News

 

August, 2013

 

An update has been long overdue but The Machine Lab is at the height of production here in 2013. TML, Inc. has not only secured another military contract through NAVSEA but has also recently completed multiple orders placed  by the US Army and Raytheon. The NAVSEA contract will continue through to mid 2014 and will have enabled TML, Inc. to put over 1000 of our MMP-30-EOD robots into service. 

Pictured here is one of 10 shipments being delivered to the Navy.

  

       

EOD training in Afghanistan with the MMP-30-EOD mobile robot.

TML, Inc also continues to grow our prototyping facility where we design and fabricate custom machines for a multitude of applications. Our team has created devices used in environments ranging from hostage negotiation to the filming of penguins in the Arctic.

Here is just one of the custom jobs completed by TML's prototyping lab. This tactical robot was specifically built for the West Covina SWAT team in Southern California. The robot has a 5 axis telescoping arm that can extend over 4 feet from its original length. The arm can lift 15 pounds fully extended and can reach a total height of almost 6 feet. The gripper is accompanied by a 220X Zoom/Pan/Tilt camera as well as a wide angle gripper-focused camera and a retrieval hook. There are several detachable tools that can be either be grasped by the gripper or manually attached in a matter of seconds. 

The custom Operator Control Unit  has true hot swappable batteries, a built in battery charger, 2-way audio with blue-tooth headset, 4-camera quadplexing and dual 3-axis joysticks for arm control. This allows the operator to precisely control all of the arm joints simultaneously. This robot can climb stairs as well as see over a privacy fence. It weighs in at only 125 pounds and has a speed of 3.5 ft/sec. It has a run time of approximately 4 hours depending on mission profile and can be deployed in less than 1 minute.

       

 

 

 

The Machine Lab's prototyping facility has also designed a proprietary new shape changing track that enables this mobile robot to traverse through even rougher terrain than the standard MMP-40X. In addition to increasing mobility the remotely reconfigurable track facilitates greater finesse and balance when ascending or descending stairs. The tracks can be proportionally controlled by the operator who may want to achieve a very specific angle or they can automatically change their geometry according to preprogrammed positions with the simple push of a button. The tracks can also be actuated independently or in unison.

                 

 

 

   July, 2012

 

The Machine Lab, Inc. has been working diligently fulfilling an ongoing military contract with NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) and their Naval EOD Technology Division. This contract runs through the year 2016. 

Currently The Machine Lab has over 500 of our MMP-30-EOD mobile robot systems in theater in Afghanistan and surrounding areas. Our simple yet reliable mobile robots are being used to combat terrorism every day. Our robots have been in use in Afghanistan since November of 2009 by independent contractors as well as the US and Afghan Military. 

Everyone here at The Machine Lab feels proud and appreciative to have the opportunity to help our men and women in action with our products.

The Machine Lab, Inc now has 2 facilities in Northern Colorado. We have one production facility purely dedicated to the production of our MMP-30-EOD robot systems. The other facility is a prototyping department which continues to produce custom US Law Enforcement robot systems, Minefield Brush Clearing Machines, Entertainment Robots, Products for the Toy industry and a  myriad of other creative business endeavors. We have even built mobile robots that have filmed penguins in the arctic. 

We pride ourselves in our diversity and we maintain a very concentrated dedicated crew of multi-talented individuals.

  

Northern Colorado Bomb Squad robot for carrying hazardous gas sensors. Features include 8 foot telescoping surveillance mast, thermal, 200X zoom and IR cameras, 2-way audio, remote release trailer and custom operator control unit.

Killdozer festival performance robot.

KILLDOZER!

 

 

Typhoon 9000 is a 1200 pound brush clearing robot for reducing vegetation down to 2 inches height in active minefields. Features include 2500 RPM 8 hp electric flail cutter/mulcher attachment, 4 camera drive system, hybrid gasoline/electric power system and low ground pressure track drive.

    

   

Custom

 

 

   July, 2010

 

In July of 2010 The Machine Lab, Inc. was awarded another contract by the US Navy. The Machine Lab has been increasing production to deliver another 90 of our back-packable MMP-30-EOD  robot systems which will be deployed in Afghanistan.

In August of 2009 The Machine Lab was awarded a 2.4 million dollar contract to build over 100 MMP-30-EOD units. These specialized EOD robot systems will be delivered to Afghanistan by 2011.

The Machine Lab will doubling the size of our facility as well as increasing our in house fabrication abilities. 

MMP-30-EOD specifications.

      The Machine Lab, Inc. Just finished 35 complete surveillance robot systems for an international customer. These units were designed specifically to adhere to military specifications. They are IP-65 weatherproof and they utilize a new Lithium battery chemistry that allows them to drive continuously for up to 4 hours and standby for 10 hours. The batteries are hot-swappable and the units are designed to survive a 1 meter drop in any orientation. Specs:

Speed: 7 ft./sec.

