Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Sensing, Measurement and Process Control Robots

One of the major problems with a robot is sensor irregularity, where the sensors provide data that at times is accurate and at other times inaccurate.

Quickstick® Linear Synchronous Motors Increase Productivity in Pharmaceutical Application

A major mail order pharmacy was planning a new facility so they approached their long time supplier of automated solutions, Tension Packaging, to design a system that would reduce their cost per prescription and produce 1,000 validated and labeled pieces per hour.

MIT's Cheetah Untethered Running And Jumping!

From MIT: Further info from Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

Motors Level Ocean Bottom Seismometers Reliably and Efficiently

With a combination of high torque density and precision motion, compact stepper motors provide full 360° of correction for instrument tilt.

YuMi: ABB's Collaborative Robot

From ABB: YuMi is a human-friendly dual arm robot designed for a new era of automation, for example in small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks. YuMi is short for ‘you and me,'

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ArduIMU V4: An Arduino Based Integrated Measurement Unit

Kickstarter for version 4 of ArduIMU:

Initially, the ArduIMU project was started as an open source project by 3DRobotics in 2007 to create an inertial measurement unit based on the Arduino™. We contributed to the software development of that project, but, the initial ArduIMU was meant to be used solely as an inertial measurement unit. We want to do better than that; so we developed a brand new platform with other sensors such as a barometer, relative humidity sensor, and light sensor. We also included wireless communication capabilities as well an SD card for data logging and storage. Since then, we have gone through many revisions, adding even more sensors and functions which are present in the latest ArduIMU V4. With this new augmented and improved sensor board we are redefining the term IMU. We proudly present our Arduino™ based Integrated Measurement Unit: the ArduIMU V4... (cont'd)

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

New Multi-Function Machine Capable of 3D Printing, CNC Milling, and Injection Molding

Luminar Products from Nampa, ID announces launch of the TRiBOT Kickstarter project. The first multi-function machine capable of 3D printing, CNC milling, and auto-injection molding.

Active-Semi® Announces HYDRA-X Development Platform for Rapid Prototyping Motor and Power Control Products

"Active-Semi's highly integrated PAC™ IC Family simplifies system design of motor and power control and offers ultra-small system footprint and low cost while achieving industry benchmark system performance."

CrowdFunding - GE AFFILIATE, FIRSTBUILD, WILL USE CROWDSOURCING AND STRATASYS 3D PRINTING TO INVENT NEXT GENERATION OF HOME APPLIANCES

GE Appliances' FirstBuild using Stratasys 3D printing technology to revolutionize the way things are made

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Bitflow, INC.

Bitflow, INC.

BitFlow has been developing industrial frame grabbers and software for the imaging industry since 1993. We specialize in interfacing to cameras with very high data/frame rates; working in environments with complex triggering and I/O requirements; and running in applications where every CPU cycle is precious.