Mechatronics Zone Blog

Researchers Develop Hairy Skin to Enhance Robot Touch Sensing

By RP Siegel | June 14, 2017

These days we are seeing tremendous progress in robotics, as these machines take on more and more tasks that we once assumed to be the province of skilled humans alone. And while industrial robots that can weld steel and lift heavy objects have dominated the scene, more and more delicate tasks are now finding their way into robotic hands, as well.

Keeping Electric Cars Moving Even When It’s Cold Out

By RP Siegel | June 13, 2017

There are many good reasons to build cars that replace a tankful of gasoline with a trunkful of batteries. But as we endeavor to do so, we keep confronting the important differences between the two. Gasoline is energy-dense, concentrated and essentially indifferent to climatic conditions. It can provide a flow of power that is fast or slow. Like a perfect servant, it’s personal characteristics and quirks rarely, if ever, get in the way of doing its job. If only it didn’t give off all those emissions when burned.

Predictive Maintenance System Curbs Pump Downtime

By Charles Murray | June 13, 2017

Every year, countless manufacturers struggle with unplanned downtime after a pump or blower unexpectedly fails. In the worst cases, the pump or blower can take down a whole process line, leading to major revenue losses.

Legs or Wheels, Robot Uses Both

By Charles Murray | June 12, 2017

Robots typically transport themselves on legs or wheels, but not both.

Image Recognition Chip Brings Openness to Vehicle Camera Applications

By Charles Murray | June 12, 2017

A new image recognition system-on-chip (SoC) could help bring smart camera applications to future vehicles, while enabling automakers and tier-one suppliers to add their own custom features to the technology.

10 Collaborative Robot Companies You Should Know

By Chris Wiltz | June 9, 2017
ATX East, Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, roboticsTHE FUTURE OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS IS HERE! NOW WHAT? 

ADI Lays 5G Foundation with New Transceiver

By Charles Murray | June 9, 2017

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) laid the groundwork for the move to 5G wireless this week, rolling out a transceiver that helps reduce the size, weight and power of future radios.

The 8 Best Hits and Worst Misses of Apple WWDC 2017

By Brian Dipert | June 8, 2017
Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, New York, 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, IoT, IIoT, cyber security, smart manufacturing, smart factoryA CANDID CHAT WITH WOZ. 

OPC UA Technology Updates Include Microsoft Collaboration

By Al Presher | June 8, 2017

One of the key technology trends in automation and control has been the emergence of OPC Unified Architecture (UA) as a bridging technology to enable a new level of communication connectivity for IIoT and Industry 4.0 industry initiatives.

At the recent Hannover Fair, the OPC Foundation presented a number of key technology updates on OPC UA.  These include news on collaborations, Azure IoT connectivity, a report on an Industry 4.0 security analysis, a new European certification lab and an announcement on Microsoft contributing an open source OPC UA stack to the OPC Foundation.