Factory automation > Robotics

The new industrial revolution: robots are an opportunity, not a threat

15 August, 2017 by David Flynn and Valentin Robu, Heriot-Watt University*

If robots and AI are our future, we need to embrace the technology and work out how best to collaborate and make it work for everyone.

Aussie robot wins Amazon Robotics Challenge

31 July, 2017

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV), headquartered at QUT, has grabbed the US$80,000 first prize at the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge in Japan.

Rollon robot seventh-axis system

21 July, 2017

Rollon Italy has developed a standardised seventh-axis system from its linear product range.

Cloud robotics

06 July, 2017 by H Pei-Breivold, K Sandström, L Rizvanovic, M Lehtola, S Azhar, R Kulläng, M Larsson, ABB

Few doubt that in the near future, robotics will fundamentally change production systems and dramatically increase their level of automation. To do so, robots will have to figure out for themselves how to solve problems and adapt to dynamic environments. This can be achieved by exploiting the IoT to facilitate the creation of new technology involving large-scale data propagation, stream analytics and machine learning.

A peek at perfection

15 June, 2017

Porsche has used ABB robots to showcase its newest 911 model to fans around the world at an exclusive preview.

igus modular robots

06 June, 2017

Motion plastics company igus has announced new robolink components for individual robotics solutions.

Good teamwork: getting a safe hand from robots

05 June, 2017

Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard workers. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with a security concept and intelligent robot control that will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team.

ABB IRB 1200 robot with SafeMove2

22 May, 2017

ABB Australia has announced that SafeMove2 is now available for IRB 1200, the smallest ABB robot to feature its safety-certified monitoring and control software.

Mobile robot colleagues on wheels increase productivity and worker safety

28 February, 2017

A high-mix, low-volume electronics manufacturer, through utilising collaborative robots, has optimised production by 20%, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees now reallocated to more rewarding jobs.

ABB robots support Australian homeware icon

24 February, 2017

Turnkey system reduces production costs for plastic homeware manufacturer.

ABB acquires pioneer in 3D inspection technology

17 February, 2017

ABB has acquired Spanish start-up company NUB3D, a leading innovator of digital, 3D inspection and quality-control solutions.

The robots are definitely coming in 2017

13 February, 2017 by Steve Mackay, PhD

Steve Mackay of IDC Technologies offers his suggestions on the top technology trends this year that will start to impact on engineering professionals working in the field of industrial automation.

Silver and bronze for Australian high school students in international space robotics race

30 January, 2017

It was a dream come true for the Australian high school students who took control of NASA robots on the International Space Station last week, during the 2016/17 Zero Robotics Championship Final, run by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Imagining farming's robotic future

09 December, 2016

Global crop protection specialist ADAMA and Australian ag-tech company SwarmFarm Robotics have announced a joint arrangement to establish ADAMA as SwarmFarm's preferred global business partner.

Robot flies a Cessna

01 December, 2016

Aurora advanced autonomy system demonstrated on a Diamond DA-42, Cessna Caravan and Bell UH-1 helicopter.

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