Factory automation

Robo-picker recognises random objects

14 May, 2018

Smarter than traditional pick-and-place robots, a newly developed robo-picker prototype can decide how to pick items up, what they are and where to put them.


Firestone AirPicker and AirGripper end effectors

14 May, 2018 | Supplied by: Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd

The AirPicker and AirGripper ranges comprise precision-engineered rubber product handling devices that inflate gently and evenly to manipulate delicate products or containers.


When I grow up, I want to be a sense maker

14 May, 2018 by Mike Pinkerton, Aurecon | Supplied by: Aurecon Pty Ltd

The digital age is accelerating at a magnificent rate and changing business as we know it: but there are some types of jobs that cannot be replaced.


Cobots to be explained at National Manufacturing Week

04 May, 2018

Universal Robots will demonstrate easily integrated and affordable collaborative robots at NMW.


Pepperl+Fuchs WCS Outdoor position encoding system

01 May, 2018 | Supplied by: Pepperl+Fuchs (Aust) Pty Ltd

The WCS Outdoor is optimised for position feedback in outdoor environments such as ports, offshore installations, ships or waste incineration plants.


ABB and The Economist launch Automation Readiness Index

27 April, 2018 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

The report on global readiness for robotics, automation and artificial intelligence ranks Australia in the top 10.


SMC ZP3P vacuum pad

27 April, 2018 | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

Designed to offer optimum absorbing performance and efficient handling, the ZP3P vacuum pad from SMC features a blue-coloured silicone rubber pad that prevents wrinkles and is compliant with FDA regulations.


Leuze OGS 600 sensor for AGV automation

26 April, 2018 | Supplied by: Leuze electronic Pty Ltd

The Leuze OGS 600 sensor is designed to enable cost-effective vehicle automation for the transport of materials and goods in production and storage areas.


Balluff BOS 18M photoelectric sensor with IO-Link

13 April, 2018 | Supplied by: Balluff Pty Ltd

Balluff has added IO-Link functionality to its standard 18 mm tubular photoelectric sensors.


Meggitt Sensing Systems Model 35C miniature triaxial accelerometer

04 April, 2018 | Supplied by: Bestech Australia Pty Ltd

The Model 35C from Meggitt Sensing Systems is said to be the world's smallest IEPE triaxial accelerometer.


Pepperl+Fuchs UC-F77 ultrasonic sensors

01 April, 2018 | Supplied by: Pepperl+Fuchs (Aust) Pty Ltd

The UC-F77 ultrasonic sensors offer IO-Link, sound beam adjustment, synchronisation, long detection ranges of up to 800 mm and minimal dead bands.


Robots make workers sick: study

27 March, 2018

Researchers in the USA have published findings that robots (and automation in general) could be affecting workers' health through fear for their job security.


Pixelink PL-D7512 12 MP colour camera

26 March, 2018 | Supplied by: SciTech Pty Ltd

The Pixelink PL-D range of USB 3.0 cameras links together the benefits of high frame-rate CMOS technology with the high-speed data throughput of USB 3.0 technology.


IDEC WindEDIT Lite app

21 March, 2018 | Supplied by: IDEC Australia Pty Ltd

IDEC Corporation has released the WindEDIT Lite app for iOS and Android devices, providing two-way access to its range of MicroSmart FC6A PLCs.


Robotic oil drilling system improves efficiency and safety for offshore drilling

15 March, 2018 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

A drill floor solution comprising robotic technology has been developed for fully unmanned oil and gas operations.


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