Factory automation > Robotics

‘Robot’ electric car drives itself

20 February, 2013

Robotic technology from Oxford University that enables a car to ‘drive itself’ for stretches of a route has been shown driving a Nissan Leaf electric car.

Automation creating, not stealing, jobs in US

18 January, 2013

The Association for Advancing Automation has expressed disappointment in 60 Minutes’ portrayal of the automation industry, in a segment entitled ‘March of the Machines’ in the United States.

China to lead the world in industrial robot production

14 January, 2013

Chinese industrial production has increased at a CAGR of approximately 14.5% over the past decade, and the country’s demand for automation has followed suit, IMS Research says.

Adept Technology SmartController EX robot motion controller

02 November, 2012

Adept designed the SmartController EX for use with Cobra s-series SCARA robots, Viper six-axis robots, Quattro parallel robots and Python Linear Modules.

Adept Viper s1700D materials handling robot

29 August, 2012

Adept Technology has introduced the Adept Viper s1700D, a 6-axis robot designed for material handling, machine tending, packaging, cutting and assembly.

ABB IRB 1520ID arc welding robot

10 August, 2012

The IRB 1520ID arc welding robot has integrated process dressing technology, in which all power cables and necessary gas and pressurised air hoses are integrated into the arm of the robot.

ABB IRB120T robot

29 June, 2012

The IRB120T is a variant of the IRB120 robot that reduces cycle times by up to 25%.

MIT researchers develop robotic assistants for factory workers

18 June, 2012

Wish you had a robot to help with repetitive tasks at work? Researchers at MIT are working on it.

ABB PalletPack 460 pre-engineered palletising package

21 May, 2012

PalletPack 460 is a pre-engineered package of robotic palletising components featuring the IRB 460 robot designed specifically for the high-speed, end-of-processing-line palletising.

ABB delivers 200,000th robot

07 May, 2012

ABB has delivered its 200,000th robot worldwide, since introducing the IRB 6, the first all-electric robot on the market, in 1974. The company held a ceremony to celebrate the milestone at Yingkou, China, where the new IRB 6640 six-axis robot was delivered.

ABB panel-mounted IRC5 controllers

19 March, 2012

ABB now offers a panel-mounted controller variant for larger ABB robots, providing system integrators with easier and more flexible integration solutions.

ABB IRB 120 cleanroom robot

30 January, 2012

ABB has launched an ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom version of its smallest multipurpose industrial robot.

ABB custom robotic motor and gear unit packages

22 August, 2011 by

ABB is offering motor and gear unit packages that enable robot integrators to create custom solutions for workpiece positioners, robot carriers, track motions, servo guns and indexing conveyers. The motor and gear units are designed to optimise cost-efficiency and performance, and to simplify integration and operation.

Gudel gantry robot systems

15 August, 2011 by

Güdel gantry systems are claimed to expand users’ horizontal and vertical reach for a diverse range of materials handling requirements. The systems require less floor space than floor-mounted robots while offering a high degree of safety and accuracy.

Teams announced for the NI 2011 Autonomous Robotics competition

18 May, 2011

National Instruments Oceania has announced the competing teams for the inaugural National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.

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