The Autonomous Manufacturing Blog

How Paint Robots Reduce Rework

There are few wild beasts more fearsome and concerning to the everyday finishing engineer than the dread three R’s: Rework, Rejections and RMAs.  In finishing, particularly when it comes to spray processes, achieving the kind of consistency and quality customers

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How to Reduce Waste With Autonomous Robots

The birth of robotics – all the way back to GM’s Unimate – was all about doing jobs that were simply too dangerous, repetitive and physiologically difficult for humans to execute safely and securely. While robots have evolved up to

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Why You Should Stop Programming Your Robots

Robot programming is a complicated tax. Even novice programmers are often hot in demand, and very often they will work for integrators who operate on the basis of one-off or serial integrations with different manufacturers. These are surprisingly small businesses

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What an Autonomous Robot Can and Can’t Do

Autonomous robots can perform varied tasks in a flexible, responsive manner with limited human oversight. New forms of walking, lifting and rolling robots as well as improvements to traditional industrial robots all make these systems more flexible and adaptable –

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How Does a Robot Reach Full Autonomy?

When most people think of fully autonomous robots, they worry about fanciful AI scenarios that have little basis in the real facts – and mysteries – we know about consciousness. While fixating on that, it becomes harder for people to

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What Is General Purpose Technology?

General purpose technology is a technology or technology set that has broad implications for a wide variety of factors in human life at any given time. In many ways, general purpose technologies pile on and magnify each other’s power, but

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