Weight: 17 pounds

Range: 500 ft. LOS

Run Time: 4 hours continuous driving, 10 hours video stand-by.

Video: Pan/Tilt 420 lines color/IR video and audio.

 

This MMP-40X custom tactical robot system was fabricated for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in the state of Washington. Some of the unique features include dual pan/tilt cameras in the front and rear, and a remotely detachable trailer for carrying additional surveillance equipment or negotiations supplies.

 

For demos or refferals:

http://www.douglascountysheriff.org/

 

Short Video of the MMP-15 Tactical robot's mobility.

 

 

May 26, 2008

 

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary in Alberta Canada commissioned The Machine Lab, Inc. to design and build a custom research robot for their AR2S robotics laboratory.

 

May 17, 2008

 

New Video of the MMP-40X Tactical Robot

 

May 1st, 2008

 

 

MMP-15&30-EOD robots help US soldiers in Iraq.

In July of 2007 the US army asked us to design 3 man-portable EOD robot systems with a 4-axis arms, video display  OCU, multiple cameras, swapable batteries and chargers, all of which had to weigh under 35 pounds.

We were able to design, fabricate and ship all 3 robot systems by the end of October of 2007.

12/4/07

Killer MMP Robots?

 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center excursion to Antarctica.

10/17/07

Department of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University custom robot platform to withstand extreme temperatures on the Greenland Ice Sheet and carry additional payloads exceeding 120 pounds.

 

The Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotic at the University of Waterloo used an MMP-8 for their project named CAMMRON.

Coordinated Autonomous Multiple Mobile Robot with Outdoor Navigation.

See their website for more.

  

West Covina Police Department SWAT has been using several of our tactical robots and other custom equipment for 5 years now. One of the robots that we designed for them is based on the MMP-40 tracked platform.

For referrals and information contact Officer Prizzi at the West Covina Police Department in Southern California.

Brian.Prizzi@wcpd.org

Arlington Police Department in Texas has been using two of Machine Lab's MMP-40 Tactical robot systems for training as well as real operation.

New planetary gearhead drive motors with 5 times greater gear strength come standard on all track drive platforms. New Heavy Duty drive sprocket for increased payload and durability.

 

 

 

May 20th, 2007

General News

      We have seen significant growth in the demand for more Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) robot products. Utilizing an off the shelf product can drastically reduce the amount of time from concept to working prototype, especially for engineering teams that want to focus on software development and sensor integration rather than mechanical design and fabrication.

      The Machine Lab has over doubled its gross sales every year for the last 5 years. This consistent growth has allowed us to expand the product line and and venture out into several different industries where robots play very important roles.

      The Machine Lab now has 4 separate sizes of robot platforms available and we will be coming out with at least 2 new indoor platform designs in the next 12 months based on our customer feedback. We are always open to ideas from you the customer so feel free to tell us what you would like to see in our product line: size, shape, terrain, payload, geometry and price. We take your suggestions very seriously. 

      Our customers range across the board from individual hobbyists to large defense companies. Many of which have become repeat customers based on the performance of the platforms they initially purchased. Many of our platforms have been operating for more than 3 years. 

Tactical and Surveillance Robots:

      We have more than 30 custom robots in active duty with various law enforcement agencies all over the US. Many of these robot systems were customized specifically to the customers needs. We have two FCC legal systems for regular consumers and we have some larger more capable robot systems with a multitude of upgrades for police use. 

      We will be updating our tactical robots page with specs on some of the robot systems that we have designed and fabricated over the last 5 years. Our police robot systems range from $5,000 to $35,000. Please feel free to contact us for a custom system quote.

 

Here are just a few of our customers:

Government and Defense

 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space

General Dynamics

Applied Minds

Exponent

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Glenn Research Center

BAE Systems

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Air Force Research Lab

Tenix Defense

The Lewis Center for Educational Research  

US Army

US Navy

 

 

Software Companies

 Microsoft

Google

ASPSOFT

Coroware

 

 

Law Enforcement, SWAT, Tactical

  West Covina Swat Team

Arlington Police Department

Clovis Police Department

Greenfield Police Department

Metro Nashville Police Department

Leon County Sheriffs Dept.

Brevard County Sheriffs Dept.

Temple Terrace Police Dept.

Beloit Police Department

Alachua County Sheriffs Office

 

 

Educational

Stanford

University of Calgary

University of Newcastle

University of Wyoming  

University of Texas San Antonio

UC Riverside

University of Colorado

Michigan State University

University of Nevada

Ohio State University

Oregon State University

University of Florida

Minnesota State University

Prairie View A&M University

 

 

July 2, 2006

 FREE Charger Promotion!

You get a free Smart Charger with the purchase of any MMP mobile robot platform through the Robot Marketplace.

