Robotics

Automation fuels job growth in US

A report from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has linked increases in the use of robots in manufacturing with higher employment in the USA. Bob Doyle at A3 looks at the reasons for the trend

Factoring in factories

Automating factories is a big business globally, but in order to maximise its effectiveness both the vision system providers and end users must play their part, as Tom Eddershaw finds out

All in vein

Securing an intravenous line in a patient can be a painful procedure if the nurse is unable to find a vein. Now, imaging devices are becoming available that use infrared light to make veins easier to locate, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Guiding sight

Bin-picking remains a challenge for industrial robots, not least because of the difficulties in locating the object with vision technology, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Special delivery

With Christmas fast approaching, staff at distribution hubs of retailers as well as the postal service will be working exceptionally hard. Tom Eddershaw investigates how machine vision can help automate processing packages at distribution centres to get presents delivered in time for Christmas

Handled with care

Random bin picking holds great potential for automating manufacturing, but it's still incredibly complex. Greg Blackman looks at the vision technology required to guide robots in pick-and-place applications

Seen from all sides

Coupling vision with a robot can make for a flexible inspection system. Greg Blackman investigates some areas where robotic systems incorporating imaging are finding a use

More than a machine

Greg Blackman looks at the use of vision in robotic systems in both academia and industry

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