Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Mobile Cobots are Coming

A mobile cobot (mobile collaborative robot) is an intelligent, transportable robot that will assist humans in a shared workspace.

As China Invests in Robotics, iRobot and Other Companies Eye Deals

Jeff Engel for Xconomy:  China emerged as a manufacturing powerhouse over the past few decades, thanks in large part to a deep pool of cheap labor. Now, the country is investing heavily in factory automation, and Boston-area robotics companies and their allies smel

A Drone Just Might Save Your Life Someday

In times of emergency, a drone is often the cheapest and most efficient way to find a missing person, deliver needed medicine, or survey a disaster scene.

The Robotics Industry Must Overcome the Awareness Gap

We must educate and evangelize to bust the myths and show what automated business processes can do. The technology is ready – now we have to show the world its value.


Special Tradeshow Coverage for PACK Expo International

PACK Expo will be held from November 6th - 9th in Chicago, Illinois. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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Robotics and Automation - Featured Story

The 10 Coolest Drones at the World's Biggest Robot War Games

David Hambling for Popular Mechanics:  Unmanned Warrior is the world's biggest robot war game, currently taking place for two weeks off the coast of Scotland. It was proposed by First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas to give airborne, surface, and underwater drones from various suppliers a chance to show off their prowess. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, an exercise involving 30 warships and submarines from 18 nations. But for the newly inaugurated robot portion, the U.S. is a strong presence, with teams from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

As robots continue packing increased capability in smaller, lower-cost packages, these exercises are a glimpse into the future of naval warfare. Of course, none of these drones are armed for these exercises. These Unmanned Warriors are not trusted to carry weapons—at least not yet.

The first-ever Unmanned Warrior will wrap up on October 20.  Cont'd...

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Machine Communication Forum scored with a wide range of subjects and networking opportunities

Users and providers from the machine and plant engineering sector, as well as equipment and automation manufacturers attended this event and were particularly enthused by the wide range of subjects and the opportunities to network.

Chinese UAV Maker Areox Releases New Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

The PIRO Smart Gimbal delivers a level of stability previously only available to professionals

Rethink Robotics Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Hunan Cothink in China

Hunan Cothink will distribute Sawyer, Baxter robots throughout the country

PACK Expo - Pro Mach Introduces at Pack Expo Its New Shrink Systems Group - A Single Source for All End of Line Shrink Wrapping Needs

Pack Expo attendees will experience a comprehensive range of custom and standard model Texwrap shrink wrapping and Tekkra bundling solutions located in a combined booth exhibit. (Shrink Systems Booth Texwrap and Tekkra #S-3748)


This coming November OCTOPUZ will be exhibiting at FABTECH, the continent's largest event for metal forming, fabrication, welding, and finishing.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

Zaber's Fastest, Longest Travel Stage

Zaber's Fastest, Longest Travel Stage

Zaber's new and improved stage (X-BLQ-E) is a closed-loop, belt-driven motorized linear stage with built-in motor encoder and controller. With travel lengths up to 3 m, 10 µm repeatability, and a maximum speed of 2.0 m/s, X-BLQ-E stages are perfect for rapid positioning over large distances. A built-in motor encoder allows closed-loop operation and slip/stall recovery, and an optional indexed knob provides manual control for operation without a computer. Like all Zaber products, the X-BLQ-E Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

ATI Industrial Automation

ATI Industrial Automation

ATI Industrial Automation is a world-leading developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Utility Couplers, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Manual Tool Changers, and Compliance Devices.