Robotiq and Varioptic launch camera for Universal Robots

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Robotiq and Varioptic announce the availability of the Robotiq Camera specifically designed for Universal Robots 

The new Robotiq Camera includes a CMOS sensor and a Caspian module from Varioptic.

It has the ability to focus from as close as 70 mm to infinity and comes with a software package for Universal Robots which allows the camera to be setup within minutes.

It will fit all UR wrists and is accessible directly from the robot controller. Continue reading Robotiq and Varioptic launch camera for Universal Robots

Baumer invests in a new development and logistics center

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The sensor specialist Baumer is investing in its future with a new building in Stockach on Lake Constance, near to Constance, in southern Germany.

A new high-tech center for research and development and production is being built at the Stockach-Bodman-Ludwigshafen site, in addition to a central logistics center for Europe.

The investment volume is approximately €30 million. In doing so, the international family-owned company is intensifying its sustainable and long-term development of the Baumer Group.  Continue reading Baumer invests in a new development and logistics center

How motion systems transform airline seating from cramped into comfortable

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As the demand for air travel keeps on growing, so does the needs of the passengers that come aboard.

Aero planes tend to have very limited space for which much of the facilities have to be fitted in and made to the standards that the customers are willing to pay for.

As such, engineers are tasked with figuring out how best they bring about that element without compromising on the size of the air craft and safety among others, while maintaining the economic aspect of the airline owners.  Continue reading How motion systems transform airline seating from cramped into comfortable

The wheel robot: intelligent modular actuator concept

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Wheel robots

The wheel robots are for the larger part derived from the Mars rovers, which have actuators integrated into the wheels to help with the movement on the rugged grounds in space. This is made possible with the help of 12 volt linear actuators.

There is some elemental aspects of robotics that are involved in the setup. For there to be synchronous movement on a ground that is not evenly leveled, there is need for each of the units to have its own local control unit.

The local control units are then connected to the central control unit to make sure that they all are moving in the same direction, despite the fact that the wheels they control are experiencing variance in travel and elevation.  Continue reading The wheel robot: intelligent modular actuator concept

Industrial Vision Systems launches new automated vision inspection products

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Industrial Vision Systems (IVS) a supplier of machine vision systems to industry, has launched its new website along with a series of automated inspection products and machines.

The company, who provides vision systems to its blue chip clients in manufacturing sectors such as automotive, medical devices, electronics and packaging, comes with improved functionality, design, and navigation.

The series of new products, to be launched throughout the second half of 2016, enhances IVS’s reputation as a pioneer in the production of automated inspection machines utilising the very latest vision technology – the company already boasts affordable, precision inspection vision systems as well as robot inspection cells to aid inspection processes.  Continue reading Industrial Vision Systems launches new automated vision inspection products

Omron launches its first IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices

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Omron says its IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices will make production equipment smarter 

Omron is launching the IO-Link-compliant Photoelectric Sensors E3Z, Color Mark Photoelectric Sensors E3S-DC Series, Proximity Sensors E2E and E2EQ Series, and IO-Link Master Units GX and NX Series all at once as a first step of integrating sensors into the internet of things (IoT). 

The company says its new technologies are “ideal for use at manufacturing sites”.

Omron says the launch of the IO-Link-compliant sensors is a “big step” in making production equipment smarter to add various information and communication functions to over 100,000 specifications of control components for factory automation devices and achieve integration of factory automation and information and communications technology.  Continue reading Omron launches its first IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices

LeddarTech on a mission to master the auto electronics and software components markets

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LeddarTech unveils its masterplan for ending automakers’ domination of the electronics and software components markets 

LeddarTech has unveiled key insights about its LeddarCore integrated circuits roadmap, which the company says is set to enable low-cost, high-performance solid-state LiDARs  for multiple automotive safety applications – from advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to autonomous driving.

During the Sensors Expo held in San Jose, LeddarTech’s management confirmed that two LeddarCore IC programs are in the works: the LC-A2, targeting the automation layers 1 to 3, with the first samples scheduled for the second half of 2017, and the LC-A3, which will meet the specifications for automation layers 2 to 4, with an expected sample availability in 2018.  Continue reading LeddarTech on a mission to master the auto electronics and software components markets

Apple robot plunders $40 million worth of gold from discarded iPhones

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The Apple Liam robot deconstructs iPhones and saves components and materials for recycling

An Apple master robot with 29 arms and modules has looted $40 million worth of gold from discarded iPhones, according to a report by CNN

The exverimental robot, named Liam, is reportedly able to disassemble an iPhone and recover all of the components and materials inside within 11 seconds.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, says Liam is designed to help recover and recycle material, as part of the company’s eco-friendly policies, or a “circular economy”, as Jackson calls it.

Apple is said to be using 100 per cent renewable power in 25 countries including the US and China.

Liam is currently operating in California and the Netherlands, and Apple plans to introduce the robot into other territories around the world.

Universal Robots launches app store and developer program

Universal Robots, has launched something it calls “Universal Robots+” at the Automatica event in Munich. Basically, it’s a sort of app store aimed at creating an ecosystem around UR’s collaborative robots. 

