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Robots are popping up in small U.S. factories

Source: Vancouver Sun An employee touches the hand of Pepper the humanoid robot, manufactured by SoftBank Group Corp., at the Orange Arch Inc. offices in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Robots are popping up in small U.S. factories — and they’re equipped with sensors to keep humans safe Robots are everywhere. They’re stocking shelves, pruning trees, making cocktails, delivering room service. Now they’re even showing up for work …Read More

Eight Research Trends in Collaborative Robotics

Source: Robotiq What’s the future for collaborative robotics? We look at eight trends which will shape the next decade of robotics research. The US Robotics Roadmap — written by universities in the USA — is a report which plots the present and future of robotics. It discusses the breadth of the industry, from health-care to manufacturing. A large part of it looks at future research trends.

UR Partners Nissan to Enhance Manufacturing Productivity through Cobots

Source: The Tech Revolutionist Universal Robots Partners Nissan Motor Company to Enhance Manufacturing Productivity through Collaborative Robots Nissan Motor Company has simplified processes, reduced relief worker costs and stabilised production output through deployment of Universal Robots’ UR10 cobots Singapore, 6 April 2017 – Universal Robots, the leading collaborative robotics company, has announced that Nissan Motor Company has successfully deployed Universal Robots’ UR10 robot arms at its Yokohama factory; joining other global automotive …Read More

How Intelligent Vision Systems Improve Industrial Robotic Automation

Source: Engineering.com The Baxter and Sawyer collaborative robots from Rethink Robotics are known as the robots with a friendly face, bringing a human touch to industrial robotics. In the video, we take a look at a new way to program them. “You can grab our robots and teach them what to do, but sometimes that has certain limitations because if you want do something more complex, or do something with …Read More

Accepted papers for FourByThree technical session at ETFA 2017

This year, the FourByThree consortium has also worked towards hosting a special session at IEEE’s conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), which will take place in Limassol (Cyprus) on September 12-15 2017. Finally, three of the papers dealing on safe human-robot collaboration (including currently available technologies, planning and scheduling, verification and dependability, long-term autonomy, as well as the human perspective) have been accepted by the organizing committee and …Read More

DHL buys packing robots

Source: Logistics Manager DHL Supply Chain has bought four Sawyer robots to be used for packing tasks. The technology will be used flexibly across 19 of its UK co-packing and production centres; moving to support seasonal demands. DHL said it will be “upskilling its existing co-packing teams to support its growth and apply this new technology, hiring specialist roles such as robotics technician, project engineer as well as other production …Read More

Integration Camp and Plenary Meeting

Last week, IK4-TEKNIKER hosted an Integration Camp and Plenary Meeting of the FourByThree consortium. During the Integration Camp the main components developed in the project by different partners were tested and integrated. These include the new actuators (DFKI) and arm design (ZeMA), overall architecture (IK4-TEKNIKER), dynamic calibration (CNR-ITIA), low and medium level control (CNR-ITIA),  programming language (IK4-TEKNIKER), dynamic task planning (CNR-ISTC), impedance control (CNR-ITIA), new functionalities of the projection system …Read More

Invest in robots to really help workers

Source: The Conversation University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future. Nikolaus Correll, CC BY-ND America’s manufacturing heyday is gone, and so are millions of jobs, lost to modernization. Despite what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin might think, the National Bureau of Economic Research and Silicon Valley executives, among many others, know it’s already happening. And a new report from PwC estimates that 38 percent …Read More

Empathy Is Essential to the Future of Human-Robot Coexistence

Source: Redshift (Madeline Gannon) The way humans interact with robots has served society well during the past 50 years: People tell robots what to do, and robots do it to maximum effect. This has led to unprecedented innovation and productivity in agriculture, medicine, and manufacturing. However, an inflection point is on the horizon. Rapid advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence are making robotic systems smarter and more adaptable than …Read More

Workshop on cobots with vocational training students

On Tuesday, May 4, IK4-TEKNIKER hosted a workshop on collaborative robotics with students from a local vocational training center, Armeria Eskola. The group was composed of 35 17-year-old students and two teachers. After receiving a general overview on robotics and human-robot collaboration, the group tested different technologies and scenarios. Several demonstrators were set up for the workshop, including one from FourByThree on safety and interaction (projection system, proximity detection, gestures) …Read More