Robotics, Automation & Control

Autonomous Robots Keep Warehouse Running Green

YLOG, a startup company in Austria, uses an intelligent and very environmentally friendly logistics system that is winning an increasing number of customers. The technology makes use of individual, freely moving Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles (AiVs) that detect each other, observe right-of-way rules, recognize one-way routes, and complete their tasks fully autonomously without intervention from or coordination by a central computer.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Green Design & Manufacturing, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Automation, Robotics, Logistics, Robotics, Autonomous vehicles
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System Concept Studies Will Aid NASA in Asteroid Redirect Mission

SSL 1300 commercial satellite bus
Space Systems/Loral
Palo Alto, CA
650-852-4000
www.sslmda.com

NASA continues to advance the journey to Mars through progress on the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. This includes advanced Solar Electric Propulsion — an efficient way to move heavy cargo using solar power, which could help pre-position cargo for future human missions to the Red Planet.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Research Lab, Robotics, Solar energy, Human factors, Robotics, Spacecraft
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3D Vision System Aids 560-Mile Piloted Drive

Audi completed a long-distance test drive of its Audi A7 Sportback semi-autonomous concept vehicle, finishing the journey at the International CES 2015 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The “piloted driving” — Audi’s take on combining autonomous driving with individual control — began in Stanford, California and ended two days and 560 miles later on January 6, 2015.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging, Video, Automation, Sensors, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Road tests, Autonomous vehicles, Concept vehicles
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Energy Efficiency in Machine Tools

Discussions of the efficient use of energy have become more frequent in many sectors of industry. Machine tools comprise numerous motors and auxiliary components whose energy consumption can vary strongly during machining. The main spindle drive, for example, and the coolant system work near their rated power during roughing with a high stock removal rate, while the power consumption during finishing is significantly lower. There is a very close interdependence between the individual components and subassemblies of a machine tool and aspects of productivity and quality. From a detailed examination of manufacturing processes to the power consumption of individual components, potential for savings can be evaluated and measures can be defined for the efficient use of energy.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Automation, Tools and equipment, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Materials handling, Milling
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Tiny Camera Lets NASA Inspection Tool “See”

micro ScoutCam 1.2 micro camera
Medigus, Ltd.
Omer, Israel
011 972 8646 6880
www.medigus.com

NASA has incorporated the micro ScoutCam 1.2 into its Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool. VIPIR is a robotic, maneuverable, borescope inspection tool being tested as part of the Robotic Refueling Mission, an experiment on the International Space Station that has been demonstrating tools, technologies, and techniques for on-orbit satellite servicing since 2011.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Cameras, Imaging, Robotics, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Robotics, Inspections
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Vision-Based Robot Design Wins NASA Test Course Challenge

As part of a NASA test course challenge, Teledyne DALSA engineered a winning Miniature Autonomous Roving Vehicle (MARV), earning the company a $350M contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Robotics, Design processes, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Robotics, Autonomous vehicles
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Medical Robotics Experts Help Advance NASA’s Satellite Surgery Project

Johns Hopkins engineers, recognized as experts in medical robotics, are helping NASA with a space dilemma: How can the agency fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? One option — sending a human repair crew into space — is costly, dangerous, and sometimes not even possible for satellites in a distant orbit.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Medical, Robotics, Maintenance, Repair and Service Operations, Maintenance, repair, and service operations, Robotics, Satellites
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Springs and Couplings Keep Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Track

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover “Curiosity” is the biggest rover to roam the Red Planet, measuring almost the size of a standard car. The rover is expected to land on Mars this summer, joining Opportunity, which has been exploring the planet since 2004. Working with engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, Helical Products’ engineering team designed and manufactured both flexible couplings and machined springs for Curiosity.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Automation, Springs, Autonomous vehicles
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Air Conditioning Cools Lunar Test Vehicles

NASA tests robotics for lunar electric rovers (LERs) and space exploration in remote locations, such as the Arizona desert, that closely simulate the terrain of the Moon or planets. The LER tests are conducted by a team of NASA engineers also known as the Desert RATS (Desert Research and Technology Studies).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Robotics, Air conditioning, Air conditioning, Robotics, Test procedures
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Prototype Helps Astronauts Use Robot on International Space Station

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) material parts
RedEye On Demand
Eden Prairie, MN
866-882-6934

Wyle is a leading provider of high-tech science, aerospace engineering, and information technology services to the federal government on long-term outsourcing contracts. Wyle’s Integrated Science and Engineering Group in Houston, TX helped NASA prepare the Robonaut 2 (R2) dexterous robot.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Robotics, Rapid prototyping, Additive manufacturing, Robotics, Spacecraft
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