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The Latest News in Industrial Automation

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the world of robotics and industrial automation! This is a combined feed from a curated list of sources including the blogs of leading manufacturers, industry media sources, and more. From product updates and launches to use case profiles and field reports, you can stay in the know with Unchained News!  
  • What’s New in Robotics? 20.05.2022
    News briefs for the week take a look at nanobots that repair human teeth, world’s first-ever all-pneumatic cobot, Pudu Robotics adds a utility arm to its restaurant food server, the growing “new” fear in not having enough robots, Sarcos Robotics buys RE2 and gains greater presence in construction industry.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-20
  • 7 Palletizing Patterns for Your Cobot to Reduce Product Damage
    If you're using a cobot to palletize products, you'll want to ensure you're using the right palletizing pattern! A good palletizing pattern helps you package your products securely, helping to reduce damage and returns. In this article, we'll discuss 7 great patterns for cobot palletizing. We'll also look at some... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-17
  • Cobots 101: What you need to know
    Collaborative robots, or cobots, have the power to transform a business’s capabilities, productivity and overheads. More affordable, versatile and compact than traditional industrial robots, they allow even small operations to leverage the power of automation and take their productivity and profitability to the next level. Here is a brief history... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-05-16
  • Test Your Robot Palletizing Against a Human… No Contest!
    Which would win in a palletizing race? A human or a robot? The winner of this robot-human test is not as clear as you might think… Let's say you're considering adding a robot to your palletizing process. But, like any talented engineer, you want to run some tests first. You... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-13
  • Getting SME automation right – which cobot is right for your business
    The industrial applications of cobots are vast, and these smart machines have capabilities that virtually every manufacturing plant or production line can make use of. A cobot arm handles dull, dirty or dangerous jobs on behalf of their human colleagues and minimizes downtime by boosting round-the clock-capacity, if that is... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-05-12
  • Five Ways Cobots Can Improve Manufacturer Productivity
    An estimated 2.4 million jobs could go unfilled in the US alone between 2018 and 2028, according to Deloitte. That labor and skills shortage is not limited to the US. It’s being seen across the world as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, born between 1946 and 1964, reaches retirement. Their departure... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-05-10
  • Is Palletizing Robot Speed Fast Enough? The Truth About Fast Robots
    You watch a video of a palletizing robot online. And you think… isn't that too slow!? What is an acceptable palletizing robot speed for a business like yours? It's easy to find videos of fast-moving robots. For example, you might see a delta robot moving at lighting-quick speeds in a... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-10
  • What’s New in Robotics? 06.05.2022
    News briefs for the week take a look at data-tracking penguins in Antarctica, how to “easily” hack hospital service robots, giant Gundam robot finally getting a real job, mobile robots filling in at skilled job vacancies, and AI & robots teaming up for new drug discovery.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-06
  • Top five industrial applications of cobots
    The industrial applications of cobots are vast, and these smart machines have capabilities that virtually every manufacturing plant or production line can make use of. A cobot arm handles dull, dirty or dangerous jobs on behalf of their human colleagues and minimizes downtime by boosting round-the clock-capacity, if that is... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-05-05
  • 10 Types of Pallet You Should Definitely Know About
    Are you looking to improve your palletizing process? Perhaps you are thinking of using pallet automation. You want to ensure you're using the right types of pallet for your task. There are a surprising amount of different pallet types. Each has its own benefits and is suited to different tasks.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-05-03
  • Can You Play Minecraft? You'll Ace the Robot Programming Game
    Do you think that you need super programming skills to program robots? Not so! If you can play computer games — even simple ones — you already have what it takes to ace the robot programming game. Even if you only play popular games like Candy Crush, Clash of the... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-29
  • Five stories about cobots improving workplaces
    On 28 April, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an awareness-raising campaign that promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. On this special day of awareness, here are 5 stories about cobots taking on dangerous, hard, repetitive or dull tasks where they have allowed... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-04-27
  • The Science of Palletizing: Your Essential Guide
    Is there a science behind good palletizing? Yes, there is! When you understand the science of palletizing, you can improve the quality and efficiency of your palletizing operations. This allows you and your teams to spend less time on palletizing operations, spend less budget, and produce less unnecessary wastage.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-26
  • What’s New in Robotics? 22.04.2022
    News briefs for the week take a look at a dual-arm cobot training to uptick dexterity capabilities, virtual reality and cobots partnering on projects, sidewalk delivery robots’ new “carbon emissions” angle, robot vacuums acquiring advanced “dirt-sensing” skills, and Built Robotics “exosystem” refocusing specialization to autonomous excavators only.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-22
  • How to Set Up Your First Ever Screwdriving Robot
    Are you keen to get started with your first screwdriving robot? The big question on your mind is probably… how do I set the robot up? Will you have enough expertise or experience to install your own screwdriving robot?... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-19
  • 15 Assembly Types: Which to Automate and Which to Avoid
    How many different types of assembly tasks are there? And which should you automate? Assembly is one of the most common categories of tasks that manufacturers choose to automate with robots.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-15
  • 3 Harmful Programming Myths About Palletizing Robots
    Have you got concerns about programming palletizing robots? A few programming myths can stop good people from getting the most from robotics. When you're aware of these myths, you can be better informed and avoid making mistakes.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-12
  • What’s New in Robotics? 08.04.2022
    News briefs for the week take a look at pharmacy robots saving time, money and lives, electric vehicle production driving the development of new kinds of industrial robots, space-orbiting tow trucks, robot arms and 3D printers combining for first-ever technology capabilities, and $73 million for robots hunting for dangerous infrastructure.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-08
  • How to Combine an Automatic Screwdriver With a Tool Changer
