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February 2019

Partner profile: CNR-STIIMA

In this series, members of the PICK-PLACE consortium are portrayed. After TOFAŞ ULMA Handling Systems, Mondragon Assembly and IK4-TEKNIKER it’s the turn of CNR-STIIMA. Researcher Manuel Beschi answers the interview. What is CNR-STIIMA? The Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (STIIMA) belongs to the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the largest public research center in Italy. The research activities of STIIMA are focused on the Manufacturing sector, …Read More

Yale’s Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Source: IEEE Spectrum / by Evan Ackerman These robotic fingers can turn friction on and off to make it easier to manipulate objects with one hand In-hand manipulation is one of the things near the top of a very, very, verylong list of things that humans do without thinking that are extraordinarily difficult for robots. It’s the act of repositioning an object with one hand, usually with your fingers—you do it whenever you …Read More

PICK-PLACE plenary meeting and comprehensive visit at CNR-STIIMA, Italy

Last week, members of the PICK-PLACE consortium gathered at CNR-STIIMA’s headquarters in Milan (Italy) for a plenary meeting and an in-depth visit to their facilities, where relevant previous deployments and new experiments carried our within the project were presented. During the plenary meeting, progress made in each work-package was shared, with a special focus on WP5: System deployment and process validation. A session was also devoted to an extensive discussion …Read More