Matt Simon for Wired: Today, three of these machines from Universal Robots handle the brute sanding and painting, while humans handle more complicated tasks like assembly. Some of these workers even turned into robot technicians.
Because no technology can be made foolproof, maintaining safety in environments where humans and robots work together has become a critical, but misunderstood issue for many managers who are worried they may not be keeping pace with the latest codes and regulations.
MassRobotics opened 15,000 sq.ft. of shared workspace in Boston's Marine Industrial Park in February 2017. Since then, it has grown to house more than 30 companies and organizations, including startups, mature robotics companies and university teams, with more than 70 people working in the space.
The two "fingers" of the robot gripper have built-in intelligence and advanced technology that mimics the way humans instinctively use our sense of touch when we grab things to move them.
While the vision systems of old were unreliable, clunky and expensive, today's systems are anything but. Proper vision systems can make the difference between an efficient robotic system and one that is not working optimally.
By 2050, 70% of the world's population is expected to be living and working in urban areas. The rapid rate of urbanisation is pushing logistics service providers to up their game in order to fulfil deliveries to customers in these congested conditions, at any location at any time.
New research software enables Gazebo Simulator, motion interface
"Robot density is an excellent standard for comparison in order to take into account the differences in the automation degree of the manufacturing industry in various countries," says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics.
Designing the right RTOS architecture requires delicate attention and decisions. Basic real-time operating system services such as inter-process communication, process synchronization, process management and interrupt handling must unfold efficiently.
Good omens for the leading world trade fair / Trend topics at the trade fair are embedded vision, deep learning and hyperspectral imaging
Booth #637 - Four lab equipment suppliers feature "Festo Inside" - Superconductor technology for frictionless sample handling, including contactless transfer through cleanrooms - Modular automation platforms demoed
Machine vision technologies based on CNNs and deep learning can be used profitably in a wide range of different industrial sectors and applications, allowing the automation and significant acceleration of inspection processes in the electronics industry, for example.
Learn how IntervalZero's RTOS platform transformed machine automation in Japan
Eric Rosenbaum for CNBC: The Global X Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF has attracted more than $650 million from investors in January, one-fourth of its total assets raised in less than a month.
Omron Automation To Exhibit Celebrated AI Robot FORPHEUS and Advanced Automation Solutions at ATX WEST
FORPHEUS, Omron's robotic ping-pong tutor will demonstrate the ability of machines to help develop human potential through artificial intelligence, robotics and sensing technology.
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Universal Robots Add a Sense of Touch in New e-Series Cobots with Built-in Force/Torque Sensor and Re-Designed User Interface
With the new e-Series cobot line, Universal Robots raises the bar for cobots, adding unique new features while significantly strengthening the four core principles defining collaborative robots: fast set-up, easy programming, flexible deployment, and safe operation. With a new built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque sensor the e-Series is ready to take on applications requiring force control right out of the box. A repeatability of 30 micron means the new cobots are suitable for very precise finishing, assembly and electronics tasks. A re-designed user interface decreases cognitive load and expedites program development, while a new externally accessible, 500Hz system bus enables more complex motion control algorithms or profiles.