Insect-sized drones have been developed with a soft actuator that allows them to withstand the physical travails of real-world flight, which could help their overall movement in many applications. See video.
Integration with AGVs on plant floors increases operational intelligence
Robotic orders for 2020 were 3.5% higher than 2019 with non-automotive robotic orders surpassing automotive orders for the first time ever, according to the Robotic Industries Association.
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) published a national safety standard that provides technical requirements for the design of industrial mobile robots to support worker safety.
A team of USC master’s students created a disinfection robot called LASER-D to use on COVID-19 prevention. See video.
The collaborative robot market, led by China and the United States, is predicted to thrive over the next several years after a difficult period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A system has been developed that devises hardware architectures to hasten robots’ response time so they can operate in critical situations.
Robotics and other technology advances increase accuracy and allow robots to improve precision and make larger parts for additive manufacturing applications.
Industrial robots helped Ricoh automate their manufacturing process and improve their operational efficiency.
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.