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When will Service Robots be able to Assist Humans Day-to-Day?

  
  
  
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While industrial robotics seem to be reaching new heights with human-robot collaboration and agile manufacturing, service robotics still seem to be slow at entering our daily lives.

Exotic Robot Applications: Robotics in Mining Operations

  
  
  
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Robotic and automated applications are usually found in big industrial plants that require repetitive human tasks. This automation is designed to increase human safety and enhance the general productivity of the plant. We have seen applications in automotive industries, medical manufacturing as well as for general purposes. However, automation is now being introduced into an even more heavy-duty industry: mining. In fact, mining operations are renown as unsafe and dangerous places, this is why companies have developed ways to get the job done more effectively while enhancing safety. Here are a couple of applications that grabbed our attention in mining automation.

What does Flexibility in Automated Manufacturing Means?

  
  
  
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In the industrial automation world, the word flexibility is often used. We’ve heard about flexible robot grippers, flexible manufacturing, flexible robotic cells and even flexible plants, but what does flexible mean? How can I become flexible? What’s the point of having flexibility? These are all questions that you might have already asked yourself. Let’s try to answer a couple of these questions and make flexibility clearer.

How to Choose External Maintenance Services for Welding Robots

  
  
  
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Maintenance! The most important thing for proper manufacturing and probably the most neglected part of manufacturing automation. To keep your production line running, to have good precision and repetitivity and to reduce shut down, you want to have a schedule for all of your machines - from computer numerical control or CNC machines, to welding power sources, everything must be considered.

5 Factors to Consider Before Moving to a Robotic Welding Process

  
  
  
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Incorporating an industrial automation operation into a manufacturing process can be a scary investment to make. In fact, the money down is quite extensive and the payback must be rigorously calculated. If you want to make sure that you have a good return on investment (ROI), take a look at the 5 factors you should consider before switching to an automated welding system for your manufacturing process.

7 Tips to Improve your Robotic Welding Systems

  
  
  
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There are many welding robots and even more applications that can be integrated into your workshop. To get the best welding operations out of your robotic cell, you should be aware of a couple of tips. These tips will enhance your productivity and reduce your downtime for robotic welding applications in industrial automation. Make sure to have the following 7 points working in your welding workshop to make your investment worthwhile.

Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper Now Packaged for Baxter Research

  
  
  
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Following the latest Software update by Rethink Robotics for Baxter, our engineering team here at Robotiq has developed a package for the research version of this collaborative robot and our 2-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper - 85

Top 5 Commercial Applications for Robotic Companies

  
  
  
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A lot of R & D, hard work and effort has been made by several companies over the last few years to push them to be on the leading edge in the robotic world. Sometimes, it is just a question of timing—having the right idea at the right moment for a specific field. Commercializing a robot is all about finding an application that will provide a good return on investment. Here are the commercial robotic applications that caught our attention.

Robotic Medical Manufacturing Applications

  
  
  
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As the North-American society grows older, hospital and medical services need to be more efficient. We have seen robotic surgeries becoming more popular in the last few years. These kinds of maneuvers reduce the risk of error and enhance precision, as well as the surgery success rate. Additionally, robotic manufacturing applications are also growing at a fast pace. The following applications are quite surprising and are in fact changing the lives of many people right now.

What are the Present Safety Requirements for Collaborative Robots?

  
  
  
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Upgrading the standards to include collaborative robots allowed certain, especially smaller robots, to be unchained from the factory floor where they were previously caged for safety reasons and allowed to be mobile. This means that they can be brought out into small and medium sized workshops where they can work alongside humans, using the full potential of their hardware and software improvements and expanding their market potential along the way. This is a great step towards efficient industrial automation for these small and medium sized firms.

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