Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Erico Guizzo for IEEE Spectrum: We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and OpenCV, among others—has played a huge role in helping researchers and companies build robots better and fast

Asyfeed Pocket Module Feeding System Handles Swiss Watches’ Most Delicate Parts

The feeding system can handle parts smaller than 0.1 mm and up to 10 mm in size.

Talking AUTOMATE 2017 with Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR Robots)

We will be exhibiting our MiR100™ robot—a collaborative and safe, cost-effective autonomous mobile robot that quickly automates internal transportation and logistics.

Drone Use Will Skyrocket By 2021, Government Says

Jonathan Vanian for Fortune: In addition to data about hobbyist-owned drones, the FAA said that it expects roughly 442,000 drones to be used by businesses by 2021 for tasks like taking pictures of farmland or inspecting cell phone towers. That's nearly ten times as many dro

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Special Tradeshow Coverage for Automate 2017

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Mnuchin on robots taking US jobs: 'It's not even on our radar screen ... 50-100 more years' away

David Reid for CNBC: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was not worried about the mass displacement of U.S. workers by robots and could be a century before a labor crisis eventuates. "It's not even on our radar screen ... 50-100 more years," Mnuchin said.

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Neva Aerospace project opens doors for development of aerial robots

Launch of first VTOL-optimised turbines proved technology behind patented distributed thrust approach, and Neva is ready for development of heavy-duty aerial robots.

Training the next generation workforce for America's new Industrial Revolution

Wake Tech Community College launches Collaborative Robotics program with donation of ABB's YuMi® robot

Low-cost Spring Applied Brakes for Servo and Stepper Motors

Inertia Dynamics type FSB brakes are designed to decelerate or hold inertial loads when the voltage is turned off. These brakes can be mounted to a bulkhead or motor.

The cost of functional safety for food processing

In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. An investigation revealed that this dangerous accident could have been prevented if a guard was in place on the machine. Here, Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB's food and beverage program explains how safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants.

Automate 2017 - OptoForce Brings Sense of Touch to U.S. Robots

Automate Demos to Showcase Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensors that Automate Manufacturing Tasks, Reducing Production Costs and Returning Jobs to the United States

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