Where large equipment was once needed to harness the specialized expertise of farmers, robots are extending the farmer’s reach in unprecedented ways. Equipment remains specialized – but it's smaller, more nimble, and in many cases, partially autonomous.
Many of the greatest innovations in robotic technology have come from designing robots that are a little bit more like humans than their predecessors. One research team, from Cornell University, has achieved a real breakthrough in this area: A robot with a touch almost as gentle as a person’s.
Although the aerospace industry has been responsible for staggering advances in engineering and basic science, new manufacturing methods struggle to catch on. The immense importance of safety, coupled with strict regulations, inspires a conservative approach. Automation could be the solution to these challenges.
Until recently, leaving food cultivation, preparation, and distribution to machines was nearly unthinkable. Now, however, robotic systems are emerging that can accelerate and streamline all these processes. From soil to plate, complete automation is within reach.
Are collaborative robots or industrial robots the future of deeper, more versatile automation? The answer might just be both.
The aerospace industry is responsible for some of the greatest technical innovations in human history. When it comes to manufacturing fundamentals, though, it tends to be conservative – using “tried and true” methods that are sure to deliver the expected safety and quality. In recent years, however, aerospace has embraced something truly cutting edge: Robots.