May 25, 2016 - ST Robotics has announced new distribution agreements with RobotShop and SuperDroid Robots to deliver its ST R Series articulated and cylindrical robot arm systems across Canada and the United States.
Apr. 29, 2016 - WHN Technologies GmbH has won the Robotics Award at Hannover Messe 2016. The award was presented on behalf of Hannover Messe in cooperation with the Robotation Academy and the trade journal Industrieanzeiger in recognition of the applied robotics solutions of international companies.
Apr. 19, 2016 - Rethink Robotics says it is striving to help manufacturers gain flexibility and improve production processes through four new distribution partnerships — Humarobotics in France, Active8 Robots and Cobotix in the U.K., and iCobots in Israel — for its collaborative collaborative Sawyer robot.
Dec. 11, 2015 - Robotic grippers are an integral part of many manufacturing lines today, and for good reason. They provide, among other things, very different gripping strengths and extensive handling dexterity for handling objects of various sizes, weights and fragility levels. They also allow for quick setup and changeover from one complex assembly task to another, saving critical time and money.
Oct. 13, 2015 - Robots are being used for so many applications across the country these days — vacuuming floors, decorating cakes, making any number of things in factories. It is all very futuristic, more so by the day, but robots are also playing an important role in connecting Canadians with their past.
Jun. 17, 2015 - A North Island College, B.C., employee’s love for his son has lead to an invention that will soon allow all grade school kids in the Comox Valley access to Lego robotics online all year long. Two years ago, Albert Balbon’s son came home from his Grade 5 class excited about being able to experiment a travelling kit of Lego robots.
Feb. 23, 2015 - The commercial baking industry is no stranger to automation. For years, it has used machines to mass produce baked goods. Until now, however, the decorating of these items was reserved for manual labour — actual people waiting, with frosting bags in hand, to complete that final “Happy Birthday” on a cake, or an intricate swirl on a cupcake.
GE Aviation has opened a new global robotics, automation and instrumentation R&D centre in Bromont, Que. GE Aviation Bromont manufactures aircraft engine components, including the CFM56 engines for the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 aircraft, and GEnx engines for the Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8. The Bromont facility is one of the most productive global sites operated by GE Aviation, according to the company. The new centre will develop advanced robotic processes, software applications and intellectual property that will be exported to GE Aviation facilities around the world. The $61.4 million investment will create up to 60 skilled jobs and includes $8 million from Investissement Quebec (IQ) and the Ministère des Finances et de l'Économie du Québec (MFEQ). The investment will strengthen GE Aviation Bromont's position as a global centre of excellence. "Advanced manufacturing - integrating hardware with software, is changing both the products we make and how we make and service them; it's the next industrial revolution,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. “Today's opening is about increasing our speed of innovation, and refocusing the way products are designed, manufactured and serviced for our customers in Canada and for global markets." "The GE Aviation Global Robotics, Automation and Instrumentation R&D Centre in Bromont is a vivid reminder of our enormous potential and Québec's know-how in the aeronautics sector," Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, said. "It is essential for our government to support such promising projects, which are consolidating Québec's reputation for excellence and enhancing its profile abroad." GE Aviation and its joint venture company, CFM International, have more than 1,000 engines in service and on order with Canadian airlines. In addition to manufacturing engine components in Bromont, GE Aviation manufactures complex engine hardware in Orillia, Ont., and has an engine testing and research and development centre in Winnipeg. GE Aviation is an active member of Aero Montréal, Quebec's aerospace cluster and of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC).
Honda Motor Co. finally has its first home product packed with its prized robotics technology – a sensor-equipped lawn mower. Miimo goes on sale next year, only in Europe, where spacious lawns are often enclosed in gates, targeting 4,000 unit sales a year.The machine, which looks a bit like iRobot Corp.'s Roomba vacuum cleaner, continuously shaves about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) off the grass, manoeuvring itself on slopes. It won't break potted plants, goes to charge itself on its own and won't wander off.Honda robots, like its Asimo walking and talking robot, have sometimes been criticized as impractical toys.Honda said Tuesday that Miimo will sell for 2,100 euros ($2,600) to 2,500 euros ($3,000).
Intelligrated, a North American-owned automated material handling solutions provider, has received certification as a robotics integrator from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s largest trade group representing more than 265 corporations. Intelligrated received accreditation after successfully completing the RIA robotics integrator certification process. The process includes a comprehensive audit during which integrators must demonstrate the necessary level of technical knowledge required to execute robotic system projects in a safe, efficient and economical manner. The audit includes hands-on testing of key robotics personnel, as well as an on-site appraisal of robotic experience and business infrastructure.“The RIA certification verifies our ability to integrate robotic systems successfully,” said Earl Wohlrab, palletizing and robotics systems product manager, Intelligrated. “Prior to RIA’s certification program, customers had a difficult time identifying integrators that meet both business and robotic expertise requirements. Now, this accreditation can be the standard by which end users evaluate their potential vendors to minimize risk and ensure successful implementations.”
The RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, now in its seventh year, has announced the lineup of keynote presenters for the 2011 event, bringing together nearly 100 years of practical robotics experience.
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