Adaptive robot for manufacturing
Baxter by Rethink Robotics is a robot that can perform repetitive production tasks on the work floor and can adapt to its situation by sensing the environment around it.
Baxter is a robot able to perform a variety of simple, yet critical production tasks while safely and intelligently working next to people in manufacturing environments. Baxter can sense and adapt to its task and its environment through vision-guided detection and object detection. This gives Baxter an added awareness of its surroundings and the ability to adjust accordingly. Watch a Control Engineering video about Baxter.
Baxter can handle many repetitive production tasks that are typically difficult or expensive to automate, freeing human operators to focus on more value-added jobs. Baxter’s initial release software includes functionality for basic discrete part handling, simple line loading/unloading, and basic packing and unpacking tasks, with more complex features and enhanced performance to follow.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey