OnRobot’s VGC10 electrical compact vacuum gripper has two independently controlled air channels that allow it to act as a dual gripper with pick-up and release in the same action, further increasing efficiency and reducing cycle time when used with a small robot arm. No compressor or air supply is needed. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology New Products for Engineers Database
Robotics February 8, 2020

The future of the industrial and collaborative robot markets for 2020 and beyond

The industrial and collaborative market has a bright future ahead as companies look to make robots faster, smarter and more efficient. See three market trends and two technology trends for the 2020s.

By Jan Zhang
Companies need to know exactly what a robot’s purpose is when selecting one for an industrial automation project to help ensure a good return on investment (ROI). Shown is a Yaskawa robot at Fabtech 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics February 7, 2020

Getting the best from your robot investment

Investing in a robot for an automation project is an ongoing process and requires the user to perform risk assessments and get a clear picture of what the robot’s purpose is in the project.

By Mark Howard
Harmony is an exoskeleton designed to assist patients with stroke rehabilitation and focuses on the shoulder. Courtesy: Harmonic Robotics
Robotics February 6, 2020

Exoskeleton helps arm-based physical therapy

Inside machines and robotics: Looking inside an exoskeleton shows advanced robotics technologies used to help physical therapy related to loss of arm movement. It’s a high-technology motion control application.

By Rohit John Varghese
A Cornell team led by Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, made a 3D-printed hand with hydraulically controlled fingers that can cool itself by sweating. Courtesy: Cornell University
Robotics February 5, 2020

Researchers create 3D-printed, sweating robot muscle

Cornell researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating, which can enable high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.

By David Nutt
Figure 2: Operators can safely monitor field conditions remotely using information provided by mobile robots and drones. Courtesy: Yokogawa
Robotics February 5, 2020

Deploying robots and drones in process plants and facilities

Robots have long been used in discrete manufacturing and machine automation applications, and their use is now spreading to address process industry applications.

By Dr. Penny Chen
Robotics February 5, 2020

Robotics group elects 2020 Board of Directors

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is pleased to announce the results of the recent Board of Directors election with Matt Wicks, Chief Robotics Solution Architect, Honeywell Intelligrated, being named Chairperson.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
MAV3K is a 3000-lb capacity, industrial strength, omnidirectional, autonomous mobile robot. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/Waypoint Robotics
Robotics February 4, 2020

Mobile robots are getting smarter and going new places

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are working alongside humans and providing help in applications such as hospitals and warehouses thanks to advances in mobility and mapping technology.

By Laura Moretz
Figure 5: Compact Festo Cartesian robot applied in modular handling of solar panels. Courtesy: Festo
Robotics February 3, 2020

Cartesian robots have value on the manufacturing floor

Cartesian robots offer space and cost savings, wide dynamic range, and are simpler compared to other industrial robots.

By Sandro Quintero
Intuitive touchscreen displays put a wealth of real-time data and analysis tools at operators’ fingertips so they can monitor, adjust and learn from their machinery while moving through the field. Courtesy: John Deere/RIA
Process Manufacturing February 1, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2020 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, Engineers' Choice finalists, robots in agriculture, subscription software, and advanced process control answers. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Robotics January 28, 2020

Make collaborative robots safer for human interaction

Worker safety is always top priority, especially when it comes to robots and collaborative robots may be the key.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)