Today’s Technological Innovations in Collaborative Robots

April 11, 2019

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Collaborative robots have changed dramatically since the first installation of a collaborative robotic arm just over a decade ago. Initially, an innovative robotic technology, collaborative robots have continued to improve in their safety features, the number, and diversity of tasks they can automate, as well as their efficiency in industrial settings.

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Drive System Design (DSD) is an award winning engineering consultancy specialising in the design, development and control of transmission and future driveline systems. Founded in 2007, the company’s staff have decades of experience working with vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1s around the world, designing new technologies and solving problems that make their products more competitive.

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Article | May 15, 2021

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Drive System Design (DSD) is an award winning engineering consultancy specialising in the design, development and control of transmission and future driveline systems. Founded in 2007, the company’s staff have decades of experience working with vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1s around the world, designing new technologies and solving problems that make their products more competitive.

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