Fixtureworks' New 'Sof-Top' Urethane Grippers: Secure Holding Plus Surface Protection  
Fraser, MI - Combining secure workholding with excellent protection for finished surfaces, particularly in assembly, machining, inspection or repair operations, the Sof-Top Urethane Grippers are now available from Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), a leading North American manufacturer and supplier of workholding technologies and machine tool components. The non-marking, non-staining Sof-Top grippers feature a bubbled urethane surface that provides for superior non-slip grip. The "bubbled" texture of the urethane top offers firm holding and allows air to escape so no suction is created between the contact surface and the top of the rest pad as it is compressed. The urethane surface, which offers superior abrasion and wear resistance, is available in three durometers (strength ratings). Sof-Top grippers are available in several sizes and mounting configurations to meet a wide array of application needs. With the fixed gripper configuration, the urethane surface is permanently bonded to a 300 series stainless steel pad. They are blind-hole tapped for back side mounting and are offered in sizes ranging from 5/16" to 1" (8-25 mm).
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Servo-Flo 404-IDS Robotic Integrated Dispense System Delivers Precision Bead Profiles   Misumi's Aluminum Extrusions Offer Multiple Advantages
Plymouth, MI - The new Servo-Flo® 404-IDS dispensing system is incorporated into Motoman's Integrated Dispense System using their series MH or ES 6-axis robot. The Servo-Flo meter's servo drive, Yaskawa encoder and supply pump system controls are integrated into the Motoman control panel for a smaller footprint, lower system cost and one-stop operator control of the entire robotic dispensing system. The integrated system provides precision dispensing of fluids with excellent response time for start and stop of extruded beads. The Servo-Flo 404-IDS is a positive displacement servo-drive meter with a manifold or remote mounted dispense valve ideal for robotic dispensing applications such as adhesive bonding, casting, filling, gasketing, molding, sealing and many other operations. The robust positive rod displacement meter will easily dispense adhesives and sealants such as 1-part epoxies, mastics, silicones, urethanes and abrasive materials.   Schaumburg, IL - Misumi USA, showcased its high quality Aluminum Extrusions and Accessories during the recent Design & Manufacturing Midwest Show. Aluminum extrusions offer automation system design engineers and other industrial product OEMs an opportunity to reduce costs, and streamline production and assembly cycles to bring products to market faster than ever. Misumi's Aluminum Extrusions are utilized in numerous diverse industries including: automotive, medical, food, packaging and general industrial automation. Typical applications include: enclosures, safety guarding, work stations, light machine bases, robotic jigs and fixtures, material handling components, display exhibits, and more.
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AGI Automation Components Introduces New O-Ring Gripper   New Rexroth EcoShape Tubular Framing System Ideal for Lean Factories
Trumbull, CT - AGI is introducing an O-Ring gripper, along with a complete range of automation products that include, parallel grippers, rotary actuators, thrusters, powered slides, mini slides, tool changers, overload devices. The O-Ring gripper made for picking and placing O-Rings on the parts. The twelve-jaw gripper has two independent pistons, the six spreading jaws are double acting and the six ejector jaws are single acting. When air pressure is applied to the first piston, six parallel jaws spread the o-ring. The O-ring is stretched evenly in a hexagonal shape; this allows the O-Ring to be expanded with considerably less deformation. The stroke can be precisely adjusted using the setscrew. After the o-ring is expanded and over your part, air pressure is applied to the second piston. This causes the ejector jaws to push forward and press the O-Ring from the spreading jaws onto the part being assembled.   Buchanan, MI - Rexroth's new tubular framing system, EcoShape, used in combination with components from Rexroth's Manual Production Systems (MPS), makes it easy to construct custom workstations, material shuttles or flow racks. EcoShape's easy-to-use design allows customers to quickly create new solutions or optimize and extend old ones. This makes it possible to continually improve existing assembly lines and avoid errors through the application of the kaizen or poka-yoke principles in a lean manufacturing setting. EcoShape is based on reusable and recyclable anodized aluminum profiles and also includes caps and connection elements. Special adapters from Rexroth's modular aluminum framing system are also available for the aluminum profiles, for applications requiring high load-bearing capacities. With Rexroth's connection technology that compensates for minor length differences, workers can easily cut and set up the aluminum tubes on-site. These intuitive connection elements are bolted together for easy re-use or reconfiguration, while ensuring securely-fastened, high-performance structures.
