by Patrick Davison, Director of Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association: Last week, an unfortunate fatality involving an industrial robot and a worker occurred at a Volkswagen plant in Baunatal, Germany. The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and its member companies express its deepest sympathies to the victim’s family, friends, and colleagues. According to news sources, the worker was part of a contracting crew responsible for setting up the robot, and was working inside the safeguarded space when the incident occurred. A second member of the contracting crew was standing outside of the safeguarded space and was not harmed. The international media response to the incident was aggressive, swift, and expounded on topics that were not relevant to the incident. AWashington Post article referenced the dangers of Artificial Intelligence and posed the question, “Should the world kill killer robots before it’s too late?” In another story, a Financial Times journalist with a name similar to a popular character in The Terminator franchise started a social media frenzy with a tweet. A video from Ireland expounds on random tweets regarding the incident with backdrop footage of the Honda ASIMO robot and manual automotive operations. Also, according to this article on an automotive news and gossip site, a Times of India article posted a photo of a gun-wielding toy robot beside the story. Cont'd...
2015 Festo Bionic Learning Network Developments Run the Gamut from Robotic Ants to a Flexible Gripper Inspired by a Chameleon's Tongue
Natural models provide fresh inspiration in automation technology
FANUC America Corporation is introducing its new CR-35iA collaborative robot, the industrys first 35 kg payload force limited collaborative robot designed to work alongside humans without the need for safety fences.
Major Boost To UK Robotics Capability With Launch of EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network
The UKs ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today with the formal launch of The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced the launch of a new robotics network that aims to foster academic and industry collaboration. The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) will have a strong academic foundation, with a number of universities acting as founding members. According to the EPSRC, the network has already received strong support from major industrial partners, as well as from professional bodies such as Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, and The Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Globally, the market for service and industrial robots is estimated to reach $59.5 billion by 2020. A primary aim of the network will be to bring the UK’s academic capabilities under national coordination, fuelling innovation in the robotics sector and taking advantage of the growth in the industry. Cont'd...
The recent developments in algorithms and sensor technologies make it possible to efficiently implement vision guided robotics tasks for manufacturers.
Pioneer in Robotics for Logistics and Material Handling in High Demand From Warehouse and Fulfillment Centers
EagleView, parent company to Pictometry, has become an acknowledged leader in the use of UAS for various applications of remote sensing, including insurance, construction, utility and infrastructure inspection work.
"Real savings in integration time, troubleshooting time and lower engineering development hours are all very achievable benefits when adding an EtherNet/IP safety network."
The EGN gripper is modularly designed and covers a wide range of applications.
It's here! The newest version of OCTOPUZ brings with it upgraded capabilities that include support and functionality for welding with multiple robot brands. This OCTOPUZ release boosts the software's versatility and efficiency, solidly positioning it as the ideal solution for any robotics challenge. What's new?
The harsher the environmental conditions, the more robust process automation actuators must be. The new linear actuator DFPI-NB3 from Festo is exceptionally tough thanks to its integrated displacement encoder.
STAUBLI ROBOTICS HOSTS TECH DAYS - SOLUTIONS FOR LIFE SCIENCES JULY 14TH AND 15TH, 2015 IN KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
The two-day event offers a unique opportunity to explore an up-close look at new innovations in robotics, software and connection technology for use in the Life Science Industry as well as general automation.
RPA can bring about a "virtual integration" of multiple systems while executing repetitive work more accurately and reliably than humans can.
Standby Screw Machine Products Co. Powers Production, Precision with Baxter
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ResinDek flooring panels are designed for elevated platforms such as mezzanines, pick modules, and work platforms. They have the proven structural integrity to support dynamic and static rolling limits from 2,000 to 8,000 lbs. ResinDek flooring panels are available in a multitude of options that are customized for load capacities, required finish type, volume and type of traffic including heavy rolling pallet jack loads and robotic traffic with AGVs and AMRs.