UK’s first autonomous grocery deliveries take place in Greenwich trials

The TRL-led GATEway Project together with Ocado Technology have performed the UK’s first trials of an autonomous CargoPod vehicle around the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The real-world trials saw CargoPod, a self-driving delivery vehicle, operate in a residential environment, delivering grocery orders to more than 100 customers.

How turnkey solutions can be implemented on-board

Popular on ships where dynamic positioning operations take place – such as during the installation of sea based wind turbines - an azimuth thruster is a configuration of marine propellers that can be rotated 360 degrees around the vertical axis. The unit provides propulsion, steering and positioning thrust for much better manoeuvrability compared to the traditional fixed propeller and rudder system. Retractable thrusters can be retracted into the hull when not in use, thereby reducing the ship’s drag.

Keeping Audi ahead of the game

FANUC’s acclaimed industrial robots are delivering unrivalled speed, reliability and consistency for AUDI Hungaria, helping the company reach its targets, with typical annual production of 2 million engines and 135,000 cars.

How smart plastics turn Industry 4.0 concepts into reality

In this week’s video, Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus in the UK, hosts a webinar where he explains how smart plastics can help machine builders and system integrators implement and deliver Industry 4.0 technologies in equipment and factories.

Hypersonic reusable spaceplane design gets sign off

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for a reusable spaceplane. The XS-1 program aims to build and fly an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would provide short-notice, low-cost access to space.

How cycloidal gearboxes offer up to 60% efficiency savings

Cycloidal gearboxes or reducers are excellent for use in low-cost robotics applications, where high positioning accuracy with low backlash are required. In this week’s video, igus introduces a new cycloidal gearbox made from self-lubricating and maintenance free iglidur plastic.

Sensor enables robots to perform hardness measurements through touch

By mounting a sensor on a robotic gripper, two MIT teams have significantly improved the arm's tactile abilities. The teams used a new type of sensor, known as a GelSight sensor, to enhance the capability, enabling the hardness of touched objects to be accurately calculated upon contact.

Long life plastic gears from igus

igus has extended its range of 3D printing materials with the addition of iglidur I6 for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). Characterised by a wear resistance at least six times higher than that of standard materials, iglidur I6 is well-suited for printing high-wear parts, such as gears, offering a particularly long service life.

How to extend service life of plain bearings and reduce costs

Replacing traditional metallic bearings with high-performance tribopolymer parts will extend service life and reduce costs, particularly in demanding environments where water or caustic chemicals are present. Typical applications include equipment used outdoors and those requiring wash-down, such as food and beverage or pharmaceutical processing.

How ‘lean’ can igus energy chains be?

This week we take a close look at the E4.1L series, which igus developed specifically to save on assembly time. In comparison with standard interior separation, using the E4.1L ‘lean’ interior separation system provides up to an 80% time saving.

Highlights of Hannover Messe 2017

In this week’s video, Dr Stefan Kombüchen runs through key highlights from igus at the recent Hannover Messe. Around 166 new products and accessories were on display, from 3D printed plastic gears with an outstanding service life, to bionically-inspired strain relief cables.

How robotics can make a book into a real page turner

If you have a suction pad, digital scanner and a robolink arm, you too can put the printed word on to the silver screen. This week’s video is an elaborate demonstration of a book scanner using a robolink articulated arm to turn the pages automatically between each page scan.

How to improve vertical cable management using energy chain guide troughs

In this week’s video, find out about the new guidelok slimline P.S energy chain guide trough for vertical applications, ideal for narrow applications, where space is limited. Vertical applications, including materials handling and access, storage and retrieval systems, as well as elevators, cranes and hoists, often require such a cable management solution.

How to select the correct cable for moving applications

Justin Leonard, the-chain director at igus, examines the reasons for cable failures in applications that require motion and looks at various factors to consider when selecting a moving cable that will work reliably over millions of operations.

drylin noise comparison

In this week’s video, learn more about the superior low noise performance of drylin linear bearings from motion plastics specialist, igus. drylin bearings are dry running and therefore lubrication and maintenance free. But an additional benefit of these bearings made from engineering plastics versus traditional metal and ball bearing counterparts is how much quieter they are, particularly when used at speed.

The women rocking the tech industry

Technology training and apprenticeship organisation, QA recently uncovered that nearly 50% of a sample of female tech professionals, within public and private sector organisations, were actively discouraged from working in tech by those close to them.