Factory automation

ABB unveils single-arm YuMi cobot

01 December, 2017 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

ABB has unveiled a single-arm, smaller-footprint version of its YuMi collaborative robot.

IDEC Corporation MicroSmart FC6A Plus PLC

30 November, 2017 | Supplied by: IDEC Australia Pty Ltd

With its expanded I/O capacity of up to 2060 local I/O, the Microsmart FC6A Plus PLC is said to be able to control and monitor the largest machines or entire small-scale manufacturing facilities.

ABB and Kawasaki announce cobot cooperation

28 November, 2017 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

ABB and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have announced that the companies will join forces to share knowledge and promote the benefits of collaborative robots, in particular those with dual-arm designs.

Moog 80 cc electrohydrostatic pump

24 November, 2017 | Supplied by: Moog Australia Pty Ltd

Moog has enlarged its product range of electrohydrostatic pump units with the EPU size 80 cc in order to help users address a wider range of applications.

Plastic part inspection with a 5 s cycle time

09 November, 2017 by Kalle Serdar, Omron | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Identifying process defects within plastic parts can be very challenging, and can only be achieved through deploying high-speed, precise machine vision systems.

NORD LogiDrive standardised drive systems

08 November, 2017 | Supplied by: NORD Drivesystems (Aust) Pty Ltd

The LogiDrive line of three preferred drive variants is optimised for intralogistics applications and simplifies purchasing, engineering, commissioning and spare parts stocking.

SMC MHM-X6400 gripper

31 October, 2017 | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

SMC has added to its gripper range with the launch of the MHM-X6400, which uses a magnet for the handling of steel plate, without the need for vacuum.

Guangzhou automation fair sell-out reflects China's automation growth

20 October, 2017

The Industrial Robotics and Machine Vision zone at the Guangzhou Automation Fair in March 2018 has already been sold out, reflecting the growing demand for robotics and automation technology in China.

The less-is-more approach to robotic cable management

10 October, 2017 | Supplied by: Treotham Automation Pty Ltd

Cable issues have been cited as the number one reason for downtime in robotics cells, so the way in which robot cables are attached and guided is important for robot reliability.

GE RSTi-EP CPE100 controller

10 October, 2017 | Supplied by: Control Logic Pty Ltd

The GE RSTi-EP CPE100 controller is a compact yet flexible high-performance controller that is suitable for multiple applications.

Growth rate for new industrial robots predicted to hit 14% pa

03 October, 2017 | Supplied by: International Federation of Robotics

IFR has predicted that 1.7 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories worldwide by 2020, with China leading the charge.

Balluff BMF 235 cylinder sensors

26 September, 2017 | Supplied by: Balluff Pty Ltd

The BMF 235 cylinder sensor for T and C slots is a teachable magnetic sensor with two switch points so that it can replace two standard sensors.

Tolomatic ACSI integrated servo motor with Profinet

21 September, 2017 | Supplied by: Pneumatic Products

Tolomatic's ACSI integrated servo motor now features support for Profinet.

Research: Mobile robots that can merge and morph

13 September, 2017

Designed by a team of European researchers based in Belgium, mergeable nervous system robots retain full motion control regardless of how they are grouped, so the larger bodies function with a single controller, and once split use independent controllers.

ABB's YuMi robot conducts opera

12 September, 2017 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

ABB's collaborative robot YuMi will be conducting the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Pisa tonight, performing along with soloists Andrea Bocelli and Luigia Borsi.

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