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Observations from IMTS 2018: The Future is Here

Sep 26, 2018 2:48:20 PM / by Seth Angle posted in Collaborative Robot, Future of Manufacturing, IMTS,

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This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15 in Chicago, was the largest yet, with 2,563 exhibiting companies and 129,415 people registered. We enjoyed this fun opportunity to talk with exhibitors, watch demonstrations, and learn about trends to watch in manufacturing and automation.

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Cobots as Coworkers: Humans and Robots on the Job Side by Side

Jul 31, 2018 9:32:00 AM / by Seth Angle posted in Collaborative Robot, Applications,

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When you think of robots, you might picture a vaguely humanlike machine marching around in a futuristic setting or perhaps you think of a massive arm swirling around objects on an assembly line. A new generation of robots has come on the scene and is growing in numbers and capabilities. First developed by General Motors in the mid-1990’s, collaborative robots, also called cobots , are designed to work with humans in manufacturing, warehouses,  and other settings. With the development of new technology and applications, they’re gaining popularity. “Currently, collaborative robots only make up about 3% of all robot sales. This number is expected to jump to 34% in 2025” according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

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