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Robotics

Efficient robot-based manufacturing (27/08/2013)
Article image 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.
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Movement without muscles study could inspire robot developments (23/07/2013)
Article image 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.
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Industrial robots in action (14/08/2012)
Article image 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.
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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...

Walk like a caterpillar 03/08/2010
Caterpillars are inspiring robotics researchers at Virginia Tech University in the USA. The University’s engineering science and mechanics department says movements in the abdomens of the creatures are contributing to design and development of soft material robots. Full Story...

Integrating Vision and Robotics 23/07/2010
On this Italian production line for cosmetic powder cases, the challenge was to program two robots to pick up face powder brushes from random piles and then accurately place them in an eight-slot shuttle. The robots work side by side, each with its own image acquisition system, and each picking up four brushes. Full Story...

Robots boost 2K operation 04/05/2010
2K Polymer Systems is meeting increased product demand and cutting response times with an automated robotic production cell solution from Aylesbury Automation. The robotic solution check weighs and palletises cartridges ready for transfer to the next process. Full Story...