Discipline robotics with Stratom Inc and inside requirements at ASTM


In Episode 154 of The Robotic Report Podcast, editors Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman talk about the information of the week.

Stratom President and CEO Mark Gordon joins us right now on the podcast. Stratom is a army contractor that makes robots for varied divisions of the US armed forces.
The corporate has additionally expanded to the business sector with its subject robotics options, together with purposes corresponding to mining and building.

Hear in as our good friend of the present Aaron Prather, from ASTM, sits down with Meghan Ziemba of Experts of Manufacturing to proceed our interview sequence from the Robotics Summit this spring.

Present timeline

  • 8:18: Information
  • 20:08: Interview with Mark Gordan, President and CEO of Stratom, together with Zach Savit, Stratoms Senior Supervisor of Enterprise Improvement.
  • 49:00: Interview by Meghan Ziemba, Experts of Manufacturing, with Aaron Prather, from ASTM Worldwide.

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Within the information this week

  1. Waymo updates software program after robotaxi drives into phone pole
    • Waymo is issuing a voluntary software program recall for all of its 672 robotaxis after one autonomously drove right into a phone pole in Phoenix, Ariz. final month. That is Waymo’s second-ever recall. The Verge first reported the brand new software program recall. Through the incident, which happened on Could 21, an empty Waymo automobile was driving to select up a passenger. To get there, it drove by means of an alley lined on either side by picket phone poles that have been stage with the street, not up on a curb. The street had longitudinal yellow striping on either side to point the trail for autos. Because the automobile pulled over, it struck one of many poles at a pace of 8 MPH, sustaining some injury. Waymo says no passengers or bystanders have been harm.
  2. Robotic gross sales in North America dip 6% in Q1
    • A3 stated robotic gross sales in North America have been down 6% within the first quarter of 2024 in comparison with the identical interval in 2023. Corporations bought 8,582 robots from January by means of March for a complete of $494 million, A3 stated. In Q1 2023, North American corporations ordered 9,168 items for a complete of $597 million.
    • North American robotic orders declined by 30% in 2023 after two years of file gross sales.
    • North American corporations bought 31,159 robots in 2023, in contrast with 44,196 ordered in 2022 and 39,708 in 2021. A3 attributed the 2023 slowdown to “apparent points” corresponding to a sluggish U.S. financial system, greater rates of interest, and even the over-purchasing of robots in 2022 from provide chain issues.
    • Robotic gross sales to non-automotive corporations improve: Whereas total orders decreased throughout Q1 2024, orders from non-automotive corporations grew 16% over Q1 2023, A3 stated. Non-automotive clients ordered 4,096 robots in Q1 2024, which accounted for 48% of complete orders.
  3. Main tractor producers internet hosting annual hackathon
    • John Deere, CNHI, and AGCO, held the annual CyberTractor Problem. This occasion encourages faculty college students to attempt to breach the safety of each the corporations’ cloud-based options and bodily {hardware} corresponding to tractors, good instruments, and totally different IoT units. JD has achieved this for the final two years, this 12 months they shaped a non-profit group with their opponents CNHI and Agco and are working this as a non-proprietary occasion. That is an modern instance of how hackathons can enhance the product, whereas additionally enabling outreach to a brand new technology of engineers, it’s an excellent concept.

Hyperlinks from the present:

Video: Humanoid chauffeur put within the driving seat for robotaxi future