Mortenson Unveils Partnership With Built Robotics Startup

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“Do robots have a future in the construction industry? Golden Valley-based Mortenson, one of the 20 largest builders in the U.S., is embracing the robotic future through a new strategic partnership with San Francisco-based Built Robotics.

Mortenson has already used Built Robotics’ equipment on three projects and has plans for more in the pipeline. Mortenson announced the partnership at the Engineering News-Record’s FutureTech conference, a construction technology forum held this week in San Francisco.”

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Drone-For-Selfies Hits $100k+ On IndieGoGo

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AirSelfie announces the launch of the preorder campaign for the AIR PIX, the next generation of the original AirSelfie, engineered with more features for a revolutionary new user experience that will change selfie taking forever. AIR PIX is the brand new personal selfie photographer that can autonomously capture every moment in life just while it’s happening. It fits in your pocket and is always ready to shoot anytime, anywhere from a cool new perspective, impossible with a handheld camera.”

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UMN Researchers Pair Soft Robotics With Textiles

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“At last week’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit, sponsored by IFAI, Brad Holschuh, Ph.D., assistant professor of wearable technology and apparel design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN), gave a presentation titled, “Soft-Robotic Textiles Using Integrated Active Materials.” In his talk, he noted the many materials and their capabilities that can be useful in soft robotic applications, particularly in shape memory functions.”

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Pohlad’s PaR Systems Has A New CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Pohlad Companies, a privately held portfolio of businesses and investments spanning a variety of industries, today announced that effective February 4, 2019, Tom Pohlad, president and COO of Carousel Motor Group (CMG), will become CEO of PaR Systems LLC, a leading provider of automation, robotics and specialized material handling solutions.”

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Plymouth-Based PRI Robotics Bought Up By Eckhart

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“Eckhart, Inc. announced today that it has acquired PRI Robotics & Automation, a specialty robotic systems integrator located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Eckhart is an Industry 4.0 leader that designs, builds, and integrates turn-key systems for the largest industrial companies in the world.

Eckhart’s suite of solutions includes AUTOCRAFT™ autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robotics, 3D printing, automated conveyance & assembly systems, mechanical & electrical design services, simulation, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment.”

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Minnesota’s Banner Engineering Is A Well Kept Secret In The Sensor Industry

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“The sensor looks like a hockey puck — but it saves McDonald’s and other companies a whole lot of money. This Banner Engineering sensor hides beneath the drive-through lanes and feeds McDonald’s the number of cars that go through the line and how fast it takes for each driver to receive their food.”

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[VIDEO] Cargill Has Built Robotic A Cowboy

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“Three quarters of a ton. That’s the size of the average bovine moving through Cargill’s beef plant in Schuyler, Nebraska. Multiply that by 5,000— approximately how many head of cattle the facility processes on a daily basis—and you begin to understand the scale of the potential safety risks that are inherent to working alongside these hefty mammals.

“These are very large animals that we deal with,” said Sammy Renteria, general manager at the plant. “And it’s something that causes concern because there is no way of knowing what the animal is going to do.”

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