Material Handling

Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 4, 2021

Robots learning to grasp friction

A new law of physics that accounts for how robots grip objects, particularly web ones, has been discovered by North Carolina State University researchers.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Robotics May 2, 2021

Mobile collaborative robot growth buoyed by changing market

Growth in e-commerce and logistics require mobile and flexible robots and collaborative robots will play a key role in their growth as well as other industries.

By Maya Xiao
Courtesy: Control Engineering at ProMatDX
Robotics April 16, 2021

Robots help streamline warehouse operations

Warehousing industry has huge automation potential, and artificial intelligence-driven robotics technologies are helping with labor shortages, rapid online sales growth, and greater demands for faster deliveries, according to a ProMatDX 2021 session. See 7 reasons for AI-enabled intralogistics robots.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Caster Connection
Material Handling April 15, 2021

Seven shortcomings of commodity casters

The right application-specific casters and wheels can help optimize workflow

By Eric Hassen
Courtesy: Yong Chen, USC Viterbi
Material Handling April 15, 2021

How a moving 3D printing platform cuts waste, costs

Researchers at USC Viterbi have developed a unique low-cost dynamically-controlled surface for 3D printers that reduces waste and saves time. See video.

By Greta Harrison
Courtesy: ABI Research/RIA
Robotics April 12, 2021

Robot industry trends and potential for the future

The last year has been a trying one for many industries, but robotics manufacturers and distributors are using the current climate to develop new and innovative ways for robots to help in manufacturing.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics April 10, 2021

How robotic process automation helps digitally transform businesses

Robotic process automation (RPA) can help drive business transformation forward, but only if it is implemented correctly.

By Paul Rivers
Courtesy: John Toon, Georgia Tech
Robotics March 30, 2021

Control system helps drones team up to deliver heavy packages

A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a modular solution for handling larger packages without the need for a complex fleet of drones of varying sizes. See video.

By John Toon
There are three types of industrial mobile robots (IMRs). Type A has no attachments and is one type of mobile platform; Type B has attachments that may be passive or active, but no manipulate; Type C is a mobile platform with a manipulator attachment like an arm. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/OSHA
Robotics March 24, 2021

Developing robotic safety standards and compliance

Robotic safety standards have been around for a few decades and their importance is growing as they became more common in manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR)
Robotics March 24, 2021

Eight lessons for robotics startups

Robotics companies are experiencing major growth, but what separates the successful companies from the pretenders? See eight tips on how to succeed and video examples.

By Andra Keay