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Key Technology Introduces a New Family of High Performance, Mid-volume Sorters   Rudolph Technologies Releases Fast Review and Die Sort Classification Software for Back-end Manufacturing
Walla Walla, WA - Key Technology introduces Manta 1600, a new family of high performance, mid-volume sorters. Featuring a 1520-mm wide scan area and up to seven cameras and two lasers, Manta 1600 sorts as much as 15 metric tons of product per hour to perfectly match the requirements of most processed vegetable, potato, and fruit production lines. With 0.5-mm camera resolution, the Manta 1600 sets a new standard in its class and, combined with object-based sorting, performs at levels that no other sorter can match today. Incorporating innovative design features that Key first introduced in 2008 with its two-meter wide high-volume Manta 2000 sorter, the new smaller Manta 1600 was developed for the many mid-volume customers in Key's core markets. To meet the specific needs of each application, Key can configure Manta 1600 to include a combination of cameras and lasers for on-belt and off-belt in-air viewing.   Flanders, NJ - Rudolph Technologies, Inc., a worldwide leader in process characterization solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, announced today the release of Discover Fast Review and Die Sort Classification Software for back-end manufacturing. It is specifically designed to dramatically reduce the time and cost of reviewing backend manufacturing defects detected by the NSX® Series automated macro defect inspection system. Discover automatically classifies defects, either on-line or off-line, eliminating the time-intensive need to review multiple instances of similar defects. It also distinguishes nuisance defects that do not have an impact on yield from those that should receive further off-line investigation, reducing costly, labor-intensive manual review. Discover is now available on new NSX Systems or as a retrofit for existing NSX installations.
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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms New miView Machine Intelligence Solution Improves Efficiency and Eliminate Waste in Machine Tool Applications   i2 Technologies Release Version 6.3.1 of its i2 Demand Manager
Charlottesville, VA - GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced the availability of miView, a comprehensive new machine intelligence solution designed to provide companies with accurate and unbiased data automatically to help teams improve the efficiency of their processes and eliminate waste. GE Fanuc combined its machining industry and data collection domain expertise with GE's Lean Six Sigma culture and manufacturing knowledge to design a solution that is built specifically to address the unique challenges being faced by discrete parts manufacturers today. miView is a unique, out-of-the-box solution specifically designed for machine tools, providing extensive connectivity to current and future equipment that can help users begin to collect insightful information right away.   Dallas, TX - i2 Technologies, Inc. announced the release of version 6.3.1 of i2 Demand Manager. Companies in the high technology, retail and consumer products and industrial manufacturing industries are using i2 Demand Manager to develop accurate and profitable demand plans and demand-influencing price and promotional activities. This latest release allows for greater ease of use and superior analytics for demand forecasting and planning, price and promotion optimization, demand prioritization, communication and performance management. "Businesses around the world are closely monitoring market trends and economic indicators, watching to see if consumers are feeling confident again-and if demand is beginning to rebound," said Dr. Adeel Najmi, vice president, i2 Product Strategy and Planning.
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Eriez High Speed Feeders Provide Superbly Fast, Efficient Feeding of a Wide Range of Materials   New TechnoMod Gantry Machine Is a Complete Automation Platform
Erie, PA - Eriez introduces a new series of AC operated High Speed Feeders that are designed specifically for exceptionally high speed feeding of light, bulky materials. These rugged and powerful feeders are ideal for scales and other applications that require higher throughput and advanced control. In addition to advanced high speed feed rates, Eriez' High Speed Feeders feature a quick-stopping characteristic to assure accurate handling of materials for economy and efficiency in mixing, weighing, batching packaging and bagging operations. Eriez' High Speed Feeders are available in eight models. Each model has unique feed rate capabilities ranging from 40 cubic feet to 600 cubic feet per hour. Feed rate is easily adjusted by Eriez' solid-state type controllers to enable trouble-free handling of bulk materials from a few ounces to several tons per hour. All Eriez High Speed Feeders units are light and functional and can be installed easily in a minimum amount of space and integrate well with other equipment.   New Hyde Park, NY - Techno, Inc. Linear Motion Systems is proud to announce the New TechnoMod Gantry Machine, a multi-axis motion platform complete with controls, cabling, software, and enclosure; all fully assembled. The TechnoMod is available in 3 different sizes and can be used for pick and place, dispensing, assembly, testing, drilling, routing, welding and general automation applications. Joe Griffin, Techno Linear Motion Sales Manager states, "The New TechnoMod machine is completely assembled when it arrives. All electronics are wired, and software installed, allowing customers the ease of running the machine in any work cell shortly." "The only setup customers may have to perform is the mounting of drill, dispenser, laser or automation tooling required for their application, and in many cases Techno can do this for the customer prior to shipping." Travel ranges are 650 x 300 x 275 mm for the Model 30, 650 x 450 x 275 mm for the Model 45 and 650 x 650 x 275 mm for the Model 65. Additionally, a 4th or 5th rotary axis can be added to the machine for more complex operations, while all drive motors are DC brushless servos providing high torque and precision.
