Robotics
Nov. 23, 2015 - Great Rock Development’s wholly owned subsidiary Cyberworks Robotics has announced a return to the robotic industrial cleaning market.   
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.”
Kuka Robotics Canada, a subsidiary of Kuka Roboter GmbH, a supplier of industrial robots, has opened a new facility in Mississauga, Ont.
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.
Robot hockey is a challenge for robotics and artificial intelligence. Testing in the areas of technology and science lead automatically to results for industrial applications. In addition to the capabilities of young mechatronics technicians, the mobile robot competition at WorldSkills also focuses on the possible range of applications for this technology.The mobile robots give rise to a contest atmosphere at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 when they go into action within the framework of a show competition. 14 international teams will compete against each other at the Mobile Robotics Competition. Team Canada’s Mobile Robotics competitors are represented by Pavlo Tovaryanskyy and Myles Robinson, of Technical Vocational High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and were gold medal winners of robotics in both the provincial and national skills competitions in 2008. (The Canadian mechatronics competitors – Andrew Marcolin and Jamie Feenstra – secured their positions at the 2008 Skills Canada competition held in Calgary.)Robotino as a training platformThe mobile robots are much more than just a gimmick. With the help of Robotino View control software, they’re transformed into an attractive experimental learning platform which covers the basics of sensor technology, electrically operated motor controls, image processing and, of course, mobile robotics. In addition to vocational and technical schools, the mobile robot system is also utilized by technical departments at universities including mechanical engineering, electronics and computer sciences, as well as for numerous other applications such as sensor controlled continuous-path control and autonomous navigation.Systems which independently plan and execute action on the basis of perceptions acquired by means of various types of sensors are designated autonomous robots. Applications range from simple track guided transport robots to autonomous service robots, for example intelligent vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, mine sweeping robots and household helpers, right on up to motor vehicles and autonomous aircraft.Industrially viable, mobile autonomous robot systems are still a scarce commodity. Mobile systems of this sort facilitate the organization of logistics, so that production in highly developed nations has outstanding competitive opportunities in the global marketplace. Progress has been made in recent years. In particular events like RoboCup are thus amongst the milestones from which R&D progress towards industrial viability can be generated.Vision of industrial useIn the future, mobile autonomous robot systems will not only make logistics more flexible in many ways. By integrating currently stationary handling systems, they’ll also greatly increase flexibility in the field of production technology.Much can be learned about how interdisciplinary technologies fit together, experience can be gained and knowledge can be bundled in a targeted fashion by pursuing the challenge of robots playing hockey, so that high performance robots can evolve on the basis of image processing, artificial intelligence, electronics, mechatronics and automation technology.At WorldSkills, apprentices from all over the world are provided with the opportunity of demonstrating their technical abilities in 45 vocational disciplines from the fields of technology, industry and service.Festo initiated competition in mechatronics 17 years ago, and took over sponsorship of WorldSkills Mechatronics. The company supports Skills Canada / Compétences Canada, and SkillsGermany at the Hanover Trade Fair, the world’s largest industrial exhibition, in the disciplines of mechatronics and mobile robotics.
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