ABB and Kawasaki are collaborating internationally to help educate potential users and the general public on the benefits of cobots such as theirs. Their push for cobot standards, or at least “common industry approaches,” won’t affect their existing YuMi and duAro lines.
In this booth video from RoboBusiness 2017, a Schunk representative explains how collaborative robots are only as good as the quality of their end effectors.
Supply chain robots are moving from pilots and testing to everyday use at DHL, just as the holiday shopping season begins. See how the company sets its automation goals and what it’s still working on.
Locus Robotics is leading the wave of investment and adoption of logistics robots. It received Series B funding, which it plans to use to scale up its RaaS offering.
Robotiq’s FT 300 Force Torque Sensor is designed to easily integrate with collaborative arms from Universal Robots. The new sensor is also designed for high performance for precision force-control tasks.
Mixed reality offers untrained users an easier way to control multiple robots with precision, according to a researcher at NYU. He describes the challenges that still remain as robots reach into our everyday lives.
Collaborative robots is important not because of cost or workforce savings but because of ease of use, noted Robotiq CEO Sam Bouchard at RoboBusiness 2017. AI and “lean robotics” practices should also help small and midsize enterprises adopt robotics, he says in this exclusive video interview.
Realtime Robotics, a Boston, Mass.-based startup focusing on speeding up the time a robot takes to make decisions, has secured $2 million in seed funding. Key investors in the seed round include SPARX Group Ltd., Scrum Ventures, and Toyota AI Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Realtime, founded in March 2016…
Industry drivers such as more affordable robots and more flexible cobots are encouraging users across markets to consider automation, said an ABB new markets and application manager at RoboBusiness in Silicon Valley last month.
In this video interview from RoboBusiness 2017, Harmonic Drive CEO Doug Olson discusses the growth of the industry and how precision robot components are enabling a wider range of applications.
Voodoo Manufacturing is an example of how collaborative robots can aid in fast integration, lights-out operations, and even reshoring of production to the U.S.
Josh Inman, VP of marketing at Kollmorgen, talks about the Chinese collaborative robotics market and his session at RoboBusiness 2017.
The chief robotics officer or CRO must be able to manage business transformation through the creation and implementation of a robotics and AI roadmap. Every industry is affected by automation, so ever business needs a leader with understanding of both technology and human questions.
Over the last 50 years the cost of labor in manufacturing has risen steadily, and the willingness of many people to perform highly repetitive tasks on assembly lines has decreased. Over the same period the equivalent hourly cost of robot labor has steadily declined. Human labor turnover in U.S. manufacturing averaged 16% in 2016 according…
RoboBusiness 2017 is an ideal event for attendees to learn about the growing and changing global robotics market and to build or update their own automation strategy.
Universal Robots will be showcasing its collaborative robotic arms at RoboBusiness 2017, including a cobot able to avoid collisions with moving objects and a startup demonstrating a UR arm for sewing during the annual Pitchfire competition.
Robotics and AI are growing more essential to solving business problems, particularly when combined with the latest sensors and data analytics, observes OLogic Ted Larson, who’ll be speaking at RoboBusiness 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif. But there are still hurdles to overcome, he notes.
The industrial automation market in North America grew at a strong rate in the first half of 2017, said the Association for Advancing Automation. While much of was in automotive manufacturing, A3 noted that robotics is paralleling employment and help the U.S. economy.
Georg Stieler, RoboBusiness speaker, researcher, and consultant for global robotics companies, shares his thoughts on the industrial use of robotics and AI.
Cobots are now so integrated into business that it’s something of a cliche to compare this new generation of automation to the clumsy, cage-bound robotics common two decades ago. Moving machines from sequestered danger zones to shared workspaces is now nothing new, and the future of cobots will likely depend on integrating humans and cobots…
Not only did maxon precision motors inc. provide the actuators for RB3D’s Cobot 7A-15 robot arm, but it also provided the entire drive system. RB3D offers its cobot for warehouses, rehabilitation, and more applications.
Cloud robotics brings the power of cloud computing to management of industrial automation, particularly machine tending. This technology is evolving along with IoT and AI, and Tend.ai is working with major collaborative robot vendors.
Just as PCs and smartphones have become more powerful at a lower cost, next-generation robots are destined for the same path. Increased processing power will be a main driver in mass adoption of robotics, and chip giant Intel hopes to be at the center of the movement with its Joule development platform.
Although the food industry has unique requirements, such as for food safety and operating in refrigerated or hot environments, robotics adoption will likely increase.
Automate and ProMat 2017 this past month in Chicago provided a great opportunity to see the latest in supply chain automation. We round up many of the noteworthy exhibitors and new mobile robots and cobots from the show.