Also known as Variable Speed Drives, VFDs vary the frequency and voltage supplied to the motor, allowing for different speeds, torque or power to be used at different times (a high torque upon startup, and a lower torque during operation, for example).
ABB has launched its YuMi collaborative robot in Australia.
Professor Toby Walsh, an artificial intelligence expert from UNSW’s School of Computer Science and Engineering, will speak at the United Nations in New York this week, calling for a ban on autonomous weapons.
CSIRO yesterday launched a new robot that can automatically screen and evaluate next generation materials around the clock.
Kuka Robotics Australia has released the KL100 track for its 6 and 10kg payload Agilus robots.
Hunter company Hedweld, currently in the middle of rolling out a major investment in a new facility, has said that Australian manufacturers must train staff in automation and robotics.
International sales of industrial robots boomed last year, and growth is predicted to continue expand sharply, particularly in China.
Boston-based collaborative robot company Rethink Robotics has announced that its second factory robot, Sawyer, is available for sale globally.
More and more factories – and the robotics companies that supply them – are seeing the appeal of collaborative robots. Brent Balinski spoke to Dr Esben Østergaard and Dr Rodney Brooks, both CTOs/co-founders of the two leading “co-bot” companies, about the development of the category, what it offers, and what the future might hold.
An electronics factory in Dongguan has made all its processes robot-controlled, as 1,000 – 1,500 companies in the manufacturing hub enact “robot replace human” programmes.
Enquiries have come from as far away as Saudi Arabia following an investor roadshow for the Perth-born bricklaying robot company Fastbrick Robotics.
Most managers agree that automation is an important part of their business’s future, though there are worries around the effect on employment. Brent Balinski reports on some recent research and trends, and how they might reshape the industry.
Transparency Market Research has predicted the global market for industrial robots will grow strongly in value in the next five years, reaching $US 44.48 billion by 2020.
Artificial intelligence and automation experts have said that the death of a young worker in a Volkswagen factory should be recognised as both a rarity and an unfortunate accident.
ABB has won an order worth $52 million to boost the flexibility and efficiency of Changan Ford Automobile Co’s new production facility in Harbin, China.
A robot exoskeleton unveiled recently at Stuttgart can reportedly boost the strength of human workers by tenfold.
A young contractor technician has been killed at a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Germany by an industrial robot.
Fast-growing collaborative robot company Universal Robots has added a third Australian distributor, Andrew Donald Design Engineering.
Factories will become more flexible, adaptive and skilled according to new research by London-headquartered professional services firm Arup.
A four-legged robot called Robosimian could be used for assembly work in space, according to its NASA creators.