cobot recap: ge’s local highlight reel, a clearpath pivot and collaborative robot safety

in trending now by Jeff Green

From Baseball To Biologics: GE’s Past, Present and Future In Boston – For many reasons the General Electric conglomerate is of particular interest to Rethink Robotics. GE is not only a customer, using our collaborative robots in various facilities, it’s also an investor in Rethink via the GE Ventures division. And now their corporate HQ is moving just a nine iron away from us here in Boston’s Innovation District.

More important than what GE is to us, is the impressive transformation of this 120 year old organization. But in order to scratch the surface of the entire corporate story, it helps to take a local look at the video above highlighting both GE’s Boston area roots and plans for the future.

Tech Spec Shows How To Ensure Robots Don’t Harm Humans – Bob Doyle, Director of Communications at the Association for Advancing Automation, refers to collaborative robots as tools for humans. As with any piece of equipment or machine, technical guidelines such as TS 15066 are produced to advise of proper use of the tools and to ensure the safety of the operator.

Doyle says, “Robots aren’t coming to replace workers. They’re improving the workplace, so the company can hire even more people.” So it seems job security is not a concern. And by bringing collaborative robots into the manufacturing mix, along with the new technical specification, concerns about job safety is the only thing being eliminated.

Automated Robots for the Factory Floor – Based in Ontario, Clearpath Robotics sprang to life as a result of a competition at the University of Waterloo. Back then, the company specialized in automation “to help accelerate R&D in military, mining and agriculture.” These days the focus is on their automated guided vehicle (AGV) named OTTO specifically for manufacturing environments. That’s the short of it. Now get the rest of the story in this IndustryWeek interview with Clearpath co-founder and CEO Matt Rendall.

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

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