Thursday, March 10, 2022

ABB robots improve material handling speed and flexibility in the production of electric vehicle batteries.

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ABB expands its portfolio of large robot families for complex manufacturing applications with the addition of two new robot families. The IRB 5710 and 5720 robots from ABB provide higher productivity and improved performance with increased uptime for applications such as electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, foundry, forging, rubber, plastics, and metal fabrication due to increased speed, precision, flexibility, and a more robust design that includes integrated process wiring.

The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are available in eight variants, with payloads ranging from 70 kg to 180 kg and reaches ranging from 2.3 m to 3 m. The two robot families work well together for a variety of production tasks such as material handling and machine assembly, as well as specific operations in electric vehicle manufacturing such as battery module pick-and-place, high-precision assembly, and parts handling. The benefits of the robots make them ideal for use in plastic molding, metal casting, cleaning, and spraying applications.

"These new robots accelerate ABB's continued expansion into the rapidly growing electric vehicle market, meeting customer demand for ruggedized units with the speed, path accuracy, and dexterity required to perform complex electric vehicle battery assembly tasks," says Joerg Reger, general manager of ABB Robotics' automotive business line.

"The transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles is increasing the demand for quick and adaptable manufacturing lines. Electric vehicle designs are frequently complex, and components such as batteries and semiconductor modules can be extremely heavy or fragile. These requirements necessitate solutions that provide maximum precision and repeatability in order to avoid production errors "Reger added.

The new OmniCoreTM V250XT controller from ABB, the latest addition to the OmniCore controller family, is installed in both robot families. The OmniCore V250XT controller, which includes ABB's TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology, enables the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots to deliver class-leading speed, improving throughput while reducing manufacturing times. The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 have better position repeatability (0.04-0.05 mm), path repeatability (0.1-0.14 mm), and path accuracy (1-1.2 mm) than other robots in their class, allowing them to deliver the highest levels of manufacturing quality.

ABB's LeanID Integrated DressPack offers enhanced cable protection by allowing process cables to be routed into the robot's upper arm and along the wrist rather than outward. This eliminates oscillating cables, which are a common cause of robot maintenance problems, potentially reducing downtime and maintenance costs and extending robot life by several years. LeanID also makes programming and simulation easier in ABB's RobotStudio® offline programming software by allowing for predictable cable movements.

For maximum flexibility in production design, both robot lines include a variety of mounting options, including floor, angled, inverted, and semi-column.


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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Insect robots capable of performing tasks in difficult-to-reach areas have been developed.

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These small insect-inspired robots are designed to access inhospitable areas that other robots or humans cannot.

Robotics has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, with new robots capable of not only holding items as delicate as an egg, but also of serving as exploration or rescue machines.

The problem with many of these robots is that they have a large wingspan, so we are also seeing advances in insect-like robots, i.e. machines inspired by the insects that we normally see in nature, and that will make our lives much easier, particularly with regard to tasks performed in difficult-to-reach spaces.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have now developed small insect-inspired robots capable of performing all of these tasks. According to the team, these robots could end up being used to access difficult areas in order to obtain images or perform environmental assessments, but they could also be used to collect water samples or perform structural assessments.

"Anywhere you want to access confined places, where an insect might go but a person might not," said Junfeng Gao, a Ph.D. student in industrial engineering who led the work.

Hoping on surfaces is more energy efficient for most insects than climbing, and the researchers were inspired by this technique when designing their robots.

These robots, which are made of polymeric artificial muscle, have versatile movement and a small size, similar to that of a cricket, allowing them to move on moving surfaces such as sand as easily as they would on a hard surface.

"It's like loading an arrow into a bow and shooting it: the robots engage to build up energy and then release it in an impulsive burst to leap forward," M. Ravi Shankar, professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, explains.


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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Youth from Nuevo Laredo compete in a robotics competition.

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University students from Nuevo Laredo will compete in an international competition, where they will be able to compare their abilities to students from other schools around the world.

"There are 8 students and an advisor, we practice every day from Tuesday to Saturday, and we are preparing what is a competent robot to be able to climb to the bases indicated by the challenge," Geovanni Martinez, advisor of the Mechatronics career at the Technological University of Nuevo Laredo, said.


Because the competition will be held in Tlaxcala in April, the young people of Nuevo Laredo are working three to four hours a day to be able to represent their school and Nuevo Laredo with dignity.

The robots being prepared for the competition must be able to lift various objects and place them in specific locations in the shortest amount of time possible, with the goal of making the processes more efficient.

"Many schools are going, at the state level we have schools from Altamira, Matamoros, Tampico, as well as other places like Mexico City, Saltillo, Monterrey, Tlaxcala, other schools from the United States and other countries," said the team's advisor, who will represent the city in April.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

This material, which is used in robotics, has the ability to regenerate itself.


Because of what they entail, technological advancements can be overwhelming to people. And some can leave more than one person speechless at the thought that humans are capable of doing so.

According to the study published in Nature, several researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in artificial hands or other soft robotics applications.

