In a wide range of robot developments, we’re looking at the transformative power of artificial intelligence and more.

Rob Spiegel

March 29, 2024

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At a Glance

  • AI finds purchase in multiple robotic applications.
  • It's getting easier to direct mobile robot fleets.
  • Even the ancient world or robot welding is advancing.

Robots are getting smarter. Advancements in robot technology are helping users deploy automation solutions without the need for original programming. It’s a handy development in a world where manufacturers are hard pressed to find skilled workers. We’re also seeing new workcell digitalization for robot-driven manufacturing.

Advances in Mobile Robots

Among mobile robot advances, first-time robot users can now easily program and operate entire fleets of mobile robots. We’re also seeing new mobile robot conveyancing technology.

New Tech on Old Manufacturing

In the age-old world of welding technology, we’re seeing intelligent manufacturing solutions that make the welding process more efficient.

We’re also seeing the emergence of multi-axis force torque sensors for robotics applications, and we’re checking out a new robotic dispensing machine as well as tools that seamlessly combine cobots with end-of-arm tools.

And just for the fun of it, here's another great video from Boston Dynamics:

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About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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