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Meet Truebot, the Robot Interrogator 0

Posted on 22, May 2017

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A Russian robotics company claims to have created a robot that can tell when people are lying. It can also tell, according to the manufacturer’s press release, whether people are using drugs or would be likely to give up secrets. The photo here isn’t really a picture of the robot in question. Known as Trubot, the robot is designed for interviewing job prospects or interrogating people. The makers describe Trubot as an android robot a few inches short of six feet. It’s clearly masculine and has moving arms, head, eyes, and jaw. The robot sits down with a human being [&hellip

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Rexroth Saves Venice 0

Posted on 19, May 2017

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Rexroth has been involved in plenty of exciting projects, from the Panama Canal to the Eiffel Tower. So it’s no surprise that Rexroth is involved in an important engineering effort in Venice. Venice is not your ordinary city. It’s made up of 118 islands and 150 canals. People travel by gondola and on foot. Climate change is of course an enormous problem for a city that is entirely waterfront. In fact, experts believe that Venice will be entirely under water by the end of the century if the climate change trajectory continues as it has been. Currently, Venice experiences daily [&hellip

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Rexroth Part Numbers 0

Posted on 17, May 2017

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There are a lot of numbers on Rexroth electric motion control modules. Which number is which? Which Rexroth part numbers do you need to find service and support? There are four key types of part numbers to consider. On most labels, they will be in this order from top to bottom: 1. Manufacturer material number 2. Material designation 3. Material number 4. Serial number Manufacturer material numbers, not surprisingly, specify the material used for a specific part. Since some materials may have different properties when it comes to electricity use or washdown environments, it can be important to specify material numbers when you’re looking [&hellip

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Industry 4.0 and Safety Regulations 0

Posted on 15, May 2017

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Rexroth identified connectivity as one of the major themes in packaging automation right now. That’s not the most amazing piece of information we could share with you. But there’s an area in which connectivity can have enormous importance — and it’s not getting a lot of press. We’re talking about safety regulations. Take for example REACH2018, the European Union’s new chemical regulatory system. As you might expect, it requires chemical companies, as well as companies that import chemicals for use in things like cosmetics and household goods, to be transparent about the way their chemicals are being used. The companies [&hellip

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Things Robots Do Badly 0

Posted on 12, May 2017

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Robots are not good at folding laundry, being charming (a valuable human skill that can’t easily be replaced by automation, according to a recent European study), or opening doors. But these actions, while they may save some human jobs, are not the real obstacles to movie-style robot deployment. The real problems with robots include moving around in the real world and getting enough energy to keep moving around. These are things that living creatures have gotten very good at over the millennia. Robots? Not so much. Robots tasked with moving across any real-world terrain, including sidewalks, are inclined to fall [&hellip

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Are Industrial Robots the Weakest Link? 0

Posted on 10, May 2017

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“The industrial robot,” according to Mark Nunnikhoven of Trend Micro, “is not ready for the world it’s living in.” Specifically, industrial robots being connected up with other devices do not have the same security strengths as those other devices. Nobody considered, back when the current automated denizens of U.S. factories were being built, that they might someday be communicating with someone via the world wide web. Cybersecurity experts at Computerworld expressed shock that the average industrial robot doesn’t have ordinary security measures like passwords and two factor authentication. Yeah, sure. Trend Micro hacked into an industrial robot in a lab [&hellip

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Pew Research Center Takes on Automation 0

Posted on 8, May 2017

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The highly-respected Pew Research Center conducted a survey on automation, job training, and the workforce of the future. “Seriously? You’re asking about the workforce of the future? As if there’s going to be one?” was one of the answers, so it sounds like people are less optimistic about human being’s ability to compete with robots than they used to be. One reason for the dip in optimism in this survey could be the focus on education. Rexroth’s approach to the Skills Gap has been bold and aggressive. Rexroth has helped out schools, doubled down on apprenticeships, and opened the factories [&hellip

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Rexroth Factory Repair 0

Posted on 5, May 2017

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Rexroth electric motion control systems are built for the long haul. They offer maximum power and precision and they keep doing their jobs for decades. But eventually any machine will need some maintenance. When it’s time for service and support for your Rexroth electric motion control modules, you should choose factory repair or reman. Click on the titles below to read about some examples of third-party repair experiences: What’s wrong with third-party repair? Third Party Repair Report Third party repair shops Now avoid the cost and frustration of living through third-party attempts to fix your Rexroth motion control. Call us [&hellip

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Rexroth Cures Downtime 0

Posted on 1, May 2017

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Short of an explosion, unscheduled downtime is the biggest issue for most manufacturing facilities. Whether you’ve got a big problem or a small one, if you have to shut down the line for any period of time, you’re looking at cost overruns, scheduling issues, and unhappy customers. Fortunately, Rexroth has always been concerned with downtime. Modular system Rexroth’s modular design of motion control components makes it quick and easy to change out components with little to no downtime. We can provide emergency replacement units for Rexroth electric motion control, so you experience minutes rather than days of downtime while your [&hellip

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Connected Packaging 0

Posted on 26, April 2017

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Rexroth electric industrial motion control powers plenty of packaging machines. Smart factories connect machinery and humans. Now packaging is connecting with consumers, too. A Tostitos bag has a breathalyzer feature — when users have had too much to drink, a blue steering wheel on the bag turns red and shows the message: “Don’t drink and drive.” There’s also a UPC code on the bag that gives an Uber discount, just in case you see that red steering wheel. Johnny Walker has a bottle that senses whether it has been opened and suggests consumers go ahead and open that bottle they [&hellip

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