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By Stephen LaMarcaApr 16, 2021

What ever happened to hydrogen fuel cell cars? Toyota’s (micro)chip on their shoulder – and in their inventory reserves. Averting robo-dog supremacy. Robots coming of age. Additively manufacturing gun barrels.

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By Gail McGrewApr 15, 2021

The two categories of robots used in manufacturing are industrial grade robots and collaborative robots (cobots); adaptive robots were only introduced in 2019. We will examine how each new generation of robots is more flexible and intelligent...

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By Gail McGrewApr 06, 2021

Recent advancements in end of arm tooling (EOAT) have made robotic arms increasingly useful throughout manufacturing. Heating devices can mold and bend materials, pressure sensors provide feedback...

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By Gail McGrewApr 02, 2021

Automation technology used in industry has evolved from conveyor belts used since the late 19th century to move coal, ore, and other raw materials, to automated material handling (AMH) systems that provide multiple types of movement and functionality...

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By Joshua PersonMar 29, 2021

The advantages of automating a manufacturing process are well documented. Including machine vision with the automation can benefit the process in many ways. Vision can enhance the robotic process with 2D and 3D part location...

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By John BurgMar 18, 2021

Learn how one customer was able to fully customize what was at first a dangerous operation, and adjust their FANUC robot capabilities on nearly any desired drillable material, while improving quality and repeatability.

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By External ContributorMar 10, 2021

One woman set up the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision—the world’s first such center—and then led efforts to create Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap. One co-founded a robot vacuum cleaner company and changed housework forever.

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By Gail McGrewFeb 25, 2021

In September 2020, the MTConnect® Institute released Version 1.6.0 of the MTConnect standard, the free, open industry terminology or “semantic vocabulary” for discrete manufacturing. The new version includes several important updates...

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By AMTFeb 17, 2021

Unplanned maintenance of equipment is responsible for about a third of all downtime in manufacturing production and is the second-most common reason for downtime in a manufacturing facility after labor shortages...

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By David Bruce Feb 08, 2021

Machine vision (MV) is a technology that continues to grow both in terms of its raw capabilities and ability to add value to many different industries, including manufacturing. This is due primarily to the increasing capability and lower cost of the...

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