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09 October 2018

SICK has launched its fully-programmable TrispectorP1000 3D vision camera to enable reliable, continuous in-line product detection to be easily customised for robotic belt picking applications for the packaging industry.

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21 September 2018

The Motoman GP Series of robots from Yaskawa has recently been extended to include options suitable for applications with heavier loads up to 600kg. Renowned for being one of the most compact and efficient range of robots for high-speed assembly, packaging and general handling applications, the Motoman GP600 is designed for heavier handling and general applications where payloads weigh up to 600kg.

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21 September 2018

The undulating fin movements of marine animals such as the cuttlefish have provided the inspiration for a new Bionic concept swimming robot from industrial automation specialists Festo.

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21 September 2018

High street shops meet high tech manufacturing as Smartech Selfridges customers enjoy a cup of coffee served by ABB’s collaborative robot, YuMi. 



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07 August 2018

At PPMA Show Acrovision will show how, more frequently, vision applications need item-handling to optimise the image acquisition process, and demonstrate the break-through in using collaborative robots (Cobots) with vision inspection systems.

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21 August 2018

Fanuc has unveiled a slimline range extension to its new generation of compact, general purpose robots, which is suited to smaller, narrow work spaces and top-mount applications.

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01 August 2018

Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.

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23 August 2018

The new single-arm YuMi is ABB’s most agile and compact collaborative robot yet and can easily integrate into existing production.

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16 July 2018

Sick has launched 2D and 3D vision-guided part localisation systems for easy and quick set-up of robot picking from a belt, or from a bin or stillage. Suitable for both cobots and conventional industrial robots, the SICK PLOC2D and PLB 520 have been developed specifically to facilitate affordable, or entry-level automation and for use in handling smaller parts and components.

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18 June 2018

To advise manufacturers on best practice methods for selecting components for robots, SMB Bearings has published a white paper on Bearings for Robotics. The white paper is available to download on the SMB Bearings website.

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20 April 2018

A global surge in robotics manufacturing has created a shortage of components required for other industries. The increased demand has created significant delays in the supply of bearings. Specialist bearings distributor SMB Bearings is making investments to address the shortage.

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18 April 2018

Automated materials handling solutions specialist TGW Logistics has developed a revolutionary system for fully automatic split case picking, using robots with its goods-to-person smart piece picking solution FlashPick.

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16 April 2018

SICK has collaborated with Universal Robots to develop an entry-level vision-guided cobot system for pick and place, quality inspection and measurement. The SICK Inspector PIM60 URCap offers a simple yet powerful toolkit for creating a vision-guided robot task with minimum time and effort.

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20 March 2018

Robotic gear manufacturer Harmonic Drive UK has published a whitepaper exploring the UK robotics industry and outlining some of the challenges facing it.

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16 April 2018

At a price reported to be unrivalled by any other robot in its class, Acrovision is the first and sole UK distributor of the AUBO-i5 collaborative robot, from American/Chinese firm AUBO Robotics.

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23 January 2018

With demand for its MiR collaborative mobile industrial robots growing rapidly, RARUK Automation is pleased to introduce the new MiR robot interface that makes it even easier for these products to be tailored to meet customers’ precise needs.

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21 November 2017

Hollywood has created a huge buzz around robotic exoskeleton suits. Films such as Iron Man show humans with superhuman abilities because of robotic add-ons. Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains the importance of choosing specialised bearings as the development into this technology advances in real life.

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13 October 2017

At Advanced Engineering 2017 visitors to the RARUK Automation stand will be able to learn how Universal Robots provide a basis for cost-effective production solutions that enable humans and robots to work collaboratively.

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25 September 2017

Challenging dystopian views the public has of robots, a live art installation shown as part of the London Design Festival and Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria & Albert Museum entitled ‘Slave/Master’, explored the edges of industrial robot/human interaction with robot performers, human dancers and projected graphics.

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18 September 2017

At Motek 2017 (Hall 7, stand 7420), Omron is presenting holistic automation solutions that allow manufacturing companies to achieve sustainable process optimisation in handling, intralogistics, and manufacturing.

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FEATURES

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25 June 2018

At the MACH show, Andy Pye met with Universal Robots and some of their partner network. The products were interesting in themselves, but the real story broke a few weeks later – and took us by surprise too!

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24 April 2018

Digitisation promises big things for the future of manufacturing. Yet there is a danger that many companies unsure of how to modernise their operations are going to be left behind. Mike Wilson, BDM for ABB Robotics UK and Ireland, explains how to identify which processes might be ripe for automation and why robots can offer the ideal starting point

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26 March 2018

The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow twelve products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of precision bearing specialist, SMB Bearings.

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30 August 2017

Making good with out of date equipment won’t bring about a more prosperous future for the UK’s machine shops. It’s time to consider smarter technologies. Paul Williams, Sales Manager, ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how machine tending can involve robot technology

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21 February 2017

Using a Universal Robots cobot to automate a factory process is delivering significant improvements in efficiency for linear motion expert, HepcoMotion.

