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Robots At Work: A Look At Robot Safety (infographic)

Source: Robotic Industries Association With the proliferation of industrial robots in the workplace, robot safety is something of which all companies should be mindful. Learn how OSHA safety regulations came to be as we break down some of the industry’s largest milestones. No matter where you fall in the supply chain: supplier, system integrator, educator or user, the robotics industry can be prone to a number of specific types of …Read More

Co-bots collaborate with humans on Ford Fiesta assembly line

Source: Engineering and Technology Magazine Workers at Ford’s production plant in Cologne, Germany, now have some new colleagues assisting them on the Fiesta assembly line: collaborative robots. The collaborative robots, known as co-bots, are working directly alongside human workers, helping to fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars. The task requires pinpoint accuracy, strength and a high level of dexterity, so the Ford human employees work hand in hand with the …Read More

FourByThree at AUTOMATICA trade fair 2016 (press release)

FourByThree will present its innovative approach to the production and design of modular, safe and efficient collaborative robots for industrial settings. The European project FourByThree will be present at Automatica trade fair in Munich, June 21 to 24, 2016. FourByThree will display the most relevant components of the modular, safe and efficient robotic solutions that are being developed within the project. The first hardware kit and a 5 DoF robotic …Read More

How SMEs in the Know Win with Automation

Source: Robotics Industries Association A once small machine shop transforms into a Tier 1 auto supplier. A bagel basket maker morphs into a precision fabricator for high-tech Fortune 500s. A Canadian shelving manufacturer beats the competition on price. All SMEs with different products serving different industries, but with one thing in common – automation. Across North America, and the globe, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) outnumber large corporations. Collectively, they …Read More

Robots And Humans Team Up At BMW To Digitally Disrupt Auto Industry

Source: Digitalist Magazine A few years ago, BMW created a new team at an assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Installing sound insulation and water-sealing vehicle doors is not a one-person job. On the new team, one team member spreads out material and glues it to the door. A second team member holds the material in place. What made this team so unique? One team member is human. The other is …Read More

New German Collaborative Robot – FRANKA

Source: Robotiq The robotic industry is currently surfing on a new wave of collaborative robots. With several big companies trying to make their way into the market, there is still a huge effort from emergent companies to get a part of the market. This new German collaborative robot is continuing this wave of small companies emerging with some really awesome concepts. Here’s Franka. With one of the most fast growing robotic economy …Read More

Aerospace Manufacturing on Board with Robots

Source: Robotics Industries Association Since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, to the SpaceX launch and land in 2015, aerospace has shot high. Lucky for us. Because the original biplanes were basically big kites, made from wood, wire and linen literally stitched together by teams of seamstresses. Yes, before Rosie the Riveter there was Sally the Seamstress, or Ida Holdgreve. Aircraft are still “stitched” together, but now their metallic …Read More

Future jobs: How humans and robots will complement each other

Source: TechRepublic We often hear of automation replacing workers, but that’s only part of the story. Here’s how machines can work with humans, or free them up for higher-level tasks. Across the world, robots have replaced workers in factories, taken on the role of customer service agents in call centers, and, in the near future, will be driving our cars. But while factory workers, customer service specialists, and taxi drivers …Read More

Assembly of the second prototype (video update)

During the last plenary meeting at DFKI’s headquarters in Bremen, Germany (April 18-April 20 2016), project partners, lead by experts from ZeMa, assembled the second FourByThree prototype. The first prototype (already moving) was also available for project partners to analyze. This process of assembly helped the team become familiar with the different features of the robot and enabled some deep technical discussions. Many ideas for improvement emerged and will be …Read More

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