Feature: How IR Cameras Enable Machine Vision Capabilities
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Feature: How IR Cameras Enable Machine Vision Capabilities

Simply put, machine vision is the ability of an electronic system to see. Advanced processing systems analyze images to make a decision or classification. Automated product inspection, face recognition, and collision avoidance technology are possible thanks to machine vision technology. Machine vision cameras must operate with total reliability all day, every day, for many years,…

Amazon Testing “New” AI and Vision-Enabled Robots for Fulfillment Centers
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Amazon Testing “New” AI and Vision-Enabled Robots for Fulfillment Centers

In a corporate blog post, Amazon’s John Roach discusses how the company is testing a new class of robots that use artificial intelligence and computer vision “to roam freely throughout the fulfillment center.” In other words, Amazon is testing AMRs.

 

IMTS 2022: Robots Aim to Help Manufacturing Tasks
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IMTS 2022: Robots Aim to Help Manufacturing Tasks

Last week in Chicago, thousands of people attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2022 (IMTS 2022), including companies that produce industrial robots, cobots, software and other robotics accessories. The presence of robots was not dominating like at other trade shows (such as Automate), but did represent a growing interest from attendees that were interested in supplementing their processes through the use of robots.

 

Could a Shortage of Humans Hold Back the Collaborative Era for Industrial Automation?
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Could a Shortage of Humans Hold Back the Collaborative Era for Industrial Automation?

Companies of all sizes have enthusiastically adopted collaborative automation, enabling it to become the fastest growing segment of the global industrial robotics market. But could this paradigm changing new era of automation be slowed down by a shortage of human workers? Potentially. 

 

How Robots are Rebooting Sorting Processes at Distribution Centers
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How Robots are Rebooting Sorting Processes at Distribution Centers

In the e-commerce sector, the COVID-19 pandemic caused exponential growth, leading to a world of consumers with an insatiable demand to conveniently shop online for the most basic and most necessary items. For companies tasked with sorting and delivering these orders, the rise of volume has caused many challenges, including labor shortages. These factors have accelerated the adoption of robotics and automation.

 

From Razors to Mars Robots: maxon Highlights 60+ Years of Innovation
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From Razors to Mars Robots: maxon Highlights 60+ Years of Innovation

Switzerland-based maxon recently published a publication and two-minute video showcasing the company’s 60-year history. The “60 Years of Excellence” package is a colorful story that starts with biographical insights on the company’s founder, and continues with backgrounders on the many key personalities who helped develop the company’s diverse products.

 

Q&A: Scythe Robotics’ Jack Morrison on Commercial Mower Robotics
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Q&A: Scythe Robotics’ Jack Morrison on Commercial Mower Robotics

Robotics-World recently spoke with Jack Morrison, CEO of Scythe Robotics, one of the hottest startups in the space. The company recently announced passing 5,000 reservations for its M.52, an all-electric, fully autonomous mower aimed at commercial landscapers. The Boulder, Colo.-based Scythe also raised $13.8 million in Series A funding in June 2021 to help scale the business.

 

5 Key Robotics Trends Seen at Automate 2022
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5 Key Robotics Trends Seen at Automate 2022

One of the great things about attending trade shows and conferences in person is being able to see “the big picture” and larger trends within a market based on conversations with several companies and attendees, rather than individual news announcements or meetings. Such was the case for us at this week’s Automate 2022 event in Detroit, where robot manufacturers, component makers and systems integrators gathered to meet with customers and potential customers looking to automate their organizations.

 

5 Big Robotics Trends Spotted at Xponential 2022
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5 Big Robotics Trends Spotted at Xponential 2022

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) brought its annual conference, XPONENTIAL, to Orlando, Apr. 25-28. The event invites industry innovators, technology experts and end users together to experience new technology that is solving real world problems, from safety and defense, to energy and infrastructure, business, construction, health, and the environment.  

Opinion: Consumer Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars Still Struggles
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Opinion: Consumer Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars Still Struggles

Global consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners released results from its Automotive consumer Survey 2022, which showcased U.S. consumer attitudes around new mobility choices, technologies and their preferred buying experience. While much of the survey covered areas such as how much people dislike going to the car dealership or negotiating on price, the survey did tackle some questions around people’s attitudes towards autonomous vehicles.

 

Service Robots Will Secure a Spot in Tomorrow’s Smart Cities
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Service Robots Will Secure a Spot in Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

As pandemic mitigation measures have extended into community settings around the world over the past two years, so too have robot helpers. We are now increasingly seeing facility managers deploying robots in commercial and residential buildings, schools, airports, railway stations and more to help keep communities safe.