• Stephen LaMarca

Tech Trends - May

Here are some juicy articles from the past few months pulled from MTInsight’s Tech Trends. To get up to speed, use the Bitly link to view the full article.


SMART ROBOTS STEP UP TO HELP COMBAT CORONAVIRUS

The spread of coronavirus has blindsided the world. Think about it: you’re probably reading this at your kitchen table, on the couch, or in bed instead of at your desk in your office building. Anyway, intelligent disinfection robots could soon help stop the spread of viruses in hospitals – and they were developed in just seven days!



DENMARK OPENS SWANKY HQ FOR ROBOT COWORKERS

Looks like Denmark is officially the (collaborative) robotics capital of the world! Although cobots aren’t necessarily common (yet), collaborative robots are the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, and Denmark is the home to Universal Robots (UR), and they exclusively build collaborative arms!



MIKROSAM PARTNERS UD-CCM ON AUTOMATED TAPE PLACEMENT

Here’s an example of how robots could be gunning for the jobs of pricey fiber/tape/tow placement machines!



BOSTON DYNAMICS, OTTO MOTORS PARTNER ON WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Boston Dynamics. If you’ve been to IMTS before, you’ve certainly seen OTTO Motors and their warehouse industrial autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in action. Together, Boston Dynamics and OTTO Motors can make AMRs more capable and productive than ever before.



ABB AND COVARIANT PARTNER TO DEPLOY INTEGRATED AI ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS

Robot arm technology breaks down like this: your first-generation arms are of the industrial type. Industrial arms are fast and strong, but dumb. They need to be safeguarded to ensure they don’t kill anything organic near it when it’s working. Collaborative robots (cobots) are the second generation arms that are much friendlier to work with, more forgiving, and less accident-prone around humans. Now enter the current state: robot arms implementing artificial intelligence, sometimes referred to as adaptive robots. ABB has just partnered with Covariant to provide the AI brains for their robots.



SCIENCE FICTION VS. REALITY: A ROBOTICS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

Robots have really taken off over the past few years in the manufacturing industry and even in military settings; one of my personal favorites is the Phalanx CIWS, an automated Gatling cannon that shoots down incoming missiles. But I digress. The robots we’ve come to know and love in science fiction are surprisingly considered a long-term goal.



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