robot recap: getting a grip at cmu, collaborative robot sales and china’s button town

in rethinking robotics, trending now by Jeff Green

Recent Headlines

  • IFR predicts double digit growth for service robots through 2018 – In the Robot Report, Frank Tobe says the forecast is “very likely to be seriously understated for a variety of reasons” pointing to collaborative robots as a market that “could take off at an even greater rate than the present 70% year-over-year sales increase as new low-cost robots are quickly trained and put to work in SMEs around the globe.”
  • Robots: Masters of the Dull, Dirt and Dangerous – The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) discusses the high turnover rate associated with boring and dangerous manufacturing jobs and how it can be resolved. “By tackling those monotonous, unpleasant, or risky jobs, robots are freeing up employees for more rewarding and safer positions—all while helping companies stay competitive in the manufacturing industry.”
  • A Look at China’s “Button Town” – Bet you didn’t know that 60% of buttons world-wide are manufactured by hundreds of factories in Qiaotou, China. Here’s the rest of the story, including how one business is modernizing its plant to stay competitive, from CBS News.

A Look Ahead At Upcoming Events

ATX Texas 2015
October 13-14, 2015
NRG Center
Houston, TX

IMECE 2015
November 13-19
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

ATX West 2016
February 9-11, 2016
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

If you can’t make it to one of these events but want to talk shop and meet our robots, connect with us here.  And for more news, videos and announcements be sure to check out the rest of the Rethink Robotics blog.


About the Author

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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