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Norwegian airport operator Avinor is now taking the next step towards autonomous snow removal through a new framework agreement regarding the purchase of self-driving runway sweepers. The self-driving technology is developed by the technology company Yeti Move AS, where Semcon is one of the co-owners.
Since the winter of 2018/2019, a number of self-driving runway sweepers are being tested at Oslo Airport. With Avinor’s new framework agreement with snowplough manufacturer Øveraasen, which runs for eight years, more autonomous vehicles will be put into operation during the winter of 2021/2022. Behind the self-driving vehicles is the technology company Yeti Move AS, which delivers the control system that runs the autonomous operations. The majority owners of Yeti Move AS are Øveraasen, Husqvarna and Semcon.
Today, efficiency and automation are high on the agenda of airlines and airport operators worldwide and the benefits of autonomous snowploughs at airports are many. In addition to cost efficiency, the new technology entails a higher capacity and greater clearing width, which makes it possible to reduce the number of vehicles and thereby achieve major environmental benefits. The system is also developed with so-called „condition monitoring“ which provides a complete overview of the equipment’s condition and possible service needs.
”The contract with Avinor is an important step in the development of Yeti Move and gives the company a world-leading position in autonomous snow removal at airports. This is a result of years of collaboration with Øveraasen as a machine supplier and Semcon as a competence partner”, says Peter Due, CEO of Yeti Move.
”Semcon has extensive experience in developing autonomous solutions, from first idea to finished solution. We have been part of Yeti Moves‘ journey from the start and are proud to have, as a development and competence partner, contributed to developing the software platform that makes autonomous operation possible”, says Hans Peter Havdal, responsible for Semcon in Norway.
Factory Automation Systems joins Veo as its second Certified Systems Integrator
WALTHAM, MASS. (PRWEB) APRIL 06, 2021
Veo Robotics, Inc., an industrial automation company building technology to make robots responsive to humans, today announced that its flagship product FreeMove® has received safety certification from TÜV Rheinland for its industrial robot safeguarding system — making it a first-of-its-kind solution for human-robot collaboration. FreeMove is the only solution on the market today that implements dynamic, 3D Speed and Separation Monitoring and has been certified for compliance with ISO 13849 for PLd, Category 3. It is available for purchase now.
“This is a game-changer for human-robot interaction in industrial environments and a great accomplishment for the team,” said Veo Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Patrick Sobalvarro. “After spending the last four years visiting factories, working with our manufacturing customers, and building FreeMove, we are thrilled to be able to offer the fully safety-certified system.”
Additionally, Atlanta-based Factory Automation Systems (FAS) has joined Veo’s Certified Systems Integrator program. FAS is an industry veteran of nearly 30 years specializing in the creation of custom turnkey solutions. FAS will include FreeMove® as part of its safety solution offering to customers.
“Veo Robotics’ FreeMove is a first-of-its-kind safeguarding system that fills a need in the industrial robotics industry,” said Mark Ligler, VP of FAS. “We are excited to partner with Veo and offer FreeMove as part of our safety solution.”
FreeMove is available now. Please contact [email protected] to receive a quote for your workcell.
About Veo Robotics
Using advanced computer vision and 3D sensing, Veo Robotics is reinventing the way we manufacture products by giving standard industrial robots the ability to perceive and respond to their surroundings so they can work safely alongside humans. Veo provides the conditions for safe and dynamic interactions between humans and robots so that manufacturers can build more fluid, efficient, and flexible production lines. Veo currently partners with the four major robot manufacturers FANUC, Yaskawa, ABB, and Kuka. To learn more, visit http://www.veobot.com.
SHENZHEN, March 29th, 2021 – Umbratek, a cutting-edge new robotic tech startup, has just released its first robotic arm series called the UTRA series on Kickstarter.
With 5 different robot arm models to choose from, the UTRA series is the world’s most powerful and most affordable modular robot on the market today.
Ranging from a 4 to 6 axis build, the arms can be easily configured with modular design for improved efficiency. Each robot is built with modular structures and can be constructed to meet your business needs. Being 90% produced in-house, the UTRA series is approximately 70% more affordable than leading worldwide competitors.
Payload: Up to 20kg
Repeatability: Up to ±0.01mm
Weight to Payload Ratio: Up to 0.75
Reach: Up to 1500mm
Quick-Release Module: 2s tool change speed
Driving the revolutionary UTRA series is Umbratek’s ADRA Actuator series. Each ADRA Actuator is built to last and comes with a high-precision harmonic reducer made of high-strength aviation aluminum and high-carbon chromium steel.
A high-torque density, and compact structure, enable the motor to be integrated into the actuator and lessens the actuator weight. Each actuator is fitted with high-performance servo drivers, which use field-oriented control, to protect against overvoltage, overcurrent, over-temperature, reverse connection, undervoltage ESD, short-circuiting, and rotor lock. The ADRA series also uses dual GMR+TMR hybrid detection technology and comes with a 16-bit off-axis multi-turn absolute encoder.
