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Published: 1/4/2017

Robots Armed for More Than Machine Tending
Although they’re more eager than ever to embrace robotic arms, manufacturers that don’t look beyond the machine tool risk missing out on opportunities to automate processes like deburring, cleaning and inspection.

Published: 12/19/2016

Video: Cobot Considerations
Before investing in a collaborative robot, consider conducting a risk assessment to make sure the man and machine are matched to the application.

Published: 11/30/2016

One Next-Step Advancement for Cobots: Specialized Grippers
Grippers and end-effectors developed specifically for collaborative robots represent new advancements in this type of robot technology.

Published: 10/24/2016

The Mobile Cobots Are Coming
Otto Motors, Yaskawa America and Mobile Industrial Robots are stretching the limits of collaborative robotics for the shop floor by adding autonomous mobility.

Published: 10/10/2016

Video: Collaborative Robot Lets Short-Run Shop Take on Large-Quantity Work
The robot needing no guarding on the shop floor offers an accessible way for a shop to expand its capacity by running unattended through nights and weekends.

Published: 9/27/2016

Using Collaborative Robots for Laser Scanning
This device is said to be the first programmable laser scanning system for automated 3D scanning, measurement and gaging using a collaborative robot.

Published: 9/21/2016

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Manufacturing equipment is powerful, and things that are powerful also tend to be dangerous. Has your shop taken the necessary safety precautions?

Published: 9/20/2016

7 Impressions of IMTS 2016
Things changed this year. New technologies and a new generation were prominent, and together they are helping to take this show into its next era.

Published: 9/14/2016

Video: Otto Motors Is Bringing Self-Driving Vehicles to the Manufacturing Floor
Otto Motors is showing its self-driving vehicles in booth NC-660 designed for the materials handling industry, with what seems like potential for wider applications.

Published: 9/13/2016

Cell Automates Multiple Part Change-Overs
An automated work cell on display in Okuma’s Booth S-8500 demonstrates not only robots loading and unloading parts, but also automated production run change-overs.