Linking computer vision with robotics is a tricky problem, but the benefits in places like factories, fields and the ocean floor are worth the trouble. Brent Balinski spoke to Professor Peter Corke of Queensland University of Technology about giving robots the power of sight.
For family-run businesses like Australia’s Prysm Industries, providing a high quality product while also keeping costs down can be a challenge.
Perth is set to be the first Australian city to trial a driver-less bus, according to West Australia’s transport minister.
Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer robot, announced in March last year, is available in Australia through distributor Impact Robotics.
A 3D printing robot on wheels could be a solution to potholed roads in the future, according to reports.
A new sponge-like material, discovered by Monash researchers, could have diverse and valuable real-life applications.
Bosch Australia launches ‘APAS assistant’: a flexible, mobile automation solution for connected production
The increasing trend towards collaborating robotic solutions has prompted Bosch Australia to expand into safe robot kinematics. This has been manifested in the development of a flexible, connected, safe and collaborative Automated Production Assistant (APAS) solution.
Universal Robots recently hosted Manufacturers’ Monthly at the Clayton offices of a local supplier. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s Andrew Pether about the UR3 tabletop robot’s features.
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.