    Picture your product as it moves down the assembly line. As it comes into a new station, the operator grabs the electric screwdriver, picks up a screw, and fastens it. The next step needs a lower torque for a different type of screw, so your operator puts down the current... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-05
  • What You Must Know Before Choosing a Screw Fastening Robot
    Are you excited to get started with assembly automation? Perhaps you can already imagine how a screw fastening robot will help to improve your whole assembly line. Before you start deploying the robot, there are a few important things you should be aware of.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-04-01
  • Assembly Automation for Beginners: Spotlight on Fastening
    How can you start automating a screwdriving or other fastening task? In this quick guide for assembly automation beginners, we shine the spotlight on fastening.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-29
  • Manufacturing Labor: The Crisis Continues
    After wreaking havoc on our families, the economy, and the overall social fabric of countries around the world, COVID is abating. Or at least we are learning to live with a pandemic hanging over our collective heads. According to an article in Deloitte Insights, the North American economies are recovering,... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-03-25
  • What’s New in Robotics? 25.03.2022
    News briefs for the week take a look at Amazon’s amazing ten-year run at becoming a global robot-building dynamo, Mitsubishi’s Maisart system to “smarten up” its robots, a design student’s mini-robot that re-seeds deserts, Chipotle’s new tortilla-flipping robot arm, and the handwriting robots at the heart of a multi-million-dollar business.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-25
  • 7 Things to Avoid When Using Screw Assembly Automation
    Screw assemblies are extremely common in an assembly line. Over the course of a single shift, for example, operators can easily be fastening over 5,000 screws even when the number of screws per part is less than a dozen. You might feel like you could just "throw" some automation at... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-22
  • 5 Things You Must Remember to Start Palletizing Right
    You know that you need to start palletizing… it's getting bad… product boxes are piling up on your line and your workers can't palletize them fast enough. Every day, you see your people rushing around to complete the palletizing tasks, trying to fit it in between their other tasks.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-18
  • How cobots are transforming food and beverage businesses
    Cobots are transforming food and beverage plants all over the world, stepping in and taking over a wide range of business-critical, yet repetitive and manual tasks. These intuitive machines can assume responsibility for tasks that threaten the safety or satisfaction of workers, or the productivity and profitability of the entire... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-03-16
  • Automated Screwdriving: Is My Task Really Suitable?
    Screwdriving is the second-most common assembly task. But it is also a tiresome job with many problems when done manually. Automated screwdriving offers a highly effective solution… but only if your task is suitable.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-15
  • What’s New in Robotics? 11.03.2022
    StartUs Insights is out with a list of over 1300 robotics companies with AI/ML offerings. News briefs for the week take a look at the sudden expansion by robot/cobot developers in “joining forces” with AI/ML, especially among startups, to acquire a wide range of intelligent capabilities.... Read more
    Source: robotiq Published on: 2022-03-11
  • Using cobots to conquer the new world of work
    The global Covid-19 pandemic has led a significant amount of people to re-evaluate their working lives. Many have decided to turn away from roles that are repetitive, lack progression opportunities or pose risks to their mental or physical wellbeing. Cobots are providing an answer to this recruitment and retention challenge... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-03-09
  • We want to create cobots our customers love
    As part of its commitment to every customer’s success, Universal Robots aims to make products and services that customers love. As with really good food, love is the secret ingredient when UR develops and produces its cobots. Love is the fine red line in all the company does, from research... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-02-14
  • Types of Grippers Used in Manufacturing
    In the simplest terms, grippers are devices that enable robots to pick up and hold objects. When combined with a collaborative (or 'cobot') industrial robot arm, grippers enable manufacturers to automate key processes, such as inspection, assembly, pick & place and machine tending.... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2022-02-10
  • How Collaborative Robots Power Sustainable Manufacturing Practices
    Sustainability ranks high on the global and political agenda as countries and regions set out energy and emission targets as part of climate change-related commitments. Universal Robots, like many other companies, is working to make its own working practices and production more sustainable. What makes a manufacturing process more environmentally... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-12-20
  • Robots Sanding Furniture? No Way!
    That’s a common reaction in the furniture industry when manufacturers try to envision bringing robots into sanding and polishing applications. And you can’t blame them; when it comes to shaping a plank of wood into the back of a chair or finish sanding cabinet doors or a headboard, automation hasn’t... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-10-07
  • Boost Your Cobot Safety Know-How with These Digital Resources
    Navigating your way through all the safety information available online can seem daunting, so in this blog post we introduce some of the best safety and compliance resources that can help guide you on your journey.... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-07-02
  • Painless Palletizing with Universal Robots
    The argument for adopting cobots for palletizing applications is compelling. In the United States alone, overexertion and repetitive motion account for 24% and 8% of workplace injuries. Manual palletizing is not just unergonomic though. It is costly. And it limits palletizing throughput and quality.... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-06-03
  • How to Simplify Cobot Deployment: A Deep Dive Into the World of UR+
    Did you know that Universal Robots (UR) collaborates with more than 400 third-party companies to let you run your cobot application as easy as possible? We do that by providing you access to certified peripherals and application kits in our ecosystem called UR+. It is not only the cobot industry´s... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-05-10
  • 3 Cobot Success Stories in Electronics Manufacturing
    This week’s blog explores how UR cobots have emerged as a powerful resource for electronics manufacturers facing critical business pain points such as unexpected spikes in demand, skilled labor shortages, high mix/low volume production and lack of available floorspace in manufacturing facilities.... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-04-13
  • What Have Manufacturers Learned After a Year of COVID-19?
    If nothing else, a year of COVID-19 has taught us to expect the unexpected. Of course, manufacturers have always been highly attuned to change, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit the manufacturing industry seemingly overnight, causing deep and long-lasting impacts. A year later, we can look back and see what manufacturers... Read more
    Source: UR Published on: 2021-03-31
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