CareClever Cutii

Automation continues to increase in industrial settings, but a lot of the innovation in the industry is in personal care robots. These robots inspired “robots” in factory settings, and have made a difference in the level of acceptance of robots in the public in general. A new care robot showed up at the most recent… Read more »

Rexroth Is Unstoppable!

A company that has been in business for 225 years deserves a pop anthem, right? “What a journey it’s been!” “Some people feel like singing and dancing. Others do not, and that’s okay,” says the video. But being in business for 225 years gives you perspective. Wars, revolutions, plagues, disasters…Rexroth has seen them all. And… Read more »

Unauthorized Repairs for Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth has a clear position on repairs of their components by third party repair houses. In fact, they describe it as a “global policy”: Bosch Rexroth has a global policy that grants authority for repairs and installation of replacement parts solely to Rexroth personnel, and therefore does not sell components nor authorize third parties… Read more »

The Importance of Error Codes

Apollo 11 was hurtling toward the moon, preparing for the first lunar landing in history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were staring at the screen of their on-board computer, which showed an error code: 1202. Neither Armstrong nor Aldrin knew what the error code meant. Nor did the controllers in Houston. They searched frantically through… Read more »

Can You Staff a Hotel with Robots?

Can you staff a hotel entirely with robots? The simple answer is “Yes.” In 2015, the Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first all-robot-staffed hotel in the world. “Please feel free to enjoy conversing with these warm and friendly robots as they efficiently go about… Read more »

Ultimate Mobility Vehicles

When Hyundai bought Boston Dynamics, there was plenty of speculation about how Hyundai would use the robots. We saw them working on replacements for Mars rovers, but wondered what on earth they were going to do with Spot on Earth. Now we know: they’re part of a new line of ultimate mobility vehicles. The vehicles… Read more »

Robots Help Build a Basilica

The Sagrada Familia is an incredible structure which has been in progress for 138 years. Finally, now that technology has caught up with the architect’s idea, it might be nearing completion. The architect, Antoni Gaudi, claimed that God was his client for this work. On a more prosaic level, the clients were a group of… Read more »

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More Great Moments in Automation (Movie Versions)

Last time we looked at some of the great conveyor belt moments in film (including TV, since we all watch it on computers now anyway so who cares). Today, we’ll move on to the factory floor. Herewith, some of the greatest factories in filmdom: Matropolis, one the earliest movies, achieves some impressive choreography among the… Read more »

Great Moments in Automation (Movie Versions)

Automation is great in real life, but it’s even better in movies, where no one has to worry about plausibility and there are props managers to clean up the mess. These  favorite movie automation scenes focus on conveyor belts. Perhaps the most memorable of all, the great I Love Lucy conveyor belt scene. This of… Read more »

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