26 June 2019
Vol 4, Issue 31

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ONLINE COVER Mod Machines for Manufacturing. Industrial robots are typically large, expensive, and optimized for a single task. However, manufacturers increasingly favor customized production on smaller scales and multifunctional machines that do not require extensive reprogramming to switch tasks. Althoff et al. present a set of interconnectable modules that programs and verifies the safety of the assembled robots, with a control performance similar to that of nonmodular robots and a 36% reduction in robot idle time. Such self-programming, self-verifying machines may make modular robots cost-effective and safe for factories. [CREDIT: MATTIAS ALTHOFF/TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN]