Category: Robotics

FedEx seeks to automate much of the package delivery process

FedEx is looking at everything – replacing drivers with autonomous delivery trucks and small robots, integration with Google Echo and Amazon Alexa to request package delivery via voice command, using “platooned” semi-automated truck caravans to reduce the number of drivers and reduce fuel consumption, and more: The shipping giant is investing in autonomous trucks, and is interested in delivery robots and an Alexa app. Source: FedEx Bets on Automation as It Prepares to Fend Off...

Foxconn to fully automate its factories #automation #robots

Apple’s main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to eliminate human workers from its Chinese factories in three phases —something already complete at some locations, a manager with Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee revealed on Friday. Source: Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate factories in three phases Automated systems are now cheaper than workers….in China.

Robotic welders cost $8/hour vs $25/hour for people

Robotics systems are thus becoming an economically viable alternative to human labor in more and more industries. A human welder today earns around $25 per hour (including benefits), while the equivalent operating cost per hour for a robot is around $8 when installation, maintenance, and the operating costs of all hardware, software, and peripherals are amortized over a five-year depreciation period. In 15 years, that gap will widen even more dramatically. The operating cost per...

Materials science engineers develop “metallic glass” gears for #robots

Materials science engineers have developed a “metallic glass” gear system that operates at very low temperatures, without lubrication, and provides high strength. “Metallic glass” has the strength of a metal but sigh the amorphous structure of a glass. Further, parts made from the materials can be injected molded, similar to how plastic parts are made. Applications include many kinds of robotics, and especially space systems that must operate in extreme temperature conditions. Source: Metallic glass...

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