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Equipped with automatic tool-changing and multicoupling systems, Staubli’s HelMo moves itself from workstation to workstation, plugs itself in, and performs tasks without endangering its human coworkers.
ROEQ’s replaces Wi-Fi-dependent third-party setups with a sensor-based system that automatically lifts loads delivered by an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) to the proper height for delivery to a stationary conveyor.
The QM180 top module from Nord Modules increases the utility of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) by connecting with a cobot-powered gate to create the first fully autonomous material-handling system. It also handles half pallets, plastic boxes, carton boxes, and carts without changing top modules.
Material-handling solutions developer Kivnon expands its mobile vehicles portfolio with two autonomous mobile robot (AMR) forklifts and an automated guided vehicle (AGV) lifting platform that rotates.
Jungheinrich’s dual-mode EZS 350a NA automated guided vehicle (AGV) provides all the benefits of an electric truck with a laser-based navigation platform that requires no floor work.
Comau adds safety features to the Racer-5 industrial robot to come up with the dual-mode Racer-5 Cobot: a fast automation solution for supporting multiple manufacturing processes that doesn’t sacrifice precision or employee health.
Stäubli has set new benchmarks in dynamics, precision and cleanroom with its 4-axis line of Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arms (SCARA) for highly sensitive environments. Judges of the 2021 Red Dot Design competition recognized its unique cylindrical working area when they gave it the “Product Design” award.
KUKA’s KR 6 SCARA robot offers reach/radius options of 500mm and 700 mm, and Z-axis stroke of 200 mm. Faster and lighter than smaller 6-axis models, it offers manufacturers ease of use while expediting production speed.
Renishaw’s multisensor REVO 5-axis measurement system provides highly accurate scanning, non-contact inspection and surface finish analysis at ultra-high speeds on one coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
The LEXT OLS5100 laser microscope from Olympus guarantees measurement accuracy that simplify experiment workflows. The software’s several smart features minimize error with push-button scanning and analysis.
Optical Gauging Products’ multisensor TeleStar Plus laser measures a wide range of materials and surface textures with extremely high accuracy. Its through-the-lens (TTL) design eliminates offset between the optical and laser sensors.
OmniSurf3D from Digital Metrology Solutions helps users understand and communicate about surface texture without requiring a great deal of mathematical interpretation or metrology knowledge. The software provides the ability to interact with data from virtually any surface measurement instrument.
New Sunrise Warranty at Trilogy Machinery
Sunrise Ironworkers’ U.S. distributor now warranties ironworkers and punching machine parts to three years and one year on labor.
Backlog of Orders Index Grows To All-Time High
The manufacturing economy continued its recovery in March, according to Institute for Supply Management’s March 2021 ‘Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.’ Backlogs are growing, as are raw materials inventories and exports and imports.
Recovery Takes Hold: February U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Increase Almost 18% Over January
Totaling $377.6 million, February’s latest orders represent a 32.2% increase year over year, according to AMT’s report. Oil and gas surprised with an uptick, and medical equipment’s rise likely resulted from hospitals catching up on elective procedures.