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Omron table tennis robot officially named world's 'first robot table tennis tutor'

11 November, 2016

Omron Electronics has announced that its table tennis robot FORPHEUS has been officially named the world's 'first robot table tennis tutor' by Guinness World Records.

Robots everywhere: our one-armed friends in the factory are no longer alone

31 October, 2016 by Glenn Johnson, Editor

Robots are no longer a feature only of manufacturing plants — they are moving into our everyday lives and are getting ready to make a dramatic impact.

igus Robolink D direct drive articulated joint kit

26 October, 2016

The igus Robolink D components kit is a modular direct drive articulated joint kit designed to make it easier to configure and build a fully articulated plastic or aluminium robot arm with up to six degrees of freedom.

Robotic arms aid labelling and assembly

14 October, 2016

Looking for an automated, cost-effective way to produce its customers' products, TCI invested in 6-axis industrial robots to perform labelling and assembly tasks.

Robots learn basic 'body language' to work together

30 September, 2016

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have completed a project in which robots are able to work cooperatively with each other.

Universal Robots certified for cleanroom applications

26 September, 2016

After successful tests in accordance with VDI 2083 Part 9.1, the international industrial guideline concerning the various functions and measures of cleanroom technologies, Universal Robots' lightweight collaborative robot arms can now be implemented in controlled environments.

Official standard for robot ethics released

26 September, 2016

A new British standard on the ethical design of robots, which shows just how far robotics technology has come in recent years, and where it is heading, has been released.

Are we ready for Robotopia, when robots replace the human workforce?

14 September, 2016 by Sean Welsh, University of Canterbury*

Automation has disrupted work for centuries. Two hundred years ago in Britain, the Luddites rose in rebellion, smashing the machines that made their weaving skills obsolete.

Infinite-build and robotic 3D additive manufacturing demonstrated by Stratasys

30 August, 2016

Stratasys has announced it is previewing demonstrations of next-generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 as part of its SHAPING WHAT'S NEXT vision for manufacturing.

Octobot demonstrates autonomous soft robotics

26 August, 2016

A self-powered, octopus-inspired, entirely soft robot has been demonstrated in Nature. Soft robots are resilient and have the ability to adapt to some natural environments better than conventional robots made of rigid materials. However, the autonomy of soft robots has been limited by the need for hard batteries or wires to fuel the bots, tethering them to a rigid power source.

Using pneumatics brings breakthroughs in robot design

19 August, 2016

Pneumatic actuation eliminates backlash, improves accuracy.

ABB YuMi collaborative robot named 2016 Best Industrial Robot

19 August, 2016

ABB has been recognised for achievements in technical innovation and application development at the China International Robot Show (CIROS) in Shanghai.

Safeguarding robotics in packaging applications

11 August, 2016 by Mark Lampert, Business Development Manager, Banner Engineering

As industrial robot technology comes under more widespread use, and for a larger variety of applications, new approaches to safeguarding are necessary to reduce risk while maximising productivity.

Universal Robots launches plug-and-play showroom

22 June, 2016

Universal Robots has announced the launch of Universal Robots+, a showroom of plug-and-play applications.

Feeding the 9 billion: smarter food solutions

15 June, 2016

Visitors to the Wiley stand at Foodtech Queensland will have the opportunity to meet Kuka's KR AGILUS robot — a lightweight, versatile and fast robot that is changing how food is processed, packaged and delivered.

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