Robotics & Mechatronics


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Bag-handling robots
Third Quarter 2021
With the ever expanding demands of industry, robotics has had to flex and adapt to suit new niches. One such niche is the recent trend towards bag-in-bag packaging, where products supplied in large bags ...

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Food industry trends: robot-assisted workflows
Third Quarter 2021, Omron Electronics
This has resulted in producers having to be even more agile with existing assets. These assets in the form of single or connected machines must therefore be more flexible than ever, meaning they must ...

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The benefits of collaborative robots
Second Quarter 2021, SMC Corporation South Africa, Editor's Choice
While robotics led the way for the rapid growth of automation, cobots are the democratisation of robotics technology. They eliminate the cost and complex programming that robots usually require while providing much greater flexibility.

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Robots in the workforce
Second Quarter 2021
No, the machines aren’t taking over.

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Streamlined food deliveries
First Quarter 2021, Omron Electronics
It’s part of a larger experiment called the Six City Strategy ‘New solutions in city logistics’ project, which is looking at possible options for last mile deliveries in Finnish cities. It’s looking for ...

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The challenges and opportunities in robotics
First Quarter 2021
With the high levels of unemployment in South Africa, it is essential to identify where there are skills shortages and to encourage learners to study in those fields that present employment opportunities. ...

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Selecting a mobile robot for heavy loads
First Quarter 2021, Omron Electronics
Five questions to ask when selecting autonomous material transport technology for industrial applications.

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Changing the automotive industry with robots
Fourth Quarter 2020
When it comes to industrial robotics, there’s no doubt that its greatest impact is in the automotive industry. The technology has given manufacturers a competitive advantage – improving the quality of ...

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The role of pick and place robots
Fourth Quarter 2020
As automation became widely accepted and implemented throughout various industries, robotics took it one step further with robots designed for specific applications, such as handling, packaging and ...

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Mobile robot with 1500 kg payload capacity
Fourth Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics
The 1500 kg payload capacity enables transportation of large automotive components such as car chassis and voluminous pallet size payloads − items that would have traditionally been moved using forklifts. ...

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Reducing business downtime with robots
28 September 2020
In a world that is always connected and moving at a blistering speed, businesses cannot afford to have extensive periods of downtime. As efficiency becomes a primary driver of business, industries are ...

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Gimatic builds on its mechatronics expertise
Third Quarter 2020, Gimatic
Gimatic is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric grippers for End Of Arm Tooling used in industrial automation. The company specialises in the production of vacuum cups (flat and bellow), ...

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The future of collaborative robots
Third Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics, Editor's Choice
Collaborative robots (cobots) that can work safely in the same environment as people have an important role in enabling flexible manufacturing and creating a competitive advantage for companies. A new ...

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Thousands of robots swarm together
Second Quarter 2020, Editor's Choice
Harvard engineers have created a robotic system consisting of a swarm of 1024 small robots called Kilobots that can collaborate and organise themselves into complex shapes.

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Robots in the time of COVID-19
1 July 2020
COVID-19 has swept through the lives of people across the globe, disrupted all industries and brought the world’s economy to a grinding halt. As the world moves towards a different tomorrow, future-orientated ...

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Eighteen synchronous NC axes
Second Quarter 2020, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ecmec, has developed a high-tech machine for a supplier to the automobile industry that can complete several process steps simultaneously without having to remount the ...

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Robots in South Africa
Second Quarter 2020, Editor's Choice
Manufacturers In South Africa experience significant challenges and there are many obstacles that prevent industries from pushing forward into a new era of automation and robotic solutions. Due to the ...

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Automation with robotics
Second Quarter 2020, Omron Electronics
BOLÇİ Bolu Chocolate produces over 200 tons of chocolate items each month. The company needed to meet its promise of delivering chocolate products that are ‘untouched by human hand’. Omron and Innovas ...

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Tailor-made mobile robotics revolutionise the automotive industry
1 May 2020, Omron Electronics
   Continuous optimisation of production and logistics processes Depending on the BMW plant, up to 1600 vehicles are produced each day. With such production volumes, continuous optimisation and efficiency ...

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AGVs for automated production
1 April 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa
Automated and flexible production processes are the answer to increasing quantities, smaller batch sizes, and high production speeds. Automated guided vehicle (AGVs) systems and their smaller relatives, ...

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