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White Papers: Software
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Revolutionizing Torque Transmission: Achieving a Tenfold Increase in Magnetic Feedthrough Capacity for Semiconductor Processing

This whitepaper details the development of an enhanced magnetic feedthrough designed to transmit torque to...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Selecting Directional Valves

Choosing the right valve for controlling system pressure, flow direction, and flow rate is essential in fluid power circuitry design. This guide highlights the top five...

White Papers: Motion Control
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How to Design Self-lubricating Bearing Points

Wherever parts move against each other, lubrication is deemed a necessity. It improves friction and protects against not only wear, but corrosion and dirt as well. However, it has long been...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
MIT engineers are aiming to give robots a bit of common sense when faced with situations that push them off their trained path. They’ve developed a method that connects robot motion data with the “common sense knowledge” of large language models, or LLMs.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

An international group of researchers has created a new approach to imitating human motion through combining central pattern generators (CPGs) and deep reinforcement learning (DRL). The method not...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Getting robots to perform even a simple task requires tons of behind-the-scenes work. Part of the challenge is planning and executing movements, everything from turning wheels to lifting...

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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Scientists at the University of Oregon have discovered that colonies of gelatinous sea animals swim through the ocean in giant corkscrew shapes using coordinated jet propulsion, an...

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Blog: Research Lab
Whereas prior works have focused on leveraging LLMs directly for planning in symbolic spaces, this work uses LLMs to guide the search of task structures and constraints implicit in multi-step physical demonstrations.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

While the adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and collaborative robots (cobots) has increased in logistics and manufacturing industries, mobile manipulation robots (MMRs) —...

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INSIDER: Motion Control

Del Costy, President and Managing Director at Siemens Digital Industries (Plano, TX), unveiled how the company is making automation easy with their first generative...

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INSIDER: Software

Intralogistics solutions provider Kardex (Zurich, Switzerland) demonstrated one of the fastest order fulfillment solution per square foot on the market...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Comau (Southfield, MI) debuted its new S-Family of small yet powerful robots at Automate 2024. The first two high-speed robots, with payloads of 13 kg and up to 18 kg,...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) is continuing the expansion of its modular large robot portfolio with the introduction of the new IRB 7710 and IRB 7720 that made their debut...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

At Automate 2024, Denmark-based Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) showcased its latest MiR1200 Pallet Jack — an AI-powered autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution...

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INSIDER: Motion Control

InOrbit.AI (Mountain View, CA), a provider of robot operations (RobOps) solutions, introduced InOrbit RobOps Copilot™ at Automate 2024. This innovative technology...

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INSIDER: Software

Automate, the flagship educational conference and tradeshow for robotics and automation professionals, has returned to Chicago for the first time in five years. The event...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

AFORMIC (Duncan, SC) is showcasing its latest cutting-edge autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for flexible manufacturing and warehousing during the Automate Show. The...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

WiBotic (Seattle, WA) is demonstrating its new 1kW (1000 Watt) wireless charging system at the Automate Show. WiBotic’s new platform will provide a larger class of mobile...

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INSIDER: Software

Festo (Islandia, NY) introduced its newest generation of Cartesian-handling-system mechanical axes at Automate 2024. The ELGD-TB, tooth belt, and ELGD-BS, ball screw, axes feature an...

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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Explore the Advantages of Integrated Electric Linear Actuator Designs

Both traditional and integrated electric actuator technologies offer their own performance, reliability and efficiency advantages. Machine designers building systems in...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Our muscles are nature’s perfect actuators — devices that turn energy into motion. For their size, muscle fibers are more powerful and precise than most synthetic actuators....

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Jellyfish can't do much besides swim, sting, eat, and breed. They don't even have brains. Yet, these simple creatures can easily journey to the depths of the oceans in a way that humans,...

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INSIDER: Medical

The idea of injecting microscopic robots into the bloodstream to heal the human body is not new. It’s also not science fiction.

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Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
Cobots are robots designed to work alongside humans rather than in their own space on a broad range of tasks. So, how much do you know about cobots? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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White Papers: Motion Control
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High Performance, Ultra-low-power Embeddable Accelerometers

Accelerometers play an integral role in condition monitoring programs that reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance costs. As industry shifts to wireless sensing, the technologies...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Drive Systems for Robotics & Automation

Robots are nowadays almost omnipresent, they explore other planets, produce car parts, operate patients, transport goods, work in hazardous environments or even support the agriculture industry by...

Special Reports: Aerospace
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Robotics - March 2024

Read about the latest advances in robots for space exploration, healthcare, search & rescue, warehouse automation, and more in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs, Medical Design...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

“Soft robots,” medical devices and implants, and next-generation drug delivery methods could soon be guided with magnetism — thanks to a metal-free magnetic gel...

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