Robotics & Mechatronics


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Robot with air-water actuators has fluid motion
Fourth Quarter 2019, Editor's Choice
Hydraulics and pneumatics are widely used for power transmission: hydraulics for moving heavy loads with highly controlled motion, and pneumatics for lighter loads and rapid, repetitive motions. Many ...

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Manoeuvring agricultural robots with 2D laser scanners
Third Quarter 2019, SICK Automation Southern Africa
How can we harness modern technology in a way that will allow people to collaborate with business even more intelligently, efficiently and sustainably in the future? The solution is 2D laser scanners ...

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The future of collaborative robots
Third Quarter 2019, Omron Electronics
Factories worldwide are dealing with the challenges of manufacturing a wide variety of low volume products to meet customer demands, as well as shorter product life cycles and labour shortage issues. ...

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Underwater robot with a unique fin
Third Quarter 2019, Festo, Editor's Choice
      Swimming like the natural model The longitudinal fins of the polyclad and the cuttlefish extend from the head to the tail along their backs, their undersides or the two sides of their torsos. To ...

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Industry 5.0 – the best of both worlds
2nd Quarter 2019, Cobots , Editor's Choice
The convergence of robot capabilities and human skills.

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V-lock system and co-operative robots
2nd Quarter 2019, Metal Work Pneumatic South Africa
Metal Work has developed applications for the automation of the assembly process together with producers of co-operative robots.

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Pneumatic robotics meets artificial intelligence
2nd Quarter 2019, Festo, Editor's Choice
Festo’s pneumatic robot hand BionicSoftHand, combined with the BionicSoftArm, a pneumatic lightweight robot, shows that future concepts are suitable for human-robot collaboration.

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A bionic flying fox
1st Quarter 2019, Festo, Editor's Choice
Festo has for years been developing research platforms where the basic technical principles are derived from nature.

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New Scara robot family
1st Quarter 2019, Omron Electronics
Omron is introducing a new line of Scara robots, boasting a sleek design and enhanced performance.

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Festo’s human-robot collaboration with artificial intelligence
2nd Quarter 2018, Festo, Editor's Choice
By means of intelligent workplaces capable of learning, such as the BionicWorkplace, and the use of multifunctional tools, collaboration between humans and machines will be even more intuitive, simple and efficient in future.

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Autonomous food robots move with the times
2nd Quarter 2018, Omron Electronics
Autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs), such as Omron’s LD platform, use sensors to create a static map of their surroundings, so they have no need for physical guides.

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Autonomous food robots move with the times
1st Quarter 2018, Omron Electronics
As with many other industries in the world today, food and beverage manufacturers are under immense pressure to increase productivity and sales while keeping manufacturing costs down. A normal reaction ...

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The stripped down motor
1st Quarter 2018, DNH Tradeserve
Motors used in robotics must be lightweight while simultaneously providing high torque in order for arms and grippers to move dynamically. This is why Swiss drive specialist, maxon motor is offering a ...

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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 ...

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Rotating and turning
4th Quarter 2017, Lapp Group , Editor's Choice
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.

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NASA relies on maxon technology
3rd Quarter 2017, DNH Tradeserve, Editor's Choice, 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 ...

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Innovation goes hand in hand
3rd Quarter 2017, Horne Technologies, Editor's Choice
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, ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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