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In addition to the digital networking of entire plants, self-learning systems and automation solutions based around industrial robots and cobots are also playing an increasingly important role in production.
Programming a robot is child’s play
When it comes to programming, most of us probably think about complicated lines of code with lots of abbreviations, brackets and other symbols. But programming a robot can actually be very easy, as is shown by the software that Festo developed for its pneumatic lightweight robot, the BionicCobot.
Whether at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida or in the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, visitors like to converse with the humanoid robot RoboThespian. It approaches them directly and does so with movements that look quite natural. All this is made possible by the latest technology from Festo, such as the fluidic muscle and piezo valves. The 1.75-metre-tall humanoid weighing 33 kilograms was developed by Engineered Arts Limited in the English town of Penryn in Cornwall.
A dress made of circuits
With Moulded Interconnect Device technology – MID for short – visible, three-dimensional conductive paths can be applied to the surface of injection-moulded components. This enables mechanical and electronic functions to be integrated on a single shaped part in a unique way.