Robotics & Mechatronics


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AGVs
3rd Quarter 2009
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and forklifts have become integral components in many of today’s manufacturing processes. AGVs find applications in factory floors for intra-factory transport of goods ...

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Intelligent pipe inspection robot
Fourth Quarter 2008
Leakage points along pipelines that carry oil and gas need to be monitored and detected on a regular basis. However, because industrial pipes are structurally complex, convoluted and often narrow it becomes ...

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maxon motors move Martian manipulators
Third Quarter 2008, DNH Tradeserve
On 3 August 2007 NASA started a new mission to our neighbouring red planet Mars. The major task of the Phoenix Mission is to look for signs of life, which means traces of water, on Mars. On board are ...

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Interpolation object improves handling systems
Fourth Quarter 2007, Siemens Digital Industries
At Fachpack 2007, Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) presented an interpolation method for handling processes which is integrated in the Simotion motion control system. Introduced for the first time, ...

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Sight gets it right: adding vision to robots reduces manufacturing costs
Third Quarter 2007
A customer wanted to reduce labour costs and increase throughput by automating its manufacturing processes. To find a solution, Fanuc Robotics America, needed a way to unload randomly-placed transmission ...

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Autonomous vehicle research: taking part in a $2m challenge
Third Quarter 2007
The Urban Challenge features autonomous ground vehicles manoeuvering in a mock city environment, executing simulated military supply missions while merging into moving traffic, navigating traffic circles, negotiating busy intersections, and avoiding obstacles

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FlexLean: Robots challenge low cost labour
Third Quarter 2007
ABB introduced FlexiBase, a modular robot cell in which the robots, controllers and cabling are pre-mounted on a platform

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Robotic seal installation: Fieldbus Box system for robot head application
Third Quarter 2007, Beckhoff Automation
Decentralised automation technology and Fieldbus Box systems from Beckhoff are becoming more and more popular: in a front-line application at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany, Fieldbus Box modules ...

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Gentle giant is world champion
Third Quarter 2007
KUKA Roboter celebrated the unveiling of its latest product with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The KR 1000 titan is claimed to be the world's first industrial robot that can lift a payload ...

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Robots past and present
Second Quarter 2007
Robots are well-suited to repetitive work that is boring for humans and for tasks that take place in adverse environments

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