Robotics & Mechatronics
The latest robots are friendly
4th Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics and Motion, 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
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.
Simple set-up of automated cells
3rd Quarter 2016, Siemens Digital Industries
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
The latest compact robot for arc welding
3rd Quarter 2016, ABB South Africa, Robotics and Motion, 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
Construction and testing of an experimental H Robot
3rd Quarter 2016
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Control and drive technology for delta robot
2nd Quarter 2015, Beckhoff Automation
Dynamic handling for fast and reliable checking of punched parts.
Bionic innovations come to South Africa
4th Quarter 2014, Festo
Delegates were treated to an impressive flying show by Festo’s SmartBird, based on the herring gull, and BionicOpter, based on the dragonfly.
Thousands of robots swarm together
4th Quarter 2014
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.
Robotics and cables
3rd Quarter 2014, Lapp Group
Robots form an integral part of complex production processes and are now used in virtually all branches of industry. They must be capable of working accurately and reliably in the toughest of conditions,
A bionic kangaroo
3rd Quarter 2014, Festo
Festo has recreated the jumping behaviour of the kangaroo. Like its natural model, the BionicKangaroo can recover the energy generated when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.
World’s smallest flying robot
4th Quarter 2013
Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot. Half the size of a paperclip and weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it can leap a few inches, hover for a
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