Robots are the new normal - Humans should embrace, rather than fear, robot co-workers

According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, 85 million jobs could be lost and displaced by new technologies in the next five years. It's no surprise that workers, particularly in manufacturing, worry how these developments will affect their jobs.

The Axion xB series frame grabbers from BitFlow, Inc.

Conversion from a Neon CL board to an Axion board is quite simple. The connectors are the same, so cabling won't be an issue. Simply swap out the boards, upgrade the SDK to the most recent version available on our website, recompile your code and you are good to go.

Automated Palletizing of Sweet Tea and Juice From a Cold Room

While palletizing cartons is a regular automation application, doing so from a cold room that is regularly hosed with water to stay clean is a specific challenge. Motion Controls Robotics overcame these by using vacuum technology from Piab supplied by Neff Grp Dist.

GBC Technical Training Updates its Robotics Program

One of the most interesting features of this update to the Robotics program is the added module on autonomous robots. Autonomous robots are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry, with an increasing number of commercial and industrial applications.

Boxed Bot QBox Software from Quest

The Boxed Bot is extremely flexible, allowing an operator to design and produce exact pallet patterns quickly and easily from bags to boxes and other product types, and does so with a small footprint starting at just 8'x10'.

How to Choose a Robotic Integrator: The 7 C's

Choosing a robot integrator is like choosing a business partner. You must find one with the capabilities you need to be successful; one who understands your business and your integration goals.

Robotics in Woodworking - The Zimmer Group reaches deep into its bag of tricks for Schmidt

The manufacturer of the robot processing cell is the Zimmer Group from Rheinau in Germany. On its way towards Industry 4.0, the Zimmer Group has evolved from a classic component supplier to a system provider and has thus produced an entire robotic cell at once.

How Do Robotics Affect Skilled Trade Jobs?

With more companies bringing robotics and automation into their facilities, many people understandably wonder if machines will eventually replace their jobs.

10 Different Options For Controlling Linear Actuators

Below you will find ten different options for controlling linear actuators. This list is intended to give you an overview of what's possible for linear actuator control. It's not exhaustive, there are other options, but these are the ones that will work for most people.

Emphasis on Quality Control Has Retail Distribution Centers Looking Like Automated Factories

Multiple forces are converging to propel this shift toward automating quality control in distribution centers. Retailers must untangle a wide assortment of issues to navigate this shift.

Supplychainbrain: Out With Conveyors, in With Autonomous Mobile Robots

You can't totally count conveyors out, because they'll always have a place. But the truth is, robots are here, and AMRs are changing warehouse operations. While conveyors are effective, their capabilities are also limited.

Virtual to Reality: Delivering Accuracy to The Real World

It's easy to show a robot being programmed in a matter of minutes inside of a controlled virtual environment. But those programs need to translate to something useful in the real robot cell. The points that the robot will follow need to line up with the part properly.

Design and Operation Features of a BDC Motor Controller

The design and functionality of a DC motor controller depend on the characteristics of the motor and the electronic system it powers. Using the example of a brushed DC motor controller, we'll consider its operating principles and circuit design.

Pickle's new robot works with people to get your online orders delivered sooner.

Watch this MIT startup's robot unload a trailer blazingly fast. The secret? Keep people in the picture.

Robotics and the Resumption of MRO Activities

Our recent discussions with key players in the field confirm that MRO's operations will increase significantly in late 2021 or 2022. How will maintenance centres efficiently restart their operations? What impact can technology have in this recovery?

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.