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Stay up to date with the latest news surrounding professional service robots, including new technical achievements and corporate announcements. You’ll find the most important professional service robots news here.

June 2020

Mission Design and Automation welcomes Scot Lindemann as CEO

POSTED: 06/12/2020

Building on over 15 years as an intelligent systems integrator located in West Michigan, the Mission team serves the...

inVia Robotics Expands into Asia with Kantsu Deployment

POSTED: 06/12/2020

Kantsu automates Osaka warehouse with inVia's Picker robots to keep pace with increasing order volume.

Making Diagnostic Test Kit Assembly Systems for COVID-19 On a Deadline

POSTED: 06/12/2020

Inside Lanco Integrated in Westbrook, they’ve been working around the clock to put the finishing touches on a

Vecna Robotics Appoints Denis Lussault As Vice President of Autonomy

POSTED: 06/01/2020

Vecna Robotics, the leading automation provider in the materials handling space, today announced the appointment of Denis Lussault as...

May 2020

Live Event: 9 Points to Consider Before You Automate Welding & Cutting Applications

POSTED: 05/15/2020

Dan Allford of ARC Specialties has developed a 9-point checklist of critical items for you to consider before deciding to

April 2020

RE2 Robotics Joins PPEConnectPGH by Manufacturing Face Shields for Clinics in Western Pennsylvania

POSTED: 04/07/2020

PPE Connect PGH’s goal is to help improve access to Personal Protective Equipment for Pittsburgh-area healthcare workers.

March 2020

ABB to Make Digital Services Available Free of Charge to Help Customers Maintain Production

POSTED: 03/27/2020

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, ABB’s Robotics & Discrete Automation business will offer key software services free of charge.

RE2 Robotics Delivers Highly Dexterous Manipulation System to Japan to Help with Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Cleanup

POSTED: 03/20/2020

One of RE2's HDMS dual-arm robotic manipulator systems has been delivered to ATOX in Japan, where it is being used

Fort Robotics Introduces Oversight™, Its New Safety and Security Platform for Smart Machines

POSTED: 03/06/2020

Full-Stack platform brings enhanced safety, flexibility, and endpoint security for autonomous and connected machines.

Robotic Materials Tackles Mobile Manipulation in Manufacturing

POSTED: 03/06/2020

Today, Robotic Materials Inc. has implemented the first factory application of autonomous robotic AI (see video).

February 2020

ABB and Covariant Partner to Deploy Integrated AI Robotic Solutions

POSTED: 02/28/2020

ABB accelerates expansion into distribution and e-commerce fulfilment sectors with Covariant AI technology

RobotWorx Announces Offline Robot Programming Through OCTOPUZ Inc. Partnership

POSTED: 02/10/2020

RobotWorx, an Ohio based company which focuses on quality industrial robotic solutions and customized integration has announced a strategic partnership...

Maxon is Flying to the Sun

POSTED: 02/03/2020

In February, Solar Orbiter will start its mission to provide scientists with new data about the Sun. Swiss research and engineering have played a significant role in the construction of the space probe – including drives from maxon. The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to study the Sun up close. Next month, the agency will be launching the Solar Orbiter space probe, which is equipped with ten measuring instruments. Scientists hope that the mission, which will last several years, will provide them with new insights into phenomena such as the solar wind, as well as the complex dynamics that are responsible for solar eruptions. Solar Orbiter will fly within 45 million kilometers of the Sun – closer than Mercury, its nearest planet. At this distance, the side of the probe facing the Sun will be exposed to intense heat: more than 500 degrees Celsius. A heat shield will protect the valuable instruments on board the probe, equipped with shutters to provide a view of the Sun only when measurements are being taken. The same applies to the spectrometer-telescope for imaging X-rays (STIX), whose purpose is to study solar eruptions more closely and may even assist in predicting large-scale eruptions in the future. STIX was developed at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in collaboration with several industrial partners from Switzerland, including Almatech. Swiss drives made by maxon are among the components used in the X-ray telescope. Two specially modified DC motors with diameters of 13 mm move an aluminum attenuator, which slides in front of STIX's 30 detectors as required. The micro drives are wired in parallel and can be used together or individually. This ensures that they'll run smoothly for the entire five years planned for the mission. The design is based on micromotors that will soon be used in ESA's ExoMars Rover. The key factors when selecting the drives were their low weight, energy efficiency, and resistance to vibration. Solar Orbiter is one of ESA's flagship projects and has cost more than a billion Swiss francs. After its planned launch in February, the probe will journey for almost two years before it can start taking measurements. The mission is scheduled to end in 2025. From the Sun to Mars While Solar Orbiter approaches its launch date, preparations are underway for the next two major Mars projects, which are scheduled to start in the summer of 2020: NASA's Mars2020 Rover and ESA's ExoMars Rover. The aim of both missions is to provide new information about the Red Planet, answering the age-old question: Has there ever been life on Mars? Mars2020 will also carry a small helicopter to deliver a proof of concept that flights are possible on Mars despite the very thin atmosphere. maxon drives are used for mission-critical tasks in both projects, including wheel drives, handling of soil samples, and steering the Mars helicopter.

January 2020

Harmonic Drive Exhibits at CES2020

POSTED: 01/07/2020

Harmonic Drive to exhibit at CES 2020, Jan 9-12, in the AI & Robotics Marketplace - Booth #25249

November 2019

"Robots Are Taking Over" the Really Dangerous Jobs

POSTED: 11/22/2019

With continuing advancements in automation, price and accessibility are allowing more and more companies to implement robots into their production.


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