• Theme: Robotics - Automation - Industrial IT

    “Just move the robot into the required position, set up a point and that’s it. You’ve taught the robot,” says KUKA engineer Fabian Gerke during EMO Hannover. KUKA has shaken up the German fair again this year with a robot that is taught instead of being programmed. Ready2_pilot is aimed at making industrial robots...

    Rather than simply taking jobs on production lines, the new generation of service robots is finding its place alongside humans, boosting both productivity and safety.   Industrial robots began life as hefty mechanical arms that could spot-weld cars faster than human workers. But today’s robots have developed a delicate...

    Better safety systems and easier programming are making robots practical for an increasing number of manufacturers. For some experts, achieving cognition is the ultimate goal of the fourth robotics revolution.   Dr. Werner Kraus is an industrial robotics team leader at Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institute for...

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    A little twist of the wrist and this overhead crane begins to move. The operator is not some sort of Jedi, but simply a factory employee using a new kind of wearable device. Developed by French start-up Siatech, ComHand is a connected radio remote control for materials handling applications. Equipped with motion...

    Soft robots are great helpmates for humans and are well-adapted to dynamic activities requiring flexibility and delicate intervention. But they are susceptible to cuts and punctures from contact with hard or sharp objects. Now, a research team at the Université Libre de Bruxelles seems to have found a solution....

    Next generation robots push the boundaries of innovative automation.   Most of us think of robots as stiffly-moving hard, metal machines bristling with wires and cables. While such devices already improve our everyday lives in numerous ways, their rigidity and lack of “sensitivity” to their surroundings often constrains...

    Mobile robotics is a new mega-trend. Either autonomous or on a platform, mobile robots represent the third robotics revolution…one that opens a new era of cyber-physical production. Last April, at Hannover Messe, we talked to KUKA and Stäubli and met with their new models. More flexible, their robots can navigate...

    According to MIT News, today’s water distribution systems lose an average of 20% of their supply to leaks, even as demand for this precious resource is climbing. Leaks also cause damage to surrounding structures and pollutants may enter the system through breaks in piping. Current leak detection technology is...

    Is this real or another hoax like the Chinese anti-traffic jam mega bus? Russian engineering and construction company Dahir Insaat is promoting a futuristic urban transport system based on two-wheeled vehicles kept upright by gyroscopes. Designed to replace buses and trams, they consist of large, ovoid freight or...

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    IoT and Industry 4.0 are transforming industry, giving birth to a new generation of jobs. What new roles will emerge as industrial and manufacturing processes adopt technologies such as automated robotics, VR/AR and connected machinery?   According to research from Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion IoT devices...

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