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Five Questions With Takaya Sugimura

5Q: Takaya Sugimura | President, Yushin America Inc.1. What does Yushin America do in Rhode Island? We are the oldest and largest subsidiary...
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
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Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...

OSHA seeks info on control-circuit devices, robot-interaction risks

PROVIDENCE – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking for information to potentially update its Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout standard, the...

Air Strike robotics team finishes fourth at FIRST World Championship

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island and Massachusetts high school students from the Air Strike robotics team who competed in the FIRST World Championship robotics competition...

Medrobotics founder wins Engelberger award for educational leadership

RAYNHAM – The Robotics Industries Association selected Howie Choset, founder and acting chief technology officer of Medrobotics of Raynham, for a 2019 Englberger Robotics...

Protecting workers from robots

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web, once declared that the spread of computers and the internet...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND junior Karla Haiat poses with an underwater exploration vehicle during her research internship at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Florida. She has been awarded the opportunity to study at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California this summer. / COURTESY KARLA HAIAT

Haiat awarded internship to study underwater robotics in California

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island junior and marine biology major Karla Haiat has been awarded the opportunity to study at the Monterey...
ROBERT DROVER is a principal in the advisory-services division of accounting firm Marcum LLP, which has launched new robotic technology to automate certain operations and perform repetitive manual tasks. / COURTESY MARCUM LLP

Marcum automates operations with bot technology

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to reduce costs and improve efficiency, the accounting firm Marcum LLP has started offering clients new robotic technology to...
ADVANCED EQUIPMENT: Dave Zawacki, left, engineer, and Misha Pierre-Mike, sales and marketing manager, at Evans Capacitor Co. in East Providence. They are examining some of their advanced material-processing equipment that uses extreme temperature and pressure to form high-reliability capacitor parts.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots don’t take jobs, but turn manufacturers into educators

For years, we’ve heard about the shortage of labor in advanced manufacturing, with technological skills now the must-have labor asset for any company that...

Companies realize they need to train

The growing use of robots in manufacturing cuts the number of human employees a company requires. But at the same time, running robots is...
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