This technology has the potential to revolutionize robotics. Not only that, but Tactile devices may also evolve as a result of this breakthrough. So far, most soft sensing technologies have been short-lived and energy-intensive.

"Incorporating soft sensors into robotics allows us to get a lot more information from them," said David Hardman, the study's lead author from Cambridge's Department of Engineering. "It's similar to how muscle tension allows our brain to receive information about the state of our body."

This team of researchers created gel-like materials that can detect tension, temperature, and humidity. One of the advantages of these robots over previous generations is their ability to repair themselves partially at room temperature.

Previously, robots required heat to repair themselves, but the researchers wanted to change that so that the technology could be commercialized.

"We began with an elastic material based on gelatin, which is inexpensive, biodegradable, and biocompatible, and we performed various tests on how to incorporate sensors into the material by adding numerous conductive components," Hardman explained.

Several tests were carried out by the researchers. They discovered that printing the sensors with sodium chloride, also known as salt, rather than carbon ink, resulted in a material with the desired properties.

Because of their low cost and ease of fabrication, self-healing materials are the best choice in robotics for making soft sensors. They are still a concept, but if further developed, they could be used to create artificial skins, among other things.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Artificial intelligence spending is expected to exceed $500 million by 2023.

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At the moment, it is expected to reach 432.8 billion this year across software, hardware, and services.

The artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to be worth $432.8 billion by 2022. That is IDC's global revenue forecast for 2022, which includes software, hardware, and services, and represents a 19.6 percent increase year on year.

Experts believe that as spending on hardware and services rises, the software category's share will fall slightly. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, when the artificial intelligence market is expected to exceed $500 billion.

"AI has emerged as the next big wave of innovation," says Ritu Jyoti, vice president of IDC's artificial intelligence and automation research group.

"Advances in language, voice, and vision technologies, as well as multimodal AI solutions," he says, "are revolutionizing human efficiency." In this era of digital transformation, the combination of artificial intelligence "plus human ingenuity" is the differentiator for businesses to "scale and thrive."

According to Jyoti, "AI solutions are currently focused on business process problems," with applications including "process improvement, planning and forecasting, empowering superior decision making and results."

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Fujitsu establishes an organization to promote the ethical use of artificial intelligence.

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The AI Ethics and Governance Office will concentrate on advanced technology research, development, and application.

Fujitsu has announced the establishment of the AI Ethics and Governance Office to help with the management of artificial intelligence ethics.

Junichi Arahori will lead this office, which will accelerate the safe deployment of innovations that go beyond artificial intelligence.

It will particularly concentrate on putting in place measures to promote ethics in the research, development, and application of advanced technologies. It will also investigate the social impact of machine learning.

The establishment of the AI Ethics and Governance Office is the next step in Fujitsu's strategy to establish governance based on international best practices, policies, and legal frameworks.

It issued the Fujitsu Group AI Commitment in March 2019 in support of safe and transparent artificial intelligence. In September of that year, it formed the Fujitsu Group External Advisory Committee on AI Ethics to assess its ethical framework.


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The robot that wants to replace parcel delivery drivers is now on sale.

 The parcel delivery driver-replacing robot is now available for purchase.

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Human-labor-capable robots are already on the market. Literally. Digit is now available for purchase, allowing any company to purchase and use them immediately, without the need for programming.

For years, we've been watching the evolution of robots designed to fill jobs. In many cases, they remain in laboratories or do not make it to the end of the chain. This has not been the case with Digit, the recently released delivery and transportation robot.

Digit was created by Agility Robotics, a U.S. company that was founded not to experiment with robots, but to create robots that can be used practically in everyday life.

Digit can transport packages and other objects from one location to another. It can also deliver cargo to people on the street. You can see it in action in this video:

Digit is a humanoid robot, but it does not look exactly like a human. It lacks a head and fingers, and its gait is more akin to that of a bird than that of a person. This is due to Agility Robotics' research into the anatomy of various animals in order to develop a system that is stable and adaptable to all types of terrain.

The Digit robot is capable of walking on dirt roads, climbing curbs, and even climbing stairs. It has 360-degree sensors, allowing it to avoid obstacles and bumps in tight spaces like a warehouse. This will be the primary workstation.

It was created to carry out repetitive tasks, such as transporting objects back and forth in a warehouse. However, companies such as Ford have used it to deliver packages on the road using an autonomous vehicle.

According to Agility Robotics, warehouse jobs are currently unfilled, and these robots can fill those positions. Particularly in pandemic situations such as the one we are currently experiencing.

Digit has a significant advantage in that it requires almost no programming to put it to use. It can be integrated into the company's structure without affecting the work chain.

All that is required for Digit to begin working autonomously is the establishment of a route as well as pick-up and drop-off points. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without pay or protest?

However, the cost is prohibitively expensive for the majority of people. Digit is worth $250,000. However, it can be profitable for companies whose warehouses are at a standstill due to confinement or a lack of personnel...


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ABB robots improve material handling speed and flexibility in the production of electric vehicle batteries.

ABB expands its portfolio of large robot families for complex manufacturing applications with the addition of two new robot families. The IR...