Tanya M. Anandan
Contributing editor, Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
How IIoT, AI can help make future-proof manufacturing a reality
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers manufacturers greater productivity and better information insights through artificial intelligence (AI) as companies look toward the factory of the future.
Plug-and-play robot ecosystems on the rise
Robot ecosystems are bringing plug-and-play ease to compatible hardware and software peripherals while adding greater value and functionality to robots.
Robot industry trends and potential for the future
The last year has been a trying one for many industries, but robotics manufacturers and distributors are using the current climate to develop new and innovative ways for robots to help in manufacturing.
Robots digging deep underground, finding new depths
Robots are being used in oil and gas operations to dig underground, which is often undulating and challenging. Companies are finding innovative ways to overcome the problem.
Aerial robotics used for above-ground oil and gas assets
Remotely-operated aerial robots can operate in dangerous conditions, which make them ideal for certain oil and gas operations.
Autonomous underwater robots used for deep-sea drilling operations
Many of the world's oil and natural gas resource lie beneath the oceans. Autonomous robots can help explore and dig them out.
Reducing COVID-19 worker risks with robots
Focusing on COVID-19 risks in the workplace has shed new light on the benefits of automation and robots and their benefits on the plant floor and manifesting in multiple ways.
Cultivating robotics and AI for sustainable agriculture
Technology advances ranging from better autonomous vehicles to smarter machines will help relieve the effects of an aging agricultural workforce and a shrinking supply of workers.
Benefits of robotics-as-a-service for manufacturers
Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is an emerging trend in manufacturing as companies look to deal with rising automation and tighter global competition. RaaS allows companies to use robots for short-term needs without a long-term investment. One application reduced overall manufacturing costs by 30%.
Robots developed and designed for hazardous, extreme conditions
Robots have the ability to go where we can’t and perform jobs we shouldn’t including applications such as chemical refining and hazardous material handling and subzero palletizing.