Robotics & Mechatronics


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A comet chaser stirs
3rd Quarter 2015, Horne Technologies, Editor's Choice
Drive systems from Faulhaber defy the harsh conditions of a 10-year journey through space.

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Control and drive technology for delta robot
2nd Quarter 2015, Beckhoff Automation
Dynamic handling for fast and reliable checking of punched parts.

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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.

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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.

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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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Perspectives on water
3rd Quarter 2013, Festo
Festo water technology is used around the world in the infrastructure of cities. The company is making an important contribution to the automation of newly constructed water and wastewater treatment plants, ...

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A new generation of humanoid robots
1st Quarter 2013, DNH Tradeserve
A pioneering project by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich, is developing one of the most modern humanoid robots around. More than 50 brushless maxon drives are responsible ...

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Robotic snake-arm for tight spaces
1 January 2013, DNH Tradeserve
Very confined and hazardous spaces are common in many industrial sectors. They are not only difficult for humans to access, but often have to be inspected frequently. Problems occur frequently, and whilst ...

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Robot that behaves like MacGyver
4th Quarter 2012
The researchers ultimately envisage a situation in which the machine might be deployed to rescue trapped personnel without needing to risk anyone else’s life.

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Festo flexes innovation muscle
4th Quarter 2012, Festo
Festo's latest operating exoskeleton concept, ExoHand, combines human intelligence with the capabilities of a robot.

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The factory of the future
3rd Quarter 2012, Festo
It is becoming easier to comprehend the factory of the future with recent brain-computer interface, voice command and image recognition technology from Festo.

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Chocolate packaging with Bosch Rexroth
3rd Quarter 2012, Tectra Automation
The Triaflex chocolate bar packaging system with the Bosch Rexroth control is the answer

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Automatic tool changer
2nd Quarter 2012, Festo
The first machine of its kind changes robot tools for packaging machines fully ­automatically at Gerhard Schubert in Germany.

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Swimming robots break world distance record
2nd Quarter 2012
Four robots have set a new distance world record, swimming almost 6000 km across the Pacific Ocean.

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A new fluid power research area
1st Quarter 2012
An exciting new research area in the field of fluid power is miniaturised hydraulics, or mesofluidics. This is the application of millimetre to centimetre sized hydraulics to problems that require substantial ...

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Systems integration with a robot
4th Quarter 2011, Festo
Festo, in conjunction with machine builder IFC Intelligent Feeding Components, has made production process variability and short setup times possible for Tyco Electronics. The Festo Tripod robot has made ...

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Bowling robot simulates player behaviour
4th Quarter 2011, Beckhoff Automation
Bowling is a popular sport in the US. It is estimated that 70 million people go bowling in the course of a year. In 2010 the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sought the assistance of a high performance ...

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Crawling search and rescue robot
4th Quarter 2011, DNH Tradeserve
Students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a multipartite articulated crawling robot. Its name is Traloc, short for ‘track’ and ‘localisation’. It utilises the concept ...

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