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Self-diagnosing Robots

Self-diagnosing Robots  New, smart robot maintenance and diagnostic systems "will have more capability to predict problems before they occur, saving time and money," predicts Glen Konopaskie, Senior Product Development Engineer at FANUC. That will be a welcome event for robot operators who often don't make time for preventive maintenance. Expect these systems to monitor motors and actuators, prepare status reports on their movement and temperature, and provide remote maintenance over wireless networks. By identifying problems and performing maintenance before the robot breaks down, operators can maximize the equipment's lifespan.

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Innovative Solutions for Photovolatics
Stäubli

Innovative Solutions for Photovolatics Featuring high-speed pick and place capabilities tailored for high throughput and yield, Stäubli offers a complete range of PV robots ideally suited for solar industry automation. These precise and efficeint robots feature a Cleanroom standard of 5 (4 for the CR version).

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Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Robotic Inspector Scales Wind Turbines

Robotic Inspector Scales Wind Turbines RIWEA, developed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, drags itself up a rope to test wind turbine blades for cracks and de-lamination. The climbing robot uses infrared thermography, ultrasonics, and high resolution cameras to inspect the lofty plastic blades and record any anomalies. Its developers say the sensor technology can also be used to inspect composite parts for aircraft.

Laser Inspection that's 30x Better

Laser Inspection that's 30x Better New software for laser radar can improve accuracy for inspection of holes and apertures by a factor of 30. On automatic inspection mode, an operator identifies the holes to be inspected, then the system takes over, saving a phenomenal amount of time over manual positioning. The laser radar has an accuracy better than 1% when measuring holes as small as 3 mm.

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Robots "Clue" In

Robots 'Clue' In  Based on the board game CLUE®, a "treasure hunt" algorithm absorbs new information, using it to plan the next move. The information acquisition software, developed at Duke University, has ramifications beyond board games. Minimizing movement and maximizing the ability to reach targets, for example, could lead to next-generation robotic mine sweepers.

Intelligent Pick-and-Place

Intelligent Pick-and-Place Designed to overcome deficiencies of 2D vision systems, ROBOPAL helps manufacturing robots deal with parts and items that are not quite where they should be. The hybrid (laser and ultrasonic) sensing system uses a single snapshot to identify part location and orientation, and processes that information to guide the robot.

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Sony Visual Imaging Products

Smart Cameras for Robotic Assembly Applications In the world of Smart Cameras, Sony's new 100 series is genius. Ideally suited for robotic assembly, these four new color and monochrome cameras feature a host of digital I/O interfaces like Gigabit Ethernet and dual USB 2.0. The 1 GHz VIA pentium-class processor is open to a variety of software applications.

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Integrated Vision and Motion

Integrated Vision and Motion When replacing its outdated automation system, one solar company chose an integrated vision and motion package. PLC-controlled robots pick silicon wafers out of boxes and place them on a camera station. The smart cameras talk, via Ethernet, to the same PLC which directs the robots to remove rejected wafers. Choosing an off-the-shelf system helped minimize installation time and reduced down time to nearly zero.

New Parallel Gripper

New Parallel Gripper These new parallel grippers have extra long fingers that can hold delicate parts, and their independent jaw motion lets parts be placed along the length of the gripper, not just at the center. They are suitable for clean room use and mount easily to other pieces of automation.

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How Safe is Safe?

How Safe is Safe?  How do you assess your safety experts and their qualifications? "Even people we consider to be safety experts may not be expert in all areas of the life cycle," explains Chuck Miller of DeltaV Safety Instrumented Systems. This comprehensive tutorial from the archives of Automation World explores what it takes to be competent at safety, including "tribal knowledge," something that is rapidly disappearing.

Crash Protection Made Better

Crash Protection Made Better Many automated systems contain integrated software for emergency stops. But it takes time to stop a high-speed system. And collisions can occur in that small window of time. The ArcSafe™-SW robotic safety mount is designed for just those situations; it's a spring-loaded system that allows the EOAT to deflect in the event of a crash, reducing deformation and cracking.

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Northwire, Inc.

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January 28, 2010 - Volume 3 Issue 1
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