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Seven-Foot-Tall bowler throws strikes for scientific research.
Hereâ™s what we know about Tremont, Illinois: Itâ™s a small village in Tazewell County, (population 2,400+), holds an annual summer turkey festival (quite popular) and the courthouse is a famous historic site where politician James Shields challenged an âœup-and-comingâ lawyer named Abraham Lincoln to a duel with cavalry broad swords (they showed up, but the duel never materialized). In 2016, you can add FIRST Robotics Competition World Champion to the villageâ™s rather eccentric list of accomplishments.
Furrion is developing a mech in the hopes of launching racing into realms so far only explored by science fiction.
It had no arms or legs to speak of; no fleshy, meaty exterior or squishy insides; no heart, no brain, no soul. It was just a protracted steel body, long and spindly, a rectangular âœheadâ at the end, and one glowing sensor. It wasnâ™t alive. It wasnâ™t sentient. It was a robot.
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The complete Industry News section from the August 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Corporate and personnel announcements from the April 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Airships, gears, robots, steam power and buzzer-beating theatrics highlight the 2017 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition known as FIRST Steamworks.
Automate Show Examines the Integration of Robotics, Automation and Machine Vision, while Promat explores the latest in material handling technology.
They're like real fingers, able to pick up hard stuff, a spark plug or a metal pipe connector, and pick up soft stuff without breaking or smushing it: an egg, a loaf of bread, a donut.
Escape Rooms have been popular in recent years for their challenging game play, group participation and unique time constraints. Teams have X amount of time (typically 60 minutes) to solve puzzles, ponder riddles and dissect clues in order to escape a variety of themed games. Here's an escape room with a fluid power twist.
Framo Morat and Dunkermotoren Produce Drive Systems for Automatic Guided Vehicles.
With Pack Expo Las Vegas around the corner, we took a look at the state of the packaging industry today to see what you can expect at the show. The answer is more automation.
Faulhaber Provides Motor Technology for Pipe Renovation Projects
The complete Industry News section from the October 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the June 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Scientists have been hard at work creating a robotic system with the capabilities to sweep and collect garbage in urban environments. This real-world Wall-E is known as the DustBot, aimed at designing, developing, testing and demonstrating a system for improving the management of urban hygiene.
Before Mike Cicco was involved on the engineering side, he used to sell robotic systems to manufacturers. Most of his sales pitches were met with hesitation and skepticism as he tried to explain the âœbenefitsâ of replacing employees on the shop floor with an automated system.
While gear and bearing manufacturers engage in a wind energy arms race, the robotic automation industry has its sights set directly on the sun. Solar powerâ”wind energyâ™s somewhat neglected step brotherâ”has been gaining ground in alternative energy since 2001.
ABB Robotics gets free advertising via summer blockbuster.
Robots are everywhere these daysâ” bots in the factory, bots in space, bots at the airport, bots in the movies and much, much more. But robots in the operating room?
Green technology is more than changing a couple of light bulbs or reducing waste. In 2009, the concept is relevant in every facet of manufacturing as companies make a greater push towards energy efficiency and sustainability. In the power transmission and motion control fields, this technology has been integrated into the daily routine, both as an environmentally friendly business venture and a way to offer green products to customers. Itâ™s apparent that the revitalization of manufacturing, both here and abroad, will center on energy technology.
Manufacturing employees have always kept their eyes on the robotic systems that continue to pop up in assembly lines and industrial workspaces. These metallic, low-maintenance robotic employees donâ™t waste time with smoke breaks or catching up on episodes of Lost. They tend to stick to the task at hand with little argument or attitude, giving human counterparts a bad name when they gripe about factory temperatures or lack of a decent dental plan.
Nowadays, you can find scientists and engineers creating micro-robotic creatures for a slew of fascinating research projects.
Norkol Converting Corporation is one of the nationâ™s leading independently owned converters and distributors of commercial printing papers. The company has full production capabilities and state-of-the-art machinery for winding, trimming and sheeting. The company utilizes traditional slitter re-wind equipment that unwinds, slits and then re-winds paper to new dimensions. These conventional re-winders, while typically producing new widths of paper with clean cuts, work at an inefficient, slow pace.
The complete Industry News section from the February 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the October 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
I robot. You robot. He robot. Robots are everywhere. For decades, they have been as prevalent on TV and in science fiction novels and movies as they are now on the worldâ™s factory floors—and operation rooms. Fiction is now fact.
What did you learn in school today? This typical parental inquiry is met with several responses but rarely followed with, âœThe complete and total annihilation of robotic machines in a no-holds-barred death match.â
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is creating first-response robots capable of going where the danger is.