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Industry 4.0 products and solutions on show at PPMA 2018

Industry 4.0 products and solutions on show at PPMA 2018
For the first time at the Process and Packaging Machining Association Show, Comau (Stand F110) will showcase new products and walk visitors through real life factories of the future by creating a 360° virtual tour of the digital production and collaborative robotic applications the industrial automation solutions provider has deployed across Europe.
20th September 2018

Clear generation divide as millennials avoid human interaction

Clear generation divide as millennials avoid human interaction
Employees plan to delegate tasks that they are not that confident with robots completing, and this has sparked research to show that millennials plan to use robots to avoid human interaction at work, commissioned by ABBYY. The research, of 1,200 employees in the UK, found that 17% of 18-34 year olds hate speaking to customers, yet only 4% of over 55s felt the same. What’s more, 1 in 10 (10%) of 18-34 year olds would delegate speaking to customers to robots, again compared to only 4% of over 55s.
20th September 2018

Why you can’t afford to ignore robot batteries

Why you can’t afford to ignore robot batteries
One of the key reasons for using an industrial robot to automate a process is to improve product quality, through increased reliability and accuracy. But for robots to be truly reliable and safe, engineers should ensure they have the correct power solutions. Here, Michele Windsor, Global Marketing Manager at Ultralife Corporation, explains the impact poor design and integration of batteries can have on industrial robots.
18th September 2018


Service robots at a low price

Service robots at a low price
With the introduction of a new low-cost robotic concept from igus, simple tasks can now be automated easily with a relatively quick ROI. Under the name ReBeL, the new wave-driven joint differs fundamentally from the previous robolink models: Instead of stepper motors, brushless DC (BLDC) motors are used.
14th September 2018

EEF launches new training in Robotics and Automation

EEF launches new training in Robotics and Automation
A new training course to re-train and up-skill employees covering the knowledge and practical skills involved with robotic and automation engineering has been launched by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. This will make EEF one of the very few providers able to offer the training which will lead to the EAL Level 3 Certificate in Robotics and Automation.
13th September 2018

Autonomous mapping robots in action at Fog World Congress 2018

When you arrive at Fog World Congress 2018, watch out for the robots. Autonomous mapping robots will be traversing and mapping the venue floor in real-time for conference attendees. It’s fog in action, designed to validate that fog computing systems from various domains can communicate, explained conference organisers. Scheduled for 1st to 3rd October in San Francisco, Fog World Congress 2018 is the largest gathering of fog computing leaders and edge influencers worldwide.
13th September 2018

Robots can pick up any object after inspecting it

Robots can pick up any object after inspecting it
Humans have long been masters of dexterity, a skill that can largely be credited to the help of our eyes. Robots, meanwhile, are still catching up. Certainly there’s been some progress: For decades, robots in controlled environments like assembly lines have been able to pick up the same object over and over again. More recently, breakthroughs in computer vision have enabled robots to make basic distinctions between objects.
10th September 2018

Flexibowl combination: Toshiba Machine robot integration

Flexibowl combination: Toshiba Machine robot integration
At PPMA 2018, with UK distributor, RARUK Automation, TM Robotics will demonstrate Toshiba Machine’s THL700 SCARA robot. The robot will operate in collaboration with the Flexibowl feeding system to exhibit a fully automated pick-and-place system. The demonstration will be held at the RARUK Automation stand, E20 from 25th to 27th September 2018. Toshiba Machine boasts one of the largest SCARA robot ranges on the market.
10th September 2018

Customers prefer better-trained store staff than robots

Customers prefer better-trained store staff than robots
Research among 1,000 UK customers by Hughes shows that despite all the headlines about cute robots such as Softbank’s Pepper, the technology is not in fact high on the list of expectations. Only four percent of customers expect to see such technology in stores within 12 months and of those who have used or experienced it, almost seven-in-ten (69%) said it had been a below-par experience. By Hughes Europe
7th September 2018

The latest prototypes for animal-friendly machines

The latest prototypes for animal-friendly machines
Semi-autonomous and autonomous machines and robots can become moral machines using annotated decision trees containing ethical assumptions or justifications for interactions with animals. Machine ethics is a young, dynamic discipline, which primarily targets people, not animals. However, it is important that animals are kept from harm when encountering these machines since animals cannot make informed decisions or react as humans would.
7th September 2018


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