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Within the world of passenger experience, automation has benefits for both passengers and airlines. Travellers see reduced lines by using self-service kiosks, automated bag drop, automated border processing, scanning their way into lounges and using automated boarding gates, while airlines and airports can lower...

Just a few years ago, industrial robots were the stuff of science fiction. Today, as robotic systems become smarter, cheaper and more flexible – driven by trends in simplification, collaboration and digitalization – they are becoming indispensable across a wide range of industrial sectors.   Andra Keay is Managing...

The collaborative automation market undergoes momentous turbulence with the loss of its standards bearer: One of the mainstream collaborative robots firms, Rethink Robotics, has closed for good. Are we nearing the end of the collaborative robotics market, destroying the growth of collaborative...

While making the most of machine learning to become more self-sufficient, the industrial robots of tomorrow will also brush up on their interpersonal skills so they can work more closely with their human colleagues. The global industrial robotics market share is booming, now accounting for more than 50 percent of the...

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Industry 4.0, the vision of tomorrow’s industry initially evoked at the 2011 Hannover Messe, is now producing real solutions. According to experts, 27% of European executives claim they are already implementing Industry 4.0 solutions. Which are they? ABB designed sensors that makes motors smarter, explains Thomas...

The robot workforce expands in China as wages for human workers rise, and soon humans will lose another position as robots are employed to construct robots. Robotics firm ABB said they were building a robot factory in China.   China seeks to compete with lower-cost countries by incorporating advanced automation more...

While the IMTS is taking place this week in Chicago, we wanted to offer insight into the cobot trend.   Michael Peshkin is a professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University in Illinois and came up with the cobot concept with his colleague Ed Colgate more than 20 years ago. At that time, the field of...

Until recently, robots have been repetitive machines working with consistent precision and repeatability yet with extremely limited intelligence. Some of the smartest robots we have today only recently learned how to open a door. But the future will demand other capabilities – particularly in the professional and...

Today machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are helping solve some of the biggest problems facing companies across the industrial spectrum. Boosting efficiency and production output in areas such as predictive maintenance and repair, defect detection and the optimization of supply chains, they are...

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Human-robot collaboration is fast becoming a norm in automation, particularly among smaller manufacturers. With the collaborative robot offering flexibility and affordability, the industrial world has embraced the concept of a “cobotic” future.   Mark Gray, area sales manager in the UK and Northern Ireland for...

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