Material Handling

Robotic waterjet system produces a stream of water traveling at supersonic speed to cut a variety of materials including superalloycomponents used in the aerospace industry. Courtesy: Shape Technologies Group/RIA
Material Handling October 18, 2019

Collaborative robots bringing automation to aviation industry

Collaborative robots are improving aircraft construction, testing and maintenance as the aviation industry adopts Industry 4.0 and automates aircraft operation.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Snake-like rotots have been around for more than a decade and were initially used for search-and-rescue operations in challenging terrains. Their use is being evaluated for a range of industrial operationds, including gaining access to confined spaces. Courtesy: Sarcos Robotics
Material Handling September 13, 2019

Keep workers safe, costs low

Why Ameren Missouri is leveraging the power of robotics.

By Kristi Martindale
Figure 2: Donaldson’s IIoT subscription service monitors industrial dust and fume collectors and provides owners with access to real-time information and maintenance alerts. The service connects industrial facilities with the manufacturer over the Internet, allowing an ongoing support relationship. Courtesy: Donaldson Company Inc.
Material Handling September 9, 2019

Maintain secondary equipment via IIoT

Nonproduction equipment like dust collectors compete for maintenance attention; IIoT can help identify issues before they become larger problems.

By Brent Nelson
Courtesy: CFE Media
Material Handling August 23, 2019

Robots need to understand and think more

Robots, according to a paper from the University of Birmingham, will need to think in the right context as economies embrace automation, connectivity and digitization and as levels of human-robot interaction increase.

By Suzanne Gill
WVU Professor Powsiri Klinkhachorn, Derek Roesch, Bertrand Wieliczko Ian Hostottle, Nathan Owen and Karan (Kermit) Sah make up the MIDAS III team. Courtesy: West Virginia University
Material Handling August 18, 2019

Robotics team wins NASA competition for second time in three years

West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team won NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge for the second time in three years with the Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System III (MIDAS III).

By Paige Nesbit
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Material Handling August 13, 2019

Putting safety first with collaborative robots

While collaborative robots are starting to be accepted within the manufacturing sector, safety is still a concern for many. Learn how several companies are working to address the safety issue and address misconceptions.

By Suzanne Gill
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Material Handling August 8, 2019

Collaborative robots’ growing role in aerospace

Collaborative robots are playing a key role in aerospace engineering as manufacturers look to meet increased demand.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Courtesy: CFE Media
Material Handling July 24, 2019

Factors driving robotic growth in non-automotive industries

Global growth for the robotics industry plus lower overall startup costs and technology upgrades is driving growth in non-automotive industries.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
A new MIT-invented system automatically designs and 3-D prints complex robotic actuators optimized according to an enormous number of specifications, such as appearance and flexibility. To demonstrate the system, the researchers fabricated floating water lilies with petals equipped with arrays of actuators and hinges that fold up in response to magnetic fields run through conductive fluids. Courtesy: Subramanian Sundaram, MIT
Material Handling July 18, 2019

Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

By Rob Matheson
Courtesy: CFE Media
Material Handling June 30, 2019

Collaborative robots in the supply chain

Collaborative robots are being used in applications throughout the supply chain, from materials handling to assembly to order fulfillment and can even be used for processing returns and performing quality control checks.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)