Robotics & Mechatronics


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Welding robots
4th Quarter 2010
As part of a major investment programme, ABB South Africa together with Bohler Welding Systems SA, recently launched three new robotic welding systems. The robots are supplied by ABB while the preferred ...

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Rollin' Justin the robot
4th Quarter 2010, Beckhoff Automation
EtherCAT is the basis for a uniform communication platform for mobile service robots of the future. The development of humanoid robots has made significant progress in recent years. Rollin’ Justin, developed ...

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NASA invests in motor and control technology
15 September 2010
Electric motors and motor controllers play an important role in the future of space exploration

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maxon flexes muscles
15 September 2010, DNH Tradeserve
Researchers on maxon’s EU Eccerobot project are working on a new type of humanoid robot

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Learning from nature
3rd Quarter 2010, Festo
Festo’s Bionic Learning Network aims to use biomechatronics to transfer nature’s efficiency to automation technology

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Cool solution for hot-plate production
3rd Quarter 2010, Nidec Industrial Automation Southern Africa
The reliability and throughput on a hot-plate production line at Slovenia’s leading foundry has been improved with the installation of 36 axes of servo control. The bending and welding production line ...

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Germany wins football world cup
3rd Quarter 2010, DNH Tradeserve
Germany won the 2010 Robot Football World Cup in Singapore. The name of the goalkeeper who played in the 6:1 win over Australia was not Thomas Müller but Nao the robot. Rather than being powered by strong ...

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Cutting edge innovation
3rd Quarter 2010
First Cut’s Capital Equipment Division has introduced the new Kaltenbach 1201 Coping Robot (KC) into its range of cutting machinery.    The robot has a range of functions, including coping, bevelling, ...

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Unique robotic hand
2nd Quarter 2010
The uniqueness of the robotic hand is its air-powered design, which obviates the need for using motors or actuators

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Trends in robotics
1st Quarter 2010
We take a quick look at what the future of robotics holds in store for engineers and humankind. And it is fun!       Robots at home In early 2007 Bill Gates spoke about a future in which there would be ...

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Bosch Rexroth supports stargazers
1st Quarter 2010, Tectra Automation
Critical elements of one of the world’s largest telescopes are guided and protected by extruded aluminium profiling from Bosch Rexroth. The profiling, which is used for rapidly constructing structures ...

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The X-factor
1st Quarter 2010, SKF South Africa
High precision linear guides. New modular linear profile rail guides have been developed by SKF with improved self-aligning capabilities and high precision applications in mind. The new LLT profile ...

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Roxanne Robot: Guitar Hero
1st Quarter 2010, Turck Banner
Engineering student Pete Nikrin co-developed guitar playing robot Roxanne incorporating a Banner Engineering vision system to read notes from a monitor. Banner Engineering partnered with Nikrin, an ...

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The pillars of the bus ...
1st Quarter 2010, PI SA, Festo
Accurate and repeatable positioning of bus side pillars and other sub-assemblies is essential when building buses and coaches. The Hosdere coach factory, located near Istanbul, forms an important element ...

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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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Robotic technologies
3rd Quarter 2009
National Instruments and MobileRobots collaborate. In an initiative aimed at helping engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications, National Instruments is collaborating with MobileRobots to offer ...

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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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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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