Tips for choosing a 3D vision system

The future of vision systems in manufacturing With four times as many as color receptors as humans, the Mantis shrimp has the most impressive eyes in nature.  Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, gives three rules to live by when choosing a 3D vision system for manufacturing.   Rule [...]

Observations from the International Robot Exhibition (IREX)

With over 300 exhibitors spread across two halls, the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) is the largest robot trade show in the world. Held at the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan, the biennial event welcomes robot manufacturers from around the globe to introduce the latest robotic technology. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director at Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics explains how IREX’s popularity has grown and how the themes at the 2017 show illustrate changing perceptions towards industrial automation.   Growing popularity The event [...]

How robotics can employ lessons from the world’s most famous mouse

Last month we attended A3’s annual Business Forum. It’s an event we look forward to not only to meet up with others in the robotics industry, but also for the opportunity to learn more about upcoming issues, trends and forecasts for the coming fiscal year. The keynote speakers are always excellent, but this year Dennis Snow of Snow & Associates, Inc.’s presentation, titled “Leading a Culture of Service Excellence; Lessons from the Mouse,” particularly struck a chord with me. As [...]

IREX ends year with innovation, looks into the future of robotics

The IREX show in Japan, which takes place every other year, is the biggest robotics event in the world, providing those of us in the industry with an in-depth look at what’s new, what’s interesting, and what’s truly innovative in the field of robotics. Each year we look forward to taking it all in so we can tell you, our customers, about the great things Toshiba Machine has in store for you. 2015 was an exciting year for Toshiba Machine [...]