Material Handling

Courtesy: International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Robotics October 28, 2020

Robot sales rise due to increased automation, COVID-19 pandemic

Professional service robot sales increased by 32% worldwide from 2018 to 2019 and the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase sales even more.

By International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
The NTU robotic system is capable of processing information efficiently with minimal wiring and circuits. Courtesy: NTU Singapore
Robotics October 15, 2020

Mini-brains developed to help robots recognize pain and to self-repair

Scientists have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize pain and to self-repair when damaged.

By Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Courtesy: Propane Education & Research Council
Safety October 12, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 5-11, 2020

Articles about forklift safety, operating machines during stoppages, COVID-19 and robots, pump diagnostics and four profit killers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
A yellow underwater robot (left) finds its way to a mobile docking station to recharge and upload data before continuing a task. Courtesy: Jared Pike, Purdue University
Robotics October 8, 2020

Mobile docking system developed for underwater robots

A mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) has been developed to allow vehicles to perform longer tasks without the need for human intervention.

By Kayla Wiles
Courtesy: Universal Robots/RIA
Robotics October 6, 2020

Reducing COVID-19 worker risks with robots

Focusing on COVID-19 risks in the workplace has shed new light on the benefits of automation and robots and their benefits on the plant floor and manifesting in multiple ways.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: Propane Education & Research Council
Material Handling October 1, 2020

Fundamentals of forklift safety

Keep employees safe and productive by reinforcing these safety reminders

By Matt McDonald
Courtesy: Motion Industries
Robotics September 16, 2020

Do cobots replace people in manufacturing?

The debate has been long — and shall continue — whether automation replaces humans or increases productivity, quality and safety

By Joseph H. Schwartz
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Discrete Manufacturing September 7, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 31 to September 6, 2020

Articles about global manufacturing outlook, energy efficiency as a service, robotics market outlook, virtual commissioning and Ethanol-based hand sanitizers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 31 to September 6, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
A3 statistics showed robotics, machine vision, and motion control markets all contracted in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Courtesy: A3
Robotics August 31, 2020

Robotics, machine and motion control market outlook positive for 2021

While the market is down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market outlook for 2021 is positive according to a report by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and ITR Economics.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics August 2, 2020

Robotic software improves robot health

Industrial robotic software, industrial networks and cloud-based technologies are helping to improve industrial robotic health, improve robotic uptime and better manage robotic assets.

By Mark T. Hoske