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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.

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

5 Takeaways from Automate 2017

Source: Robotiq Now that we’ve had time to reflect on Automate 2017, here are our 5 most significant takeaways from last week’s event. 1. It’s Cloud Or Bust  The vast majority of robot manufacturers are providing cloud-based services these days, from simple data backup to cloud-based data analysis. Probably the most dynamic example of this trend in action is the ‘in.control’ system developed by Tend robotics, which allows you to monitor, control, and …Read More

FourByThree collaborative robot almost ready

After the three initial prototypes, the first FourByThree robotic arm that will be used in the development of one of the four industrial cases is ready for deployment. In the coming weeks, the additional three will be available too. The arm has been mounted in ZEMA and it is now at DFKI for final tuning. The robot will then be sent to Eibar where there will be an Integration Camp …Read More

Rise of the cobot (market analysis and forecast)

Source: Plastics Today By 2025, the market for collaborative robotics is expected to reach $12 billion The automation sector had another exceptional year; it’s best ever, in fact. In 2016, the North American robotics market broke all time records for orders and shipments, according to statistics from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA; Ann Arbor, MI). A little more than 34,600 robots valued at approximately $1.9 billion were ordered in North …Read More

35 remaining 2017 robotics-related events

Source: The Robot Report Whether for research, purchasing, education or in conjuncation with a family vacation, going to and attending robotics-related conferences and trade shows can provide real personal and business benefits, particularly when the venue is in a foreign location. Here are the 35 remaining events for 2017: ​Hannover Messe Trade Fair, April 24-28, Hannover, Germany Intl Conf on Autonomous Robot Systems (ICARSC), April 26-30, Coimbra, Portugal Intl Trade …Read More