Mechanical
Bipedal robot designed to walk on unpredictable, uneven terrain reshapes researchers’ expectations for dynamic robotic locomotion in the real world. Courtesy: Oregon State University/RIA
Mechanical May 17, 2019

Robot ethics, movement key to future technology developments

Researchers at several universities are working on technological developments that are blurring the line between human-robot interaction and what they can ethically do for people.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Mechanical May 14, 2019

Standards committee finalizes test methods and metrics for collaborative robots

The RIA R15.06 Standards Committee has finalized Technical Report (TR) R15.806-2018 to address the test methods and metrics for measuring pressure and force associated with quasi-static and transient contact events of collaborative applications.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Lubrication
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Lubrication December 9, 2018

Selecting the right industrial gear oil

Viscosity grade and speed are among the determining factors when making a selection for industrial gear oil.

By R. David Whitby
Motors, Drives
Preston Reine, research manager, industrial technology, IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Motors, Drives May 8, 2019

Industrial market growth a boost to low-voltage motors and drives

The worldwide market for low-voltage motors and drives grew in 2018 thanks to a continued resurgence in the heavy industries such as metal processing, mining and oil & gas.

By Preston Reine
Pumps
A soft-actuating robot gripper and a collaborative conveyor system enable safer human-robot interaction. Courtesy: Shuttleworth, LLC/RIA
Pumps May 6, 2019

Fenceless safety methods embrace human-robot interaction

Human-robot collaboration (HRC) is becoming more common, but humans still need to be aware of their machine counterparts. Companies have developed techniques to make it easier for humans and robots to safely interact and improve plant floor productivity.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Gears and Bearings
CFE Media file photo.
Gears and Bearings December 6, 2018

Roller bearings and predictive analytics

Predictive maintenance is a powerful tool to keep the noise down with roller bearings and can reduce costly repairs.

By Scott Moeller
Hydraulics
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Hydraulics January 17, 2019

Application and environment’s impact on choosing the correct hose

An application's environment and conditions can have a major impact on choosing the correct type of hose.

By Kevin Olmstead