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Industrial Robotics & Automation

Industrial Robotics & Automation


For more than 35 years, SwRI has been developing innovative automation and robotics solutions. World-class experts and experienced engineers comprise the automation engineering staff. Automation engineering facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and large prototype areas for development.

Innovations in Automation Blog

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.