AUTOMATICA 2016: Robotics – Introducing a new robot generation

For the first time this year, all renowned robotics manufacturers with innovations across the board will be at AUTOMATICA in Munich from June 21 to 24. Gone are the days when progress was defined by improvements in details. This time solutions are signaling a new era of automation with new approaches that do justice to the demands of human-robot collaboration (MRC) and Industry 4.0.

The robotics business around the world is booming. The World Robot Association IFR reported a global sales record of eight percent in 2015 in the industrial robot sector. The number of industrial robots sold worldwide reached the mark of 240,000 units for the first time.

„The worldwide sales of industrial robots in 2015 confirmed that we are in very exciting times for the robot industry,“ Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director at ABB Robotics, stated. „With the start into 2016, the traditional drivers in our industry are being complemented by a huge demand for solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the services & people areas. I believe that this development will result in a new record year.“

MRC: A new generation of robots is ready for the market
Collaborating robots are paving a revolutionary new way for SMEs to automate their production on an optimum technical level and consequently secure their competitive position while cutting costs. Manufacturers are taking different approaches in developing their collaborative robots. While one faction, including ABB, Kuka, Universal Robots, Yaskawa and Co. relies on special machines for MRC, Stäubli and Fanuc design their standard robots for MRC applications. A big advantage for AUTOMATICA visitors: All major robot manufacturers are represented at the trade fair, which enables a direct comparison of these solutions.

Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of ABB Robotics, expects a new record year for robotics.

Photo: ABB


Industry 4.0 and MRC

Stäubli will highlight the performance of his new TX2 six-axle series in a variety of demonstration applications at its largest ever AUTOMATICA booth. In a realistic smart factory, different TX2 models in several linked cells put their Industry 4.0 compatibility as well as their collaborative skills to the test. The mobile, autonomous robot system HelMo will be employed for the first time, which makes mobile use possible for the TX2 six-axle robot.

AUTOMATICA is the most important trade fair event this year for Gerald Vogt, Managing Director of Stäubli Robotics.

Photo: Stäubli

You can also see the major trends in robotics of highly flexible and tightly networked I4.0 production concepts, intuitive operation of robots and MRC solutions at Kuka. In networked production installed at its booth, Kuka is linking its products designed for Industry 4.0, including the mobile KMR iiwa and the Swisslog shelving system Cyclone Carrier, a prime example of a modern production concept. Via the Swisslog software Warehouse Manager WM 6, all components of the smart factory are able to communicate with each other and provide information about the respective order status.

In addition to solutions for networked production, Kuka is exhibit-ing new six-axis robots, including the small robot KR 3 Agilus.

Photo: Kuka Roboter


Green „CR World“ on the „Yellow Highway“

With 24 system partners, Fanuc is exhibiting the full range of robotics on the „Yellow Highway”. New features include the collaborative robot CR 7iA and the heavyweight M-2000iA with a payload of 2,300 kg. Another highlight is the „Green CR World“, in which simple application examples as well as unusual use ideas for collaborative robots can be seen. There is also plenty of space for the ideas and solutions of system integrators on the 3,000 square meter booth. New integrators have joined the partners of the first AUTOMATICA fairs. „As a result, we expect a record number of participants this year,“ Olaf Kramm, Managing Director of Fanuc Germany, stated with obvious pleasure; he will be accompanied by his international team at AUTOMATICA.

The importance of AUTOMATICA as platform for the robot market and the outstanding success of FANUC Germany have aroused the curiosity of Dr. Yoshiharu Inaba. The President and CEO of FANUC Corporation wants to get a direct overview of the German and European markets, as well as meet customers and system integrators at the „Yellow Highway”. For this reason the top management of FANUC Corporation will visit the AUTOMATICA in Munich for the first time.

The basis of the new collaborative Fanuc CR 7iA is an LR Mate 200iD with 7 kg carrying load.

