Factory automation

Human–robot collaboration for improved welding seam inspection

02 June, 2020 | Supplied by: Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute

Robots are being used in many situations that involve collaboration with humans. The challenge now is how best to integrate them into the working environment.


How to protect vital controller data from cyber attack

01 June, 2020 by Harry Mulder | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Modern controllers have been designed from the ground up for a cyber‑enabled world.


OnRobot launches system for vision-guided robotics

01 June, 2020 | Supplied by: Scott Automation & Robotics Pty Limited

2.5D vision adds depth perception and parts recognition for all leading robotic arms and can be mounted both on the robot wrist or externally.


OnRobot soft gripper

26 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Scott Automation & Robotics Pty Limited

The OnRobot food-grade soft gripper is able to pick a wide array of irregular shapes and delicate items.


Singapore approves robotic drones to fly over city

25 May, 2020

To support public health during the pandemic, Singapore has become the first in the world to approve completely automated commercial drone flights over a city.


NORD Drivesystems LogiDrive modular drive concept

14 May, 2020 | Supplied by: NORD Drivesystems (Aust) Pty Ltd

LogiDrive drive units consist of a synchronous motor, a two-stage helical bevel gear unit and a frequency inverter that is installed close to the motor.


How many jobs do robots really replace?

12 May, 2020

Research by an MIT economist puts a number on the job costs of automation in the USA.


Robotics industry braced to weather the coronavirus storm

11 May, 2020

After record investment in 2019, the robotics industry will find it more challenging in 2020 due to the global pandemic, according to ABI Research.


Advanced robotics hub offering help to manufacturers in need

04 May, 2020

Queensland's Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub is offering expertise to help manufacturers meet supply needs during the coronavirus pandemic.


Robots provide surgeons with superhuman stability and precision

04 May, 2020

Although they are not yet operating autonomously, robots are nevertheless commonly used in the operating theatre today.


Advantech AMAX-5000 EtherCAT slice I/O and controller

01 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Advantech Australia Pty Ltd

The AMAX-5000 series EtherCAT Slice I/O and Controller is designed with the smallest PAC in the Core i class, modular I/O and a PCIe communication interface.


Improving human-to-robot handovers

09 April, 2020

Grasp classification system improves cobot interaction.


Cobots improve palletising and ergonomics at Unilever

09 April, 2020 | Supplied by: Universal Robots

Unilever fully automated two production lines in Katowice where six collaborative robots now handle tasks related to the packing of tea.


How the coronavirus pandemic can deliver new opportunities for Australian industry

06 April, 2020 by Harry Mulder | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

These tough times are obviously a worry for many organisations, but it could also be a period of new opportunity for others.


COVID-19 impact: mobile robotics market to grow

03 April, 2020

A new ABI Research white paper identifies the short- and long-term impacts the global pandemic will have on industrial, collaborative and commercial robotics.


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