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Dismantling the Drudgery of Pallet Recycling

Posted by Roger Christian on Aug 16, 2016 1:24:33 PM

It’s been said taking something apart is easier than putting it together. If you’re in business to dismantle and recycle wood pallets, you might say otherwise. Taking apart (or dismantling) wooden pallets is dangerous, deafening and draining for employees. The work in pallet recycling plants is largely manual labor

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing


What Does a Cable Company and Waterjet Cutting Have in Common?

Posted by Roger Christian on Jul 12, 2016 9:13:12 AM

Some technologies are loved. For other technologies, there’s no love lost. Like your cable provider, waterjet cutting fills a need, but it’s an uneasy (if long-standing) alliance

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, Material Removal


Meet the Robots

Posted by Jason Farmer on Feb 29, 2016 3:29:16 AM

Last fall, I was fortunate to visit Japan for the third time during my Yaskawa Motoman tenure. I was especially eager to see Yaskawa’s recently opened Robot Village in Kitakyushu, approximately 600 miles southwest of Tokyo. The Robot Village, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Yaskawa Electric Corp., is a publicly open green space that includes Yaskawa’s Global Innovation Center. Yaskawa created the Robot Village partly so visitors can interact with robotic technology.

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Topics: New Technologies, Corporate


How Deep Learning and GPUs Will Accelerate the Industrial Space

Posted by Steve Rueckhaus on Apr 17, 2015 4:53:39 AM

There's been an exciting wave in technology that's bringing self-driving cars, augmented reality and artificial intelligence out of the research lab and into our world. Last month, technologists from a broad range of industries gathered in Silicon Valley to compare notes on how one technology - the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) - is accelerating several advancements in aerospace, life science, gaming, security, transportation and many more industries.

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, Machine Vision


7 Things You May Not Know About Yaskawa

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Oct 24, 2014 10:26:32 AM

Recently, as I was preparing for a presentation, I decided to forego our boilerplate corporate presentation and develop a more concise overview of Yaskawa’s global capability. During this process, I came across seven things that many people may not know about Yaskawa.

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Topics: New Technologies, Corporate


Machine Vision and Applications: 3D Perception for Robotic Guidance

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Aug 13, 2014 9:54:32 AM

While machine vision is a very broad category, over the next few weeks we will post blogs relating to the segment that helps locate parts and guide robots (robotic guidance). Putting a finer point on it, in this post I'm writing about 3D perception for robotic applications.

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Topics: New Technologies, Machine Vision


2014: A Year for Change

Posted by Tom Sipple on Mar 3, 2014 3:49:18 PM

I’ve decided that 2014 is my year to change. Years ago, I met a guy that told me he was “an agent of change” and looking back on that now, I’d like new business cards with that as a job title. Or, maybe I just want something, anything that is tangible, to help me believe that I’m really committed to change in 2014.

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing


Robots: A Glimpse Into the Future (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Erik Nieves on Jan 27, 2014 3:50:59 AM

We at Yaskawa are spending much of our development efforts in making robots more mobile. Today, the robots are parked in place, and the work moves to the robot. This is not the way labor works. In efficient, productive factories, labor moves to where the work is. Robots need to do the same.

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Topics: New Technologies, Mobile Robotics


Robots: A Glimpse Into the Future (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Erik Nieves on Jan 21, 2014 9:39:48 AM

As we consider the future of industrial robotics, it’s helpful to remember how our technology has become successful over the past thirty years. The success of industrial robots has been marked by their ability to ease the burden of labor. Wherever robots can perform tasks at the same level of quality as their human counterparts, those applications quickly become automated. This allows the factory to focus human labor on tasks requiring more skill, dexterity or intelligence than robots offer. It’s this fluidity of human labor that leads to greater productivity and improved business outcomes.

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Topics: New Technologies, Machine Vision


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