 

July 1, 2006

New black all-terrain tracks for our MMP-30 and MMP-40 mobile robot platforms. The drive sprockets have also undergone a re-design to reduce hardware and weight while increasing durability.

   

 

June 8, 2005
 

The machine lab has many new and exciting updates! We have robots that have been performing dangerous missions on roadside transit routes in Iraq. We have also developed some mobile surveillance systems that are being used by several different police departments and Swat teams. We will have some pictures and descriptions up shortly.

Most recently we finished fabricating the worlds first .net programmed and WiFi controlled combat robot. The project was commissioned by ASPSOFT and Microsoft. The dangerous machine made its debut in front of nearly 8000 people at Microsoft's annual Tech Ed conference in Orlando Florida. Read more here. 

Check out the Finalizer's web site for more info.

 

October 27th, 2004

We have posted some new videos featuring the  MMP-8 inspection unit and the new MMP-40 tracked robot platform that climbs stairs.

 

NEWS! 

The website has been revised and updated with new information and specs on the new MMP-30 and MMP-40 platforms. We also have some new FCC approved camera units with monitors for the MMP-5 and MMP-8 inspection units.

There will be some video of our new platforms very soon. The new MMP-30 and MMP-40 platforms offer a much larger size and payload capability for even the roughest terrain. The MMP-40 robot can even climb stairs.

We are re-structuring our pricing for The Machine Lab to be an OEM manufacturer. If you contact us we will give you suggested retail pricing. Our primary Retailer is The Robot Market Place where you can find our line of Products. They will be updating there website and inventory with the new platforms as well as all of the new accessories. We encourage you to call or email us with any questions you may have about our products.

For those of you that have enquired about the MMP-100 platform we regret to inform you that we have terminated this product line in order to provide the lighter and more cost effective MMP-30 and MMP-40.

Also, we will be updating  information on our larger tactical/inspection platforms. These Mobile Robot Systems incorporate multiple cameras, wireless audio and video and our new proprietary Spread Spectrum controllers. These new controllers have a phenomenal range and are more impervious to interference than traditional PCM or analog controllers. In addition to these advantages the spread spectrum units are smaller, lighter and can support more channels of proportional control. Feel free to call or email for more information.

 

 October 6th, 2004
NEWS! 

The Machine Lab is on the move! Business is booming and We have moved into a new facility. We have also been developing some new robot platform designs based on input from several different industries. We will be debuting the new designs at the Robonexus show in San Francisco on Oct. 21-23. The new designs and information will also be posted on the newly revamped website over the next couple of weeks.

The new designs are highly versatile and are being incorporated into many different disciplines including research, military and law enforcement. 

One of the biggest pieces of news for The Machine lab is that there are 3 Machine Lab robots going to Iraq in the next few weeks. These robots are outfitted with cameras and designed to remotely inspect suspicious packages along the main transits routes and highways. 

Keep checking in for new info and feel free to contact us. The Machine Lab

May 29, 2004
 

There is some new info on some of the projects that The Machine Lab has been working on.

        

 

 

 

5/1/04

New Black Hard anodized chassis for the MMP-5 and MMP-8 mobile Platforms. These chassis are sleek and provide a scratch resistant surface. Check them out.

 

 

10/9/03

New camera inspection systems are available. You can learn more HERE and you can purchase the new systems at The Robot Marketplace.

We will soon be offering custom wireless controllers for our platforms as well as LCD screens for viewing mobile camera images.

 

 

9/19/03 

We have posted some scale photos of the MMP-5 and MMP-8 platforms next to a standard sized laptop computer.

Also, New downloadable and printable PDF brochures for the MMP-5 and MMP-8 mobile platforms.

                                      MMP-5.PDF           MMP-8.PDF

 

5/5/03

The Robot Marketplace is now an official distributor for The Machine Lab. They carry our two small MMP-5 and MMP-8 platforms. They can accept Pay Pal, Credit Cards, Mail Order or Purchase Order.

Click here for platforms, parts, accessories and payment information.

 

4/13/03

Tons of updates. There are new photos and video of the MMP5, MMP-8 and MMP-100 platforms. We took them to the red deserts of Arizona to put them to the test. There is also a brief description on the Projects page where we outfitted an MMP-8 with a color camera and transmitter.

Good news on distribution. If you are interested in purchasing a mobile platform from The Machine Lab they will be available through the Robot Marketplace. Platforms can be purchased via Credit Card, Pay Pal or by mail order.

 

 

2/27/03

The Machine Lab is setting the gears in motion and opening the doors for business. The site is under construction so please bear with us. We are in the process of filling in all of the gaps and setting up our Pay Pal account so we can accept payment via that service.

Feel free to shoot us an e-mail with questions and comments. Let us know if the site is performing respectably.

More pictures of the MMP-5 and MMP-8 platforms are being loaded. The larger MMP-50 and MMP-100 platforms are under final development and information will be posted as soon as possible.