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The World's Top Drone Exporter

July 9, 2013 11:33 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It might look like a model airplane, but don't let the size fool you. The Heron 1 is the latest in Israeli drone technology and the growth engine of Israel's defense industry. Between 2001 and 2011, 41 percent of drones came from Israel. President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, explains why this technology is a necessity.

NASA Officials Debut The 'Vertical Weld Center'

June 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA officials publicly unveiled a new, three-story-tall cylindrical structure Friday that is a key component in constructing heavy-lift rockets for the nation's space program. It's called the "vertical weld center." The heavy metal framework holds state-of-the-art automated welding equipment, around which the Boeing Co. will build a major component of rockets for NASA's new Space Launch System: the "core stage" of the SLS rockets.

Firefighting Robot Paints 3D Thermal Images

June 13, 2013 8:04 am | by UCSDRobotics | Videos | Comments

This project integrates infrared and RGB imagery to produce dense 3D environment models reconstructed from multiple views. The resulting 3D map contains both thermal and RGB information which can be used in robotic fire-fighting applications to identify victims and active fire areas.

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IMTSTV iSpy: Machine Whisperer At [MC]2

June 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Jake Ervin is the Machine Whisperer, or at least trying to be. He goes to the [MC]2 conference to meet some cool machines but he keeps striking out, they won't talk to him. Will he find a way to talk to the machines? Will he learn that dinner and dancing is not the way to a machine's heart? Will Jake unlock the secret of the MTConnect standard?

Award-Winning Triflex Cable

May 17, 2013 10:51 am | by igus® | Product Releases | Comments

Triflex® R TRLF is an easy-to-fill and cost-effective cable carrier designed for three-axis movement, explains the company.

Order Fulfillment Automation

May 10, 2013 11:22 am | by Intelligrated® | Product Releases | Comments

GoKarts are ideal entry-level automated order fulfillment solutions that can be scaled to meet growing order volumes, explains the company.

High Speed Pick & Pack Robot

April 26, 2013 4:48 pm | by QComp Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This fast and flexible system is designed to minimize labor-intensive picking and packing tasks and handle the newest package designs, such as stand up pouches.

Robotic Cable-Guidance

April 12, 2013 3:29 pm | by igus® | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Triflex® RSP is designed for secure cable guidance on large robot arms or for robots programmed to perform complex movements.

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Machine Automation Solutions

March 22, 2013 4:53 pm | by Methods Machine Tools, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated automation cell features two High Performance FEELER VMP-580 Vertical Milling Machining Centers being serviced by a single FANUC M20iA robot set-up to process one side of a part in the first machine, and the second side in the other machine.

WEISS Develops Heavy-Duty Ring Table For Robotic Efficiencies

March 12, 2013 4:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Leading development partner for the transportation industry with a global operating workforce of over 5,600, EDAG (Detroit, MI/Fulda, Germany) recently was faced with the task of designing a heavy-duty ring for a new production concept.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

Automation Control Suites

April 18, 2012 4:29 pm | by Balluff | Product Releases | Comments

The Global Line from Balluff is an offering of economically priced general-purpose sensors and accessories for industrial automation.

Precision Move Belt Technology

March 2, 2012 12:17 pm | by Dorner | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Precision Move includes the timing belt, integrated servo motor and drive, controls, and mounting for the gearmotor.

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Detroit Automakers Race To Keep Up With Sales

February 28, 2012 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year.

Intelligent Robotics

February 24, 2012 11:26 am | by FANUC Robotics | Product Releases | Comments

Both robots feature a slim design, allowing customers to reduce the overall size of their automation system.

E24 Conveyor

February 10, 2012 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

E24 delivers a powerful, long-lasting, low voltage means for product transportation.

Low Profile Conveyor

January 20, 2012 5:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor with the latest advancements in belt and drive technology has increased its weight carrying capacity to 200 pounds. The 2200 Series is able to move heavy loads while maintaining a 1.4-inch diameter pulley for optimal part transfer and machine interface.

Low Profile Conveyor

December 12, 2011 5:53 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor platform has received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14664-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated clean rooms. This means that 2200 Series conveyors will not contribute to the contamination of clean rooms conforming to those standards.

Robotic Dispensing System

December 5, 2011 6:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new Dual-Station XYZ Robotic Dispensing System from Sealant Equipment & Engineering (Plymouth, MI) is designed to improve adhesive dispensing and product assembly by eliminating problems such as the need to speed up production, adhesive out of position, too much or not enough adhesive, excess waste, and high production costs.

Magna-Rails

November 17, 2011 9:55 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) Magna-Rails and Magna-Rolls magnetically convey, transfer, control, elevate, reposition, hold, or orient basic ferrous materials and finished parts. An ever-present need within many processing industries is the ability to hold steel parts firmly on moving belt conveyors. Such conveyors, fitted with Eriez Magna-Rails, ensure that parts do not fall off, even when being elevated or lowered.

Robotic Surface Treatment Equipment

November 17, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guyson Corporation (Saratoga Springs, NY) has extended its range of robotic surface treatment equipment to include a 7-axis direct pressure blast machine with a work envelope of 30 x 40 x 30 inches and a small overall footprint for lean processing. A sturdy safety barrier with an interlocked access door surrounds the back of the.

PROT Powered Rotator

November 16, 2011 5:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The PROT Series Side Grip Powered Rotator from Anver Corporation (Hudson, MA) is a vacuum lifter with motorized, powered rotation in both directions that can be locked in place and operated from a single pendant control. Featuring custom made side grippers with anti-skid suction pads it can securely handle up to 2,000 pounds.

Angled Frame Conveyors

November 16, 2011 5:46 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

QC Industries (Cincinnati, OH) has added another component to their line of Automation Series Conveyors: AS40Z Angled Frame Conveyors. AS40Z Conveyors feature the same 1.95 inch high rigid aluminum frame offered in other Automation Series Conveyors. Its design resists twisting, which is a leading cause of belt tracking issues in conveyors.

Label ID Inspection

October 6, 2011 11:47 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The CI-Vision vision label identification inspection solution from Metter-Toledo (Columbus, OH) automatically inspects labels on packaging to confirm that the label matches the product inside the package. Inspections include barcode and 2D data matrix verification, label control number verification, and graphical label ID verification.

Twin Shaft Vibratory Drive

September 28, 2011 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new twin shaft vibratory drive from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) features a proprietary design that produces the linear vibration required to deliver consistent motion to its high capacity fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, and conveyors. Developed for smooth, high volume, 24/7 operation, the twin shaft drive operates at comfortable sound pressure levels of less than 80 dBA, 11 percent quieter than OSHA’s permissible industry standard.

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