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Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 1

July 24, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

Workplace injuries in any organization take a bite out of profits. The statistics regarding the number of injuries and illnesses that occur on the job and purported annual costs of $250B is astronomical. In the goods producing industry, which accounts for account for 35 percent of all occupational illness and injury cases, “manual materials handling is the principal source of compensable injuries,” according to OSHA.

Wrapped Around Innovation

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Pat and Bill Lancaster believed that pallet loads of product could be better protected — that billions of dollars of unsalable product due to shipping damage could be reclaimed and energy spent recycling, repurposing, or disposing of this damaged product could be regained. Pallet loads could be better stabilized and product should be — and could be — better protected in transit.

FAA Wants Dreamliner Transmitters Inspected

July 22, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joan Lowy, Joshua Freed, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines should inspect the emergency locator transmitters of all Boeing 787 "Dreamliners," the Federal Aviation Administration urged Friday following a fire earlier in the week aboard one of the airliners while parked at London's Heathrow Airport.

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Law Firm To Sue Boeing Over Asiana Crash

July 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane's auto throttle may have caused the crash.

Robots Replace Human Farm Hands

July 15, 2013 12:59 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

Robots To Ease Farming Labor Woes

July 15, 2013 9:56 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

July 2013: Let's Get Visible

July 11, 2013 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, manufacturers face new resources as they look to improve the visibility of their facility's assets, Lantech talks 40 years of innovation, and IMPO readers reveal how evaluate their current equipment and potential purchases when it comes to energy efficiency, and more.

Carnegie Mellon Robots Aim To Please

July 11, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are designing modern day butlers - service robots that will one day help people with tasks like fetching coffee and cleaning up the kitchen. Ready to lend a helping hand, these service robots are equipped with data-collecting sensors, setting them apart from other, possibly less helpful, robots.

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SF Probe Brings Questions Over Auto Speed Controls

July 10, 2013 2:16 pm | by Joan Lowy, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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