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Robotics

Rise of the cobot (16/10/2016)
Article image Suzanne Gill takes a look at the cobot. Finding out how safety can be assured and looking at where this new breed of robot is being employed.
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Simplifying robot and machine interaction (10/10/2016)
Article image Efficient industrial manufacturing relies on the interaction between machines and robots. Programming, control and error elimination for the two systems has, traditionally, been carried out separately. A situation which is changing. 
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Should we set the robots free? (03/10/2016)
Article image Science fiction novels portray robots in a huge variety of ways, often in collaborative roles with humans. Barry Weller considers how this could work in reality.
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The next step in collaborative robots 15/03/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the UK launch of YuMi, a new dual-arm, seven-axis robot which is able to work alongside humans, without the need for safety guarding. Full Story...

Collaborative robot safety issues 28/09/2015
Stewart Robinson highlights the safety issues that need to be considered as collaborative robot solutions come to market. Full Story...

Rapid pick and place solution for sweetcorn cobs 05/06/2015
A UK factory trial involving a FANUC M-10iA series robot and vacuum gripper technology has proved that it is possible to pick and place sweetcorn cobs at speeds of 180 packs per minute. Full Story...

Robots eat their way into the food sector 19/01/2015
To date there have been few applications that have employed robots in the food processing industry. Chris Evans, of Mitsubishi Electric, believes that this is now changing and predicts that in five years time they will be considered very much the norm. Full Story...

Efficient robot-based manufacturing 27/08/2013
It takes more than variable speed drives and efficient motors to make a manufacturing system energy efficient. Robot mechanics and the materials chosen for its design will also have an effect on the energy efficiency of a system in motion. Full Story...

Movement without muscles study could inspire robot developments 23/07/2013
Neurobiologists from the University of Leicester have shown that insect limbs can move without muscles – a finding that may provide engineers with new ways to improve the control of robotic and prosthetic limbs. Full Story...

Industrial robots in action 14/08/2012
More than 150,000 new industrial robots were sold in 2011, according to figures supplied by the International Federation of Robotics and it says that this is the highest number of sold robots ever recorded in one year. CEE reports on a few robot projects. Full Story...

Robotic upgrade for automotive fitting line 28/11/2011
As part of a major investment by Norgren at its Lichfield manufacturing site in the UK, Kawasaki Robotics has replaced two aging robots with Kawasaki RS06L robots. The new robots will allow faster cell tool change times and are able to work more comfortably within target cycle times. Full Story...

New ABB automation appraisal shows UK manufacturers how they could prosper with robots 08/11/2011
ABB creates a free, no-obligation automation appraisal to help encourage greater take-up of robotic automation by UK manufacturers. Full Story...

Robots set to lead UK manufacturing investment 14/10/2011
Barry Weller, from Mitsubishi Electric, comments on The Automating Manufacturing Programme which will be run in the UK by The British Automation and Robot Association. Full Story...

iPhone used to programme and control industrial robot 19/09/2011
A video from the industrial automation department of the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing in Germany shows an iPhone 3G being used to remotely programme and control a Kuka KR6 industrial robot. Full Story...

The future of automation 16/08/2011
Frost & Sullivan recently interviewed Mike Wilson, CEO of The British Automation and Robotics Association, who talked about the future of automation in Britain and abroad, emphasizing opportunities for investment and challenges in the coming years. Full Story...

Futuristic robotics making progress today 26/07/2011
CEE reports on news stories which relate to innovative robotics research and development. Full Story...

SCARA takes on delta-style robots 12/07/2011
TM Robotics has recently launched Toshiba Machine’s THP550 SCARA robot in Europe. It is the first of a new range of machines set to compete with delta-style devices. Full Story...

Exploring robotics for the factory of the future 05/07/2011
Suzanne Gill reports on a European Commission co-funded project that is testing the idea that industrial robot technology could provide a good base for machining, being both flexible and cost-efficient Full Story...

Robot shows real muscle 21/06/2011
An innovative humanoid robot takes its engineering cues from the workings of the human body. Full Story...

Robotic solution for harnessing solar power in the desert 17/05/2011
Robotic researchers from Germany believe they hold the key to future global electricity generation. Full Story...

Robot rebound looks set to continue 31/03/2011
2010 appears to have been a very successful year for the robotics industry, a welcome change following the drastic decline in orders experienced in 2009. Full Story...

Robots are a must for manufacturing success in the UK 24/02/2011
Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric looks at the role that robots are playing in helping to reduce production costs and enabling UK manufacturers to become more adaptable. Full Story...

Robot training centre gears-up to meet UK manufacturing growth 05/10/2010
With the UK manufacturing industry currently enjoying a period of strong growth, ABB has decided that the time is right to invest in its robot training centre. The Milton Keynes based facility is already said to be the UKs largest dedicated industrial robotic technology training school. Full Story...



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