Robotics & Mechatronics


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Reducing business downtime with robots
28 September 2020, Yaskawa Southern Africa
In a world that is always connected and moving at a blistering speed, businesses cannot afford to have extensive periods of downtime. As efficiency becomes a primary driver of business, industries are ...

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Gimatic builds on its mechatronics expertise
Third Quarter 2020, Gimatic
Gimatic is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric grippers for End Of Arm Tooling used in industrial automation. The company specialises in the production of vacuum cups (flat and bellow), ...

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The future of collaborative robots
Third Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics, Editor's Choice
Collaborative robots (cobots) that can work safely in the same environment as people have an important role in enabling flexible manufacturing and creating a competitive advantage for companies. A new ...

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Thousands of robots swarm together
Second Quarter 2020, Editor's Choice
Harvard engineers have created a robotic system consisting of a swarm of 1024 small robots called Kilobots that can collaborate and organise themselves into complex shapes.

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Robots in the time of COVID-19
1 July 2020, Yaskawa Southern Africa
COVID-19 has swept through the lives of people across the globe, disrupted all industries and brought the world’s economy to a grinding halt. As the world moves towards a different tomorrow, future-orientated ...

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Eighteen synchronous NC axes
Second Quarter 2020, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ecmec, has developed a high-tech machine for a supplier to the automobile industry that can complete several process steps simultaneously without having to remount the ...

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Robots in South Africa
Second Quarter 2020, Yaskawa Southern Africa, Editor's Choice
Manufacturers In South Africa experience significant challenges and there are many obstacles that prevent industries from pushing forward into a new era of automation and robotic solutions. Due to the ...

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Automation with robotics
Second Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics
BOLÇİ Bolu Chocolate produces over 200 tons of chocolate items each month. The company needed to meet its promise of delivering chocolate products that are ‘untouched by human hand’. Omron and Innovas ...

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Tailor-made mobile robotics revolutionise the automotive industry
1 May 2020, Omron Electronics
   Continuous optimisation of production and logistics processes Depending on the BMW plant, up to 1600 vehicles are produced each day. With such production volumes, continuous optimisation and efficiency ...

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AGVs for automated production
1 April 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa
Automated and flexible production processes are the answer to increasing quantities, smaller batch sizes, and high production speeds. Automated guided vehicle (AGVs) systems and their smaller relatives, ...

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Moving into 2020 with Festo digitalised products
First Quarter 2020, Festo
Industry 4.0 is rapidly automating the modern working world and helping the machine and system building sector reach new heights.

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Factory harmony
First Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics, Editor's Choice
A promising model for the new harmony on the factory floor is based on intelligent, integrated and interactive design of tomorrow’s manufacturing processes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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