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HELUKABEL launches new robotic PROFINET cable

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. — HELUKABEL USA Inc., one of the leading global manufacturers and suppliers of cable, wires, and accessories, recently announced that it has added a new PROFINET cable to its broad portfolio of Industrial Ethernet cables — HELUKAT PROFINET Type R Torsion. PROFINET standards have traditionally be divided into three classifications — Types…

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Dutch manufacturer Fluidics Instruments increases production with cobots

Small and midsize manufacturers often struggle with processes and systems that must be flexible enough to move from one task to another rather than simply crank out large batches of identical items. Fluidics Instruments BV makes components for oil burners and has used collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots A/S to steadily increase production. Netherlands-based…

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Motion control market sees record growth in 2018

The global motion control and motor market experienced record growth in 2018, with $3.827 billion in shipments, up 8 percent over 2017. According to the Motion Control & Motor Association, part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), shipments were up 3 percent in the last quarter of 2018, at $946 million, contributing to the…

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Robotics Summit early bird registration ends March 29

Early bird registration for the Robotics Summit & Expo ends on March 29. Why spend more than necessary? Go buy your early bird pass right now and save $100 on full conference registration. There are discounts available for academia, associations and corporate groups. Please email me at scrowe@wtwhmedia.com for details. Taking place June 5-6 at the Seaport World…

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Titan Medical, Teleflex partner on surgical robotics

Titan Medical Inc. said today that it inked a collaborative development deal with Teleflex Inc. to integrate its polymer ligation technology into Titan’s Sport single-port robotic surgical platform. Toronto-based Titan Medical said that Wayne, Penn.-based Teleflex’s polymer ligation system is intended for vessel sealing and includes an enhanced clip security feature that has been previously used…

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Nilfisk licenses BrainOS for floor cleaning robots

Brain Corp, a San Diego-based provider of autonomous navigation systems, continues to expand its footprint in the robotic floor cleaning market. Brain today announced a partnership with Nilfisk, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based cleaning solutions provider that has been around for 110-plus years. Nilfisk will license the BrainOS AI platform for the production, deployment, and support of…

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EGL-C from Schunk is the first long-stroke robot gripper for collaborative uses

Schunk GmbH last week released its EGL-C long-stroke gripper, which it said “represents a milestone in the road to achieving comprehensive human-robot collaboration.” The gripper is designed to achieve high gripping forces while complying with global safety standards. The company claimed that the EGL-C is the world’s first long-stroke gripper for collaborative operation. It achieves…

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Laundry robots could get foothold in the home for automation

Last week, attending the Our Crowd Summit, I felt engulfed by the breadth of innovation and minds gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. Jonathan Medved’s billion-dollar crowd-funding platform has launched some of Israel’s most promising mechatronic startups, including ReWalk, Intuition Robotics, Airobotics, and Argus Cyber Security. Household robotics, such as laundry robots, could yet be the next big…

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Avidbots raises $24M for commercial floor cleaning robots

Avidbots, a Kitchener, Ontario-based company that makes commercial floor cleaning robots, raised $23.6 million in Series B funding led by returning investor True Ventures. This latest round of funding raises Avidbots’ venture capital financing to a total of $36 million. Founded in 2014 by Pablo Molina and Faizan Sheikh, Avidbots’ first product, Neo, is an…

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Autonomous mobile robots grow beyond car manufacturing, get heavier loads

Last year, more than 20,000 autonomous mobile robots were shipped globally — more than double the amount in 2017, according to the latest quarterly report from Interact Analysis. Although all regions saw growth, Asia and China in particular were the largest drivers, noted Ash Sharma, research director for commercial drone and robotics research at Interact…

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