Oqton, Valk Welding Partner to Automate Robotic Welding
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Oqton, Valk Welding Partner to Automate Robotic Welding

Belgium’s Oqton, a software provider developing intelligent automation, and Valk Welding, which develops flexible arc welding robots, have announced a partnership designed to help automate the welding industry. Oqton said its software will become part of Valk Welding’s Automatic Robotic Programming (ARP) solution for high-mix, low-volume (HMLV)_ production. The Valk Welding ARP powered by Oqton…

Universal Robots Reports Record Revenue Despite Global Uncertainty
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Universal Robots Reports Record Revenue Despite Global Uncertainty

In 2022, Universal Robots launched the UR20 collaborative robot; a groundbreaking new cobot with 20kg payload, boasting an all-new joint design that increases all joint torques approximately 25% and joint speeds by as much as 65%. Despite its heavier payload and greater 1750mm reach, it’s the lightest robot on the market in its payload and…

Photoneo Brightpick Raises Extra $19M to Complete $40M Fund Round
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Photoneo Brightpick Raises Extra $19M to Complete $40M Fund Round

Kentucky-based Photoneo Brightpick Group has announced it raised an additional $19 million to complete a $40 million Series B funding round. The group is the parent company of Photoneo, which develops robotic vision sensors and intelligence software, and Brightpick, which develops warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce and grocery order fulfillment operations. The new funding raises…

SICK Introduces 3D ToF Camera With Level c Safety Sensor
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SICK Introduces 3D ToF Camera With Level c Safety Sensor

SICK has announced the first 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera that includes Performance Level c (PL c) functionality – the safeVisionary2. The system aims to support customers to become fully autonomous in addition to providing 3D localization and object recognition. The company said the system is also effective for autonomous mobile robots, as it provides precise 3D…

Universal Robots Predicts 2023 Automation Trends Helping Manufacturers Meet New-Year Goals
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Universal Robots Predicts 2023 Automation Trends Helping Manufacturers Meet New-Year Goals

Sales of UR cobots for integration in OEM solutions grew about 50% in 2022. UR enters the 2023 with more than 80 OEM partners integrating UR cobots in turnkey systems, and over 300 UR+ partners launching application kits and components certified to work seamlessly with the UR cobots. UR has announced January as “National Cobot…

OnRobot Aims to Automate Robotic Deployment With D:PLOY
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OnRobot Aims to Automate Robotic Deployment With D:PLOY

Denmark-based OnRobot has announced the launch of D:PLOY, designed to break down automation barriers to bring the benefit of collaborative automation to businesses of all sizes. Now available worldwide, D:PLOY is an automated platform for building, running, monitoring and re-deploying collaborative applications. OnRobot said that by automating the process of getting a robotic application up…

ABB Launches New Industrial-Grade Cobot
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ABB Launches New Industrial-Grade Cobot

ABB has announced the SWIFTI CRB 1300, an industrial collaborative robot that aims to bridge the gap between traditional industrial robots and more collaborative “cobot”-style robots. The CRB 1300 combines speed, accuracy and the ability to handle loads up to 11 kg, and can perform tasks such as product handling, machine tending, palletizing and screwdriving….

Micropsi: MIRAI Software Now Compatible with FANUC Robots
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Micropsi: MIRAI Software Now Compatible with FANUC Robots

Micropsi Industries announced that its artificial intelligence-based software MIRAI is now compatible with numerous robots produced by FANUC and its U.S. subsidiary, FANUC America. With MIRAI, FANUC customers can now add hand-eye coordination features to several FANUC industrial and collaborative robots (cobots) to handle difficult-to-automate functions, such as cable plugging and assembly.

 

Dobot Launches Collaborative Retail Automation Robots
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Dobot Launches Collaborative Retail Automation Robots

To address labor shortages and rising costs in the retail and service sectors, China-based Dobot has announced a new Nova Series of collaborative robots designed specifically for retail customers. The new robots can handle tasks such as making coffee, cocktails, ice cream, noodles, fried chicken, and even perform physical therapy.

 

Techman Robot Launches New AI-based Cobot Series
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Techman Robot Launches New AI-based Cobot Series

Taiwan-based Techman Robot has announced its TM AI Cobot series, a collaborative robot that combines a robot arm with native artificial intelligence inference engine and smart vision system. The all-in-one system is aimed to be deployed in factories looking to accelerate the transition to Industry 4.0.

 

Universal Robots Says Cobot Welding is Fastest-Growing Application Segment
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Universal Robots Says Cobot Welding is Fastest-Growing Application Segment

Ahead of next week’s FABTECH event in Atlanta, Universal Robots reported that collaborative-robot (aka cobot) welding is now the fastest growing application segment for the company. The company said the channel grew more than 80% the first nine months of 2022 compared to last year, with more than 1,200 cobots expected to ship in the welding vertical this year.

 

Universal Robots Touts Two-Week Lead Time on Shipping for Cobots
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Universal Robots Touts Two-Week Lead Time on Shipping for Cobots

Universal Robots (UR) has announced that it has overcome significant supply chain challenges in order to ship its collaborative robots (aka cobots) in just two weeks. The company also is promoting the Section 179 tax deduction, which helps U.S. businesses looking to stretch “use-it-or-lose-it” 2022 budgets by purchasing collaborative robots that are placed into service before the end of 2022.

 

GelSight Launches AI-Powered 3D Tactile Sensor for Robots
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GelSight Launches AI-Powered 3D Tactile Sensor for Robots

GelSight, which develops tactile intelligence sensor technologies, has announced the release of its GelSight Mini, an artificial-intelligence powered 3D tactile sensor. The sensor offers “superhuman touch resolution” to the commercial market, with a compact design for human hands, and robust enough for use by robots and cobots, the company said. In addition, the GelSight Mini can take just five minutes to deliver shareable results out of the box.