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Robotiq Celebrates the Holidays

  
  
  
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Yes, here at Robotiq we do love holidays! Like our project manager who has been playing Christmas songs all over the place since mid-November... Anyway, we have been pleased to see that not only the employees enjoy the holidays, our Grippers do too. Take a look at this short video from ArtiMinds Robotics and feel the festivities. 

Why Use Robotiq Electric Servo-Grippers for Robot Machine Tending

  
  
  
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With the release of our new 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper we have noticed an increased interest by end-users for machine tending. In fact, we have seen several applications of our Gripper paired with a Universal Robots used in the loading and un-loading of CNC machines. Why is the Robotiq Gripper currently so popular for this application? Here's a list of 6 advantages to consider which will answer this question.

From Machinist to Robot Programmer

  
  
  
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Robots can now work alongside humans. They are now safer than ever and they can reduce the work load or risk of injury related for certain tasks. Yet, there is still a persistent negative impression about robots. In facts, when it's time to introduce a robotic cell in a workshop, the people that are the hardest to convince are the workers themselves. Even though the robot is actually there to help them, to make their job easier and not to steal their job. Take a look at the story of a machinist who became a robot programmer.  

Do We 'Really' Need a Federal Robotics Commission? Part 2

  
  
  
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In the previous post we presented Ryan Calo's case for a Federal Robotics Commission. Now let's discuss the pros and cons of such a federal agency. Mr. Calo addresses in his paper some of the criticisms he has encountered when speaking with different groups and individuals about the idea of a federal robotics agency. Mostly this revolves around the idea that more government bureaucracy is a good idea to help encourage innovation. That is where the really in the title comes from, as this seems to be many peoples responses to the idea of a federal agency to regulate robots. Cory Doctorow penned an article in the Guardian titled, Why it is not possible to regulate robots which summarizes some of this incredulity. 

Do We 'Really' Need a Federal Robotics Commission?

  
  
  
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The question of a federal agency for robotic innovation in the US is the proposition of a recent series of articles presented by the Brookings Institute. And according to Wikipedia, the Brookings Institute is: “One of Washington's oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development. In the University of Pennsylvania's 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, Brookings is ranked the most influential think tank in the world.”. So Let's look at the proposition put forth by law professor, Ryan Calo in The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission.

What Are the Challenges for Robotic Force Control

  
  
  
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With the introduction of a force torque sensor to our product line-up a whole new aspect of robotics has been explored. Monitoring the force and torque applied on the robot tool is useful data for different applications. However, it is not always perfect, there are still some challenges when introducing a FT sensor into your robotic cell. This article is about key points you'll need to look at when shopping for an FT sensor. 

Fast Integration of 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper on Universal Robots

  
  
  
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Using robots is often associated with complexity and programming time sinks. With the introduction of collaborative robots, such as Universal Robots, it is now easier to program a robot. But what about robot tools... Are they easy to integrate? Well, with the release of our newest Gripper model we provide built-in programming routines to help you program your UR using a 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper

Top 5 Applications using Universal Robots

  
  
  
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The popularity of Universal Robots is undeniable. You may ask yourself why this robot is so popular in the robotic market. The main answer is quite simple: It is flexible and simple to use! The same robot can be used for a wide range of applications from collaborative applications to CNC loading operation. The UR is very versatile and has good specifications for light applications. 

Contactless Robot Teleoperation at Arts et Métiers ParisTech

  
  
  
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Robotic collaborative applications are mostly related to robots working autonomously alongside humans. The robot is helping the worker to execute a task to allow for a better precision or a good repeatability. But in order to prevent ergonomic injuries, researchers are looking for ways to reduce the bio-mechanical stress load on the human body. 

Industrial Robots in Collaborative Mode - The STROBAS Project

  
  
  
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The robotic market is now exploding with various ''collaborative robots''. Almost all the main robot manufacturers have their 'collaborative robot' platform. Even if everybody thinks they know what a collaborative robot is... it is often a misnomer. In fact, what most people call collaborative robots are in fact force limited robots. 

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