Emerging Applications in Robotic Industrial and Service Blog

Boston Dynamics Unveils their new robot: Spot

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 24, 2015 11:57:06 AM

Boston Dynamics recently unveiled their new Atlas robot for the DARPA Challenge and a couple of weeks later we see their first images of Spot. A robotic dog with realistic gestures. Pretty impressive, it seems like a lot of work has been going on at Boston Dynamics. Looks like iterations are done quickly and with a lot of success. Here is a general overview of the new robot. 

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Topics: 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, DARPA, robotic applications, robots, new robot, boston dynamics

Injection Molding Machine Tending

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 24, 2015 11:50:34 AM

In the latest blog posts, we have been talking about the different machine tending applications that can be done with a robot. From small to big robots, the advantage is to liberate the operator from redundant tasks and give him more pertinent responsibilities. Since machine tending is not specific to CNC machines, we thought it would be great idea to look at some other manufacturing tasks that can be done using machine tending, like, injection molding. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, type of industrial robots, universal robots, machine tending, collaborative robot, robot grippers, robotic cell, cnc machines, injection molding

Robotic Product Testing with Force Torque Sensors

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 24, 2015 11:33:14 AM

Bench testing is probably the best way for a company to test and have quick feedback on a given product's durability. Preliminary testing can be done using this method. During a production run, a sample can be tested to make sure the product is still corresponding to the final specification requirements. With the availability of automation for many companies, robotic bench testing is becoming more and more a necessary part of assuring quality control. 

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Topics: force-torque sensor, robotics, 2-finger robot gripper, universal robots, force control, colllaborative robots, force limited robots,, robotic product testing

Clearpath Grizzly and Husky More Flexible Than Ever

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 24, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Clearpath Robotics started as four University of Waterloo mechatronic engineering students trying to decrease the casualties of war. This noble cause eventually led Clearpath to become a robotics company developing out of the box platforms and custom projects to automate the world's dullest, deadliest and dirtiest jobs. Now with their upgraded version of the mobile manipulator, the possibilities are more diverse than ever. 

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Topics: mobile robotics, robotic arm, universal robots, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, mobile manipulation, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, clearpath, UR10, UR5

How Does a Parallel Robot Gripper Work?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 24, 2015 10:53:10 AM

Choosing a robot gripper can sometimes be confusing. As there are a wide choice of different grippers out there, you really want to make the right choice for your applications. Some gripper manufacturers will be promoting the performance or reliability of their grippers without even considering your needs. This article will discuss only one type of industrial robot end effector: the parallel gripper. 

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Topics: type of industrial robots, robot gripper, parallel gripper, pneumatic gripper, electric gripper, 2-finger gripper, robot end-effector, servo gripper, gripper manufacturers

Does Reality Outstrip Fiction When it Comes to Robots?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 19, 2015 11:04:57 AM

Working in a robotic company sometimes makes me realize some strange stuff. In fact, working alongside robots and designing robotic devices often reminds me of how reality is quickly catching up to fiction. When I was speaking with my 'non-robotic' friends, I quickly realize that we can easily compare the robot on the market with robot from the Star Wars movies. 

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Topics: gripper, universal robots, 2-finger gripper, google, Robotics Trends, robots, droid

Top 50 Robotic Companies to Watch in 2015 Includes Robotiq!

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 17, 2015 9:02:36 AM

Robotics Business Review (RBR) has released its fourth annual RBR50 list, naming Robotiq as one of the top companies to watch in the global robotics industry for 2015. RBR50 companies are recognized based on their innovation, groundbreaking applications, commercial success and potential. They represent many different levels and facets of the robotics ecosystem.

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Topics: adaptive gripper, robotics market, 2-finger gripper, Robotics Trends, Robtiq

All-inclusive Automated Machine Tending Cell

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 16, 2015 4:16:00 PM

Machine tending is the operation which consists of feeding parts in and out of an industrial machine, as well as any side operations required to manufacture the finished parts. It is a job usually done by machinists, a skill that is getting increasingly harder to find in the active workforce. It is thus well suited for robotic automation, but it is also a process that requires flexibility. With the introduction of collaborative robots to the market, it is getting easier to automate your machine tending operation. This can be done by setting up your own robotic cell or another option is a built-in machine tending specific cell. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, universal robots, robotics market, machine tending, collaborative robot, robotic applications, collaborative cell, cnc machine, machine tending cell

Case Study: Robotiq FT 150 Sensor In Robotic Product Testing

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 16, 2015 3:59:00 PM

The Robotiq FT 150 force torque sensor can be used in a lot of applications. From assembly tasks to collaborative uses, the sensor is designed for a very wide range of applications. With the constant quest to bring products with high quality standards to the market, industrial applications have been interested in the use of the FT 150 sensor for quality assurance. Here's how elobau is using the Robotiq sensor in its manufacturing loop. 

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Topics: force-torque sensor, universal robots, force control, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, force limited robots,, product testing

How to Configure a Robotiq Device with DeviceNet Communication Protocol

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Feb 16, 2015 3:50:19 PM

Robotiq specializes in robotic hardware devices. However, to take advantage of all the tools available to configure your gripper with your robot or robotic cell it might be helpful to understand the basics about communication protocol setups. It is in this vain that we thought we would show our readers the basics about configuration setups and troubleshooting for the communication protocol, DeviceNet. Since even for us, this is not our specialty, in this article we will refer to websites that can provide you with more in-depth information in communication protocols and that are more equipped to answer your more specific questions.



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Topics: industrial communication protocol, Communication protocol, adaptive gripper, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, automation, Robotiq, 2-finger gripper, DeviceNET, industrial controllers, I/O devices