Factory automation

5G to be de facto connectivity choice for outdoor robots: report

08 March, 2019

Low latency and cloud intelligence are the two main features of 5G that will significantly change the deployment of future robots.

Safe robotics — safety in collaborative robot systems

07 March, 2019 by Fanny Platbrood and Otto Görnemann* | Supplied by: SICK Pty Ltd

Innovations in robotics are facilitating close collaboration between humans and machines, so the safety of these interactions must be effectively planned.

Cobots strong enough to operate in a harsh environment

06 March, 2019 | Supplied by: Universal Robots

Texas-based Aircraft Tooling has found that UR cobots can withstand the high temperatures and harsh environment of a metal powder and plasma spray process.

Two worlds are converging

01 March, 2019 | Supplied by: Beckhoff Automation Pty Ltd

By introducting solutions for the process technology market, Beckhoff is bringing together two automation concepts that for decades developed separately.

Futek TFF400 reaction torque sensor

25 February, 2019 | Supplied by: Metromatics Pty Ltd

Futek has introduced a redesigned TFF400 reaction torque sensor with up to 300% overload protection.

Robots connected to the cloud to drive productivity

19 February, 2019 | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Visitors to the Microsoft Ignite conference in Sydney were given a taste of the future, with technology that is set to change the face of manufacturing.

Hypertherm XPR rotational torch sleeves

18 February, 2019 | Supplied by: Hypertherm

The XPR rotational torch sleeves are designed for robotic plasma-cutting applications.

QUT wins grant from Amazon for better robot gripping

15 February, 2019

Amazon has awared a grant of US$70,000 to Australian reseachers working to improve robot gripping by studying human object handover behaviour.

Opto 22 groov EPIC edge programmable controller

13 February, 2019 | Supplied by: Systems 22 Pty Ltd

Opto 22 has announced the addition of international standard IEC 61131-3 programming options in its groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller.

ifm OGD Precision laser distance sensor

04 February, 2019 | Supplied by: ifm efector pty ltd

The ifm OGD Precision is a compact colour-independent laser sensor with a standard M18 thread that utilises time-of-flight technology.

Finland aiming to lead the development of autonomous systems

01 February, 2019

Finland is launching an innovation ecosystem for autonomous systems, aiming for it to grow into one of the world's leading development environments.

Construction and mining to be next frontier for robots: report

29 January, 2019

In the past, for heavy industry-related locations like mines, robots have been mainly controlled by teleoperation.

Winery increases productivity with bottling line upgrades

28 January, 2019 | Supplied by: SEW-Eurodrive Pty Ltd

Yalumba winery redesigned its bottling plant to include new drives for the bottle-conveyor system, air conditioning and hospital-grade air filtration.

Balluff F Series stainless steel fork sensors

23 January, 2019 | Supplied by: Balluff Pty Ltd

The F Series stainless steel fork sensors offer resistance to aggressive cleaning agents, chemicals, coolants and other media.

JVL all-in-one step-servo motors

21 January, 2019 | Supplied by: Motion Technologies Pty Ltd

JVL has released its all-in-one step-servo motor with built-in encoder, drive, controller, Ethernet switch and Safe Torque Off option.

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