Picking the Unknown - Robust and Flexible Robotic Automation in Logistics

With more than 70% of labor in warehousing being dedicated to picking and packing, numerous companies are gradually investing in logistics automation. But what happens when the robots must handle an unlimited number of (unknown) stock keeping units?

The AI Impact for Next-Gen Industrial Robots

Let's take a closer look at next-generation, AI-enhanced industrial robots - today's ripe conditions for emerging use cases, their benefits and promised opportunities - to find out why.

3 Trends in Robotics Energy Consumption

Energy efficiency is an increasingly prominent concern as electronics adoption and environmental consciousness both rise. Robotics must consume less energy to sustain their growth in the future.

You're Never Too Small for Industrial Robots

There's a misconception that industrial robots are reserved for manufacturing giants. But, according to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), more enterprises with fewer than 100 employees now own up to ten robots - and this is a growing trend.

Bringing Handling Technology to Life

In the "KUKoMo" project, new robot solutions for collaborative assembly activities in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were tested for their feasibility and transferred to demonstrator solutions for cross-industry applications.

AI-powered SORT systems in E-Commerce Fulfillment

With AI-powered SORT systems, robots do the mundane, repetitive tasks, successfully piece-picking customer orders into completion. Thus, our customers can redeploy employees in more suitable roles throughout the supply chain.

Precision Motion Control Enables Automation

When digital information transforms into precise physical motion, previously infeasible use cases suddenly become possible. This improvement delivered Industry 4.0 to applications such as advanced robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),.

How Robots Are Revolutionizing the Life Sciences Lab

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred life sciences labs to ramp up output at warp speed - and Stäubli Robotics is helping to meet critical needs.

6 Ways to Use a Bottomless Conveyor

Bottomless conveyors, also called side-gripping conveyors, provide a simple solution for accessing the underside of a product for a range of applications. These applications include inspection, printing, labeling and edge sealing.

Automated Finishing: the Impacts of Robotics in the Industry

Increased interest, and also in dystopian perspectives, is the collective imagination built around the presence of robots in daily production. To clarify, in this article, Arcos provides a useful overview to understand the impact of robotics in the automated finishing sector.

Collaborative Robotic Sanding with Kane Robotics and ATI's AOV-10

Using ATI's AOV-10 Compliant Orbital Sander and Universal Robots UR10e, Kane Robotics integrated an aluminum polishing application that multiplies productivity.

The Collaborative Robot Market 2021-28: Grounds for Optimism After a Turbulent Two Years

Suppliers have gradually moved from simply selling the concepts of "collaboration" or "safety" to marketing specific landing solutions in different application scenarios and service areas.

Drivers and Restraints to the Collaborative Robot Market

While American manufacturers took a hit early on, the sector experienced a 30-month high in December as some U.S. companies calmed supply chain chaos by turning to domestic sourcing options.

How Many Axes Does Your Robotic Positioner Need?

If you're considering a robotic positioner, you have probably already looked at several different models. You've probably seen single-axis turntables, double-axis positioners, and multi-axis ferris wheels. You've probably explored different brands, styles, and price ranges.

Under the Surface - Non-destructive Testing of Composite Materials

The portable inspection system iX-600 enables a non-contact and therefore guaranteed non-destructive inspection (NDI - Non-Destructive-Inspection) of composite materials. Testing can be carried out with regard to detachment, delamination or porosity.

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Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.