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Universal Robotics and Motoman Partner to Set New Benchmark for 3D Vision Systems   Balluff Introduces Ultrasonic Solutions for Object Detection and Measurement
Nashville, TN and Dayton, OH - Universal Robotics, Inc. and Motoman, Inc. today announced a partnership to develop and market an accurate, cost effective and easy to implement 3D vision system solution for a variety of robotic applications. The companies will integrate Universal's Spatial Vision self-calibrating 3D vision software in Motoman's industrial robots. The Spatial Vision-enabled robots will be initially launched in the materials handling market in early 2010. "Motoman is delighted to partner with Universal to launch a new line of Motoman robots enhanced with Spatial Vision," said Roger Christian, Vice President Marketing and International Groups at Motoman. "The Spatial Vision software is an exciting breakthrough by Universal that will allow us to set a new price-performance point in the robotic 3D vision systems market. From 3D bin picking to racking, these robots will allow our customers to enhance their operations and save valuable time and resources."   Florence, KY - This month marks the release of the Balluff family of ultrasonic sensors, which are designed for rugged, high-performance feedback when long sensing ranges and high accuracy are needed. Balluff ultrasonic sensors are used in many automated and process applications to detect the presence of targets or to measure the distance from selected objects. Based on the latest in acoustic wave technology, Ultrasonic sensors by Balluff find objects with superior performance compared to traditional sensor technologies like photoelectrics, especially in difficult applications because of their ability to see targets independent of color, transparency, surface texture or ambient conditions. They are reliable with a number of different target media, including solids, powders, or liquids. In dusty, humid, or hazy environments, they are sometimes the only choice available.
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Adept Technology Announces Adept Quattro Robot Breaks 300 Cycle Per Minute Barrier   Techno-Sommer's New Mini-Angular Grippers Fit into Small Electronic & Medical Applications with Ease
Pleasanton, CA - Adept Technology, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced its Adept Quattro Robot has broken the 300 cycle per minute barrier. The record robotic performance threshold was set using the 25mm x 300mm x 25mm standard cycle. The industry has long benchmarked speeds using this quantifier and Adept has once again raised the bar. "The Quattro robot is the fastest robot in the world and its advantages over conventional robots not only include faster cycles and settling times but increased payload and more consistent performance throughout the workspace," said Rush LaSelle, director of global sales and marketing for Adept Technology, Inc. "As Adept continues driving technology to higher levels of performance our clients benefit by realizing throughput previously only offered by conventional equipment combined with the flexibility of manual labor. We are pleased to increasingly offer manufacturers and processors means of achieving high levels of productivity and quality while enabling them to address the pressures of reduced product and packaging life cycles."   New Hyde Park, NY - Techno-Sommer Automatic is proud to announce the newly expanded line of MGW800 Series Miniature Angular Grippers designed for use in small electronic and packaging applications. These new miniature grippers are excellent for assemblies and multiple pick-and-place applications, and are now available in eight different sizes beginning at a miniscule 12 mm x 10 mm x 26 mm (L x W x H). "The biggest advantage of the MGW800 gripper series is their small size and ability to fit into tight spaces. They are the perfect choice for picking up small electronic components or in medical manufacturing," said Sales Manager Costas Charalambous. "Because of their miniature size, the MGW800 series allows manifolding through the bottom mounting surface. This eliminates side air fittings and increases the number of grippers that can be mounted closely together."
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ATI Industrial Automation: World Leader in Robotic End Effectors  
ATI Industrial Automation is a leading engineering-based world developer of robotic end effectors, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensor Devices and Compliance Devices. Our products are found in thousands of successful applications around the world. Since 1982 our team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers has been developing cost-effective, state of the art products and solutions to improve manufacturing productivity. Our mission is to provide customers with high-quality robotic peripheral devices, tooling and sensors that enhance customer profitability by increasing the effectiveness, flexibility and safety of their automation applications. We accomplish this through continuous improvement of existing products, product customization and new product innovation. Our engineering-centric staff focuses on providing customer solutions. ATI Industrial Automation strives to provide customer satisfaction through continual improvement of on-time delivery, quality and reliability, and a constant focus on innovation and profitability.
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