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Robotics | IoT

Mamut mobile robot automates data collection for farmers

Agriculture is a $5 trillion industry, and it’s ripe for automation. Cambridge Consultants today announced Mamut, an autonomous robot that explores crop fields, capturing data on health and yield at the level of individual plants and on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut gives growers regular, precise and actionable information on their crops, enabling…

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How a Chinese slowdown could help — or hurt — robotics

China is the most attractive market in the world for robotics suppliers, with a relatively low robot density, lots of manufacturing, and fewer regulations than in other countries. At the same time, there are plenty of things to discourage business, from worries about trade disputes and intellectual property to the recent Chinese slowdown. How should…

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OnRobot releases Gecko gripper (based on NASA-technology) at ATX West

OnRobot, a global leader in end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, announced today it will be co-exhibiting next month with Futura Automation at the ATX West show, in Anaheim, Calif., February 5 to 7. OnRobot kicked off the new year by shipping pre-orders of its newly-available Gecko Gripper, that uses millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that…

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3D-printed robotic grippers make packaging machines efficient

Plastic grippers from a 3D printer and made with tribo-filaments from igus are 85% cheaper and 70% faster than most competitors currently being used in the packaging industry. 3D printing, one of the most impactful trends emerging in modern industry, allows for the single batches to become a reality and enabled for the personalized serial…

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Majority of IMTS exhibitors use Universal Robots for collaborative robotics

The characteristic light-blue jointed collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots (UR) will be spotted hard at work throughout IMTS in Chicago from September 10-15. The numerous IMTS exhibits are a testament to the wide range of tasks and solutions now automated by UR. The cobots will handle vision-guided product inspection, ride on top of mobile…

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ATI Industrial Automation to show robotic end effectors and more at IMTS 2018

ATI Industrial Automation will be exhibiting at this year’s at this year’s IMTS show in Chicago in Booth #236417. One product on display will be the manufacturer’s MC-10 Manual Tool Changer — a cost-effective solution for quickly changing tools by hand. Its compact yet robust design is optimized for collaborative robot applications. More specifically, the…

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Universal Robots co-founder and CTO wins robotics Engelberger Award

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has named Esben Østergaard the recipient of the latest Engelberger Robotics Award. Østergaard spearheads the development of Universal Robots’ collaborative robot arms representing one of the most significant technology breakthroughs coming out of the robotics community in decades. The Engelberger Awards Dinner and Ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 20,…

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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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Robotic joining technology from KUKA and Böllhoff called Ready2_rivet imparts new flexibility

KUKA now sells a new ready2_use robotic module called ready2_rivet. The self-pierce riveting assembly for body-in-white (BiW) applications was developed with fastener and assembly supplier Böllhoff. End users can integrate the self-pierce riveting machine with little effort. “Using the KUKA robot and controller paired with the expertise in mechanical joining technology of our partner Böllhoff,…

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LBR iisy cobot and mechatronics: KUKA at Hannover Messe 2018

KUKA is showcasing intelligent automation concepts for production at Hannover Messe under the motto industrial intelligence 4.0 — beyond automation. Visitors to Booth G04 in Hall 17 can see KUKA technologies to support mechatronics and IIoT digitization. Ease of use, quick commissioning, and networking are increasingly shaping the mechanical engineering sector. KUKA is addressing these…

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