Emerging Applications in Robotic Industrial and Service Blog

New Collaborative Robot: Sawyer from Rethink Robotics

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 19, 2015 10:04:00 AM

The Automate trade show is always exposing the latest innovations in the robotic market. Now not even a week before the opening of the show Rethink Robotics has announced the launch of a new collaborative robot: Sawyer. A single-armed, more compact and more precise version of Baxter. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, human-robot collaboration, Baxter, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, ur3, Sawyer

The Internet Hasn't Improved Our Lives But Robots Will

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 2:18:24 PM

Over the last few decades a lot of innovation has been brought to the market. Starting from military and lab uses to general public applications. However, there is not a lot of technology that has been as widely spread as the Internet. Yet I have to ask: Has the Internet really improved our lives?

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Topics: robotics market, future of robotics, google, Robotics Trends, robots, robotization

Some Industrial Robot Manufacturers Offer Force Control Packages

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 2:12:05 PM

Robotic applications are constantly evolving. A whole new kind of process was developed with the introduction of end of arm force/torque sensors. These sensors can detect the forces and torques applied at the robot tool. There are a lot of different applications that could be improved with this kind of device. Either in labs or in manufacturing processes, these devices execute very distinct applications. Most of the time, the FT sensors are an addition to the ones included on the robot. Sometimes the process looks like this: you buy a robot, you buy a sensor and a tool, you try to fit everything together and... hope it will work. To remove these uncertainties, robot manufacturers have started putting together force torque control packages that are designed to fit directly on the robot wrist. Here is a short list of some robot manufacturers that already make these packages.

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Topics: force-torque sensor, kuka, industrial robot, force control, ABB, robot manufacturers, robotic vision, fanuc, robotic applications, force limited robots,, FT sensors

How to Choose a Parallel Gripper for My Robot?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 2:04:29 PM

Ok, here you are, you decided to automate your process. You have chosen which application will be done by the robot and now you have to choose a gripper that will fit this application. There is plenty of choice, however for a simple pick and place operation with an uncomplicated part size or geometry you really want to go with a parallel gripper. Here is a short list of what you should look at when selecting a parallel gripper.

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, end effector, industrial robot, parallel gripper, pneumatic gripper, electric gripper, 2-finger gripper, robot grippers, robots

Buying a Robot is Cheaper Than Outsourcing to China

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 1:52:04 PM

The goal of every manufacturing process is to answer to customer needs with the lowest possible cost. Quite simple right? Some manufacturers are facing a point where they need to outsource their manufacturing process to reduce their cost and be able to answer customers demands. When the outsourcing is done locally, there is nothing to worry about. However, more often than not, outsourcing is done overseas in order to dramatically reduce manufacturing costs. Even with transportation fees, it is often believed that outsourcing overseas remains cheaper, because of the low labor costs. Here is how you can increase your production rate while keeping your production in-house and keeping your employee's jobs safe.


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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, universal robots, machine tending, ROI calculator, robotic cell, outsourcing

Top 8 Things to See at Automate 2015

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 1:45:00 PM

Automate is one of the top manufacturing shows in America and is specialized in robotics and automation. This year Automate is held in Chicago, IL from March 23rd to 26th. But the real question everybody is asking is: What are the new innovations and ideas that are likely to be presented at this show? Well, here you go, take a look at the short list of the things you should definitely check out at Automate 2015.

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Topics: gripper, universal robots, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, robot grippers, Automate 2015, ur3

High-Tech Robotic Assembly Cell

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 18, 2015 1:37:35 PM

I am trying to imagine what the work floor of the future will look like in a couple years from now? As it is shaping up at the moment, the trend is to give a lot of tasks to robots. Applications, such as assembly tasks, can sometimes be repetitive for human workers and this invites a lot of errors that result in inconsistent production. With the addition of robots in a work cell, the production process can be a little more arduous to install, but can have a quick payback by establishing consistent production. SME robotics has designed a futuristic (though not that futuristic anymore) robotic cell to show what a robotic assembly might look like. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, assembly jobs, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, vision systems, FT sensors, gripper fingertips, parallel grippers

Universal Robots Releases UR3

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The Danish robot manufacturer Universal Robots just release its new version of collaborative robot: The UR3. Universal Robots has had huge success with their UR5 and UR10 in many different kinds of applications because of its safety features, flexibility, easy to use specifications and fast payback. The missing link was a smaller robot that met the same requirements to complete the robot family. Following its two older brothers, the UR3 is more compact and designed for smaller applications.

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Topics: universal robots, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, ur3

What's up with Robotiq at Automate 2015?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 10, 2015 2:16:00 PM

Automate, the biennial automation show is back for 2015. Held in Chicago, IL, from March 23rd to the 26th , we are pleased to announce that Robotiq will be part of the show. With innovations and new release announcements, the show will be really interesting for the robotic industry. This year, we will be housed in different booths, here is a short list of what is going on for Robotiq at Automate 2015. 

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, universal robots, adaptive gripper, automate, 2-finger gripper, Robotics Trends

The Future of the Robot Teach Pendant

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 9, 2015 4:29:51 PM

As we have seen a lot of improvements in the robotic market over the last few years, some may ask; 'What's next?'. In fact, with more user friendly robots, more elaborate geometries and convenient software, the robotic market is constantly evolving. Here is my take on the Webinar titled ''Smartphone simplicity for the next generation of robot users'' given by Bertil Thorvaldsson, a global product manager for software products in the Robotics Business Unit of ABB.

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Topics: industrial robot, ABB, future of robotics, programming, ROS, teach pendant, robotic market,, robotic cloud, robot programming, robot program