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Rotating and turning
4th Quarter 2017, Lapp Group , This Week's Editor's Pick

The most important difference between robot cables and conventional moving cables is that the former have to withstand both bending and torsion over their entire service life, and in development they are designed fundamentally differently to a power chain cable, for example.

Robots with high dynamic performance
4th Quarter 2017, JTR Technologies

JTR Technologies is the agent for Staubli Robotics in South Africa. Staubli is a pioneer and global leader in closed structure robots. Its high performance robots are renowned for their dynamic stability ...

NASA relies on maxon technology
3rd Quarter 2017, DNH Tradeserve, This Week's Editor's Pick, Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Swiss drive specialist, maxon motor will supply several drives specifically developed for the task to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is building the Mars 2020 rover for NASA. The maxon drives are ...

Innovation goes hand in hand
3rd Quarter 2017, Horne Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick

To make daily life easier, the British company Steeper has developed the bebionic myoelectric hand prosthesis. This is controlled by myoelectric signals generated from muscle contractions in the arm, ...

Omron offers complete single-source automation solutions
3rd Quarter 2017, Omron Electronics

The recent acquisition of Adept has expanded the capability to deliver robot-based packagingsolutions to the food and beverage industry.

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.

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