Friday, November 15, 2019

Here’s who will build the Army’s heavy common robot


WASHINGTON — The Army has chosen FLIR’s Kobra robot to serve as its heavy version of the Common Robotic System that will be used for explosive ordnance disposal and other heavy-duty jobs.
The production contract will run for a period of five years and could be worth up to $109 million.
The Army wanted its Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) to weigh up to 700 pounds and to carry a variety of sensors and payloads to support missions.
“The Kobra [unmanned ground vehicle] delivers unmatched strength, power and payload support in an easy-to-operate robot package,” according to a FLIR statement sent to Defense News.
Kobra has a lift capacity of 330 pounds and can stretch up to eleven-and-a-half feet to get at difficult-to-reach places, but it is also still nimble enough to climb jersey barriers and fit into the back of a standard utility vehicle, according to FLIR.

7 Key Robot Applications in Automotive Manufacturing


For more than 50 years, the automotive industry has been using robots in their assembly lines for a variety of manufacturing processes. Today, automakers are exploring the use of robotics in even more processes. Robots are more efficient, accurate, flexible, and dependable on these production lines. This technology has allowed the automotive industry to remain one of the most automated supply chains globally, and one of the largest users of robots.
With thousands of wires and parts in every vehicle, it takes a complex manufacturing process to get components to where they need to be. Here are several robotic applications that are crucial to an efficient assembly line:

1) Robotic Vision

2) Spot and arc welding

3) Assembly

4) Painting, sealing and coating

5) Machine tending and part transfer

6) Materials removal

7) Internal logistics


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Watch MIT’s ‘mini cheetah’ robots frolic, fall, flip – and play soccer together


MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics department took a whole herd of its new ‘mini cheetah’ robots out for a group demonstration on campus recently – and the result is an adorable, impressive display of the current state of robotic technology in action.
The school’s students are seen coordinating the actions of 9 of the dog-sized robots running through a range of activities, including coordinated movements, doing flips, springing in slow motion from under piles of fall leaves, and even playing soccer.
The mini cheetah weights just 20 lbs, and its design was revealed for the first time earlier this year by a team of robot developers working at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The mini cheetah is a shrunk-down version of the Cheetah 3, a much larger and more expensive to produce robot that is far less light on its feet, and not quite so customizable.
The mini cheetah was designed for Lego-like assembly using off-the-shelf part, as well as durability and relative low cost. It can walk both right-side up, and upside down, and its most impressive ability just might be the way it can manage a full backflip from a stand-still. It can also run at a speed of up to 5 miles per hour.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

International Conferences on Mechatronics and Robotics

About the Conference:


Larix International is delighted to welcome to the “International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics”, scheduled in Dubai, UAE during February 26-27, 2020. The aim of Robotics 2020, the conference is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academics as well as industry professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in the area of Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering. This Robotics conference 2020, provides opportunities for delegates to exchange new ideas and research findings in a face to face environment, to establish business or research relationships and to find global partners for future collaboration. The main discussion in the conference would be on advanced motion control, sensors/actuators, micro and nano-mechatronics, robotics and biomechatronics, intelligent control and AI in mechatronics and mechatronics education.


Why Robotics 2020:

The International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics is a unique platform for academic and industrial Engineering experts in the world and is the flagship annual event. Your participation in Robotics 2020 will enable you to:


·        Hear plenary lectures by stellar speakers who are leading Engineering companies.
·        Meet invited speakers who are world leaders in their fields.
·        Present your scientific results to the most relevant audience either as a poster or oral presentations.
·        Get a global perspective of Robotics and Material Engineering.
·        Attend Networking events on the first day of the conference.
·        Participate in or visit the trade exhibition. Network with Robotics experts from academia and industry from 60+ countries.

·        Become Robotics 2020 sponsor and showcase your products.

·        Present products, services or activities offered by companies & scientific organizations.

·        Participate in “Highlight events” that focus on current challenges and controversies.

Target Audience:


·        Professors
·        Scientists
·        CEOs 
·        Directors
·        Co-Executives
·        Students
·        Research Scholars 
·        Robotics Industrialists
·        Robotic Programmers 
·        Surgeons