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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

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Efficient power for robotic applications

Efficient power for robotic applications

Vicor power modules support a component-based power delivery network to power motor drives and demanding CPUs. They are optimized for high efficiency, density, overall performance and are also lightweight compared to other solutions. These modules can also be paralleled, allowing for scalability in power as robotic power demands increase and also allow for the same power architecture to be deployed within a platform of various sized robot systems.

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Robotmaster (Hypertherm Inc.)

Robotmaster (Hypertherm Inc.)

Robotmaster, a Hypertherm brand, is an offline robot programming software that helps manufacturers maximize their robot's productivity with easy and efficient robot programming for a variety of applications such as cutting, trimming, milling, welding, spraying, polishing, sanding, grinding, deburring, and more. Robotmaster uses integrated CAD/CAM functionality to make robotic programming easy and intuitive for everyone, even first-time users.