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Motor Technology Improvements Make Robots More Capable
Motors are important components for robotic development. Improvements to the technology are making autonomous machines more accurate, efficient, and powerful.

FANUC to Introduce New DR-3iB/6 STAINLESS Delta Robot for Primary Food Handling at Automate 2022
FANUC will have plenty of demonstrations at Automate 2022 this year, including for its new food handling robots and cobots.

igus Turns to Unity to Update Interface and Back End of Its Online Robot Configurator
Game on! Using video game engine Unity, igus recently updated its linear robot configurator to be easier and more intuitive to use.

Robot Vibration Reflects Tradeoff Between Flexibility and Precision
Collaborative robots often trade precision for flexibility, gaining vibration on the way. Precision ball cycloidal reducers make possible a higher degree of motion control, says HSOAR.

Comau Introduces N-220 Industrial Robot With Streamlined Design for Ease of Use
Comau says its new N-220-2.7 industrial robot arm has a modular design for ease of use, integration, and maintenance.

AutoStore Introduces Bin Lift 2.0 to North American Market
AutoStore has launched its Bin Lift 2.0 in North America. The company said the new vertical lift is quieter and more versatile than its predecessor.

igus Marks Record Year With 180,000 Active Customers, Increases Delivery Capacity
igus, which develops and produces motion plastics for industrial uses including robots, marked 32% revenue growth last year. It plans to invest in expanding and sustainability.

Robot Prices Drop as AI Investments, Ethics Worries Increase, Finds Stanford HAI AI Index 2022 Report
The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence released the "AI Index Report 2022," which studied academic research, job postings, investments, and regulations around AI and robotics.

Siemens Partners With Parmley Graham and AR Controls to Build Bespoke AGVs
Siemens Digital Industry has partnered with U.K.-based providers of industrial automation and integration services to offer customized automated guided vehicles or AGVs across industries.

igus Expands North American Leadership Team, Names Five New Vice Presidents
igus says its new executives, who have industry experience, will focus on customer service, sustainable development of high-performance polymers, and continued growth in North America.

STMicroelectronics Contributes Microcontrollers to ‘Switchback’ Battlebot to Promote STEM
REV Robotics, which supports robot education and competitions, chose STMicroelectronics' STM32 microcontrollers for their durability and familiarity in its battlebot.

What to Look for When Performing Industrial Robot Maintenance
The art of robot maintenance requires knowledge of the different types of industrial automation, as well as the functions, components, and best practices of each.

Lift Truck Technology Can Improve Operator Productivity and Safety as Well as Add Autonomy
Not only can advances in lift truck technology provide full autonomy, but they can also make operations easier and safer for human workers.

Novanta to Acquire Motion Control Provider Schneider Electric Motion USA for $115M
Novanta, which supplies medical and advanced equipment manufacturers, is adding automation component supplier Schneider Electric Motion USA to its motion control portfolio.

New LiveDrive Actuators Will Enable Safer, More Productive Robots, Says Genesis Robotics
Genesis Robotics said its new LiveDrive LDD 1800 Series actuators eliminate the need for gearing, reducing space and complexity for robotics designers. Demaurex's Wyzo uses LiveDrive.

New Gearbox Promises Greater Accuracy and Repeatability for Robotic Motion Control
Conventional drive mechanisms can introduce transmission errors, leading to less accurate motion control and more wear and tear, according to HSOAR Precision Robotics, which offered an alternative.

Legged, Wheeled, and Tracked Robots Could Be on Same Power Curve, Find U.S. Army Researchers
From cockroaches to tanks, U.S. Army researchers have found that the same power-mass-speed relation describes both biological systems and mobile ground robots using different locomotion.

OhmniLabs Offers Modular Robotics Platform for Cloud-Based Mobile Robot Design
OhmniLabs said its new Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform enables it to rapidly develop, manufacture, and deploy mobile service robots for a wide variety of applications.

TRINAMIC Says New Servo Controller/Driver Module Provides Quicker Throughput, Cuts Power Loss by 75%
The single-axis controller/driver module for two-phase bipolar stepper motors integrates motion control to speed transfer time, reduce solution size, and save energy, according to Trinamic.

Nordex Obtains AS9100D Aerospace Quality Management Certification for Electromechanical Components
Nordex, a U.S.-based power-transmission manufacturer, said its gears and electromechanical parts now meet demanding aerospace requirements.



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