robot delivers new line of Elfin collaborative robots

Energid Technologies has announced that Han’s Robot, a subsidiary of global Chinese manufacturer Han’s Laser, has licensed Energid’s Actin premier control software for its new line of cost-effective collaborative robots (“cobots”), called Elfins. Actin is an easy-to-use robot control and simulation framework that offers robot manufacturers faster time to market, reduced software development costs, and…

Matrox Imaging launches project change validator to safeguard vision systems

Matrox Imaging has announced Project Change Validator, a modification proofing utility that ensures machine vision systems uphold inspection requirements following any new project updates. Available in the Matrox Design Assistant 5.1 flowchart-based machine vision software, Project Change Validator provides production managers the comfort that all project modifications maintain inspection integrity. Project Change Validator brings enhanced…

FANUC’s new SCARA robots offer speed, precision, ultra-compact design

FANUC Corp. will introduce the new SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo. FANUC’s new SCARA robots feature high-speed, precise operation for pick and place, assembly, testing/inspection and packaging processes in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, auto component, plastics, food and beverage, lab automation, appliances and…

igus launches low-cost robotics website

Today, robots dominate the manufacturing industry and are increasingly emerging in many other fields. Automation applications that grip, turn, pivot and perform simple pick-and-place tasks over long periods of time are made possible with low cost robotics. This can create a huge competitive advantage for small and medium-sized businesses. At low-cost-robotics.com, a comprehensive overview of…

Toshiba Machine’s THE400 to be revealed at IREX 2017

TM Robotics is preparing to introduce the THE400 SCARA robot, the latest addition to its range of industrial machinery. The new model has been developed to set the standard for the next generation of SCARA robots, and will be officially launched by Toshiba Machine at the International Robotic Exhibition (IREX) in Tokyo, Japan, which runs…

FANUC marks production of 500,000th robot

FANUC Corp. has announced the production of its 500,000th robot. “Automation and robotics are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness,” said Mike Cicco, president & CEO, FANUC America. “More companies are using automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share. Having sold a half million robots is a key milestone for FANUC, and…

Robots and the two-edged blade of new technology

There’s a scare-tactic video going around on social media, and I wanted to weigh in on it—this particular video has gone from 500,000 views to almost 2 million in the past 10 days. As a matter of principle, I will not link to it. It presents a scary future in which killer robotic drones—controlled by any…

30+2 research reports forecast significant growth for robot industry

Press releases for this batch of 30 research reports all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to grow at a double-digit pace at least through 2022. Although these reports vary widely in their forecasts – often on the same topic, they all seem to agree that the global robotics industry is growing…

Titan Medical increases offering to $18m

Titan Medical (TSX:TMD) said today it has increased the size of its previously announced offering to between $14.1 million (CDN $18 million) and $18 million (CDN $23 million), up from between $10.2 million (CDN $13 million) and $11.7 million (CDN $15 million). The Toronto-based company said it is looking to offer units at approximately 39¢ (CDN…

Locus Robotics raises $25 million for warehouse RaaS

Locus Robotics, a Wilmington, MA-based startup, raised $25 million in a Series B funding led by Silicon Valley Scale Venture Partners, with additional participation from existing investors. Locus plans to use the funds to expand into international markets and build up its growing subscription-based robot fleet. Locus business model uses Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) which allows customers…

Allied Electronics sponsoring Colorado State team in NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Allied Electronics is sponsoring the team from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC). VP of eCommerce and Marketing Dan Stewart and Director of Brand and Supplier Marketing Elisa Weber traveled to Fort Collins to deliver RS Pro, and other products distributed by Allied, for use…

Tesla gives self-driving trucking a boost

Tesla this week showcased an electric truck that will have some self-driving capabilities. Elon Musk unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck that the company said would prove more efficient and less costly to operate than the diesel trucks that now haul goods across the country. Quoting from The NY Times: The truck…

Jibo personal robot tops Time’s Best Innovations of 2017

Jibo is a personal robot with a difference. It is unlike the stationary Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It attempts to offer the same repertoire of features while adding its physical presence and mobility to the mix. Quoting Time Magazine, “Jibo looks like something straight out of a Pixar movie, with a big, round head and…