Photo: Fanuc

Yaskawa is also betting on the known fashionable topics, but it also has new robot on board. Bruno Schnekenburger, Division Director Robotics at Yaskawa Europe, stated: “We are going to introduce a newly developed model for MRC applications for the first time in Europe at AUTOMATICA with the Motoman HC10. The robot is extremely slim, so it can be integrated optimally into cramped spaces.“  The new GP series with the Motoman GP7 and GP8 also has a similar slim design. These robots will score with speed, ranges and interfaces for integration into automation environments on the Industry 4.0 level.

The collaborative robot Motoman HC10 from Yaskawa is celebrating its European premiere.

Photo: Yaskawa


AUTOMATICA shows the complete range of automation

In line with current requirements in the digital manufacturing era, Fraunhofer IPA is presenting different exhibits covering the fields of people at the workplace, products and automation as well as IT infrastructure and networking. Consequently, they demonstrate the added value of production in the sense of Industry 4.0.

In addition to the hot topics, AUTOMATICA is also showing the world of conventional robotics from vision sensors to spot welding guns and all the way to heavy-duty robots. „AUTOMATICA illuminates all facets of automation, and all major exhibitors of the industry are represented. Consequently, this fair is the most important event this year for many exhibitors. It will show the extent to which visions of future automation have become reality,“ Gerald Vogt, Managing Director of Stäubli Robotics, stated.

Industry 4.0 and MRK solutions will be the focus at the booth of the Fraunhofer IPA.

Photo: IPA

Maker Faire Hannover 2016

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Maker Faire Berlin – Ticket-Vorverkauf gestartet/Call for Makers läuft noch bis zum 31. Juli 2016

Hannover, 15. Juni 2016 – Nach dem erfolgreichen Auftakt im vergangenen Jahr kommt das weltgrößte Do-it-Yourself-Festival zum zweiten Mal in die Hauptstadt. Vom 30. September bis zum 2. Oktober findet die Maker Faire in Berlin Kreuzberg in der STATION statt. Wer als Aussteller dabei sein möchte, sollte möglichst schnell reagieren: Maker können ihre Projekte bis zum 31. Juli einreichen, interessierte Besucherinnen und Besucher haben noch bis zum 31. August Zeit, um Tickets zum Vorzugspreis zu bestellen.

Für eine interessante Mischung auf der Maker Faire Berlin sucht das Magazin Make noch kreative Aussteller, Workshops und Vorträge. Bastler, Technikverrückte, Steam­punk-Fans, Designer von Wearables, 3D-Druck-Begeisterte oder Quadro­kopter-Piloten, kurzum Selbermacher mit spannenden Ideen sind gefragt. Private Maker – auch FabLabs, Hackerspaces oder Repair-Cafés – können bis zum 31. Juli 2016 ihre kostenlosen Stände anmelden.

„Neugierig sind wir auch, was sich der Nachwuchs so alles einfallen lässt. Über Projekteinreichungen von engagierten Schulklassen und Schülergruppen oder auch von Technik AGs und Jugendzentren freuen uns wir immer ganz besonders“, sagt Philip Steffan, Community Manager der Maker Faire. „Aber nicht nur als Aussteller sind Jugendliche gern gesehen, sondern auch als Besucher.Der erste Maker-Faire-Tag, der 30. September, ist ausschließlich für Schulen reserviert. Schülerinnen und Schüler können einen Vormittag (9 –13 Uhr) lang mit ihren Lehrkräften die bunte Vielfalt des Selbermachens kennenlernen. Für Lehrer gibt es Workshops und Austauschmöglichkeiten. Die Anmeldung läuft über unsere Homepage .“

Auch kommerzielle Aussteller sind auf der Maker Faire Berlin herzlich willkommen. Im Mediaportal des Make-Magazins fin­den sie verschiedene Partner- oder Sponsoringpakete, um ihr Unternehmen kreativen, technik- und wissenschafts­begeisterten Menschen vorzustellen.

Wer sich die Maker Faire Berlin, präsentiert vom Magazin Make, nicht entgehen lassen will, der kann sich online bereits jetzt seine Tickets sichern. Noch bis zum 31. August gilt der Frühbucherrabatt: Die Tagestickets kosten 9 statt 12 Euro, Familien mit maximal zwei Kindern zahlen 18 statt 24 Euro. Der Verkauf läuft über den Ticketshop der Maker-Faire-Webseite. Hier gibt es auch alle wichtigen Informationen rund um das bunte Familien-Festival.

