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FourByThree special session at ETFA 2017 (Cyprus)

For the second consecutive year, FourByThree will host a special session at IEEE’s conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA). This year, the conference will take place in Limassol (Cyprus), on September 12-15 2017. FourByThree’s session focuses on safe human-robot collaboration, including currently available technologies, planning and scheduling, verification and dependability, long-term autonomy, as well as the human perspective (trust towards and acceptance of robotics systems). The session aims …Read More

Niryo One collaborative robot presentation

Source: Niryo Robotics Corporate video presentation by the funders of Niryo, a company with the ambition to “democratize robotics technology”. Niryo One is their first product, and it is a collaborative robot: a 6-axis 3D printed robotic arm.

Vision-Guided Collaborative Robots Deliver Fast ROI

Source: Robotic Industries Association Task Force Tips, a manufacturer of firefighting equipment, wanted to promote and maximize their personnel tending machining cells into more complex tasks while keeping spindle time up and product quality consistent. The Indiana-based manufacturer has now installed four collaborative Universal Robots delivering savings resulting in a return on their investment in only 34 days. CEO of Task Force Tips, Stewart McMillan, still remember his father looking …Read More

Voice and gesture-based semantic interaction

In the factories of the future, achieving safe and flexible cooperation between robots and human operators will contribute to enhancing productivity. The problem of robots performing tasks in collaboration with humans poses the following main challenges: robots must be able to perform tasks in complex, unstructured environments and, at the same time, they must be able to interact naturally with the workers they are collaborating with, while guaranteeing safety all …Read More

DHL Robots Sawyer and Baxter

Source: Rethink Robotics DHL employees may be getting an unusual Christmas present, following the European trial of “collaborative” warehouse robots. Supplied by Rethink Robotics, Sawyer and Baxter are warehouse robots being trialled across the continent on tasks including assembly, kitting, packaging and pre-retail services. A spokesperson for DHL told The Loadstar this morning that the robots would work alongside, rather than replace, staff in improving efficiencies across the supply chain. “Looking and …Read More

Workshop on Commercial Exploitation

On February 21, members of the FourByThree consortium gathered for a seminar on Exploitation and Commercialization held at IK4-TEKNIKER’s facilities in Eibar, Basque Country, Spain. The workshop was facilitated by European expert Ana Maria Magri. The proposed tool for guiding the process was the Lean Canvas, an adaptation of the standard Business Model Canvas by Ash Maurya. Participants split into three groups to discuss the main approaches to the market …Read More

Optimizing Robots While They Sleep (RobDREAM Project)

Source: KUKA Laboratories At Automatica 2016 KUKA Corporate Research presented the initial results of the RobDREAM project, which is part of the larger SPARC European robotics partnership. The RobDREAM research seeks to optimize robotic operation by analyzing data and improving processes during “inactive” periods (such as during an off-shift in the evening) – much like animals do during sleep. One of the main goals was to speed up the programming …Read More

How Collaborative Robots Are Impacting Education

Source: Amtek Company (Rick Sykes) A few weeks ago I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital receiving an update from one of the surgeons on staff. My wife’s surgery had gone well. It only lasted 45 minutes (as opposed to two hours) and she only lost a teaspoon of blood. I felt a wave of relief. What had made her surgery so successful was the collaborative robot …Read More

Franka: A Robot Arm That’s Safe, Low Cost, and Can Replicate Itself

Source: IEEE Spectrum Sami Haddadin once attached a knife to a robot manipulator and programmed it to impale his arm. No, it wasn’t a daredevil stunt. He was demonstrating how a new force-sensing control scheme he designed was able to detect the contact and instantly stop the robot, as it did. Now Haddadin wants to make that same kind of safety feature, which has long been limited to highly sophisticated …Read More

FourByThree plenary meeting in Milan

Last week, December 15 and 16, FourByThree’s project consortium gathered for a plenary meeting that was celebrated at CNR-ITIA’s heaquarters in Milan, Italy. The agenda focused on the main advances that have been carried out in the last few months in each of the project fields: modular design, actuators, programming framework, safety aspects, interaction, control and non-technical issues like the status of the four pilot scenarios, dissemination, exploitation and administration. …Read More