Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

The ABC of RPA, Part 3: What Steps Should I Take in Order to Start the Robotics Journey?

Identifying the departments with the biggest backlog, the most amount of overtime or the area that receives the highest number of complaints is a straight forward way to prioritize which areas of the organization to automate.

Why the Future of Robotics Lies in the Code

While the exterior mechanics of a robot may be fascinating, it is their programming and software that has the most utility for future workforces.

Aerospace: KUKA Omnimove Delivers Gigantic Aircraft Components With Millimeter Precision

Construction of the Airbus A380 in Hamburg involves moving aircraft components measuring 15 meters in length and weighing up to 90 tonnes.

Future Focus: Robotic Automation and Generation Z

Generation Z is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the surge in the development and implementation of robotic systems that increase productivity and cut costs in a variety of industries.

Teaching robots the physics of sliding and pushing objects

Jiaji Zhou for RoboHub:  The Manipulation Lab at the CMU Robotics Institute proposes a computational model that relates an applied robot action to the resultant object motion. Their research won the Best Conference Paper Award atICRA 2016.   U

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Artificial Intelligence Produces Realistic Sounds That Fool Humans

From MIT News:  Video-trained system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab could help robots understand how objects interact with the world.  Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have demonstrated an algorithm that has effectively learned how to predict sound: When shown a silent video clip of an object being hit, the algorithm can produce a sound for the hit that is realistic enough to fool human viewers.

This “Turing Test for sound” represents much more than just a clever computer trick: Researchers envision future versions of similar algorithms being used to automatically produce sound effects for movies and TV shows, as well as to help robots better understand objects’ properties... (full article)(full paper)

 

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Oriental Motor Introduces New 200 W (1/4 HP) & 400 W (1/2 HP) BMU Series Brushless Motor and Drive Package

Our Popular Easy to Use Brushless Motor Just Received a Boost in Power and Performance

Four Dorner Industrial Conveyor Platforms Receive Cleanroom Certification

Cleanrooms and other controlled environments provide management of airborne particulate contamination to appropriate levels for accomplishing contamination-sensitive activities.

DENSO Foundation gives more than $1 million in grants to 24 colleges and universities to advance engineering and skilled trades education

Text books can only take you so far. But complement a student's textbook knowledge with hands-on problem solving, troubleshooting, teamwork and technical work - now you have an engineer or technical expert ready to develop, improve and build technologies that will help our society.

OpenConnect Shortlisted for "20 Most Promising Robotics Solution Providers 2016" Ranking by CIOReview

OpenConnect was chosen among the 20 Most Promising Robotics Solution Providers 2016

IMTS 2016 TOOLING & WORKHOLDING PAVILION SHOWCASES ADVANCES IN ACCURACY AND EFFICIENCY

Innovative machinery from around the world will be on display at IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show. Key to maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of those machines are the tooling and workholding products on display in the West Building at McCormick Place.

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Nanotec

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Nanotec Electronic, founded in 1991, offers a powerful range of stepper and servo motors, controllers, gears, linear actuators, and accessories to serve a broad range of industries.