CUPERTINO, CA—Apple Inc. has developed a large-scale robotic line to disassemble returned iPhones. The line’s 29 free-standing robotic arms remove SIM card trays, screws, batteries, cameras and other parts for recycling.
DETROIT—A new study has found that factory robots have not hindered manufacturing job growth, but added to it. Between the end of 2009 and the end of 2014, 62 corporations with collectively the largest installed base of robots added 1.25 million new jobs to their payroll, an overall increase of more than 20 percent.
EAST SETAUKET, NY—To support burgeoning growth in the U.S. market, collaborative robots manufacturer Universal Robots is opening three new offices in the United States: Ann Arbor, MI; Irvine, CA; and Dallas.