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Published: 12/27/2018

10 Things to Know About Collaborative Robots
Technology advances related to collaborative robots suggest this technology will become more capable and commonplace.

Published: 12/18/2018

Integration Leads to Automation Success
Choosing the right components is only the first step in setting up an automated cell—they must also be integrated properly.

Published: 12/5/2018

Three Expectations for Robotic Automation
Shops take some modern robot capabilities as given, but a recent trade show in Japan demonstrated ways those capabilities continue to improve.

Published: 11/28/2018

OnRobot Launches U.S. Headquarters in Dallas
OnRobot, supplier of hardware and software for collaborative robots, has opened its first U.S. headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Cobots have become the fastest growing segment of industrial automation, expected to jump ten-fold by 2025.

Published: 10/3/2018

10 Ways to Think Differently about Robotic Automation
Take another look: A lot is happening in and around robotic automation. What robots might mean for machining and manufacturing is getting ready to change.

Published: 9/2/2018

Flexible Fixturing Supports Automation
Robotics and carousel systems with custom fixtures help Akron-based Slice Mfg. Studios process hundreds of medical devices unattended. 

Published: 8/8/2018

For Many Machining Facilities, the Mindset Now Must Be “Radical Automation”
What if there will never, ever be enough talent in your local labor pool to meet the still-growing demand for skilled manufacturing employees? The real challenge might lie in our expectations about how much skilled labor we need. Let IMTS 2018 be th...

Published: 8/3/2018

Collaborative Robot Gripper Design, Development: Four Trends You Need to Know
Safety standards, third-party certifications, plug-and-play packages and new sensor technology for grippers designed for collaborative robots are making them safer, stronger and easier to use.

Published: 7/16/2018

Software Helps NASA Automate Robot Programming Process
A process being developed by the NASA Advanced Composites Project uses software to help automate the programming of collaborative robots for safe inspection of composite fuselage components alongside workers, providing more consistent results.  ...

Published: 7/5/2018

Robots and Education Will Help Address Manufacturing Labor Shortage
Part 2: Presenters at a seminar on robotization discuss how collaborative robots and improved college curricula will help address the 2-million-worker gap in manufacturing over the next 10 years.