Industrial Robot Arms

OSARO Zenni robot 400x275OSARO, which develops and deploys advanced robotics for e-commerce companies, has announced a partnership with Zenni, an online eyewear retailer. The partnership will help Zenni automate the “last meter” of Zenni’s fulfillment center in Novato, Calif., with three OSARO Robotic Bagging Systems readying eyewear orders for shipment to U.S. customers.


VentionMachineLogic400x275Vention, which develops a cloud-based manufacturing automation platform, has announced the launch of MachineLogic V4.0, one of the company’s biggest releases since it initially launched in 2018. Offered either as a freemium or subscription basis, the software lets users leverage the full feature set of MachineLogic in its cloud version, with subscriptions required for those looking to then deploy equipment on the factory floor.


Automate2022 Wrapup400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) said the Automate 2022 trade conference was the most successful in its history, with new records for registrants, exhibit booths and online engagement during its four-day run earlier this month. Organizers said the event is expected to be even bigger in 2023, with nearly 75% of an expanded show floor already booked for the event, May 22-25, 2023, in Detroit.


Universal20KG robot 400x275Universal Robots, the Denmark-based manufacturer of collaborative robots (aka cobots), has announced a new 20kg payload cobot to its lineup of robots. The UR20 boasts an all-new design based on the company’s experience in refined engineering, featuring an entirely new joint design to allow for faster cycle times and the ability to handle heavier loads.


AutomateTrends FANUC 400x275One of the great things about attending trade shows and conferences in person is being able to see “the big picture” and larger trends within a market based on conversations with several companies and attendees, rather than individual news announcements or meetings. Such was the case for us at this week’s Automate 2022 event in Detroit, where robot manufacturers, component makers and systems integrators gathered to meet with customers and potential customers looking to automate their organizations.


RealtimeRapidPlan400x275Realtime Robotics, which develops collision-free autonomous motion planning software for industrial robots, has announced the release of its new RapidPlan software, aimed to help manufacturers design and deploy industrial automation faster and more efficiently.


RapidRobotics400x275Rapid Robotics has announced updates to its Rapid Machine Operator (RMO), an industrial robot that can get up and running in a matter of hours, but also “is the first manufacturing robot that can move between jobs in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee.” Through the company's new Smart Setup capability, the RMO can move onto a new job in as little as 60 seconds via built-in computer vision, with no programming or robotics expertise needed.


AutomatePR 400x275Starting on Monday, June 6, thousands of attendees are expected to visit the Automate 2022 show, which runs through June 9 in Detroit. Along with the attendees, hundreds of exhibitors will show off the latest in robotics, automation, components, vision systems and more to highlight the current and future state of automation.


Epson GX4 400x275Epson Robots has announced the new GX Series lineup of SCARA robots, with higher performance, payload capacity and smoother motion control. The GX4 and GX8 robots can provide performance and flexibility for companies in the medical device, electronics and consumer electronics industries.


OnRobotPalletizer400x275Denmark-based OnRobot has launched the OnRobot Palletizer solution, a collaborative application package designed to reduce the physical and financial pain from palletizing processes. The system can handle many different sizes of boxes, patterns, pallets and stacking heights, and is compatible with collaborative and light industrial robots from brands such as Doosan, FANUC, OMRON, Techman and Universal Robots.


KUKA A3Q1 22 400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported that North American companies purchased the most robots ever in a single quarter during Q1 2022, with 11,595 robots sold at a value of $646 million. This broke the record previously set in Q4 2021, indicating that companies continue to buy robots to solve their automation challenges.


Mujin Shape 400x275Robotic systems integrator Shape Process Automation (SPA) has announced a collaboration with Mujin to enhance its automation solutions with Mujin’s intelligent robotics platform. The two companies plan to showcase a Mujin-powered mixed-case depalletizing and palletizing solution at the upcoming Automate 2022 show in Detroit, June 6-9.


SchneiderPacks400x275Schneider Electric has announced the launch of their Universal Automation Discovery Packs program in the U.S., designed to give innovators the opportunity to explore the idea of universal automation. Through the program, OEMs, system integrators, end users, distributors, academics and others can receive a free license to explore this next-generation automation system for non-commercial purposes.


ABB Depalletizer400x275ABB has announced the launch of its ABB Robotic Depalletizer Solution, designed to handle complex depalletizing tasks in the logistics, e-commerce, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods industries. Through the use of machine vision software, the application can quickly assess several box types, enabling customers to process assorted loads with little engineering effort and short setup time, ABB said.


Humatics400x275Humatics, which develops highly precise location-based radio frequency technology, has announced the release of a new microlocation transponder that is 66% smaller than its previous version. The smaller size aims to open a new level of deployment options for the market, which includes robotics applications, the company said.


FlexivRDK400x275Flexiv, which develops intelligent general-purpose robots, has announced the release of its Robotic Development Kit (RDK), which provides users with a toolkit to enhance how their robot works, as well as let them create customized applications easier.