Day: February 4, 2016

  • Robots take fruit-picking route to global domination

    Robots take fruit-picking route to global domination

    Chris Roberts, head of industrial robotics at Cambridge Consultants, gives Robotics and Automation News an exclusive interview  For those of us fortunate enough to spend our time shopping, and perhaps think of ourselves as discerning shoppers, one of the more pleasant experiences when buying fruit is evaluating them on a number of factors, such as colour, texture, firmness…

  • Rethink Robotics signs ‘major distribution partnerships’ in Germany

    Rethink Robotics signs ‘major distribution partnerships’ in Germany

    Rethink Robotics today announced exclusive distribution partnerships with leading automation providers in Germany to continue the global expansion of the company. Freise Automation and Hahn Robotics will deliver Sawyer to the German manufacturing community, helping companies improve production processes and implement flexible and affordable automation. Rethink Robotics is redefining manufacturing across the globe with its…

  • Touch Bionics sales reach £15 million in 2015

    Touch Bionics sales reach £15 million in 2015

    European expansion and new product introductions have delivered continued growth in 2015 Touch Bionics, a provider of world-leading upper limb prosthetic technologies, said its preliminary results indicate the company achieved total revenue of £15 million in 2015, an increase of 11 per cent over 2014. Touch Bionics’ growth was driven by strong results from its…

  • Schunk grippers help visions become reality

    Schunk grippers help visions become reality

    Admittedly, the iron hand of the legendary knight Götz von Berlichingen and Schunk’s 5-finger hand have very little in common. Yet it cannot be denied that the first personal handshake with the agile high-tech gripper creates an unnerving feeling. The soft handshake soon dispels all skepticism, however, giving way to enthusiasm for the possibilities of…

  • Kuka lightweight robot combines injection molding with additive manufacturing

    Kuka lightweight robot combines injection molding with additive manufacturing

    In the age of Industry 4.0, “smart factories” are developing at an unprecedented rate. Nowadays, automated, networked and variable production lines are in high demand as companies aim to respond quickly and flexibly to ever shorter product life cycles. At the same time, the issue of how to incorporate individual customer requirements into industrial series…

  • iRobot sells its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners

    iRobot sells its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners

    iRobot has signed a definitive agreement to sell its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners for up to $45 million in total consideration, including a contingent payment based on achieving certain milestones. This transaction enables iRobot to solidify its position as the leader in diversified Home Robots and focus on technologies for the…