Industrial RobotsTM Robotics (Europe) Ltd has launched a new Toshiba Machine SCARA robot in the UK and European markets. Named the TH250A, it provides enhanced speed compared to current robots in the range, providing quicker cycle instances allied to higher levels of accuracy. The robot is based on a earlier SCARA, the Toshiba Machine TH250 and replaces it in the range. Nonetheless the new, additional price powerful, model represents a considerable visual improvement compared with the old version.

Pharmaceutical corporations use machine vision systems in automated production lines to inspect injection needles, which are unusable if blunt or bent. A number of cameras photograph needles as they flow by means of the program on powered conveyors. Sophisticated pc software program analyses the captured photos to decide needle sharpness and check the contour of the tube. Industrial robots use this info to separate and discard defect needles.

At 36 units per one hundred,000 workers or about half the global average figure, China is at present in 28th spot. Inside the general worldwide statistics, this is roughly on a par with Portugal (42 units), or Indonesia (39 units). Nevertheless, about 5 years ago, China embarked on a historically unparalleled game of catch-up aimed at altering the status quo, and already currently it is the world’s largest sales and growth market for industrial robots.

For example, given our current rate of population development and loss of arable farmland, hunger and famine will threaten to explode across the globe, potentially top to unimaginable suffering on each continent. To address this, I believe that technologies will bring advances in biotechnology, bringing increases in crop yields with drought and disease-resistant plants that are genetically tailored to balance the ecosystem in which they are planted.

Homo sapiens has been about for some 30,000 years, to take a conservative figure. The oldest script,Mesopotamian cuneiform, is significantly less than six,000 years old (the alphabet less than 4,000). Of all the tens of thousands of languages spoken in the course of human history only a tiny fraction-Edmonson(1971: 323) calculates about 106-have ever been committed to writing to a degree sufficient to have produced a literature, and most have under no circumstances been written at all. Of the 4,000 or so languages spoken right now, only about 78 have a literature (Edmonson 1971:332).