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Industrial Automation

Create robots that increase manufacturing throughput, improve work environments, and reduce operating costs.

With the proliferation of robots in the industrial sector, some say we’re entering a second machine age. From traditional applications such as manufacturing, to inspection of areas that are difficult, dangerous, or impossible for humans to examine and repair, robots are implementing mission-critical tasks and changing the way work is done.

"Some economists are saying that the world is entering a second machine age."

Jason Bellini and Matt MacDonald, WSJ

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Advanced manufacturing robots

Precision, repeatability, and reliability have all been traditional hallmarks of a manufacturing robot. Today, robots are expanding beyond their traditional manufacturing line roles and working alongside humans or other robots. They're handling a wide variety of objects dynamically and even working in nontraditional manufacturing environments such as restaurants.

Factors to consider:
  • Throughput and system timing analysis
  • Space trade-offs, such as buffer sizing, bypass, and pass/fail
  • Motion and path planning
  • Machine vision system integration
  • Multistage automation systems with multistage synchronized degrees of freedom
  • Gripper and effector designs

Warehouse robots

Moving materials in and out of warehouses is one of the fastest growing market segments for robotics. Beyond the traditional warehouse applications, new areas of growth are emerging. For example, organizations—such as retail stores and hospitals—are exploring robotics-based inventory management to reduce labor costs.

Factors to consider:
  • Indoor operation in a temperature-controlled environment
  • Safety systems for human interaction
  • Navigation strategy
  • Power requirements
  • Sensors, such as barcode reading

Autonomous and semiautonomous task mobile robots

Inspections, preventative maintenance, and remote repair are exciting new areas where robots can provide information and service more effectively and safely than humans.

Factors to consider:
  • Operational environment
  • Constraints that may impact size, weight, and required battery life
  • Communication systems
  • Navigation and pilot controls

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Rugged Robotics

Case study in reducing weight and cost, while improving ruggedness and designing for manufacturability in robotics design.

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