Robotic suitcases: Who needs them?

Whenever you have a good idea, you can be sure someone, somewhere has got the same idea, and has probably already built a prototype or even a business out of it. 

In the internet age, you’ve gotta move fast if you’re going to succeed in the making business. Or maybe try and think of an entirely original idea no one can steal.

So it was that we were thinking if we could find a robotic suitcase to take on our travels this year, to industry events and such. And sure enough there’s at least three we found on the market, and probably several others we don’t know about or haven’t got time to list.  Continue reading Robotic suitcases: Who needs them?

HIT Robot Group in talks with 50 companies as a result of Automatica event

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Chinese company HIT Robot Group says it is in negotiations with 50 companies it came into contact with during this year’s Automatica exhibition.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, an insider at HRG says the company is at various stages of negotiations with the potential partners, and hopes to finalise deals soon with at least eight of them.

HRG claims to be China’s leading robot producer, and says it drew “rave reviews” at Automatica 2016, an international exhibition for automation and robotics in Munich, Germany.

HRG boasts that it could play a role as a “golden partner” for overseas companies keen on exploring the huge potential of the Chinese market. China has been the biggest buyer of industrial robots in recent years.  Continue reading HIT Robot Group in talks with 50 companies as a result of Automatica event

HIT Robot Group actively looking for partners for China market opportunities

HRG displaying its catering robot, Xiao Zhi, at its booth at Automatica 2016 (Foto/HIT Robot Group)
HRG displaying its catering robot, Xiao Zhi, at its booth at Automatica 2016 (PRNewsFoto/HIT Robot Group)

HIT Robot Group (HRG), which claims to be one of China’s top robot producers, says it’s “going global” as it seeks foreign partners to work with in the Chinese market.

The attended Automatica 2016, an international exhibition for automation and robotics in Munich, Germany, in the search for partners.

During the four-day fair, HRG displayed its latest technologies and products, hoping to strike a chord with foreign companies keen on exploring the Chinese market.  Continue reading HIT Robot Group actively looking for partners for China market opportunities

Fanuc showcases new collaborative robot at Automatica

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Fanuc, the robot manufacturer with the largest number of robots installed around the world, is showcasing is new collaborative robot at the Automatica event. 

The Fanuc CR-7iA was announced as a prototype some months ago, and this is one of the few times it has been shown to the public.

Fanuc says mechanics correspond to that of the company’s LR Mate-series (LR Mate 200iD), and it has a payload of 7 kg. Moreover, as in the case of the company’s first collaborative robot model – the CR-35iA, a mass-produced model serves as CR-7iA’s base.

Comau makes dramatic robotics announcements at Automatica – including new collaborative robot

Comau’s new robot being demonstrated at Automatica
Comau’s new robot being demonstrated at Automatica

In one of the most dramatic statements of intent, Comau has launched tons of new robots and technologies at Automatica, and provided an insight into its new collaborative robot, under the company’s new motto ‘Think out of the fence’ 

Comau has introduced two new Racer robots and the SCARA robot family along with a preview of their high payload collaborative robots. 

Comau has a prominent exhibit at Automatica 2016, one of the major international trade fairs for robotics and mechatronics, with a display area – Hall B5, Booth 329 – showcasing a large number of new products and robotics solutions.  Continue reading Comau makes dramatic robotics announcements at Automatica – including new collaborative robot

Comau launches new robots at Automatica

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The maker of the world’s most beautifully-coloured industrial robots has launched several new machines and components. 

Comau, which is owned by the Fiat Group which also owns the Ferrari marque, unveiled its latest technology at the Automatica show in Munich, Germany.  Continue reading Comau launches new robots at Automatica

Yaskawa launches new collaborative industrial robots at Automatica

Yaskawa has launched a new collaborative industrial robot range at Automatica, along with a number of other innovations, including a new compact controller. 

The hotly anticipated collaborative Motoman HC10 is consistent with the plan to position Yaskawa as one of the world’s leading robot manufacturers in the area of human-robot collaboration.

The manufacturer of Motoman industrial robots is presenting the new development outside Japan for the first time at its stand in the new robotic technology hall (B6-502).  Continue reading Yaskawa launches new collaborative industrial robots at Automatica

Automatica: The greatest show of robotics and automation technology on Earth. Probably

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Now in its seventh year, Automatica is one of the most eagerly-awaited trade fairs in the robotics and automation industry events calendar. 

The four-day show will be hosted in Munich, Germany, and its organisers say it provides a “comprehensive look at the latest developments” in the sector, with around 1,000 companies taking part.  Continue reading Automatica: The greatest show of robotics and automation technology on Earth. Probably

Epson launches new 6-axis robot with foldable arms

Epson’s new 6-axis compact robot
Epson’s new 6-axis compact robot

Company says foldable arms enable new 6-axis robot to be more efficient and compact

Epson has developed a new series 6-axis robot for use in compact applications with high demands on the precision of movements.

The company says the “special geometry” with foldable arm allows a range of up to 450 mm and in restricted space. Typical limitations of conventional six-axis as a high space requirement for overhead rides omitted.

Thus, the N-series is considerably more flexible and efficient in industrial applications of automotive, electronic, medical and Labortindustrie. The first variant of the Epson N-robot has a payload of up to 2.5 kg.

The new machines will be on display at the Epson booth at Automatica (Munich, booth B5.319) late June.  Continue reading Epson launches new 6-axis robot with foldable arms

Visual Components going through accelerated growth phase

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Visual Components is apparently going through a period of accelerated growth in which the company is attending numerous conferences and signing up a variety of partners from different parts of the world. 

Visual Components is an online 3D simulation platform which enables designers to create virtual factories and robotics and automation systems.

Started in 1999, the company’s platform integrates a robot programming application, an engineering tool and a sales tool, among other features.  Continue reading Visual Components going through accelerated growth phase

Stäubli to showcase new robots at Automatica

A range of Stäubli robots
A range of Stäubli robots

Stäubli is to launch a new range of products at the Automatica event, which takes place in Munich, Germany towards the end of June.

In an exclusive interview with Robotics and Automation News, Paul Deady, Stäubli’s US automotive segment manager, says the new products are the company’s response to the growing interest in collaborative robots.

Deady says: “At the Automatica show, we will be commercially launching our CS9 robot controller and TX2 robot models.

“They’re our answer to the collaborative robots phase, and they comply with industry standards on safety and performance. They’re also compatible with the internet of things.”  Continue reading Stäubli to showcase new robots at Automatica