Universal Robots’ new e-Series line of collaborative robots has built-in force/torque sensing. Universal Robots e-Series line of collaborative robots won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Motion Control category. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics February 15, 2019

Core principles of collaborative robots

Robotic design: Built-in collaborative force/torque sensing, safety features, and improved precision enable faster integration in a wider range of future-proofed applications.

By Jürgen Von Hollen
Motion Industries acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company. Courtesy: Axis New England/Axis New York, Motion Industries
Robotics February 14, 2019

Automation and robotics company acquired

Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.

By Motion Industries
Humans and automation can add productivity and jobs said Alex Shikany is AIA vice president, part of A3 Association for Advancing Automation. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Robotics February 13, 2019

Use the positive effects of automation to plan ahead

Automation helps manufacturing employment, aids exports, and adds productivity. Key concerns include attracting and retaining a quality workforce, price increases in raw materials, trade uncertainties, and rising health care and insurance costs.

By Mark T. Hoske
Enrico Krog Iversen is CEO of OnRobot. Courtesy: OnRobot and Control Engineering Poland
Robotics February 12, 2019

Collaborative robots accelerate

Cover Story: Get answers about expansion of industrial robotics from an end-of-collaborative robot tooling company executive.

By Enrico Krog Iversen and Michael Majchrzak
Robots powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning are being employed to carry out mundane, repetitive tasks and more complex functions such as improving quality, throughput, enhancing employee safety, reducing waste and increasing customer satisfaction. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
Robotics February 12, 2019

Robotics and AI improve factories of the future

Cover Story: Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will improve product and service quality, create greater throughput, enhance employee safety, reduce variability, cut waste, and, most increase customer satisfaction.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
Upgraded devices, systems, and software can bring more data for better decision-making. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Robotics February 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 4-10

Articles about upgrading hardware and software, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, DCS migration challenges, cybersecurity for IIoT robots, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics February 9, 2019

Robotics as a service gaining traction in manufacturing

Robotics as a Service (RaaS), which allows manufacturers to leverage the benefits of industrial and collaborative robots in their facility without having to buy them, is becoming popular.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Figure 5. An arc welding cell uses OLP to help meet production demand by cutting programming time in half and reducing robot downtime. Courtesy: OCTOPUZ Inc./Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Robotics February 5, 2019

Demystifying robot offline programming

Cover Story: Software suppliers are disproving preconceptions about robot offline programming (OLP) being too complicated or not cost-effective. Several companies have developed software programs designed to make robots smarter, faster, and more flexible in a variety of challenging applications.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Researchers watch underwater footage taken by various autonomous unmanned vehicles (AUVs) exploring Australia's Scott Reef. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics January 31, 2019

Engineers program marine robots with algorithm to take calculated risks

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that could help autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) explore risky marine environments, which could be beneficial for future offshore oil & gas exploration.

By Jennifer Chu
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Robotics January 27, 2019

Vision-guided robot technology benefits

Vision-guided robot (VGR) applications are useful for manufacturing applications and are quickly becoming commonplace as technology costs continue to drop.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)