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The soul of the ant
2nd Quarter 2017, Festo

Drawing inspiration from the delicate anatomy of the ant, Festo has transferred their cooperative behaviour to the world of technology using complex control algorithms.

Mobile robots ramp up efficiency
2nd Quarter 2017, Omron Electronics

With supply-chain management and logistics increasingly under the spotlight in Africa due to remote locations and time-consuming transportation, warehouses are turning increasingly to industrial mobile ...

Exoskeleton technology can ­transform factories of the future
2nd Quarter 2017

Automation and artificial intelligence are paving the way for human robotic collaboration, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Team. Exoskeletons will see higher adoption across industries such ...

Yaskawa invests in a new manufacturing centre for robots in Europe
1st Quarter 2017, Yaskawa Southern Africa, News & events

Due to the strong demand for Yaskawa robots in Europe and the EMEA region, Yaskawa has decided to set up a third production facility in Europe.

A recipe for success
1st Quarter 2017, ABB South Africa, Robotics

ABB has signed a service agreement with Pioneer Foods, which includes its Connected Services Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics for 27 robots, preventive maintenance, technical service, training and backup response.

Autonomous, self-regulating systems with collective behaviour
4th Quarter 2016, Festo, This Week's Editor's Pick

The latest innovation emerging from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network (BLN) is the AirPenguin. The BLN examines naturally occurring phenomena and develops innovative, cutting-edge bionic technology which Festo then integrates into its products.

ABB introduces smallest foundry robot in its class
4th Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics, News & events

ABB Robotics has unveiled its latest foundry robot for material handling and machine tending, the IRB 1200 Foundry Plus 2. The smallest foundry robot in its class, this compact robot can increase flexibility ...

The latest robots are friendly
4th Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics, This Week's Editor's Pick

We all know what a robot is. But then it really does depend on whether you immediately think of them in sci-fi films, or paint spray booths, or welding on automotive production lines, or stacking in automated ...

Construction and testing of an experimental H Robot
3rd Quarter 2016, Techlyn

The robot is constructed on the standard gantry principle with a moving bridge carrying a moving carriage. It is belt driven. Conventional practice would drive the bridge by means of a belt and motor ...

The latest compact robot for arc welding
3rd Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics, This Week's Editor's Pick

ABB Robotics has unveiled its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the new robot’s Integrated DressPack makes it easier ...

New integrated solutions for ­industrial robots
3rd Quarter 2016, Omron Electronics

Omron has launched 49 new best-in-class robots worldwide. The robots are integrated with Omron’s family of sensors, safety components and award-winning NX/NJ series machine automation controllers to simplify ...

Simple set-up of automated cells
3rd Quarter 2016, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Ind. & Drives

With the Sinumerik 828 controllers, Siemens is now offering a simple solution for connecting robots to machine tools. This represents an integral part of automated production cell set-up. To perform handling ...

Turnkey robotic systems for automotive assembly
3rd Quarter 2016, Beckhoff Automation, This Week's Editor's Pick

Sodecia is a leading international supplier to the automotive industry. Based in London, Ontario, the company’s Global Tech & Automation Centre (GTAC) delivers highly automated machine lines on which ...

Innovative control cable for paint robots
3rd Quarter 2016

SAB Bröckskes, a leading manufacturer of special cables, has brought a new control cable for robot drag chain applications to the market. The cable is designed for use in robots, particularly in drag ...

Gripper modelled on a chameleon’s tongue
2nd Quarter 2016, Festo, This Week's Editor's Pick

Festo has now developed a gripper whose working principle is derived from the tongue of a chameleon, in cooperation with the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Motion Cube for individualised mass production
4th Quarter 2015, Festo

Bringing automation one step closer to Industry 4.0, Motion Cube allows for workpieces to be transported independently and simultaneously to different assembly stations.

A winning spanner grinding solution
4th Quarter 2015, Motion Tronic

Every machine builder’s dream is to make use of the latest technologies to design and build a machine from the ground up – to do something that has not been done before. Motion Tronic and Gedore Tools ...

SupraMotion
3rd Quarter 2015, Festo, This Week's Editor's Pick

Completely new and previously unimaginable applications in automation technology are possible with superconductors. They allow hovering, contactless motion using very little energy and without wear. Festo ...

Miniature servo valves control quadruped robot
3rd Quarter 2015, MOOG, This Week's Editor's Pick

A team of researchers from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) based in Genova, Italy selected Moog Industrial Group, a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and ...

A comet chaser stirs
3rd Quarter 2015, Horne Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick

Drive systems from Faulhaber defy the harsh conditions of a 10-year journey through space.

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