Soon Countries Won’t Compete for Cheap Labor; But Robotics - What's New in Robotics this Week - Oct 09

Posted by Emmet Cole on Oct 9, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Why robotics is so important to manufacturing; why Japan is well positioned to benefit from widespread automation; why an AI system scoring at the level of a four year old child is not a disappointment; and more...

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Topics: robotics, manufacturing, robot, drones, robotic news, whats new in robotics

How Our Clients Are Moving Robotics Forward

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Oct 8, 2015 4:00:00 PM

We are really lucky to have customers from around the world that are pushing the boundaries of robotics. I would like to highlight a couple of applications, but as there are a bunch of different applications out there, it is kind of hard to choose. So, I have decided to choose a couple of recent applications that astonished me when I first saw them. 

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, space robotics, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, robotic applications, robotic cell, collaborative robotics, robotic assembly

Clearpath Announces Shift into Self-driving Vehicles for Industry

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Oct 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Clearpath Robotics, a global leader in field and service robotics, announced a couple weeks ago its first self-driving warehouse robot: OTTO. The announcement was made at RoboBusiness 2015 in San Jose, California. OTTO is designed for intelligent heavy-load transport in industrial environments and delivers improved throughput and decreased operating costs.

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Topics: mobile robotics, mobile robots, clearpath, clearpath robotics, warehouse automation, mobile manipulator, robotics for logistics

How to do Product Testing using a Robotiq Gripper

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Oct 7, 2015 7:30:00 AM

When you are manufacturing a product, you have two main concerns; deliver a quality product and have the lowest production cost possible (to make a bigger margin). If we set aside the profit margin reasons, to deliver a product with a superior quality you have to make sure that the specifications for the product are respected and that the product is capable of doing what it was designed to. Bottom line, you need to test your product. As most automated product testing cells are really rigid, this doesn't allow you much leverage if your product changes or if you want to test another product with the same equipment. This is why a lot of companies are switching to robotic product testing. 

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Topics: universal robots, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, productivity, robotic product testing, product testing, cobots, UR5

RoboBusiness 2015 : Object Sensitive Gripping Panel

Posted by Samuel Bouchard on Oct 6, 2015 5:01:05 PM

RoboBusiness 2015 was held a couple of weeks ago. On top of the summary of the event that I published here, here is a summary of the Object Sensitive Gripping for Multi-Purpose Applications panel discussion I took part in with colleagues from the industry.

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Topics: gripper, robot arm, robot gripper, servo gripper, gripper design, new robot, grip force, whats new in robotics

Product Testing: Use Flexible Robots Instead of Rigid Modules

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Oct 6, 2015 7:30:00 AM

The manufacturing world is getting more and more sophisticated. With more performant products and customers always asking for better product; manufacturers need to find ways to test product to make sure they answer their customers’ needs. One of the best ways to make sure a product meets your high standards is to do assurance quality or product testing on a sample of the whole production. By doing so, the manufacturer can characterize or identify the weakness of the product and change the design or establish a specific lifetime for the product. However, it is sometimes complicated to reproduce a human like motion again and again. You cannot ask one of your employee to test the car seats for 100,000 times straight... Well, why not use automation to imitate human motion...

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Topics: force-torque sensor, flexible robot gripper, universal robots, adaptive gripper, force control, flexible robotic, robotic product testing, product testing

New Fit for 2-Finger 85 on Denso Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Oct 5, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Lately we have been working on integrating our Grippers on the Universal Robots platform. The main goal is to give the end users an easy to install and easy to use Robot/Gripper cell that can be setup in a few minutes. Allowing users to leverage their robotic cells to make them more responsive and more flexible. However, your choice of platform for this type of pre-integrated system was pretty limited in the past. Now Denso Robotics has developed drivers to allow for this same type of smooth integration. 

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, adaptive gripper, collaborative robot, robotic integration, easy integration, denso robot

What's New in Robotics this Week - Oct 02

Posted by Emmet Cole on Oct 2, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Real robot colleagues, examination of crash-optimization algorithms, employee suspended for answering calls like a robot and more in this week’s picks.

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Topics: robotics, mobile robot, robot, collaborative robot, new robot, robotic news, robot colleagues

PODCAST: Heni Ben Amor

Posted by Emmet Cole on Oct 2, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Assistant professor, Heni Ben Amor, uses the Robotiq 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper for human-robot collaboration. Aim... to develop robot common sense, especially human predictability.

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Topics: iros, robotic research, robotic R&D, collaborative applications, safe robot

What to Study for a Career in Robotics?

Posted by Alex Owen-Hill on Sep 30, 2015 4:30:00 PM

What skills do you need to work in robotics? Which subjects should you study? It's a popular question among aspiring engineers and we can understand why. Robotics is the future and it involves so much more than just "building robots". In this post, we look at the various different paths you can take towards a career in robotics, as well as the interdisciplinary skillset developed by robotics engineers.

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Topics: robotics, robotics challenges, robotic market,, robotic R&D, study robotics, robotic jobs