As robots spread quickly into multiple industries, the need for automation safety to be part of companies’ adoption plans also grows.
Robotic Process Automation Reducing Error, Saving Time for Businesses
The growth of the robotic process automation (RPA) industry is seeing a number of new product offerings designed to improve productivity, reduce errors, and save money for companies worldwide.
Around the World, Driverless Car Rules in Flux
Current self-driving car rules in Germany, Japan, and Singapore show a mix of motivations and approaches to regulation.
The Biggest Robotics Acquisitions and Deals of 2016 Reveal Industry Ambitions
The biggest robotics acquisitions and funding of the past year added several deals to the billion-dollar-and-up club. Don’t mistake that for a mature robotics industry, though.
Vertical Farm Lets Growers Apply the Right Amounts of Automation, IoT
Farmers used to worry about the weather and insects. A new generation of indoor agriculture, or vertical farms, is beginning to apply robotics and big data to increase crop productivity, but how much automation is too much?
Shell’s Ocean Discovery Xprize Draws Different Approaches to Undersea Mapping
The Ocean Discovery Xprize has drawn teams from universities, startups, and established robotics companies in more than 22 countries. Can the contest jumpstart undersea drone technology?
SoftBank’s Robot Pepper Rolls on Despite Doubts
While the humanoid robot Pepper and its rivals are spreading, there is still uncertainty on how smart and useful service robotics will actually be.
Michigan Funds Training to Avoid Robots Taking Jobs
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Lansing Community College plans to serve the need for mechatronics operators.
Humanoid Shows Iran’s Potential for Robotics
The Middle East isn’t considered a hotbed of robotics R&D, but its universities have strong programs, and the region could follow others to tech-based prosperity.
Actually Making Things! 3D Printing for 2016
For 2016, according to Terry Wohlers, the new norm for 3D printing is big
Equity Markets Approach Robotics With Caution
Investors are wary of the high expectations for robots and tend to value software over hardware, but the industry is growing and changing.
Building Infrastructure for the Industrial Internet
In the U.S. alone the Industrial Internet could boost average incomes by 25 to 40 percent.
Robots Hone Shaver Line at Philips
Adept robots at the Dutch manufacturer are an example of how robotics can make factories more responsive to rapidly changing consumer tastes.
Uber’s CMU Raid Raises Robotics Partnership Doubts
Uber is developing driverless vehicles with the help of 40 robotics researchers who left its partner, Carnegie Mellon University. The race to create self-driving cars may leave some industry-academia alliances in the dust.
Autonomous Solutions Grows Despite Mineral Price Slide
ASI, which creates add-ons for vehicle automation, looks to fleet control software for long-term growth.
Unlimited Liability: Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Biz
Increasing vehicle autonomy finally has insurers contemplating complex liability issues.
Big Bots Meet Big Ag: Who Will Fill the Void in Agribotics?
How close are we to autonomous farming? Jim Nash takes a look at the companies ahead of the curve.
Diving into ABB’s Discrete Automation Division
Analyst Jim Nash profiles ABB’s Robotics division.
Adept Technology Resets for 2013
Adept Technology has been going through a period of readjustment, both with its leadership and with its plans to enter new industrial robotics markets.