Engineering and Ingenuity bring flight to Mars
On February 18th, the Red Planet received its latest visitors in the form of the Perseverance rover, with the Ingenuity helicopter hitching a ride, and NASA has now announced that it is extending the drone's mission on Mars.
Cobots enable effective high-mix, low-volume production
With increased competition, often on a global scale, manufacturers need to differentiate themselves by tailoring products more closely to customer demand. This, of course, carries with it an implicit reduction in batch sizes and has seen the rise of ‘high-mix, low-volume production. Cobots can enable manufacturers to effectively meet individual customer requirements with greater product variety in smaller batches.
Collaboration provides greater choice of cobot solutions
OMRON Industrial Automation Europe has signed a new distribution agreement with OnRobot, the Danish manufacturer of tools for collaborative robot (cobot) applications. This will enable OMRON to offer OnRobot’s products – which can be fully integrated with the OMRON TM cobot – to its customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Distance simulator reduces RobotStudio cell footprint
ABB's RobotStudio offline programming and simulation software has been upgraded with a new virtual robot braking distance function designed to create an exact simulation of the real-world stopping distance of a robot. Enabling the robot’s braking distance to be accurately calculated, the function overcomes the need to add safety margins into cell designs, enabling space savings of up to 25%.
How to make the most out of your machine vision system
80% of all human learning occurs through vision. When you consider how much information we gain through sight, it’s unsurprising that industrial robots also need to see to be effective. In this article, Nigel Smith, Managing Director of TM Robotics, explains the best practices for robotic machine vision.
Milrem Robotics delivered the first THeMIS to Australia
Milrem Robotics has signed a distribution and maintenance agreement with XTEK and delivered the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Australian homeland security specialist.
archytas series of robotic integrations for efficiency
To enable manufacturing businesses across the UK to automate multiple adhesive processes on one machine, adhesives and dispensing equipment specialist Intertronics has introduced the archytas series of robotic integrations. Each cell is specified and built to a customer’s individual needs to provide them with accurate and repeatable processes, improve health and safety and increase productivity.
How VR helped to showcase a fleet of autonomous drones
Bell Innovation is using mocap to model flight in the smart cities of the future. Bell has an 85-year legacy in the aerospace industry. Despite a rich history as one of the leaders in the field, however, the company is not content to trade on its record.
Drones set to be smart agricultural tool for pesticides
Drones could soon be adopted as essential tools for various agricultural tasks; however, with respect to their use in farm management, research is still lacking. To address this issue, researchers in Japan compared drones to well-established technologies for spraying pesticide over rice paddy fields.
Sheffield Forgemasters adopt cobot assistance
Sheffield Forgemasters has adopted collaborative robotic (Cobot) assistance for some of its Foundry operatives, dramatically reducing exposure to vibration, improving safety and increasing productivity within its fettling operations.