From January 4, 2013

January 4, 2013

Friday Fun Video: Robot Plays Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em All work and no play makes your robot a dull machine. A hard-working FANUC robot takes a break for a little friendly competition against man. Who will win in the ultimate battle of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots?

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From January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013

The Automate Show Opens Soon — Get Your Free Show Pass Today! We are just weeks away from the opening of the 2013 Automate Show in Chicago! If you’re considering automation to improve and grow your company this year, come to Automate to see live demos, talk with industry professionals, and find the solution that’s [...]

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From December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

Friday Fun Video: Santa’s Toy Factory Gets an Automation Upgrade Maybe a rise in good girls and boys required Santa to increase his efficiency — time to get those toys out! Happy holidays from everyone at the RIA! Our offices will be closed starting Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. We will reopen again [...]

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From December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

New Robots Test the Robot Safety Standards Industrial robots are a great tool for manufacturers, but it’s a tool that comes with strict safety guidelines. The robotics industry has spent a great deal of time and resources to create standards that will provide employees with a safe working environment. Now, with robots designed specifically to [...]

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From December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

When is a robot really a robot? Say the word “robot” and two very different pictures will immediately come to mind. One is of the industrial robot, remembered clips of car commercials filmed in manufacturing plants, sparks flying or paint misting as robot arms complete their tasks behind safety cages. The other is of Hollywood [...]

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From December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

Pulley System Gives Robot Real Muscle A working human body requires more than just hooking up muscles and nerves, as poor Doctor Frankenstein found out. But researchers of humanoid robots are finding that sometimes the original design is the best. Swapping out muscles and arteries for pulleys and motors, they’ve come up with a robot [...]

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From December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012

Friday Fun Video: Pixar Lamp Comes to Life Pixar movies hold an amazing record of being powerful and charming, but they first captured our hearts with the lovable lamp that’s part of their logo. Some university students created their own playful lamp for one of their courses. He may not be much for lighting their [...]

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Robots and Vision for Semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing

December 5, 2012

Robots and Vision for Semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing In the newest article on Robotics Online, Bennett Brumson looks at robotics in the semiconductor and electronics industry, taking special note of the trends and unique requirements for automation systems there. Robots and Vision for Semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing by Bennett Brumson , Contributing Editor  Robotics have [...]

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Personal Robots

December 3, 2012

Personal Robot Closer to Doing Your Laundry Robots used in industrial settings often perform dull, dangerous, or repetitive functions — if only they could take over similar tasks in people’s homes! While the price of personal robots is still prohibitive and the technology is still developing, a robotic housekeeper isn’t the science fiction it was [...]

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Throwable Surveillance Robot

November 30, 2012

Friday Fun Video: The Throwable Surveillance Robot Most of the time, we’re not encouraged to throw, manhandle, or drop kick our technology. If we had a dollar for every time we heard “This is why we can’t have nice things,” we’d be able to buy new nice things. However, iRobot has no such qualms about [...]

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