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How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

What's the Use of the IIoT?
July 10, 2018

What's the Use of the IIoT?

By Radley Corporation
The IIoT connects devices with the digital world to provide data visibility. But the real value of the IIoT lies in how that data will be used by industry to realize the potential benefi ts of this connectivity.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation
May 09, 2018

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation

TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots : A Maturity Framework
April 10, 2017

Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots : A Maturity Framework

By Aethon
As the market for robots evolves and these devices are used in new ways, it becomes important to look at what it means to be an autonomous mobile service robot and evaluate the differences relative to the terms "autonomous" and "mobile."

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy
December 28, 2016

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

This report further investigates the effects of AI-driven automation on the U.S. job market and economy, and outlines recommended policy responses.

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS
December 07, 2016

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS

By Dan Labell, Westfalia Technologies
One fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced. Given this fact, the decision to implement an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) should be an easy one to reach.

How to build an Omnidirectional Robot using Mecanum wheels
November 05, 2015

How to build an Omnidirectional Robot using Mecanum wheels

This application note shows how to assemble a four-wheeled robot that can move in any direction via wireless control. It includes code for the motion control system.

Small Assembly Robots
August 05, 2015

Small Assembly Robots

By Denso Robotics
White paper examines the many factors — some obvious and some not so obvious — that determine cost of robot ownership, and gives buyers useful information to help guide them through the evaluation process.

Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation
July 17, 2015

Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation

With a production line requiring tens to hundreds of workers for daily operations, manufacturers see automated production and man-machine collaboration as innovative ways to increase production efficiency while cutting labor costs.

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Using Vision Systems for Robot Guidance
March 02, 2015

Using Vision Systems for Robot Guidance

By John Lewis, Cognex
Vision-guided robotics (VGR) is not without its pitfalls. In order to realize all the benefits of VGR you need to know the right questions to ask and how to get started. Using Vision Systems for Robot Guidance provides you with the information you need to get the most out of VGR.

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Transforming the Light Curtain
July 22, 2013

Transforming the Light Curtain

By Tyler Glieden, SICK
By reducing the need for physical guards and barriers, light curtains can increase the maintainability of the equipment they are protecting. Light curtains using pattern and object recognition require fewer sensors and less wiring while providing a safety solution that’s secure.

September 26, 2011

PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

The white paper explores the differences between the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) based robotic control systems, and guides decision makers through different applications.

March 13, 2011

The Benefits of Using Rigorously Tested Routines from Numerical Libraries

By Numerical Algorithms Group

This white paper intends to help robotics and automation engineers understand how and why to incorporate use of extensively documented numerical libraries into their application development practices.

Machine Vision for Factory Automation
March 08, 2011

Machine Vision for Factory Automation

By Teledyne Dalsa

Many key tasks in the manufacture of products, including inspection, orientation, identification, and assembly, require the use of visual techniques. By replacing human inspection with machine vision, the net result is greater productivity and improved customer satisfaction through the consistent delivery of quality products. This paper helps users match machine vision options with application requirements.

February 05, 2011

Know Your High-flex-life Cable

By Northwire

Cable designed to survive 10 million to 20 million flexing cycles is high-flex-life cable. It’s different from high-flex cable, which is designed to be supple and highly flexible. High-flex-life cable may actually feel stiffer than high-flex cable. The two products are distinctly different and mutually exclusive.

Achieve Packaging Sustainability with Flexible Automation
September 08, 2010

Achieve Packaging Sustainability with Flexible Automation

By Rush LaSelle, Adept Technology

Robot automation allows packagers to increase production, consistency, and reliability while improving working conditions and allowing manufacturers to quickly change to more eco friendly packaging materials and options.

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January 12, 2010

Innovations in Robotics and Evolving Safety Standards White Paper

By Rockwell Automation

White paper examines innovations in robotics and robotic systems that new safety standards will address for the first time.

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June 16, 2009

Making safety a priority when employing tool exchange systems

By Applied Robotics

Tool exchange systems on robots should not threaten the welfare of the workers on the factory floor or adversely affect the total output of the production line. Here’s how to make tool exchangers work safely.

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June 09, 2009

Mechatronics: New Answers Call For New Questions

By Bosch Rexroth

For mechatronics to be truly successful, the development process must involve not only

mechanical and electronic elements, but process elements as well: the key phases of design, integration, and implementation.

June 09, 2009

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing Automation

By Milton Coleman, Bosch Rexroth

Buying a piece of automation can be a very long and difficult process. Here is a list of the 10 most common mistakes made when purchasing automation equipment. This list was composed by a number of individuals who have both purchased and sold automation equipment.

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June 09, 2009

The Top 10 Robotics Application Mistakes

By Milton Coleman, Bosch Rexroth

With investments ranging from tens of thousands to potentially millions of dollars, it’s critical to make the right choice the first time, and to avoid common mistakes that could add substantial unnecessary cost or result in project delays. Here are the top ten robotics application mistakes.

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November 25, 2008

High-Density Robotic Painting: Latest Trend Lowers Costs

Robotics On-Line, November 2008

By Randy Schuetz and Mary Kay Morel, Motoman

One of the primary reasons paint spray booths are expensive to operate is the high energy cost of providing temperature-controlled supply air to replenish exhaust air. High-density robotic painting reduces the booth size and leads directly to operational cost savings.

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November 25, 2008

Robotic Paint Automation for Smaller Industrial Operations

Robotics On-Line, November 2008

By Mark Freels , ABB

Recent advancements have made paint and coating robots highly affordable and useable.

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