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Getting Started in Safety for Robotics Automation

Robot Welding Automotive Part

Whether you are adding another piece of automation to your factory floor or debating whether bringing automation into your operation is right for your business, there is a lot to consider. From new equipment to reorganizing floor space for the new set-up, you will have a laundry list of tasks to complete before your newly automated system is ready to use. One of the most important items on that list will be safety. How do you ensure this system is safe for those working around it? What additional items should be on the shopping list to aid in safety? What do you base your safety decisions around?

Cybersecurity in the Age of Connected Industrial Robotics

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Industrial robotics continue to rise in levels of autonomy, intelligence and complexity, which enables them to fill more roles within the manufacturing process. However, as those systems rise in their independence, the need to ensure they are secure against cyberattacks has risen accordingly. Identifying the risks to robotics systems and corresponding solutions will help prevent costly cyberattacks to industrial control systems in the future.

Designing a Confined Space Robot for Complex Tasks with High Force Processes

amc confined space robot

One of the biggest drivers for automation is keeping humans out of dangerous situations. While significant effort has been invested in automating dangerous tasks in open environments, similar focus has not been placed on applying automation technologies to confined spaces. A major obstacle to this has been developing systems that can move in a physically constrained environment yet also have the stability to carry out high-force processes such as drilling, sanding, contact sensing and media blasting

Robotic Inkjet Printing on 3D Surfaces

robotic inkjet printer

Inkjet printing methods on 2D surfaces have been a mature technology for many years within the high-resolution printing domain. Today, this technology is being expanded to 3D surfaces via robotic systems. At Southwest Research Institute, a large-scale prototype with industrial inkjet printing heads mounted to a robotic manipulator was developed, enabling digital graphic printing on 3D surfaces. Initially created for the aerospace industry, this inkjet prototype system was developed to apply colored graphics, also known as liveries, to the exterior of commercial aircraft. Since being demonstrated in 2019, SwRI has developed inkjet systems for other markets including automotive and logistics—printing both multi-colored graphics and non-graphical, functional fluids.

Using Machine Learning for Methane Leak Detection and Quantification

black and white image with red and blue plumes of gas shown

Methane emissions are a critical topic of interest as government and industry address rapid warming of the global climate. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, traps heat in the atmosphere at a much higher rate than carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane also makes up a significant percentage of fugitive emissions from oil and gas infrastructure that scientists have been trying to detect for many years.

No-Code Development for Robotics

This image depicts how a robot can predict collisions between robots and humans

The no-code development movement describes the proliferation of tools and frameworks that enable people untrained in traditional coding languages to develop useful software. 

How to Pick a Cobot

woman holding a cobot teach pendant in front of a cobot with a man in the background working on another robot.

This is fourth and final article in our series on collaborative robots. In previous posts we examined the benefits and limitations of cobots. Assuming you’ve decided that a cobot is indeed the right decision for your application, read on. In this post we will look at how to pick the right cobot from the many options on the market.

Choosing a Cobot vs Industrial Robot Depends on the Application

cobot sanding with force control

Welcome to the third article in our series on collaborative robots. We previously examined what cobots are and whether they are safer and easier to use than traditional robots. In this post, we compare cobots to industrial robots in a range of applications and explore the pros and cons to each class.

Are cobots really safe and easy to use?

an orange and silver cobot sitting on work bench to the left of a blue and silver cobot picking up widget in gripper

This is the second post in a series about collaborative robots, also called cobots. Our first post explained that cobots are industrial robots designed to be safer to use near humans and more easily programed to complete simple tasks by a worker who is not a robotics expert. In this second post, we look in detail at cobot safety and ease of use.

What is a cobot and does my company need one?

woman holding a cobot teach pendant in front of a cobot with a man in the background working on another robot

Collaborative robot, or cobot, has become something of a buzzword in the automation industry. The popularity of cobots has created an explosion of new models from all the major robot manufacturers as well as many industry newcomers. If you are new to the field, it can be challenging to know which model to pick or even determine if a cobot is the right solution.