MAR Centre of Excellence for Sensing Technologies

On the 17th June 2014, Machinery Automation & Robotics, through the Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF), launched its Centre of Excellence for Sensing Technologies at MAR’s Tullamarine office in Melbourne. The centre is established for the development of new and innovative solutions using sensory guided advanced robotics. This new state-of-the-art centre will enable 

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MAR received two awards at the PACE Zenith Awards 2014

Celebrating its 11th year, the 2014 PACE Zenith Awards brought together the biggest names in Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation to celebrate, recognise and award companies and individuals for their key contribution to the Australian industry. Machinery Automation & Robotics brought home awards from 2 categories: Manufacturing Project of the Year and Young Achiever of 

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Automation & Robotics: Driving Industrial Productivity

Automated processing helping to sustain Australian manufacturing into the future   In Australia, manufacturing remains a cutting-edge and versatile industry and, despite some tough challenges, it has demonstrated a natural ability to adapt and prosper.   As the global economy’s centre of gravity shifts closer to Australia, local manufacturers will be called upon to deliver 

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ABB: Introducing the new IRB 1200 Compact Robot

Have you ever wanted to make your machines 15% smaller and 10% faster? ABB’s entirely new IRB 1200 family of small robots does exactly that by addressing the demands of the material handling and machine tending industries for flexibility, ease-of-use, compactness and short cycle times while still maintaining large working envelopes. The IRB 1200 is 

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KUKA: LBR iiwa – a new era of sensitive robotics

“For years, companies and development engineers around the world have dreamt of a robot that is suitable for industrial applications and feel. KUKA has made this dream come true. A quantum leap!” - Prof. Bruno Siciliano, Professor of Robotics at the University of Naples, Italy.   The KUKA LBR iiwa is the first sensitive lightweight robot suitable 

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Featured Technology: Friction Stir Welding

TECHNOLOGY Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid-phase joining process in which a rotating, virtually wear-free welding pin is traversed along the weld path between the workpieces to be joined. The rotation of the tool in the firmly clamped parts to be joined generates frictional heat, which causes the material to plasticize. The subsequent advance 

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ABB: Making the world of automation easier, one sense at a time

Imagine a day when robots can smell, taste, see, hear and touch. That day is coming sooner than you think. Our five senses–sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell–seem to work autonomously. They are five distinct yet vital tools necessary for interpreting the world around us. In reality, though, our senses work together allowing us to 

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KR Fortec – the new heavy-duty robot series from KUKA

Strong. Stonger. KR FORTEC. In its new heavy-duty series, KUKA Roboter GmbH rounds out the heavy-duty segment. The new robots cover the payload range from 360 to 600 kg, closing the gap to the service-proven KR 1000 titan. In the KR FORTEC series, KUKA has adapted service-proven technology to customer and product requirements of today and tomorrow, 

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Achieving greater efficiency and value safely with MAR & NHP

In a competitive marketplace that demands efficiency and value without comprising quality, many industrial businesses are looking to improve their bottom line through automation. These objectives come a range of obligations and responsibilities that namely centre on the conformance to safety regulations and legislation – that is to protect both people, machines and the manufacturing 

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It’s time to stop misconceptions about robotics

According to a survey done by ABB, companies are still unsure about robotic automation and shows misconceptions about sustainability of robotic automation for low volume processes. Of the 221 companies that responded to the survey carried out on behalf of ABB Robotics UK, 134 are not currently using robots. 27 percent of these respondents identified 

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