In a statement, the company says Universal Robots+ is “a showroom of plug and play application solutions offering a new level of simplicity for companies that want to hit the ground running when installing their next UR robot application”.

By choosing accessories, end-effectors, and software solutions from Universal Robots+, both distributors and end users get “high security and predictability that applications will run well from the start, saving weeks and months in the integration process from concept to operation of the UR cobots”, says Universal Robots.

The company has also launched the associated +You developer program, which  is free-of-charge and offers a “powerful marketing and support platform for the flourishing eco-system of UR-robot application developers”.  Continue reading Universal Robots launches app store and developer program

Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

Robotiq, a maker of robotic grippers for industrial robots, has launched a vision-guidance system for pick and place robots

The company, which mainly makes 2-finger and 3-finger grippers for Universal Robots, says its camera can be set up in “five minutes and makes vision easy to integrate”.

The new camera component was developed as part of the URCaps, an app store and software and hardware developer program launched by Universal Robots.

Robotiq had made its vision system available to some of its customers, including Continental, known for making car tyres among other things.  Continue reading Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

Advancing UK manufacturing with statistics and anecdotes

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The UK is deciding whether to stay in the European Union or not, which may or may not affect the manufacturing sector 

The UK is currently in the midst of a national debate over whether or not to leave the European Union, with opinion polls suggesting that the so-called “Brexit” campaign has the public’s favour, although only marginally.

Those who are arguing against an exit from the EU say that the country’s economy will suffer if the majority of people vote to leave, and they produce figures to support their argument. But then, so does the other side.

The EU referendum will be held on June 23.

From an objective point of view, it’s probably difficult to say what will happen. No one knows what the future holds for sure. And besides, statistics can be made to support pretty much any point of view, even if they are diametrically opposed to one another.  Continue reading Advancing UK manufacturing with statistics and anecdotes

Exclusive: Cemtrex extends its electronic tentacles into new markets

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Saagar Govil, CEO of Cemtrex. Picture: Newsday.com

Exclusive interview with Saagar Govil, chairman and CEO of Cemtrex

A lot’s happened since this website was introduced to Cemtrex a few weeks ago. The company’s been on a gigantic spending spree, buying up companies and restructuring its business for new markets as though it were in a hurry to get somewhere fast.

Where that somewhere is may be deduced from the acquisitions Cemtrex has made and the types of products and services in which the acquired companies specialise.

Last month, Cemtrex purchased an obscure German company called The Target, an electronics manufacturer which supplies top-level automakers.

Then, earlier this month, Cemtrex bought up and is synergising its operations with another German electronics manufacturer, Periscope. Not to be confused with Periscope the video streaming app, the Periscope Cemtrex bought is another supplier to major automotive companies.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Cemtrex has its heart set on – the market for electronics used in autonomous vehicles.  Continue reading Exclusive: Cemtrex extends its electronic tentacles into new markets

New Infineon chip enables Lenovo to build world’s smallest 3D camera, bringing augmented reality to smartphones

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Lenovo is the first manufacturer worldwide to bring Tango technology to a consumer product.

Google’s technology that allows devices to understand spatial information is an exclusive feature in the Phab2 Pro smartphone.

Based on the Time-of-Flight principle, the Real3 image sensor chip from Infineon Technologies equips the smartphone with a 3-dimensional perception of the surroundings in real-time.

Infineon provides the only image sensor chip in the world meeting Google’s specifications.  Continue reading New Infineon chip enables Lenovo to build world’s smallest 3D camera, bringing augmented reality to smartphones

Panasonic showcases industrial products including power-assist robots

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Panasonic’s “power assist device” supports human worker at air hammer forging at processing plant in Makoto Industries

Panasonic demonstrated its robotic exoskeleton – which it calls power assist devices or suits – and its latest solutions for industrial power electronics applications at PCIM Europe 2016

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has showcased its technology lineup, highlighting innovations such as passive components, semiconductors and thermal management solutions, as well as its robotic exoskeletons.

The company says its products provide “increased efficiency and reliability for a wide range of applications”.  Continue reading Panasonic showcases industrial products including power-assist robots

This sensor enables cameras to see in cinematic vision even in total darkness, says its maker

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InVisage Spark4K sample structured light image

InVisage says its Spark4K near-infrared sensor brings cinematic resolution, high dynamic range, and low power Consumption to cameras and other devices 

InVisage claims its Spark4K is the world’s highest resolution IR sensor with 35 per cent quantum efficiency at 940 nm, dynamic pixel sizing, global shutter, and up to “50 times less system power consumption” – less than what the company left us in the dark about.   

InVisage Technologies, the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm camera sensors, launched the Spark4K near-infrared (NIR) camera sensor.

A 1.1-micron pixel, 13-megapixel sensor in a 1/3-inch module, Spark4K features the world’s highest NIR resolution packing 4K video at 30 frames per second, making it ideal for augmented reality, autonomous, and authentication systems that require high-resolution, high dynamic range NIR imaging with global shutter capability.  Continue reading This sensor enables cameras to see in cinematic vision even in total darkness, says its maker