The Automate 2017 Show in Chicago is quite large this year, with record foot traffic and exhibitors. We’ve seen a lot of new technologies here in the form of motion control, power transmission, linear designs … and robotics for automation. One bit of news from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) was of the first-ever U.S.-China robotics forum […]
by Paul J. Heney, Editorial Director UCSD Robotics guru Thomas Bewley talks about how technology will evolve in the coming years—and how engineers can better lead the way. If you spot Thomas Bewley at a trade show, chances are there will be a crowd around him. In addition to being a gregarious, approachable person, Bewley […]
Robots are increasingly viable for a range of automation applications. In fact, proliferation of robotic platforms that come in proven industrial formats, Cartesian setups, delta subtypes, and six-axis selective-compliance-articulated robot arms (SCARAs) has spurred more use than ever of robots for palleting, machine tending, welding, machining, packaging, assembly, and more. No matter the application, the […]
ABB now sells its highest-payload multipurpose industrial robot ever — the largest ABB robot ever — the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 meters and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, the […]
There are many types of robots that automate tasks in manufacturing and assembly lines. Depending on the application, a range of robots can be used including Scara, Delta, articulated arm, and Cartesian configurations. To make a decision on which type to implement, consider work load, working area, speed, and precision requirements. Given these parameters, some […]
Robots like Wall-E are smart.