Ten Robotics Innovations that Make The Industry Cool

Here Are Ten Articles Featuring Fun and Innovative Robots That Not Only Make Our Industry a Fun Place to Work but Also Make Our Jobs Easier

Katherine Bonfante
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Back in the days, robotics was something that only mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer science pros were able to do. The design, construction, operation, and application of robots was so complex that an amateur robotics enthusiast couldn't do, but today things are different. Robots and their systems have been simplified and now almost anyone interested in the field can assemble and program robots. Throughout the years, ControlDesign.com has been covering robotics and we have written about some pretty cool machines like Harry the bowling ball thrower and the astronaut milking machine. We've also written in-depth articles that talk about how robotics…

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We've been using a three-phase, 1-hp, 56-frame stainless-steel motor to power the agitator on the food processing lines we build. Our motor supplier is telling us that, because of new DOE regulations, we won't be allowed to buy this same size motor any longer. The new size will be not only more…

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