STAMINA Project Mobile Manipulator

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 10:14:33 AM

Mobile robotics is capturing a larger market share in the robotics industry. I previously wrote about this last June in a blog post entitled: 2015 Year of Mobile Manipulator? To continue on this topic, STAMINA (Sustainable and Reliable Robotics for Part Handling in Manufacturing Automation) is proving that a lot of people are combining their efforts to ratchet up the interest in mobile manipulation. 

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Topics: mobile robotics, adaptive gripper, mobile manipulation, collaborative robot, mobile robots, part handling, manufacturing automation, warehouse automation, mobile manipulator

How to Integrate Your First Robot (Part 3/3 Lack of Technology)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 10:12:23 AM

As a wrap up of our past two blog posts on the different tools to use to integrate your first robot, the following article talks about the third point outlined in this series: The gap that exist between manufacturers according to the robotic technology they employ. In fact, as most people in manufacturing do not have a robotic background it might at first seem to be scary to get into this topic. But, here are a couple of tricks to close this gap. 

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Topics: manufacturing, lean manufacturing, robotic integration, advanced manufacturing, manufacturing process, robot manufacturer, robotic automation, robotic technology

How to Integrate Your First Robot (Part 2/3 Lack of Skill)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 9:55:00 AM

To continue our blog post series on how to integrate your first robotic cell in your workshop, we first recommend that you read the first part of this series. The DTI (Danish Technological Institute) has identified three major causes for the gap among manufacturers concerning their use of automation, the second reason that they identify and that will be discussed in this blog post is the lack of skills.

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Topics: robotic industrial application, robotic business, robotic machine tending, robotic integration, easy integration, manufacturing process, collaborative applications

How to Integrate Your First Robot (Part 1/3 Lack of Time)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 9:43:08 AM

The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has recently led a study to evaluate what was the gap between manufacturers and their lack of automation. As some experts say, more than 80% of manufacturing jobs can be automated, yet only small part of them are being automated presently. At the end of the day, people that are interested in integrating robots (or any type of automation really) need tools to do so. Here are a couple of tips to help integrate your first robot in your manufacturing plant. 

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Topics: manufacturing, robotic integrator, collaborative robot, manufacturers, robotic investment, collaborative cell, robotic machine tending, robotic integration, manufacturing process, collaborative applications

Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 20, 2015 2:19:30 PM

I read a quote from an article that illustrated the right way to look at process enhancement. ''Two cavemen are struggling with a cart full of rocks which has square wheels. A third man appears and offers a set of round wheels, but the two cavemen decline and assert that they do not have the time.'' The analogy is put forward by Technology Manager, Søren Peter Johansen from The Danish Technological Institute. The illustration reveals it all, robots are not there to steal jobs, but to help workers. Let's see if robots really threaten jobs or if they create some?

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Topics: robotic grippers, future of robotics, robot safety, Robotics Trends, robotic business

Practical Universal Robots' Demo

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 20, 2015 2:02:41 PM

Michigan based Axis Systems has been developing interesting demonstration videos using Universal Robots. These demos can give you a better idea of what can be done using their robots. 

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Topics: universal robots, adaptive gripper, 2-finger gripper, robot safety, UR10, UR5, ur3

Clearpath Mobile Manipulator to Automate your Warehouse

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 20, 2015 1:48:54 PM

As I was writing in a previous blog post, ''2015 Year of the Mobile Manipulator?'', we can see that several companies are promoting this new kind of robot. In fact, Clearpath Robotics just released this video of Ridgeback in a warehouse automation process. To shed some light on mobile manipulation, here is what it's all about. 

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Topics: universal robots, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, mobile manipulation, mobile robot, clearpath, UR5, clearpath robotics, ridgeback, grasp planning

ABB to Manufacture Robots in America

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 13, 2015 4:35:24 PM

It seems like ‘the times they are a changing’ in the manufacturing world. With the economic bankruptcy of Detroit and the crash of its economy, as well as the various other financial crises especially in 2008, it seems like the United States is finally recovering and beginning to bringing back manufacturing jobs.

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Topics: 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, industrial robots, ABB, Robotiq, 2-finger gripper, robot manufacturers, robotiq distributors, Rethink Robotics, robotic market,, boston dynamics, abb robots

Experiments Show Universal Robots' Repeatability

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 13, 2015 4:00:58 PM

There are a relatively large number of robotic applications that require approximate or rough accuracy. Packaging or pick-and-place are often precise to 0.5 mm. With the introduction of collaborative robots, detractors will claim that these robots aren't precise enough. However, if you are ready to accept that your collaborative robot will be less precise than an industrial one, well, choose a collaborative robot for its other features like safety. But, if we go back to the basis of this problem, what is accuracy? And what is the accuracy of collaborative robots?

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Topics: universal robots, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, UR5, collaborative applications, robot repeatability, robot accuracy

Debunking People's Perceptions of Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 9, 2015 4:51:00 PM

Most people that are reading this blog are usually ''insiders'' of the robotic market, either in the industrial or research world. And if you are working on developing robots, I am sure that most of you receive the exact same reaction when you tell someone that you work with robots! Something like: ''WOOOW, no kidding!'', '' That is the future.'', ''Robot are sooo cool!'' and the list goes on! But aside from this reactions from the general public, what is the actual status of robotics in the ''real world''?

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Topics: robot manufacturers, collaborative robot, Robotics Trends, robotic hands, robotic integration, collaborative applications