Pictures from Maker Faire Ruhr 2016

Mehr als 1.000 Teilnehmer aus 15 Ländern werden zu den RoboCup German Open erwartet

Am kommenden Wochenende wird die Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg wieder zum Treffpunkt nationaler und internationaler RoboCup Teams. Insgesamt 200 Teams mit über 1.000 Teilnehmern werden zu den spannenden Wettkämpfen in der Ottostadt erwartet. Die RoboCup German Open finden vom 24. bis zum 26. April 2015 auf der MESSE MAGDEBURG statt. Der Eintritt ist frei. Weiterlesen

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Announced

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is the result of three years of product development by an international team of LEGO designers, MINDSTORMS user-enthusiasts and leading technology experts. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, available in the second half of 2013, will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience! on January 7 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees during the [email protected] Summit, January 8-11, 2013, in the Venetian Hotel.

 

With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 you can turn your LEGO creations into live robots that follow your every command. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set includes everything you need – motors, sensors, programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control – to create and command robots of even your wildest imagination, including 5 cool robot characters. Download the 3D building instructions and the app to command your robot via your smart device. Then program your robots to walk, talk, move and do whatever you want them to do to via the intuitive software program, the programmable brick or your smart device.

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And not only do we have this good news, we also have the specifications:

EV3 Intelligent Brick

  • Stronger and faster ARM9 robotic processor
  • Embedded 16MB FLASH memory
  • 64 MB RAM plus SD expansion slot
  • LINUX operating system, released under open source
  • USB 2.0 interface allows for WiFi connectivity
  • 4 input ports: Connect up to 4 sensors at the same time, including your NXT sensors
  • 4 output ports: Now you can power up to 4 motors (Either Large, Medium or NXT)
  • Up to four intelligent bricks to be connected together (That’s 16 sensor and 16 motor ports!)
  • Matrix display with loudspeaker
  • Button interface with status indication
  • Enhanced on-brick programming
  • Bluetooth ® v2.1
  • iOS and Android compatible

Hardware

  • 3 Interactive Servo Motors: 2 large and 1 medium
  • 1 Touch Sensor
  • New IR Seeker Sensor measures distance, movements and detects objects, and acts as a receiver for the remote control
  • New IR Beacon remotely controls robot from up to 2 meters (6 feet) away
  • Improved Color Sensor detects 6 colors as well as the brightness of light sources
  • Backwards-compatible with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Connect your NXT Sensors and motors to the new EV3 brick.
  • Assortment of 594 LEGO TECHNIC® elements for easy, more stable building with improved functionality and movement capabilities

Programming Software

  • Downloadable software is PC and Mac compatible
  • Icon-based drag and drop environment for “building” programs with new interactive content that helps de-bug programming

 

 

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NI WorldClass 2012 – Video

Back from NI Worldclass 2012, here is the official video. Thanks to NI and all the nice people I have met there! It was great fun and an „once in a lifetime“ experience!

The robot shown in the video is a Robotino from Festo Didactic.

Don’t forget to apply for WorldClass 2013! You should not miss that!

LegoWorld Zwolle 2011 – All Pictures online

You can find all Pictures here:
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RobotsBlog NewsFeed – Android Market

Auch RobotsBlog hat jetzt eine native Android App mit allen wichtigen Informationen. Die App bietet Zugriff auf die Blog-Posts, sowie Twitter, Facebook und Youtube-Channel.

RobotsBlog NewsFeed – Android Market.

 

 

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LegoWorld Videos from botbench.com

Xander Soldaat from botbench.com has taken some videos. The corresponding blog entries can be found here: http://botbench.com/blog/category/ramblings/

LEGOWorld – Day 0 – Tue 18 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 1 – Wed 19 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 3 – Fri 21 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 4 – Sat 22 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 5 – Sun 23 October 2011