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April 2016

ISO/TS 15066:2016 takes a step closer to human-robot interaction

Source: Control Design The ISO/TS 15066 standard provides safety requirements specifically to robot suppliers and integrators on using collaborative industrial robot systems. The first solid step toward ensuring the safety of human workers in a collaborative robot system is TS 15066, a technical-specification (TS) document that provides supplemental and supporting information to the industrial robot safety standards ISO 10218-1 and ISO 10218-2, which were published in 2011. This technical specification …Read More

FourByThree in Bremen, Germany

FourByThree’s latets plenary meeting started on Monday, April 18, and ended yesterday, April 20. This time, the meeting took place in Bremen, Germany, where DFKI’s (Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) headquarters are located. The goal of the meeting was to exchange information on different aspects of the project and to coordinate for the upcoming months. During the meeting, progress on each work package was shared by partners, the final analysis …Read More

Collaborative robots are broadening their marketplaces

Source: The Robot Report Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of a line of collaborative robots (also called “co-bots”), recently published financial statements which provide valuable insights into the growth potential of collaborative robots. At present, sales of collaborative robots represent just 5% of the overall robot market. The collaborative robotics sector, according to multiple pay-for research reports, is expected to increase roughly tenfold between 2015 and 2020, reaching over $1 …Read More

How do you really feel about cobots in packaging?

Source: Packaging Digest The anonymous nature of our packaging poll about collaborative robots elicited some interesting feedback such as the news that more than 25% of respondents were either using cobots or would in 2016. Given the on-going politicking surrounding the presidential race in the U.S. these past months, Packaging Digest held a primary of sorts when we released the preliminary results of the first question in our short online …Read More