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4 Easy Steps to Automate Your Production

Posted by Kelly Howe

Sep 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by OptoForce

BRINGING AUTOMATION CLOSER

Automation is a hot topic nowadays and innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. The OptoForce company, based in Europe works to bring force control to the masses in industrial automation, by producing multi-axial force/torque sensors with a revolutionary, optical technology. OptoForce equips industrial robots with a sense of touch so that more tasks can be automated in a time saving way. A well-equipped, automated production line is crucial to shift to Industry 4.0. OptoForce can help in this process, with only keeping the following 4 steps in mind.

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Topics: automation, Robots, Sensors, cobots, OptoForce

Use Four Strategies to Fill the Manufacturing Gap With People

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Amanda Lee at Robotiq.

Finding people who possess both the skills and the interest needed to work in manufacturing is a major challenge.  The good news is that many people who have either the skills or the interest can move into the sweet spot—they just need a nudge in the right direction. Here's how to achieve this in your manufacturing shop.

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Topics: manufacturing, Robots, collaborative robots, cobots, Robotiq

Universal Robots: Come for the Safety, Stay for the Ease of Use

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Recently, I had someone ask why Universal Robots and Rethink Robotics have made such an impact on the automation market. For those that have direct experience with the challenges of implementing industrial automation, the response would most certainly be the prospect of being able to use a robot without any external safety measures such as hard guarding or light curtains. While this is certainly a game change there is another more tangible aspect that these companies have brought to the market. Ease of use.

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Topics: Universal Robots, cobots, programming

Eight Research Trends in Collaborative Robotics

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Alex Owen-Hill at Robotiq.

What's the future for collaborative robotics? We look at eight trends which will shape the next decade of robotics research.

The US Robotics Roadmap — written by universities in the USA — is a report which plots the present and future of robotics. It discusses the breadth of the industry, from health-care to manufacturing. A large part of it looks at future research trends.

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Topics: robotics, Robots, collaborative robots, collaborative robot, cobots, Robotiq

3 Ways to Get Your Team on Board With Collaborative Robotics

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Mariane Davids at Robotiq.

When you announce that your manufacturing plant will be switching to collaborative robotics, there’s bound to be some discord amongst your team. After all, they’ll be wondering how it affects their jobs, if they’ll be pushed out by robotics, or a myriad of other concerns.

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Topics: collaborative robots, collaborative robot, cobots, grippers, Robotiq

The Knotts Co. Adds Robotiq to their Product Lines

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Knotts Company is proud to announce our their new partnership with Robotiq, effective June 2017.  Robotiq is a manufacturer of 2-Finger Adaptive Grippers, 3-Finger Grippers, Wrist Camera Vision Systems as well as Force Torque Sensors. We are thrilled to be adding Robotiq to the diverse line of products that we carry. We look forward to working with them as well as showing our customers how their products can help their business thrive. 

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Topics: Robots, cobots, grippers, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, Robotiq, Products

UR - How Cobots are Changing Quality Assurance in Manufacturing

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

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Topics: manufacturing, UR, Universal Robots, cobots, quality assurance

The Rise of Robots Creates Many New Jobs Even for Unemployed

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Technological progress creates constant changes in the labor market; some jobs disappear, while quite different ones occur. The robot industry spurs many new job opportunities - even for jobseekers who have perhaps become redundant in other industries. A new Robot Academy in Denmark helps the robot industry find and retrain talent into a career with companies such as Universal Robots.

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Topics: Robots, collaborative robots, UR, Universal Robots, cobots

Solving Complex Problems with Innovative Concepts & Robotic Solutions

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

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Topics: collaborative robots, UR, Universal Robots, cobots, grippers

Universal Robots - Compliance for Robotic Companies

Posted by Kelly Howe

Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

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Topics: Universal Robots, cobots, cobot compliance