Robots can build cars; now they’re learning not to crush you – Chicago Tribune

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While today’s robots are more agile than ever, they typically require a safety cage to keep them from harming the humans working around them. The world’s biggest robot makers — Switzerland’s ABB, Japan’s Fanuc and Germany’s Kuka — are rolling out new machines with a new generation of sensors that dramatically cut the risk of injury and help them better interact with workers.

The latest robots in the $29 billion-a-year market are targeting the electronics industry, where factory automation lags behind businesses such as carmaking due to the intricate assembly process. The same sensors which ensure that a machine doesn’t crush a circuit board or co-worker bring the prospect of robots serving customers even closer, according to Kuka Chief Executive Officer Till Reuter.

via Robots can build cars; now they’re learning not to crush you – Chicago Tribune.

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