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Collaborative robots are one of the newer types of robotics systems working in smart factories and available to manufacturers around the world.

WHY ROBOTS WILL IMPROVE MANUFACTURING JOBS

There is a widely held view about what is coming in manufacturing. It goes something like: Move over, humans. We don’t need you anymore. Robots will take it from here. But it isn’t true. This is not manufacturing’s future. -TIME Read More

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ROBOTS TRANSFORM LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

In warehouses across the UK, an army of robots is rising. Financial Time's Michael Pooler reports on how intelligent machines and automation are spreading throughout the core of the logistics industry. Read more

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  • ROBOT SECURITY GUARD MAKER KNIGHTSCOPE SHOWS OFF NEW MULTI-TERRAIN MODEL

    By James Vincent via The Verge

    Silicon Valley firm Knightscope is best known for its K5 security robot: an ovoid tower on wheels that — when it’s not knocking over toddlers or falling into fountains — patrols a few dozen of California’s parking lots and malls. But the company is now introducing two new model to its line-up... Read more >

  • JAPAN’S NEW ECONOMY DEPENDS ON ROBOTS AND TOURISM

    By Emma Wall via Morningstar

    The flipside of the ageing problem for Japan is that it has created opportunities for robot makers. In addition, it's not just Japan that is facing the ageing threat, but also China. We project that the working-age population will decline by 20 million by 2026. Read more >

  • JAPANESE ROBOT FIRM MAKES AN AGGRESSIVE MOVE IN CHINA

    By Greg Nichols via ZDNet

    China will need more than half-a-million industrial robots by 2025. The race is on to see who will supply them. Read more >

  • AIRBAGS ARE BEING USED TO MAKE INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS SAFER FOR HUMANS TO USE

    By Oliver Sachgau via The Independent

    Now, in a development that’s drawn interest from car makers including Volkswagen, entrepreneurs Roman Weitschat and Hannes Hoeppner, working at the German Aerospace Centre outside of Munich, say they have designed a way to better safeguard interactions between humans and robots with the aim of allowing them to work more closely. Read more >

  • DON’T FEAR THE ROBOT. LEARN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

    By Chris Tomlinson via Houston Chronicle

    Those who embrace technology and the tyranny of change are the most successful among us. So don't fear Rosie the Robot, figure out how to leverage it. Read more >

  • THE RUSH TO AUTOMATE IN CHINA

    By Asma Khalid, Meghna Charkrabarti, Zoë Mitchell via WBUR

    China has become a huge market for robotics and automation and American companies have taken notice. "Electronic manufacturing is not going to move away from China," said Rod Brooks, CEO of Rethink Robotics. "We moved to where the market is now." Read more >

  • WHY ROBOTS WILL IMPROVE MANUFACTURING JOBS

    By Joe Kaeser via TIME

    There is a widely held view about what is coming in manufacturing. It goes something like: Move over, humans. We don’t need you anymore. Robots will take it from here. But it isn’t true. This is not manufacturing’s future. Read more >

  • COBOTS MAKE INROADS IN INJECTION MOLDING

    By David Greenfield via Automation World

    Explaining why cobots are becoming popular in injection molding applications, Ryan Guthrie of TM Robotics pointed out that, for manufacturers of low-volume, highly changeable parts, cobots can be “an ideal automation solution. At a reasonably low cost, the manufacturer gains the advantages of highly repeatable processes and consistent output." Read more >

  • THE IMPACT OF COBOTS ON WORKERS’ WELLBEING

    By Richard Waters via Finanacial Times

    “Cobots”, or collaborative robots, are making inroads into work previously considered too difficult to automate. But as cobots get better at performing tasks such as material handling or packaging, their designers are having to consider the effects on their colleagues of the machines’ improved ability to interact with humans. Read more >

  • COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS MARKET SET FOR 56.94% CAGR EXPLOSIVE GROWTH TO 2023 LED BY AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

    via MarketWatch

    The automotive, electronics, and metals and machining are the key industries (in terms of market share) in the global collaborative robots market. These robots are further used to perform various other tasks across the automotive production line; pick and place, quality inspection, packaging and palletizing, machine tending, and material handling while deploying and redeploying co-bots in time and cost- effective manner without impacting the overall layout of the production line. Read more >

  • TEAMING HUMANS WITH ROBOTIC AI WILL REMAKE MODERN MANUFACTURING

    By Andrew Tarantola via Engadget

    The days of "dumb" production line robots that repetitively weld or rivet in a preprogrammed sequence without fail are coming to an end. Tomorrow's factories will run themselves and coordinate along the entire supply chain, with human oversight of course, but they won't look -- or operate -- like any manufacturing facility you've seen before. Read more >

  • AS AMAZON PUSHES FORWARD WITH ROBOTS, WORKERS FIND NEW ROLES

    By Nick Wingfield via The New York Times

    Amazon’s global work force is three times larger than Microsoft’s and 18 times larger than Facebook’s, and last week, Amazon said it would open a second headquarters in North America with up to 50,000 new jobs. Read more >

  • WHEN YOUR NEW CO-WORKER IS A ROBOT

    By Chico Harlan via The Week

    The robots were coming in not to replace humans, but because reliable humans had become so hard to find. It was part of a labor shortage spreading across America, one that economists said is stemming from so many things at once. Read more >

  • COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS MARKET SET TO GROW: SURVEY

    By Michael Cruickshank via The Manufacturer

    The survey, conducted by ABI Research found that already 13% of the businesses surveyed were making use of collaborative robots in their facilities. Furthermore, another 15% of businesses contacted in the survey indicated that they would add more of these collaborative robots in the coming 12 months. Read more >

  • NIKE IS INVESTING IN ROBOTS THAT USE STATIC ELECTRICITY TO PUT ITS SHOES TOGETHER

    By Marc Bain via Quartz

    While robots are already an established part of the manufacturing process for cars, electronics, and semiconductors, they have been much slower to take over production of sneakers and clothes. One of the main reasons is that robots have a hard time handling the wide variety of soft materials used to make complicated products like a pair of sneakers. Read more >

  • 5 WAYS TO ADVANCE ROBOTICS IN MANUFACTURING

    By Stephanie Condon via ZDNet

    "The reality is jobs are changing. What should we do? The answer isn't to not embrace automation. The answer is, let's focus on workforce training..." -Howie Choset, professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and CTO of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) in Pittsburgh Read more >