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Safety, speed, and collaboration featured in Staubli’s TX2 robots, CS9 controllers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At ATX West here this week, Stäubli International AG showed off its robot arms and controllers, including its TX2 collaborative robots, for meeting Industry 4.0 automation demands. Switzerland-based Stäubli displayed the capabilities of its six-axis TX2, including cobots for sensitive environments, in a “Smart Factory” setting. One flex-feeding demonstration used the TX2…

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mGrip modular gripper is Soft Robotics’ response to user needs

Last week, Soft Robotics Inc. released its mGrip modular grasping system. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said its “on-demand” system will help soft robotics proliferate and allow users “to build, validate, and install production-ready systems in minutes.” Soft Robotics designs and sells soft manipulators using patented technology based on research by Prof. George M. Whitesides at…

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Aerobotics Raises $2M Series A for Precision Agriculture Platform

South African agtech company Aerobotics has closed a $2 million Series A. The data analytics company uses drones and machine learning algorithms to help farmers identify pest and disease early. After receiving $602,000 in seed funding last August, Aerobotics has added new investors to continue its growth. Leading the pack is the VC branch of one of…

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How robots can help local fisheries

New England is known for being an excellent source of lobster and other seafood. But while fishing is done locally, much of the processing is outsourced to other countries. A lack of local manpower means scallops caught off the coast of Massachusetts might travel to China or India for processing before they appear on your…

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14 robotics projects receiving funding from ARM

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has selected eight technology projects and six workforce development projects resulting from ARM’s first formal project call that was announced in October 2017. The 14 ARM projects have been selected for funding and will kick-off in the coming months, pending final contract negotiations. It’s expected that about $5.4 million in total…

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British robot-using online grocer licensing their technology to US Kroger chain

Ocado (LON:OCDO), the UK leader in home-delivered groceries from robot-run distribution centers, has established a licensing deal with US grocery chain Kroger (NYSE:KR) whereby Kroger will take a 5% stake in Ocado – an investment valued at ~$247.5 million and Ocado will help Kroger set up systems to manage online ordering, fulfillment and delivery operations utilizing Ocado-proven technologies. Ocado will see…

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Flippy Burger-Flipping Robot Gets to Work at Caliburger

Hot off a $10 million Series B funding round, Miso Robotics’s burger-flipping robot, Flippy, had its official first day of work today at a Caliburger fast food restaurant in Pasadena, Calif. Flippy uses 3D, thermal and camera vision to perceive what’s on a grill. A digital system sends orders back to the robot. The robot…

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Research arrows are up with one common thread: digital data

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga said that “data is the new oil.” Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, says that artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors is bringing on an information revolution. Manufacturers everywhere are changing – some, with government assistance – because of new technologies, new competitors, new ecosystems, and new ways…

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30+2 research reports forecast significant growth for robot industry

Press releases for this batch of 30 research reports all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to grow at a double-digit pace at least through 2022. Although these reports vary widely in their forecasts – often on the same topic, they all seem to agree that the global robotics industry is growing…

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Wal-Mart expands testing of robots to scan shelves

Long known for its human greeters, Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) is now expanding the use of robots to make sure its shelves are properly stocked. The Arkansas-based retail giant disclosed yesterday plans to increase the use of aisle-roaming robots in more than 50 locations after a pilot test in its home state, Pennsylvania and California. The…

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