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ActiNav from Universal Robots (UR) is a new UR+ application kit for companies of all sizes that simplifies the integration of autonomous bin picking of parts and accurate placement in machines using UR cobots. ActiNav synchronously handles vision processing, collision-free motion planning and autonomous real-time robot control, eliminating the complexity and risk usually associated with bin picking applications. UR called the kit the “world’s first autonomous bin picking kit for machine tending applications.” Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics April 30, 2020

How to quickly start a robotic pick-and-place application

Moving parts from a bin to a precise location has required repetitive human agility or talent to address vision, programming and robotic integration challenges. A pre-integrated kit can shorten time to productivity, helping machine tending and pick-and-place robotic applications. See May 12 live webcast and 7 tips below.

By Mark T. Hoske
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Discrete Manufacturing April 29, 2020

What manufacturing facilities will look like after COVID-19 pandemic ends

Manufacturing will look very different in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era, but the future is positive, according to a Purdue University supply chain expert.

By Joseph Paul
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Robotics April 23, 2020

Solving the U.K.’s productivity problems with robotics

It is time for the manufacturing sector in the U.K. to look seriously at the adoption of automation, and robotics in particular, to help improve productivity figures.

By Mike Wilson
Courtesy: OTTO Robots/RIA
AI and Machine Learning April 20, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 13-19, 2020

Article about COVID-19 impacts, robotics and bluetooth smart phone signals helping fight the coronavirus pandemic and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 13-19, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Robotics April 18, 2020

How robots are helping medical professionals combat COVID-19

Robots can help medical professionals dealing with COVID-19 and potentially reduce their exposure to the pandemic.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
This graphic illustrates how an applied magnetic field (blue) can cause magnetized particles embedded in a soft material to rearrange themselves into new patterns. By harnessing this phenomenon, researchers can fine-tune the soft material’s properties. Courtesy: Xin Zou/Grainger Institute for Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Robotics April 16, 2020

Researchers use magnetic fields to control soft robotics

University of Wisconsin researchers have developed a method for using magnetic fields to remotely induce soft composite materials to rearrange their internal structure into a variety of new patterns.

By Adam Malecek
Courtesy: OTTO Robots/RIA
Robotics April 15, 2020

Robots and automation are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

Robots and automation are on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle and are helping manufacturers, health care officials and many more.

By Keith Shaw
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Robotics April 12, 2020

Signs of hope for manufacturing amid COVID-19

While manufacturing has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs and reasons to be optimistic about a recovery in the months and years to come.

By John Gallagher
Robotics April 12, 2020

University details process for using robotics, AI to produce polymers for advanced materials

Engineers have developed an automated process for creating polymers that make it easier to produce advanced materials used to treat humans thanks to robotics and AI.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics April 10, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on mobile robotics growth

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating the opportunity for mobile robots to be used for various markets and could lead to a reassessment of supply chains in the future.

By Gregory Hale