Robotics

Robotics September 25, 2022

Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you think

A mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.

By Kate McAlpine
Chinese government supports robotic automation. Courtesy: IFR
Robotics September 23, 2022

Robot installations in China grew in 2021

The International Federation of Robotics reported the industrial robotics market grew by 44% compared in 2021.

By International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics September 17, 2022

Teaching, preparing university students for the future with robotics

The Department of Technology at Illinois State University (ISU) is training students to program and operate industrial robots in preparation for careers in industry.

By ABB Robotics
Robotics September 15, 2022

Successfully implementing robots in an unpredictable future

Manufacturing has gone through many changes in recent years and the rising labor gap and the need for continued productivity has companies turning toward robotics. Three robotic myths and five steps for successful implementation are highlighted.

By Chris Vavra
Cagri Kilic, postdoctoral research fellow in the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, shows off a rover that he developed to research slips in planetary rovers. Two other researchers are applying this same technology to improve safety in retail and wholesale settings. Courtesy: WVU
Robotics September 13, 2022

Robots deployed to improve on-the-job safety for retail workers

West Virginia University engineers are deploying robots to help workers by saving them from potential slips, falls and workplace hazards.

By West Virginia University
Robotics August 30, 2022

Robot sales reach record high in North America for third straight quarter

The Association for Advancing Automation reports a record high for robot sales in the second quarter of 2022 thanks to a rebound in automotive sales.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
solution robot integration
Robotics August 22, 2022

Robot integration ease of use a priority

The market for robots is growing rapidly. However, integrating them into the automation world can be very laborious and correspondingly slow. A new robot integration profile now provides a remedy.

By Xaver Schmidt
Robotics August 18, 2022

Autonomous mobile robots’ role growing in industrial operations

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are increasingly finding applications in the mobile robotics ecosystem as automation becomes the new normal.

By GlobalData
In order to maximize cobots’ potential, though, companies need to strategically integrate them into manufacturing workflows in ways that optimize productivity while reducing worker strain. Courtesy: UW-Madison
Robotics August 13, 2022

Robot workers can help humans in manufacturing jobs

Researchers are developing methods to show how collaborative robots (cobots) can help and even improve human workers' roles in manufacturing.

By Tom Ziemer
Robotics August 4, 2022

Helping assembly-line robots pick up objects

University of Washington researchers created a tool that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper and calculate the best path to pick up an object, which could help improve robots in their day-to-day tasks. See video.

By Sarah McQuate