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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Injection Molding


The Industry 4.0 era of manufacturing depends so heavily on data-driven precision that artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing role in harnessing that data to enhance the performance of machines -- including injection molders. AI in manufacturing encompasses an array of technologies that allow machines to perform with intelligence that emulates that of humans. Machine learning and natural language processing help machines approximate the human capacity to learn, make judgments, and solve problems. Data-enhanced efficiency keeps processes moving faster and more cost-effectively. "AI is becoming increasingly important in mechanical engineering, not least because of the need to automate injection molding processes efficiently and flexibly despite ever smaller batch sizes and shorter product life cycles," said Werner Faulhaber, Director of Research and Development at Arburg.

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Must Prepare for the Robot Revolution - Robotics Business Review


Regarding robotics, the future is the present -- in that it is already here. For advanced economies, robots are providing domestic companies with the efficiency edge they need to support the reshoring trend where manufacturing production returns from lower-wage manufacturing outsourcers located in other parts of the world. But you cannot simply deploy robots into existing manufacturing plants and expect things to move smoothly. Plants must be retrofitted or even redesigned to make the most effective use of this new 24/7/365 workforce. Additionally, new plants should be built around the robotic operations to ensure safe and smooth workflows throughout the facility.

West Hertfordshire partners with CMR Surgical to install two Versius robots


West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has joined forces with CMR Surgical to install two Versius robotic systems at Watford General Hospital. The investment in two systems comes as part of the trust's commitment to scaling up its robotic-assisted surgery programme and becoming a centre of excellence in minimally invasive robotic surgery. Once fully implemented, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals plans to provide surgical procedures using Versius across multiple specialities, including colorectal, gynaecology, urology and upper gastrointestinal surgery. The trust intends to replicate the savings in bed days seen at sites with existing Versius programmes, helping to ease the pressure NHS services are facing with bed capacity. Vanash Patel, consultant colorectal surgeon at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals, said: "We are excited to implement our surgical robotics programme, helping to drive better outcomes for our patients. With Versius, our surgeons will be able to perform complex operations with the enhanced precision and control that robotics offer. "We are committed to scaling up our robotics programme at speed and believe that having two robotic systems from the outset, which can be easily moved between operating rooms and integrated into existing workflows, will help us achieve this." As well as Versius being easily movable, the system also has an open console that facilitates clear verbal and non-verbal communication between the surgeon and surgical team. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals expects that scaling its surgical robotics programme will see more patients being offered a minimal access approach, bringing with it benefits that include a reduction in post-operative pain, blood loss and scarring as well as improved patient recovery times and a reduced stay in hospitals for patients. The trust also hopes the programme, alongside its teaching hospital status, will increase staff wellbeing, morale, and talent attraction and retention. The two robotic systems have been designed by CMR Surgical, a global medical devices company. CMR has successfully negotiated competitive tenders in numerous markets and Versius is continuing to expand rapidly within the NHS in the UK. In the last 18 months, the robots have been implemented at several trusts and hospitals, including Frimley Health Trust, East Surrey Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' Trust. Dr Mark Slack, chief medical officer at CMR Surgical, said: "We're hugely proud to partner with WHTH on an NHS-first implementation of two Versius systems.

Joystick-operated robot could help surgeons treat stroke remotely


MIT engineers have developed a telerobotic system to help surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a robotic arm at another location to safely operate on a patient during a critical window of time that could save the patient's life and preserve their brain function. The robotic system, whose movement is controlled through magnets, is designed to remotely assist in endovascular intervention -- a procedure performed in emergency situations to treat strokes caused by a blood clot. Such interventions normally require a surgeon to manually guide a thin wire to the clot, where it can physically clear the blockage or deliver drugs to break it up. One limitation of such procedures is accessibility: Neurovascular surgeons are often based at major medical institutions that are difficult to reach for patients in remote areas, particularly during the "golden hour" -- the critical period after a stroke's onset, during which treatment should be administered to minimize any damage to the brain.

The coffee robot your mornings deserve


Coffee is one of those habits around which much ritual has cropped up. You go to the cafe, if you're lucky your barista knows your order and gives you a warm smile, and you savor that first delightful sip. So are we ready for a robot to take charge of our brew? That's the bet that Miso Robotics, whose dexterous robot fry cooks are already slinging burgers and chicken wings at fast food restaurants, is making. Miso is launching a new coffee system and the first partner is Panera Bread.

Partnership on AI, Data, and Robotics

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In her 2020 State of the Union Address,a President of the European Commission von der Leyen called for Europe to lead the way on digital in the areas of data and artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence, data and robotics (ADR) present an opportunity and a challenge for Europe, a chance to improve the competitiveness of the European public and private sectors, and a challenge to translate Europe's core AI, data, and robotics strengths into a global market advantage (see Figure 1). Challenges for adoption of AI, data, and robotics in Europe. Working together, the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE), the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), and the European Robotics Association (euRobotics) have founded the AI, Data and Robotics Association (Adra) in order to establish an effective European Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics with the European Commission. The objective is to strengthen European competitiveness, societal well-being, and environmental sustainability.

Top 10 Robotech Companies That Are Set to Change Robotics


Can anyone deny the very fact that robots are taking over the world in ways that surpass our imagination levels. From defence to healthcare, every sector has relied on robotics in one form or the other. Irrespective of the objective achieved, one thing is for sure – robotic inventions are changing the way we are leading our lives. Have a look at what are the top 10 robotech companies that are set to change robotics. The company boasts of a portfolio that includes various innovations for smart homes and various concepts in visualization, navigation, mobility, and artificial intelligence. Sastra robotics is an Indian robotech company that aims at delivering and creating robotics solutions to allow human-like automated functional testing of real equipment.

Five Robotic Applications Designed to Help Humans and Society - ASME


Self-driving vehicles, small robots on production lines, drones flying rescue missions, even robots that keep older people company: these are some of the proposed, not-so futuristic, ways robots will aid us. But all those scenarios won't be possible without trust. Humans need to feel secure enough around robots and robotic systems to rely on them. "Building human-robot trust into autonomous robotic systems like self-driving vehicles is key to the systems' success," said Ryan Williams, a Virginia Tech assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. "As we readily observe in human teams, collaboration without trust is often ineffective or even counterproductive," he said.

Robot performs first laparoscopic surgery without human help


A robot has performed laparoscopic surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without the guiding hand of a human--a significant step in robotics toward fully automated surgery on humans. Designed by a team of Johns Hopkins University researchers, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) is described today in Science Robotics. "Our findings show that we can automate one of the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery: the reconnection of two ends of an intestine. The STAR performed the procedure in four animals and it produced significantly better results than humans performing the same procedure," said senior author Axel Krieger, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering. The robot excelled at intestinal anastomosis, a procedure that requires a high level of repetitive motion and precision.

Tamim Asfour's Keynote talk – Learning humanoid manipulation from humans


Through manipulation, a robotic system can physically change the state of the world. This is intertwined with intelligence, which is the ability whereby such system can detect and adapt to change. In his talk, Tamim Asfour gives an overview of the developments in manipulation for robotic systems his lab has done by learning manipulation task models from human observations, and the challenges and open questions associated with this. Bio: Tamim Asfour is full Professor at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, where he holds the chair of Humanoid Robotics Systems and is head of the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H2T). His current research interest is high performance 24/7 humanoid robotics.