Collaborative robots can help small and mid-size enterprises stay competitive, providing the benefits of industrial automation but with greater ease of use, affordability, and flexibility. Dutch manufacturer DEONET is an example of how robots that work alongside people can boost quality and productivity. DEONET was founded 25 years ago and is based in the technology […]
Collaborative Robotics News
Universal Robots added the UR16e collaborative robot to its e-Series line-up that was first introduced in June 2018. The UR16e features a 16 kg (35 lbs) payload, which is the company’s strongest cobot ever. The UR16e also has a 900 mm reach and ± 0.05 mm repeatability. The UR3e, UR5e and UR10e, the other cobots in UR’s e-Series, […]
OnRobot A/S announced a unified electrical and mechanical interface for its end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robot arms. The company said it will make robotic applications faster and easier to implement, dramatically simplifying automation. With a single robotic system, a single platform for programming and training, and a single vendor relationship, manufacturers now have access […]
The University at Buffalo developed a two-fingered dynamic gripper that could only refine robotic grasping and improve safety for collaborative robots that work around people. The robotic hand absorbs energy from impacts during collisions. This prevents whatever the robot is holding from breaking, and also makes it safer for people to work with and near […]
RT Corp., a Tokyo-based developer of service robots founded in 2005, raised 400 million yen ($3.8 million) in Series B funding for its food-picking collaborative robot Foodly. RT said it will use the funding RT to strengthen its business structure and hire personnel. Foodly is designed to work alongside people in food factories. RT said […]
In this contributed piece, Kollmorgen engineers describe environmental factors to watch for that could affect the performance of robot motors, gears, and sensors.
Robots for assistive, therapeutic, medical, and surgical use have strict motion control requirements. A panel at the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum will discuss what designers and users need to know.
Omron, an industry leader in end-to-end automation, will demonstrate an interactive collection of manufacturing equipment, including an autonomous mobile manipulator and Robotiq grippers integrated into its TM Series cobot.
Hirebotics offers BotX Welder for hire to help metal fabricators address skilled worker shortages and the need for quality.
PHD’s new Optimax product line is a drop-in replacement for pneumatic parallel grippers.
Providing the right motor for small precision devices can be challenging, as New Scale Robotics found when it designed a parallel gripper for cobots.
Harmonic Drive said its new FHA-C actuator includes an integrated servo drive, eliminating the need for an external drive while retaining high-positional accuracy and torsional stiffness in a compact housing.
There was no mobile, automated semiconductor production system that enabled component transfer from one step to the next — until KUKA’s new wafer-handling robots.
When programming a robot to perform a task, it is very often the case that the robot motions involved must not cause the robot to collide with itself, its environment, its tooling and/or payload, or other robots. Robot programmers can either manually teach the robot trajectories/waypoints that move the robot and its end effector to […]
Robots need to know the reason why they are doing a job if they are to effectively and safely work alongside people in the near future. In simple terms, this means machines need to understand motive the way humans do, and not just perform tasks blindly, without context. According to a new article by the […]
Kollmorgen has introduced the next generation of Motioneering, the company’s innovative servo sizing tool. Motioneering was introduced more than 20 years ago – the first tool of its kind – to help mechanical design engineers find the ideal motion products to build into their machines. It simplifies the design process by incorporating 100-plus years of […]
Manufacturers can start production faster with AirPick and EPick, says Robotiq.
OnRobot, which nakes grippers for cobots and industrial robots, is opening a new R&D office in LA. We spoke with the former CEO of Perception Robotics about OnRobot’s strategy.
Ket-Met, a Finnish subcontract machine tooling shop, found that its existing CNC machines required too much manpower to stay competitive. It reduced machine hour costs by 40% with UR cobots.
Thanks to new technology that enables them to create simple tools, robots may be on the verge of their own version of the Stone Age. Using a novel capability to reason about shape, function, and attachment of unrelated parts, researchers have for the first time successfully trained an intelligent agent to create basic tools by […]