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12 December 2016

Collaborative robots have become a buzzword in industrial automation. But how do you technically define collaborative operation? Roberta Nelson Shea and Seungmin Baek from Universal Robots look at the four types of collaborative operation

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24 October 2016

Rising raw material costs, spiralling energy prices, scarce resources and an ever changing competitor landscape – just some of the factors that are making for tough times in manufacturing. Mike Wilson, general industry sales and marketing manager for ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how robotic automation can help overcome these hurdles

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21 October 2016

Andrew Armstrong, Fanuc UK sales & marketing manager, explores how to keep robotics safe on the shop floor

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19 October 2016

Printing and assembling over three million components per year and changing between parts seamlessly on-demand, a robot cell using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots features the latest robot control technology to ensure movements are perfectly synchronised

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13 October 2016

As consumer demands become more complex, the latest technology trends are being used to meet the challenges brought about by mass customisation and single batch sizes. In this example a cosmetics and therapeutic products manufacturer uses an industrial robot developed for laboratory environments to fulfil complex production requirements

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13 September 2016

A collaboration between motion control and robotics specialists Yaskawa and a leading intralogistics and packaging company has resulted in the development of an automatic robot-based palletising cell which takes robotics handling to new levels of sophistication.

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23 June 2016

Universal Robots+ encompasses Plug & Play application solutions aimed at offering a new level of simplicity for companies wanting to hit the ground running when installing their next UR robot application

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13 June 2016

As collaborative robots continue to gain popularity, CDA's consulting editor Andy Pye looks at the safety challenges which need to be addressed

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14 June 2016

The interaction between machines and robots is vital for efficient industrial manufacturing. MotoLogix from YASKAWA is a new generation control interface which enables direct integration while still providing all the benefits of a modern control system. 

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20 April 2016

A wide range of sectors can benefit from the resource and capability that robots can bring – and it won’t necessarily equate to a loss of jobs. In fact, it does quite the opposite, and can also enhance the career paths of human employees, says Earl Yardley, director at Industrial Vision Systems

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04 March 2016

ABB has launched YuMi, a collaborative dual-arm robot, to the UK market. Aimed initially at the 3C (Computer, Communication and Consumer electronics), toys and watch-making industries, YuMi has no barriers, cages or zone

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22 February 2016

The Filter Design Co (FDC) has boosted its volume filter manufacturing capabilities, applying its own automation expertise and sourcing robotic and linear motion technologies through R. A. Rodriguez

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22 October 2015

Robots have left their protective cage. They now work closely with the people. Regardless of whether mining or agriculture, construction, forestry or cargo handling, whether in soil or underwater, in the air or in space: service robots relieve people not only of dangerous work, but they also provide better quality of life. Next June AUTOMATICA will show how the automation industry is facing the challenge of this new technology

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14 October 2015

Although robots have been used to assemble cars for 50 years, the pace of implementation is increasing rapidly. New production techniques are being developed by manufacturers as they strive for better productivity and profitability. Justin Leonard, director, igus reports

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07 September 2015

The first industrial robot, Unimate, was conceived in 1956 at a meeting between inventors George Devol and Joseph Engelberger, when they discussed the works of various science fiction writers such as Isaac Asimov. Together they worked on the development of a real robot, and in 1961 Unimate joined the assembly line at a General Motors plant in America.

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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18 April 2017

Fast, accurate electrical discharge machining Where wire EDM is concerned, accuracy has traditionally come at the cost of speed.

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18 April 2017

The all-round CNC milling machine The new generation ROBODRILL vertical machining centre promises unrivalled quality and precision at great hourly rates.

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18 April 2017

Flexible CNC systems and solutions Boasting the widest range of CNC systems in the industry, FANUC provides everything you will ever need for your CNC.

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18 April 2017

Upskill with FANUC and improve your productivity At the FANUC Academy we’re passionate about automation – and love nothing more than conveying that passion.

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18 April 2017

Every part. When you need it. Where you need it. Outstanding quality and constant availability during the complete lifetime of your FANUC product make us a very reliable partner.

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15 February 2013

More than 50 brushless dc motors, gearheads and controllers from maxon motor are responsible for the humanoid's precision movements.

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15 February 2013

It doesn't get any easier than this: Define the number of axes for the Mother-board, click, and done.

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18 April 2017

Boost productivity with your own personal maintenance strategy Regardless of what you manufacture, ensuring your machines exhibit maximum reliability is essential to your bottom line.

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18 April 2017

All your parts online That part you need is just a few clicks away. Register now for full 24/7 access to a huge selection of original equipment parts straight from the manufacturer.

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18 April 2017

Short cycle times, consistent parts quality FANUC ROBOSHOT takes state-of-the-art CNC precision technology from turning and milling and applies it to electric injection moulding.

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18 April 2017

Helping you meet your production needs Unlike conventional service and support offerings, FANUC works on the premise that because every customer’s needs are different

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18 April 2017

From the smallest to the strongest industrial robot in the world With more than 100 models, FANUC offers the widest range of industrial robots in the world.

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