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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Industrial Automation and Research in Police and Military Equipment

Industrial Automation in the Production of Military Equipment
More industrial manufacturers have been implementing industrial automation to their lines in recent decades.  Companies that supply infrastructure to the military are no different.  They too want to enjoy the benefits of a more efficient process.
Motoman offers several technologies that are used in the welding of turret bases for armored vehicles including the MH50-20 and any of the ArcWorld robotic workcellsFANUC offers painting robots that are specially designed for painting large products like aircraft.  These models include P-10 Opener, P-50iA, P-500, and the Paint Mate 200iA Series.
Robotics in Police Work
Science fiction media often portrays robots in roles that, in reality, are fulfilled by humans.  Movies like RoboCop, Terminator, and countless others depict robots that have very human-like qualities and very human-like jobs.  But what if police officers, soldiers, security guards, and others who work and serve in dangerous jobs could be replaced with robots in the future?  This is the question one robotics company posed in 2007 when it teamed-up with the manufacturer of Tasers.
iRobot Corp. is conducting research on equipping robots with stun-guns, specifically Taser X26s, with the intention of subduing criminal suspects without having any human officers "in the line of fire."  Robots usually used to diffuse bombs or search suspicious packages would be equipped with the Taser and controlled by a human operator via remote control.  While these robots will not inflict lethal force, some leaders in the industry think that police and military robots might be headed in that direction.  Robots could be programmed to clear buildings and use lethal force on anyone carrying a weapon.  They could also be programmed the patrol streets and prisons, as well as diffuse hostage situations.