It seems the best way to impress someone on the market for a set of industrial robotic arms is to demo them playing with kid's toys. First DENSO Robotics did it with slot cars, and now ABB gets in on the action with this mesmerizing model train demo.
The Qatalum smelter in Qatar is the largest, highest output aluminum smelter in the world. With a mind-boggling 704 individual smelting pots, it produces upwards of 585,000 tons of aluminum each year. That's a lot of Coke cans.
The ABB IRB 340 FlexPicker's legs instantly put me in mind of a kind of merciless Matrixesque robot, snatching up human bodies and doing terrible things to them. But apparently, it's the world's fastest industrial robot, and is used to pick and sort items on a production line— innocent things like sausages and…