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Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a way to allow humans and robots to interact safely. The control system uses arm sensors that can “read” a person’s muscle movements.
New technology allows robots and humans to work closer than ever. But, several hurdles remain before there will be widespread deployment on assembly lines.
Volkswagen AG has deployed a robot that works alongside humans at its engine assembly plant here. The six-axis robotic arm is located in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for inserting delicate glow plugs into cylinder heads.
Manufacturers have lots of different robotic options available today. Proven technology includes articulated six-axis robots, Cartesian robots, delta robots and SCARA robots, which can each handle a variety of assembly tasks. So, why all the hype about a new class of automation that allows robots and human to closely interact on the plant floor?
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are attempting to make robots smart enough to work effectively with people. They believe the key may be cross training.
Once upon a time, ASSEMBLY chronicled the toy industry on a regular basis. In fact, the magazine debuted the same year that the Hula Hoop ushered in the era of fad toys.
Toy manufacturers are faced with increasingly stringent safety regulations and constantly changing consumer tastes. But, mass-customization and 3D printing may help small companies compete.
Lightweight exoskeletons currently under development will give soldiers superhuman strength. The devices will allow soldiers to easily carry loads of up to 200 pounds.
Within the next decade, a large portion of the U.S. Army’s huge fleet of vehicles could run on battery power. In fact, the Pentagon plans to acquire more than 92,000 electric vehicles by 2020.
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