Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Is Software the Future of Robotics?

Robots and software work hand in hand, but what does this mean in concrete terms? How is software essential for robots? Why and how is it necessary to develop software specifically adapted to robotic applications? What are the future trends in software for robotics?

FABTECH Expo Q&A with OCTOPUZ Inc.

Visit the OCTOPUZ team at FABTECH 2019 in Booth B23113 to be the first to see what’s new with the industry-defining OCTOPUZ Offline Robot Programming Software! In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to our social media networks and website for more information.

Teaching Robots to Help People in their Homes

This method teaches a robot how to perform a single example task, while simulation addresses the problem in a more statistical way, conducting tens of thousands of virtual experiments to find the right solution for performing that task.

Sensorless Control of Brushless Motors

Many applications would benefit from a brushless motor without a sensor. There are various options for realizing this. A method developed by maxon is now setting new standards for precision and reliability.

Continuous operation excellence

Food and beverage production is becoming continuous to keep up with rising demands. To maintain the flow of products and to make sure there are low levels of waste, spoilage or contamination inside a continuous system, automation must be integrated into the production line.

Slotless Brushless Servo Motors Improve Machine Performance.

From the outside it looks just like any other industrial brushless servo motor but inside it utilized advanced manufacturing techniques to provide higher torque, higher speed, smoother operation, higher efficiency, and better inertial matching in a smaller package.

Vision in Challenging Lighting Environments

Digital image sensors work based on the Photoelectric effect. When the image sensor is exposed to light (photons), an equivalent charge is produced by the image sensor. It is then converted to image data.

Interested in contributing an article or review?

Robotics and Automation - Featured Stories

ABB demonstrates concept of mobile laboratory robot for Hospital of the Future

• Mobile and autonomous YuMi® laboratory robot will be designed to work alongside medical staff and lab workers • New robotics technologies will be developed in ABB’s first global healthcare research hub at Texas Medical Center (TMC) Innovation Institute in Houston

World's first haptic telerobot hand (Tactile Telerobot) to officially launch at first public event at CEATEC 2019 in Japan

The exhibit will be divided into several scenario-based themes, each demonstrating a distinctive way to implement the technology. There will be scenarios for the use of robots in a kitchen, school, fish market, living room, laboratory and skill sharing.

Search and Destroy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Students Build a Robotic System to Find and Safely Detonate Landmines

Student teams are developing an autonomous rover and payload-deploying drone to find and safely destroy hidden munitions that kill or maim as many as 20,000 people around the world each year.

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Stäubli to Demonstrate Industry-Leading Connection Solutions Geared for Automakers

Industry leader will demonstrate variety of connection solutions focused on driving efficiency and safety at all stages of vehicle manufacture

Shopify Completes Acquisition of 6 River Systems

With this acquisition, Shopify is changing the fulfillment industry. The transaction adds 6 River Systems' cloud-based software and fleet of collaborative mobile robots called "Chuck" to the Shopify Fulfillment Network, accelerating its growth.

Festo Launches Two New Product Lines at Assembly 2019

Simplified Motion cost effectively applies electrics to basic motion. CPX-AP-I improves the performance of mixed valve terminal and I/O systems. Festo Booth #721.

The Future of Work - Are Robots the key to reducing unemployment?

With the rise of robots, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), the employees of today are in panic mode about the state of their future career prospects. Will they have a job in 20 years' time… 10 years' time… or even next year?

Switching Power Supply for Stepper Motor

Power Supply uses modern power electronics technology to control the ratio of the turn-on and turn-off time of the switch to maintain a stable output voltage. The switching power supply is generally composed of a pulse width modulation (PWM) control IC and a MOSFET.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

Stäubli TX2-60 Industrial Robot

Stäubli TX2-60 Industrial Robot

TX2 robots: redefining performance by offering collaborative safety and high performance in a single machine. These pioneering robots can be used in all areas, including sensitive and restrictive environments, thanks to their unique features. Safety functions are easy and inexpensive to implement. They allow a higher level of interactions between robots and human operators, while still guaranteeing protection of your people, production and investment.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

REIKU Drossbach

REIKU Drossbach

Almost 85% of Robotics Downtime can be directly attributed to cable or hose failures. For over 40 years REIKU has been recognized as the Global Leader in Hi Tech Cable Protection Systems. The cost of production downtime and the eventual replacement of failed cables and hoses can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated with REIKU Robotic Cable Management System Solutions. REIKU works closely with all of the major Robot manufacturers developing "customer oriented system solutions".