In small factories and medium-size enterprises across the country, a new generation of robots is zipping around assembly lines delivering parts, running operations, communicating and collaborating with workers.
They're also providing a helping hand at every phase of the manufacturing process, from assembly and warehousing to packaging and shipping, and for every level of business, from multinational corporations to one-man shops.
Enabled by new advances in sensor technologies and the proliferation of object detection, 3-D imaging and human-interface software, robots have officially emerged from behind the light curtains and into the spotlight of American small business.
For more, read "The New Age of Robotics"
in sister publication IndustryWeek.