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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
Robotics July 18, 2020

Researchers giving robots human-like perception of their physical environments

3D Dynamic Scene Graphs gives robots spatial abilities that could enable them to work with people on the plant floor or in other dangerous environments.

By Jennifer Chu
Maxar Technologies has announced more than $2 million in funding for the Robotic Technology Center at West Virginia University. Courtesy: West Virginia University
Robotics July 9, 2020

Project collaboration for robot applications in outer space

Maxar Technologies has announced over $2 million in funding for the Robotic Technology Center at West Virginia University for a project called Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER), which will be a part of NASA's OSAM-1 mission.

By Paige Nesbit
HAMR-Jr stands next to its (bigger) predecessor, HAMR-IV. Courtesy: Kaushik Jayaram, University of Colorado Boulder
Robotics July 2, 2020

Cockroach-inspired robot designed to work in applications with limited space

A University of Colorado researcher has created HAMR-Jr, a robot modeled after cockroaches and designed to crawl and easily move into dangerous places such as airplane engines or other spaces where mechanics can’t reach to conduct needed inspections.

By University of Colorado Boulder
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics June 24, 2020

Building resilience with robotics

Will the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate the speed adoption of robotic and automation across the industrial sector? There are many factors at play.

By Suzanne Gill
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 13, 2020

Study finds robots help some manufacturers even while workers struggle

A study co-authored by an MIT professor shows firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, but overall employment drops.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 12, 2020

The rise of robots-as-a-service in manufacturing operations

Robots-as-a-Service uses a cloud-based system which allows for easier requirement changes.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)