Festo wowed the crowd with a demonstration of this lifelike contraption, called the humanoid muscle-robot. The product of a joint venture between Festo AG and the Technical University of Berlin, the Humanoid possesses an almost human-like ability to grasp and position objects. That's thanks to the application of Festo's fluid muscle technology, consisting of a highly flexible, air-tight hose placed within a 3D lattice grid of high-strength fiber that permits a range of smooth, yet complex motions.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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