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Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Ethics

Like transformative technologies that came before, the ethics of AI is coming under increased scrutiny, giving birth to regulations and policies constraining the scope of its application.

Robot-Ready Conveying Optimizes Pick-and-Place

From a machine builder’s point of view, robots can solve many processing and packaging line problems, but the chosen material handling systems supplying the line can reduce the robot’s performance.

Smart Robots ready to build a faster, cleaner, more profitable construction industry

Can robots help alleviate South Africa’s low-cost housing shortage, and give the local construction industry the boost it needs to get back on the path to profitability?

10 Things to Consider When Exploring Offline Robot Programming Software Solutions

Offline Robot Programming (OLP) takes the programming “offline” – away from the teach pendent / robot cell – allowing the user to generate the robotic code from their computer without having to take the robot out of production to generate it.

The Mini Series Takes a Taxi

In the Adaptive Machine Platform Prolynk, manufacturing machinery and assembly stations can be configured and combined with total flexibility. The parts move individually from station to station, in a mini-taxi so to speak.

How a Team United in Just 18 Months to Overhaul How America Destroys Its Most Dangerous Chemical Weapons

CRG Automation and its team of engineers — with specialties such as mechanical, electrical and controls —began devising custom engineered solutions, often incorporating advanced robotics.

Calculating the ROI of Offline Robot Programming Software

Capital investments in advanced manufacturing environments require careful consideration, especially if that investment is for a new process or technology. If you are looking at investing in OLP here are some things to consider about the potential return on investment (ROI

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Closing the AI Ambition - Execution Gap in Manufacturing

While most manufacturing companies have begun to explore the next step in automation technology -- artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) -- a large gap exists between where they want their organizations to be with AI technology and where they are.

Innovations in Assistive Robotics Show Promise for People With Disabilities

Advances in technology over the years have led to a wide range of innovations for people with disabilities. These include quality of life inventions for people with mobility issues as well as speech impairments and even common color blindness.

ROEQ Boosts Payloads and Lifting Capabilities of Autonomous Mobile Robots with Two New Products

ROEQ has launched two new top modules and accompanying accessories designed to boost the payload and lifting capabilities of autonomous mobile robots from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR). The new ROEQ TMS-C1500 allows MiR AMRs to transport up to 1500 kg for the first time.

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Skyward Integrates Updated LAANC for Night Airspace Access & Refined Grids

Latest generation of FAA's LAANC introduces authorizations for drone flights at night and refined airspace grids for Skyward customers

UltraFlex using induction to preheat steel shovel forms to 1742°F/950°C within less than 5 seconds

The efficient usage of induction heaters for preheating steel shovel molds has recently been demonstrated by UltraFlex Power Technologies. Being a leading manufacturer of advanced induction heater solutions, the company is frequently showcasing the high efficiency of induction heating compared to traditional heating methods, for a rich variety of industrial applications.

Clearpath Robotics Announces TurtleBot 4

Clearpath and Open Robotics announce next-generation open-source mobile robotics platform for research and education

Plug Power and HevenDrones Announce Joint Development Alliance

Companies Partner to Develop Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems for Heavy Lift Drones to Provide Extended Time and Range Capabilities

Mobile robot market revenues grow by 20% in 2020 despite pandemic delays

• Nearly 60,000 mobile robots shipped in 2020 - an increase of over 25% on 2019 • 2020 was a tale of two halves: H1 was incredibly slow for mobile robot vendors; H2 incredibly strong • Revenues to reach $18 billion by 2025, despite lowered short-term forecast

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

Piab’s Kenos KCS Gripper

Piab's Kenos KCS Gripper

Piab's Kenos KCS gripper enables a collaborative robot to handle just about anything at any time. Combining Piab's proprietary air-driven COAX vacuum technology with an easily replaceable technical foam that molds itself around any surface or shape, the gripper can be used to safely grip, lift and handle any object. Standard interface (ISO) adapters enable the whole unit to be attached to any cobot type on the market with a body made in a lightweight 3D printed material. Approved by Universal Robots as a UR+ end effector.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

TUV Rheinland of North America

TUV Rheinland of North America

TUV Rheinland is a global provider of safety testing and certification services for Industrial Machinery manufactures and suppliers. We offer programs designed to assist companies achieve industrial machinery certification/labelling for a number of standards and regulations including CE Marking, Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, ANSI, NFPA, UL, CSA standards and field evaluation/special inspection services. Our Robot Integrator Program is the first of its kind in the industry, and certifies the robot integrator's knowledge of robotics standards while allowing manufacturers to apply a serialized TUV Rheinland Mark to all of their certified products.