Hoping to increase efficiency and decrease waste, ABB Flexible Automation (www.abb.com) is developing a robot that may eliminate paint hoses. The IRB 5400 robot works with the ABB Cartridge Bells System, so paint is filled into the reusable cartridges, and there is no time or materials wasted by cleaning the hoses. As an added bonus, since the paint is isolated in the cartridges, the waterborne paint can be directly charged with electro-statics, creating a more efficient transfer to a vehicle.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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