Special Focus Issue
Automation for Manufacturing Keeps Evolving
August 30, 2021
From human-machine interaction to precise motion control, technologies are continuing to improve how robots can help manufacturers of all sizes with a variety of tasks.
OSHA and Robotics: What You Need to Know About Safety
August 28, 2021
While OSHA may not have much in the way of robotics safety standards, other guidance does exist, and integrators and operators should conduct a thorough risk assessment before deployment.
MCRI to Join Plus One Robotics’ Integrator Program to Automate E-Commerce Fulfillment, Warehouse Operations
August 27, 2021
Motion Controls Robotics Inc., or MCRI, is a certified systems integrator that will offer Plus One Robotics' vision and collaboration systems to its warehouse automation offerings.
Timken Acquires Intelligent Machine Solutions to Expand Linear Motion Line With Industrial Robots
August 23, 2021
Intelligent Machine Solutions, which makes floor-mounted, seventh-axis robotic transfer units, and gantry systems, will grow Timken's Rollon presence across industries.
Memic Innovative Surgery Announces SPAC Deal, $1B Valuation
August 20, 2021
Memic has developed the Hominis surgical robot, which is intended to provide human-level dexterity for minimally invasive procedures in women's health. It has FDA approval.
Virtual Incision’s MIRA Miniature Robotic System Assists in Its First Surgical Procedure at Bryan Medical Center
August 16, 2021
On its path to commercialization, Virtual Incision has participated in the first procedure using its MIRA miniature robotic surgical system under an FDA IDE exemption.
U.S. Army Gives RE2 Robotics $1M to Create System for Autonomous Helicopter Refueling
August 11, 2021
RE2 Robotics is applying its mobile manipulation expertise to developing a system that will use robotic arms, multiple sensors, and an unmanned ground vehicle to refuel Apache helicopters.
XACT Robotics Says System Completes Over 100 ‘Hands-Free’ Surgical Procedures
August 8, 2021
XACT Robotics said its ACE robotic surgical system has been successfully used to target small percutaneous lesions in more than 100 procedures in the U.S. and Israel.
Top 10 Robotics, Autonomous Vehicle Transactions of July 2021
August 6, 2021
Although the number of transactions in July 2021 held steady, self-driving car companies and startups working on robot software still raised billions.
Covariant Raises $80M Series C for Robotic Manipulation AI
July 28, 2021
The Covariant Brain, which uses AI to guide picking robots for more flexible manipulation, has already been successfully deployed in verticals such as grocery and parcel.
Cassie Bipedal Robot Produced by OSU and Agility Robotics Runs 5K
July 27, 2021
Cassie, the two-legged robot developed at Oregon State University and commercialized by Agility Robotics, completed a 5K course untethered with only two stumbles.
ACE Controls Releases MC75 Miniature Shock Absorber for Robots, Other Tight Spaces
July 26, 2021
The MC75 shock absorbers are designed to provide high-energy damping in tight installation spaces in industrial manufacturing, materials handling, and robotics applications.
Alphabet’s X Launches Intrinsic to Make Robot Programming Easier
July 23, 2021
A team at X, the innovation unit of Alphabet, has spent five and a half years developing tools to make it easier for robots to sense and be used in...
How Can Motion Planning Improve Industrial Robot Operations in Factories?
July 21, 2021
Both industrial and collaborative robots need energy-efficient and safe motion planning, and new AI approaches and algorithms promise to improve manufacturing automation.
Novanta to Acquire Sensor, Tooling Maker ATI Industrial Automation for $172M
July 19, 2021
Novanta is adding ATI and Schneider Electric Motion to its offerings for industrial equipment manufacturers, as well as for medical and collaborative robots.
MIT Motion-Planning Algorithm Enables Robot to Safely Dress a Person
July 16, 2021
To move safely and efficiently around people, robots need human-aware motion planning, as in a new algorithm developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Harmonic Bionics to Demonstrate Upper-Extremity Exoskeleton at Rehab Facilities
July 16, 2021
Harmonic Bionics plans to send its new Harmony SHR bilateral, upper-body exoskeleton around the country to demonstrate its use for neurological rehabilitation.
NVIDIA, USC Researchers Present DiSECt Simulator for Robotic Cutting
July 13, 2021
NVIDIA and USC said DiSECt, their differentiable simulation engine for autonomous robotic cutting, could predict forces on knives cutting through soft natural materials.
Novanta to Acquire Motion Control Provider Schneider Electric Motion USA for $115M
July 13, 2021
Novanta, which supplies medical and advanced equipment manufacturers, is adding automation component supplier Schneider Electric Motion USA to its motion control portfolio.
Universal Robots Adds Cobot Systems Integrators, to Demonstrate ActiNav Picking Across the U.S.
July 12, 2021
Universal Robots will be demonstrating its ActiNav system for flexible machine loading at five U.S. locations, and it has added four integrators to its network.