Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Automation, Controls March 18, 2021

Machine control for more complex processes

Machine control needs to evolve to handle ever more complex processes as operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems converge.

By Mark Yeeles
Courtesy: Apellix/Robotic Industries Assocation
Robotics March 16, 2021

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.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: Houston Mechatronics, Inc./Robotic Industries Association
Robotics March 9, 2021

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.

By Tanya M. Anandan
A simulated soft robot controlled to reach the same target (red dot) while acting either soft (left) or stiff (right). Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robotics March 7, 2021

Helping soft robots turn rigid on demand

A new control system developed by MIT researchers may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.

By Daniel Ackerman
Technologies for cognitive robots enable for example precisely tailored automation solutions for logistics. Courtesy: Rainer Bez, Fraunhofer
Robotics March 7, 2021

Harnessing the power of AI for robotics

As a part of Cyber Valley, the AI Innovation Center “Learning Systems” operated by Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IPA supports companies in their efforts to exploit the economic potential of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

By Fraunhofer IPMS
Insects’ remarkable acrobatic traits help them navigate the aerial world, with all of its wind gusts, obstacles, and general uncertainty. Such traits are also hard to build into flying robots — but MIT Assistant Professor Kevin Yufeng Chen has built a system that approaches insects’ agility. Courtesy: Kevin Yufeng Chen, MIT
Robotics March 2, 2021

Tiny drones developed with an insect’s agility

Insect-sized drones have been developed with a soft actuator that allows them to withstand the physical travails of real-world flight, which could help their overall movement in many applications. See video.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
AI and Machine Learning February 27, 2021

AIoT benefits for manufacturers

The Artificial Intellience of Things (AIoT) can offer many potential benefits for edge and cloud computing applications for manufacturers.

By Control Engineering Europe
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Automation February 23, 2021

Automation benefits on the factory floor

There are many ways automation benefits can be tangibly realized now and they will be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we realize value on the factory floor.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Courtesy: Beckhoff
Industrial PCs February 8, 2021

PC-based control boosts sterile sampling bag production

Labplas redesigns custom production machines with EtherCAT, robotics and AI for quality control, ensuring ROI of less than one year on all upgrades, for 15 to 35% machine productivity increases.

By James Figy
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics January 31, 2021

Non-automotive robotic orders surpass automotive orders in 2020

Robotic orders for 2020 were 3.5% higher than 2019 with non-automotive robotic orders surpassing automotive orders for the first time ever, according to the Robotic Industries Association. 

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)