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Toru Robots, with Dr. Moritz Tenorth

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley spoke to Dr Moritz Tenorth, head of software development at Magazino, a Munich-based startup developing mobile pick-and-place robots for item-specific logistics. They d...
21 January 2017, by

A Pepper-warm reception at Decos

Like some angular alien architecture, Decos' futuristic development lab appears freshly landed in a martian lanscape. Underneath the sharp geometry and vectors, inside, the highly innovative company...
18 January 2017, by

Customer story: Deployable, autonomous vibration control of bridges using Husky UGV

Sriram Narasimhan’s research team are shaking things up in the Civil Engineering Structures Lab at the University of Waterloo. The research, which is led by Ph.D Candidate Kevin Goorts, is developin...
05 January 2017, by

De-automation is a thing

We tend to assume that automation is a process that continues - that once some human activity has been automated there's no going back. That automation sticks. But, as Paul Mason pointed out in a rece...
29 December 2016, by

Five applications for craft beer robots

What tasks in a craft brewery can you do with a collaborative robot? Here are five options to improve the efficiency, consistency and safety of manufacturing in the beverage industry....
28 December 2016, by and
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Actuation for Robotic Fingers, with Edward Neff

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews Edward Neff, founder of SMAC Corporation. Mr. Neff discusses how breakthroughs in his company have allowed them to develop linear actuators compact enough to b...
11 December 2016, by


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Craft breweries and robots

Craft brewing could be the perfect industry for collaborative robots. But, does automation mean losing your artisan status? We find how craft breweries can use robotics to scale-up their business with...
23 November 2016, by and

Automation should complement professional expertise, not replace it

Will your next doctor be an app? A cost-cutting NHS wants more patients to act as “self-carers,” with some technologized assistance. A series of flowcharts and phone trees might tell parents whose...
19 October 2016, by

From flying shuttles to rolling robots, automated supply chains are almost here

From Amazon’s delivery drones to self-driving cars, autonomous factory equipment to Elon Musk’s 760 mph vacuum tubes – automated vehicles are on the rise. Even beyond the grounds of pri...
02 September 2016, by

NPR podcasts discuss automation and the future of work

National Public Radio (NPR) has published a series of stories about robots and the future of employment in the U.S. and abroad. It begins with the story about the Luddites war on industry and a more ...
04 August 2016, by

How Industry 4.0 and Pokémon Go met halfway on the road to maximizing the IoT

You may be reloading this page trying to figure out if the title of this blog post got mixed up with something else. No, you read it correctly, I am going to outline similarities between Industry 4.0 ...
18 July 2016, by and

The Robot Afterlife: An exciting story about the post-factory years

Do you ever wonder what happens to those faithful working industrial robots when they retire? Whether they are stored in a closet, used for new manufacturing cells or turned into art, every robot has ...
06 July 2016, by and

Automatica’s exhibitors were trumpeting Industry 4.0. Is this the turning point for robotics?

Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution - was the main theme at the largest robot and automation fair in the world, Germany's AUTOMATICA, which took place in Munich throughout the last week o...
04 July 2016, by and

Robohub roundtable: Job loss through automation, Foxconn controversy

Every few weeks, Robohub will post a roundtable chat and discuss an engaging topic relating to robotics. In this edition, we looked at the controversial job loss of 60K jobs by Foxconn. Is this substa...
21 June 2016, by

The human brain vs. the digital brain: A case for visual inspections

by Audrey Boucher-Genesse I was once at a conference on image processing and the speaker discussed the perception of color. He spoke about a conversation with a potential client who said, “well,...
16 June 2016, by

Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute in planning for USA

The US just moved a step closer to building an advanced robotics institute modeled on the hugely successful Fraunhofer Institutes. The proposed ARM or Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute is one...
31 May 2016, by and

Photos from the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge

Robohub covered the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge that took place during #ICRA16 in Stockholm. Below, you can see an extensive photo gallery as part of our coverage. Check it out!...
25 May 2016, by

Chinese Midea makes $2.5 billion bid for up to 49% of KUKA

In China’s relentless state-stimulated quest to grow their robotics industry, Midea Group, a Chinese appliance manufacturer which already owns 13.5% of KUKA’s shares, has offered to buy up to 49...
19 May 2016, by

I am FRANKA: German collaborative robot can build itself

The robotic industry is currently surfing on a new wave of collaborative robots. With several big companies trying to make their way into the market, there is still a huge effort from emergent compan...

China’s growing robot industry turns to acquisitions

Paslin, a Michigan integrator of welding robots, automation systems, and tooling, was acquired by Wanfeng Technology Group for an undisclosed amount (but reported as $302 million i...
25 April 2016, by

4 reasons why Industry 4.0 will leave AGVs behind

By Paula de Villavicencio Technology has been in development for the last decade and has now come to fruition in the form of self-driving vehicles. These vehicles are driving into industrial cente...
22 April 2016, by

Industrial robot sales for 2015 set a new record

In a flurry of press releases, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) revealed details of 2015 industrial robot sales of 240,000 units. This set a new sales record and reflected an 8...
18 April 2016, by

Collaborative robots and breaking down evolving risk assessment

During the last 50 years, industrial robots have been increasingly used in manufacturing industries around the world. The technology has been evolving and adapting to the needs of its users. Over the ...
14 April 2016, by and

Filling the void left by Kiva Systems’ 2012 acquisition by Amazon

In March 2012, in an effort to make their distribution centers (DCs) as efficient as possible, Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for $775 million and almost immediately took them in house. There was c...
14 April 2016, by

Smart Digital Factory Lab showcasing Industry 4.0

We often see robotic or automated cells purposed to do a single motion or a very specific application. However, with all the new technology available in the market, it is interesting to see how each s...

Japan’s first 5-axis hybrid 3D printer

In a collaborative research effort, Enomoto Kogyo, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, and software company C&G Systems have developed Japan’s first 5-axis hybrid 3D printer, capable of ...
04 April 2016, by
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Hadrian Bricklaying Robot, with Mark Pivac

Transcript below.In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Mark Pivoc from FastBrick about Hadrian the bricklaying robot. Fastbrick is an Australian robotics firm aiming to disrupt the local bric...
02 April 2016, by

Stop talking about bringing jobs back from China

Ben Casselman, writing on the website FiveThirtyEight, says that manufacturing jobs are never coming back. He warns candidates to not inflame voters with empty promises and provides facts to prov...
27 March 2016, by

Why making robots is still hard

Making robots is no easy task. If you talk to roboticists, they will tell you that it took years before the last robot they built or programmed was any good at performing a specific task. And although...
23 March 2016, by

5 innovation challenges in materials transport

by: Meghan Hennessey Walk into any manufacturing facility today. Forklifts and AGVs may be in operation serving specific parts of the manufacturing floor, but you’ll also see hundreds of people a...
18 March 2016, by







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