Are cobots inherently safe?
Recent results from the Global Robotics Report 2019 has identified that 79% of automation distributors do not believe their customers understand the safety requirements of installing a collaborative robot. As one of the fastest growing sectors of the robot market, this lack of knowledge could be dangerous. Nigel Smith, Managing Director of TM Robotics, quashes some common misconceptions about collaborative robot safety.
Connectivity solutions for autonomous flying
For the very fast growing market of autonomous UAV systems, Rosenberger has developed a variety of connectivity solutions and systems.
Sidewalk last mile delivery robots: a billion dollar market by 2030?
Last mile delivery is the most expensive part of the delivery chain, often representing more than 50% of the overall cost. This is mainly because it is the least productive and automated step. As such, many are seeking to bring automation into the last mile. In recent years, many companies around the world have been innovating to utilise autonomous mobile robots, drones, and autonomous vehicle technology. By: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Researc...
New cobot financial services leasing programme launched
Universal Robots has launched its new cobot leasing programme in collaboration with DLL, a global vendor finance company. The new partnership enables all manufacturers, regardless of size or capital equipment budgets, to reap the benefits of automation without worrying about cash flow and seasonal fluctuations.
Are UAVs properly tested, or is development rushed?
The market for unmanned aerial vehicles, or simply UAVs, is booming. But with high demand follows the risk of rushed development. A good example is Beyond Line of Sight operations that have opened new possibilities but also implied new risks of both loss of connection, data or even the UAV itself. By Svend Holme Sørensen, Product Manager, GateHouse Telecom
Roboticist chairs global nuclear expert group
University of Birmingham Professor of Robotics, Rustam Stolkin, has been elected as Chair of a new international Expert Group on Robotic and Remote Systems (EGRSS) - part of the OECD’s global Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), which brings together the governments of 33 member nations.
Zero accidents achieved with collaborative robots
Universal Robots (UR) has announced that the Denmark division of Carlsberg has significantly improved staff safety and taken steps towards achieving zero accidents since integrating cobots into its Fredericia-based factory. According to Thomas Kern Ruby, Senior Project Manager at Carlsberg Fredericia, previous to installing the cobots, incidents were a common occurrence on the factory floor.
First flying food delivery in Sweden
Researchers at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden have conducted the country´s first aerial food delivery. The flight was autonomous and beyond line of sight. The drone flew from a restaurant on the outskirts of Linköping city and into Linköping University.
Helping heavy lifting drones navigate in complex environments
Plextek has partnered with Griff Aviation, to put micro radars and sensors on its innovative heavy lifting drones. Griff is developing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) designed to carry payloads up to 250kg for a wide range of applications including moving building equipment and materials across harsh terrains including mountainous and forested landscapes.
Robot colleague improves elderly care in nursing homes and hospitals
The rapidly ageing population is bringing new challenges to European society. Care institutions and hospitals are facing serious staffing shortages, as fewer and fewer people choose to become healthcare professionals, while at the same time the number of old (and sick) people is constantly on the rise. Heavy work pressure has proven to be related to poor quality of care and to incidents such as medication errors, which 13.8% of nurses deal with w...