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Industrial Automation Finally Available to Small Scale Manufacturing

May 30, 2017
Automotive Robot

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the topic of robotics and automation in manufacturing for the past number of years, if not decades. This subject has now become a reality since the beginning of the twenty-first century, but for most of that time robots were limited to large scale manufacturing operations. Those who were able to afford automated machines benefited from it increasing the gap between them and smaller companies.

Industrial Automation Gets Help From Social Media Image Recognition

May 23, 2017
small industrial robot

When we think of automation, we often think of the automotive manufacturing industry, where the use of robotic technology has remained the standard for decades. But there are a whole host of uses for automation, and one of them is the process of bin picking. Bin picking is the removal of unsorted parts from transport containers.

Flexible Versus Hard Automation: What Role Does Each Play in Manufacturing?

May 07, 2017
FORD INDIA BODY SHOP WITH ROBOTIC ARMS

Society has changed considerably in the last hundred years. In fact, we take sometimes take for granted the way in which we live; how products are readily available due to mass production with the ability to ship anywhere in the world. No longer are we constrained by vast distances, with most nations eager to participate in trade with the international community.

Is the Reinvention of Manufacturing Around the Corner?

March 22, 2017
Factory floor conveyor belts and robot

Manufacturing automation and technology has not only boosted the quality and quantity of produced goods but also significantly reduced the time and manpower required to accomplish production targets. Today U.S. factories manufacture twice as many products as they did in early 80's but with one third fewer workers.

How Will Industrial IoT Cybersecurity Affect the Future of Automated Manufacturing?

February 17, 2017
Cybersecurity graphic

Automated manufacturing is a hot topic lately, and it’s a trend that is likely to continue. The benefits of this technology are marked: lower costs, higher efficiency and greater productivity, but with any new technology, they come with some marked risks. One major issue is cybersecurity, with competitors, governments, and rogue hackers all posing potential threats to networked infrastructure.

Advanced Manufacturing Training Starts as Early as High School

January 15, 2017
school shop class room

Technical education in high school is a proven precursor to later academic success. Almost 80% of high school students who concentrated on career and technical studies pursued some type of postsecondary education within two years of finishing high school. But long gone are the days of widespread shop class, or even "vocational training"; however, in a limited number of schools, it’s making a high-tech comeback.

Technology Looking to Replace Low-Skill Food Picking Tasks with Highly Skilled Labour

November 07, 2016
robotic fruit picker

For those who’ve ever wondered why certain fruits and vegetables are so expensively priced at their local grocery store, the reason is a relatively simple one. More often than not, prices are high because there is a significant cost associated with getting it from the farm to the store. This distinction is generally found in produce that is cultivated by hand – the high cost of using human pickers are passed along first to the grocery store and then to the consumer.