Video: 2010 IMTS: Yaskawa's two-arm robot plays Blackjack
So programming a two-armed robot to deal blackjack is a pretty nifty trick, but what practical use does it have for manufacturing? Erik Nievesfrom Yaskawa and Motoman Inc. gives Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra a look at how to use robotics in a variety of applications to improve manufacturing efficiency and safety during the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
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Annual Salary Survey
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