Evan Deng, founder, and CEO of Umbratek, stated, „Umbratek focuses on high-performance dynamic robots and control systems. We’ve spent the last few years developing simplified, customized, affordable robotic solutions for any potential needs. Our robots provide fresh energy to industrial automation, logistics, medical, agricultural, and many more settings.“
Umbratek was built with growth in mind. With meticulous design and implementation, Umbratek is always thinking forward. They want to become a world-leading enterprise in the field of dynamic robotics and control systems and continue to explore the limits of the world, working on cutting-edge technologies, and delivering knowledge and technology to those that need it.
Umbratek was founded in 2019 by the founder and CEO of UFactory. After being responsible for the revolutionization of desktop robotics, Umbratek was formed with the idea of developing quality assured robotics and robotic control systems at industry-breaking prices.
The first range of solutions that Umbratek is offering is the UTRA Robot series, the ADRA Actuator series, and their corresponding software – Umbratek Studio & Assistant.
To help Umbratek bring its UTRA series to the market, they are launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in March 2021.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Currently, we have to protect ourselves and our fellow human beings. Masks help with this. But how can we make dispensing safer and easier? Creative minds and tinkerers from igus have designed a contactless mask dispenser. A Delta robot from igus is used together with the igus Robot Control. In addition, a D1 motor controller is used to drive a linear axis.
The Low Cost Automation mask dispenser now receives visitors at igus and distributes respiratory masks at the push of a button.
Delta Robot – Pre-Assembled, with Control Unit
Based on a modular system, users can choose between a compact self-assembly modular kit or pre-assembled in a transport frame. Now new with calibrating pin for easy positioning at the zero point. It is directly fixed to the mounting hub and simplifies the initial calibration process. The cable clip for the delta robot was developed for the secure guidance of lines, e.g. individual pneumatic hoses, along the coupling joint. Easy to fit, lightweight.
In this video you can see, only slightly accelerated, how quickly the Rotrics DexArm robot arm can be connected, set up and put into operation. For a first test, I let the robot arm draw my RobotsBlog logo.
Beforehand, I installed the latest firmware and software, as well as got to grips with the TouchPanel and tested its function. If you factor out this time, it takes no more than five minutes from unpacking to the first use of the robot arm.
If one forgoes the connection to the computer or the use of one’s own logo for testing purposes, the robot arm can be set up completely via the touch panel and tried out directly. This way, one could start even faster with the Rotrics DexArm and does not even need a computer.
What is the Robothon®?
The Robothon® – Grand Challenge Series is an international competition in robot manipulation and one of the 4 areas of munich_i
– a new high-tech format of Messe München, automatica and the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
At this year’s automatica sprint from 22-24 June 2021, munich_i celebrates its premiere as a hybrid version and brings together leading global thought leaders and personalities from AI and robotics.
Due to uncertain planning during the pandemic and travel restrictions, we have now decided to realize the Grand Challenge 2021 in a 100% digital version!
With this, we want to offer all international academics and young professionals the opportunity to participate in the Robothon®!
NEW DATE & BENEFITS: the Robothon® will take place digitally in the period from 14 May–17 June, 2021!
We put our heads together and came up with a new, exciting concept for the digital realization.
– You and your team can work remotely
– Teams will need to supply their own robot for the competition
– Each team will receive a competition task board by mail to complete the challenge
– Teams will be given 1 month from receipt of the competition scorecard and task board to develop their solution
– Team performances will be evaluated based on a recorded video submission and a live presentation with the judges
via our digital platform at the end of the working period
– The winning teams will be honored digitally by the jury and sponsors at our Award Ceremony, that will take place at
noon during the Hightech Summit at automatica sprint
WHAT’s the SAME?
– The Robothon® – The Grand Challenge 2021 will focus on the single-arm robot manipulation showcasing
skills for the disassembly and sorting of electronic waste
– The digital concept will continue to be part of munich_i during automatica sprint
– The competition is open to the public and free of charge for selected teams
– Up to 20 teams can participate (2-5 members per team)
– All roboticists (academic and young professional) are encouraged to apply
– Final demonstrations will be evaluated by our Grand Challenge Jury of renowned international thought leaders
– Prizes up to 20,000 € have already collected!
HAVEN’T SIGNED UP YET? Find more information and apply as a team until 23:59 CEST 25 April 2021
or visit our website www.robothon-grand-challenge.comhttp://www.robothon-grand-challenge.com to learn more.
In diesem Video seht ihr, nur leicht beschleunigt, wie schnell sich der Rotrics DexArm Roboterarm anschließen, einrichten und in Betrieb nehmen lässt. Für einen ersten Test, lasse ich den Roboterarm mein RobotsBlog Logo zeichnen.
Zuvor habe ich die neueste Firmware und Software installiert, sowie mich mit dem TouchPanel auseinandergesetzt und dessen Funktion getestet. Rechnet man diese Zeit heraus, so dauert es vom Auspacken bis zur erstens Verwendung des Roboterarms höchstens fünf Minuten.
Verzichtet man auf die Anbindung an den Computer oder das Verwenden eines eigenen Logos zu Testzwecken, kann der Roboterarm komplett über das Touchpanel eingerichtet und direkt ausprobiert werden. So könnte man sogar noch schneller mit dem Rotrics DexArm starten und benötigt noch nicht einmal einen Computer.
Insgesamt ist die Bedienung sehr einfach und die Software führt einen am Computer durch alle notwendigen Schritte. Hier sind keinerlei Vorkenntnisse erforderlich. Das Schreiben von Text oder Zeichnen von Grafiken mit dem Roboterarm könnte wirklich nicht einfacher sein.
Stretch is designed to make warehouse operations safer and more efficient
Waltham, MA – March 29, 2021 – Boston Dynamics, the global leader in mobile robotics, has revealed Stretch, its new box-moving robot designed to support the growing demand for flexible automation solutions in the logistics industry. This debut marks the company’s official entrance into warehouse automation, a fast-growing market fueled by increased demand in e-commerce.
Stretch is Boston Dynamics’ first commercial robot specifically designed for warehouse facilities and distribution centers, of which there are more than 150,000 globally, according to analysts. The multi-purpose mobile robot is designed to tackle a number of tasks where rapid box moving is required, first starting with truck unloading and later expanding into order building. Stretch’s technology builds upon Boston Dynamics’ decades of advancements in robotics to create a flexible, easily-integrated solution that can work in any warehouse to increase their flow of goods, improve employee safety in physically difficult tasks and lower expensive fixed automation costs.
The robot’s small, omni-directional mobile base allows Stretch to navigate loading docks, maneuver in tight spaces and adapt to changing facility layouts, eliminating the need for costly fixed automation infrastructure. It is equipped with a custom-designed lightweight arm and a smart-gripper with advanced sensing and controls that can handle a large variety of boxed and shrink wrapped cases. Stretch also includes Boston Dynamics’ computer vision technology that enables it to identify boxes easily and without extensive training for each customer. Its vision system works in tandem with pick & place activity, enabling high pick rates.
Traditional warehouse automation approaches require either installation of fixed infrastructure or mobile robots that convey goods but struggle to meet productivity requirements to be an attractive investment for warehouse operators. Stretch offers logistics providers an easier path to automation by working within existing warehouse spaces and operations, without requiring costly reconfiguration or investments in new fixed infrastructure.
“Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time delivery of goods,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics. “Mobile robots enable the flexible movement of materials and improve working conditions for employees. Stretch combines Boston Dynamics’ advancements in mobility, perception and manipulation to tackle the most challenging, injury-prone case-handling tasks, and we’re excited to see it put to work.”
Boston Dynamics is currently seeking customers to pilot test deployment of Stretch with truck unloading tasks ahead of its commercial deployment in 2022. Interested parties can apply to join the Stretch Early Adopter Program by visiting: https://www.bostondynamics.com/stretch
About Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics is the global leader in developing and deploying highly mobile robots capable of tackling the toughest robotics challenges. Our core mission is to lead the creation and delivery of robots with advanced mobility, dexterity, and intelligence that add value in unstructured or hard-to-traverse spaces and positively impact society. We create high-performance robots equipped with perception, navigation and intelligence by combining the principles of dynamic control with sophisticated mechanical designs, cutting-edge electronics, and next-generation software. We have three mobile robots in our portfolio – Spot®, Stretch™ and Atlas® – as well as Pick™, a machine learning vision solution for warehouse automation. Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics spun out of the MIT Leg Lab and is one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces of 2020. For more information on our company and its technologies, please visit www.bostondynamics.com.
Orange Tart is your family’s newest friend, as it equally attracts girls and boys, kids, and adults. In fact, Orange Tart is a Lego-compatible robot kit that enables you to build amazing striker, chipper, header, and goalkeeper robots. You can’t stop playing with them. Just choose your nation or any color combination for team wear. Using a customized joystick app, Tart Arena, and the robots, you can bring all the soccer fun in your hands and enjoy every feature of realistic robotic soccer.
What you can Build
Orange Tart has a special board called Orange Core with a Lego-compatible case. It consists of a built-in gyro sensor, RGB LEDs, and a wireless communication device. Rechargeable battery and powerful motors that can be easily connected to Orange Core. Very convenient for kids. Unleash your creativity by building amazing soccer robots or any creature you can imagine, from insect-like robots to industrial cranes. The only limit is your imagination and physics.
What you can Learn
On the learning side, you don’t need to design your own activities. The orange Tart set comes with many STEAM activities that help your kids learn the 21st century’s essential skills. The set has story-driven challenge cards, a block-based coding language, a STEAM activity mat, and a learn-to-code curriculum book. The challenge cards are step-by-step coding missions that lead your kids on the path to becoming a coder. The block-based coding language works by dragging and dropping the function blocks that use intuitive graphics and are divided into motions, loops, light, and sound. The learn-to-code curriculum book contains hints and suggested solutions for every challenge card. Kids can do trial and error to find solutions for each challenge, which improves their creativity and problem-solving skills. In addition to coding concepts such as algorithms, kids can learn the real-world applications of math, geometry, and AI.
Let your kid’s imagination go limitless, turn the LEDs on, move your robots, and do fascinating light painting photography for any occasion. Don’t forget to share your pictures with your friends!
For more information on the upcoming Kickstarter campaign please check out Orange Tart page.