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.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.