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News & Analysis
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$25M Robotics Fund Started by Russian Internet CEO
The robotics industry now is where the personal computing industry was in the 1980s: ripe for mainstream adoption and poised for massive growth, Grishin says. Technology has advanced to make production of robotics much cheaper now. (June 15, 2012)

ABB Robotics Debuts New Robot Palletizer
Programming times for the PalletPack 460 can be reduced by as much as 65% compared to traditional methods, shortening the return on investment and making robotic palletizing highly attractive to a wide range of end-users. What used to take days now takes only minutes. Robot programmers are an increasingly rare resource, so this package is truly transformational. (June 14, 2012)

Climbing Robots Reach New Heights With GE’s Wind Turbines
Checking machinery propped 300 feet high and buffeted by the weather can be tricky. GE has partnered with International Climbing Machines (ICM), the developer of a remote-controlled wall climbing robot, to conduct robotic inspections of their wind turbines. (June 14, 2012)

Apple Dominates With Billion-Dollar Robot Workforce
Apple is about to single-handedly make robots a fixture in consumer electronics while potentially delaying deliveries for its competitors. (June 14, 2012)

Mazor Now Cleared In Korea
Mazor Robotics Ltd.announced today that its Korean distributor, BR Holdings, received marketing clearance from the Korean Food & Drug Administration (KFDA) to market Mazor’s Renaissance system. (June 13, 2012)

Upper Merion High School Goes Green With Intellibot Custodian
Learn about how Upper Marion County School District saves over $300K from energy saving initiatives, including the implementation of a robotic sweeper/scrubber by Intellibot. (June 12, 2012)

Swedish Army Orders 12 AeroVironmnet Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
AeroVironment has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. (June 11, 2012)

Breakthrough in Robot Communications Has Huge Upside
Through-the-earth command and control provides field operators with a capability to remotely control robotic and unmanned platforms in tunnels, culverts, buildings and basements. It was a first-time demonstration of wireless through-the-earth command and control of a remotely operated robotic vehicle. It’s the first time the capabilities of this technology have been successfully placed on a robot. (June 11, 2012)

Google’s Robot Auto Has New Rival in RoboCar HV
The Robocar HV, based, according to Response JP, on the Toyota Prius, sells for $150,000 (MEV $35,000) and was developed by ZMP as a test vehicle for research and development that acquires vehicle sensor data via the vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) to enable vehicle control through an independent controller. (June 11, 2012)

Health Robotics Announces Record Profits
Health Robotics today announced FY2011 audited financial results, delivering record levels of revenues, gross margins, EBITDA, and profits, while concurrently weathering the economic world crisis. (June 11, 2012)

Mazor Robot Performs Successful Brain Surgery
Mazor Robotics, Ltd., known for the Renaissance robot system used in spinal surgeries, successfully completed its first robot-guided brain surgical procedures on live patients in Germany. (June 11, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance
With Euro financial chaos raging on, China’s industrial engines slowing, and BRIC countries feeling a decided fiscal drag, the U.S., even with its economic rebound still limping along, is looking more and more like a manufacturing renaissance is unfolding…ever so slowly. (June 10, 2012)

Softwear Automation Wins $1.25M DARPA Contract For Sewing Robots
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its $1.25M contract with SoftWear Automation, Inc., a developer of automated sewing solutions, to create a robotic sewing cell for the production of U.S. military garments. In 2010, the military’s annual clothing budget was estimated at $4B. (June 08, 2012)

ReconRobotics’ Lighter, Smarter Throwbot XT To Be Unveiled At Eurosatory 2012
ReconRobotics, the developer of tactical, micro-robot systems including the ReconScout robot, will introduce its highly advanced reconnaissance robot, Throwbot XT, at the Eurosatory 2012 defense and security exhibition taking place June 11-14 in Paris. (June 08, 2012)

Permira Funds To Acquire Intelligrated To The Tune Of $500M
Permira funds recognizes Intelligrated as a company working across its core investment sectors – industrial services, consumer and technology. Intelligrated designs, manufactures and installs complete material handling automation solutions for the warehousing, distribution, consumer product manufacturing, postal and parcel markets. (June 08, 2012)

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