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What Are Your Cobots Doing While You're Away?

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 14, 2018 10:12:00 AM

This is the age of nanny cams and front porch video monitoring. While one need not worry that a cobot will let the kids watch too much TV nor could it steal an Amazon package, there is much to be gained by monitoring cobots. And, we have just the tool for you! 

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Topics: Robotiq, collaborative robots, robot, monitoring

Four Tech Trends Accelerating Robot Grippers and Cobots Into the Future

Posted by Kelly Howe

Dec 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Marc Prosser at Robotiq.

The future of collaborative robots is in their ‘hands’. Perhaps a poor play on words, but also an unavoidable fact. Grippers/robotic hands are almost invariably what cobots use to interact with their surroundings and perform tasks.

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

Robots in Research

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Taking human-robot-collaboration to a new level

Too dirty, too dusty, too dull? Too hot or too cold? Not for cobots! They can work tirelessly in almost any work environment from production halls and canteen kitchens to clean rooms, freeing up their human colleagues from monotonous, ergonomically disadvantageous tasks. Scientists at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Freiberg University of Mining and Technology) in Germany are currently working on two exciting projects to find new ways of how cobots can make the lives of their human colleagues easier: One is testing how cobots can learn from humans only by watching them performing a task. The second one is exploring in which ways robots can serve in the dangerous work environment of underground mining.

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Topics: Universal Robots, Legos, cobot, cobots, UR5, Robots, collaborative robots

Robotiq- Imagining a World Without Robotics in Manufacturing

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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

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

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: Robotiq, manufacturing, Robots, collaborative robots, cobots

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

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

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

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

Demystifying cobot safety: The four types of collaborative operation

Posted by Kelly Howe

Dec 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

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Topics: UR, cobot, safety, collaborative robots, collaborative operation