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Inside fDi: It's skills that will kill the robot uprising - Inside fDi -
The robots are coming! Populist politicians the world over are raging against various threats to blue-collar jobs, from globalisation to those darned robots. However, says Courtney Fingar, artificial intelligence will still be reliant on the real thing, and those areas that provide these skills will have the least to fear from our new robo-overlords. 
fdi-USA  robotics  manufacturing-automation  skilled-labor  Around-the-web  this-week-420 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
This is the most dexterous robot ever created - MIT Technology Review
The most nimble-fingered machine yet shows how machine learning can teach robots to recognize and pick up different types of objects, a skill that could transform many factories and warehouses.
manufacturing-automation  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  industry4.0  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-418 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Automatic growth: a bright future for SMEs who embrace automation - Manufacturing Global
But for SMEs, complete automation is not necessary. Instead semi-automation can be utilised to support workforces, streamline processes and boost growth. Morris Quality Bakers, a 100-year-old business, is testament to that.
manufacturing-automation  small-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-417 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Autonomous vehicles won’t just change our roads, they’ll change our factories, too - Industrial Insights - PwC
Increasingly, semi-autonomous and even autonomous vehicles within manufacturing operations are gaining independence. Materials-handling robots in particular are making aggressive moves, most notably in warehouses and inventory management.
automation  manufacturing-automation  autonomous-vehicles  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-415  sfp-insider-4-17-2018 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
What Is Industry 4.0, Anyway? -
The smart factory, also sometimes called “the factory of the future” is the keystone of the fourth industrial revolution. Indeed, it’s often represented as the aggregate of all the Industry 4.0 technologies: cyber-physical systems—physical assets connected to digital twins—the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data analytics, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence.
But what does that actually look like?
smart-factories  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-413  manufacturing-automation  internet-of-things 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
How to Reform Worker-Training and Adjustment Policies for an Era of Technological Change - ITIF
Rather than slow down technological disruption to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority who are benefiting, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are displaced transition successfully into new jobs and occupations.
workforce-training  retraining  industry4.0  manufacturing-automation  automation  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-413  insider-4-25-2018 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
IoT To The Rescue For Biotech And Pharma Manufacturing - Pharmaceutical Online
The Internet of Things (IoT) could not be timelier for biotech/pharma. With fierce cost pressures, the push for value-based outcomes, and the need for flexible manufacturing solutions, the IoT is the much needed shot in the arm to bring about transformational change.
internet-of-things  industry-reports  industry4.0  pharmaceuticals  biotech  modularization  shop-floor  manufacturing-automation  insider-10-17-2018 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
The False Choice Between Automation and Jobs - HBR
The performance benefits for companies are compelling and not just (or even mainly) in terms of reducing labor costs: automation can also bring whole new business models, and improvements that go beyond human capabilities, such as increasing throughput and quality and raising
automation  manufacturing-automation  competitiveness  jobs  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-412-top 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Need jobs? Get robots, and education right - TechCrunch
Our leaders should be solving for 1) creating higher-quality jobs and 2) increasing the purchasing power of all Americans. Robotics and AI will generate far more high-quality jobs than the onerous tasks it will render obsolete. 
manufacturing-automation  industry4.0  robotics  Around-the-web  this-week-391 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Why manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S. — even as companies buy more robots - Recode
In the long run, many think that automation and robotics are going to replace a significant percentage, if not the overwhelming majority, of manufacturing jobs. That’s certainly a possibility. But for now, even as companies add more robots to North American factory floors, the number of human jobs in manufacturing is also on the rise.
jobs  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-388  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-408 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Self-driving vehicles make inroads in factories - Automotive News
While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been laying out a futuristic vision of highly automated, human-free car factories staffed by robots, it's the legacy auto industry that's quietly putting a version of that vision into motion.
automotive-industry  manufacturing-automation  autonomous-vehicles  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-388 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Make the automation conundrum job No. 1 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Perhaps a more attainable model is the Ronald Reagan/​Bill Clinton era — where selective economic victories proved possible, and healthy job growth occurred in sectors where domestic producers maintained technological or market advantages. The advent of truly useful networked and sophisticated (CAD/​CAM was a great example) computer systems allowed the aerospace, entertainment, biotechnology and software industries to expand quite readily in the late 1980s and 1990s, for example. The lesson: Forget world domination of basic manufacturing and instead play to your strengths. It worked, at least for a while.
pittsburgh  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-386  business-globalization 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
More Robots, Fewer Jobs - Bloomberg
Are you about to be replaced by a robot? The question has broad implications for the U.S. economy, especially the manufacturing sector. Industries that robotize tend to increase output. But robots can have dire consequences for workers.

Two economists recently concluded that both jobs and wages fall in parts of the U.S. where more robots are installed.
u.s.-manufacturing  labor-costs  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-385 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Skills gap hard to fill in robot-driven manufacturing sector -
Manufacturing’s new face – clean operations in modern, well-lit, well-staffed industrial plant settings – is driving domestic employment growth, and robots are a key cog in that modern machinery.

From 2010 to 2016, according to a white paper for the Association for Advancing Automation, 136,748 robots were shipped to U.S. customers, the most ever in the domestic robotics industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  shop-floor  advanced-industries  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-385 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Robots can't lace shoes, so sneaker production can't be fully automated just yet - Quartz
Of the approximately 120 steps involved in manufacturing an Adidas sneaker, the seemingly simple task of lacing is among those robots have not yet been able to master, at least not on an industrial scale, according to Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted. “The biggest challenge the shoe industry has is how do you create a robot that puts the lace into the shoe,” he said. “I’m not kidding. That’s a complete manual process today. There is no technology for that.”
robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  apparel  industry-reports  adidas  Around-the-web  this-week-384 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
It Takes 60,000 Rivets and Two Robots to Build a Boeing 777 Fuselage - WIRED
It’s tough work for pairs of humans who install each of the 60,000 rivets that keep Boeing’s 777 from falling apart in midair, so they’re getting some help from pairs of robots on the plane production line.
this-week-381  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  Boeing  Aerospace  advanced-industries  advanced-technology 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
The Boeing Robots That Build 777 Airliners - WIRED
To improve life on the line, Boeing took a note from Kenny Chesney: no shoulders, no back, no problems. In other words, it brought in robots. Boeing installed the Fuselage Automated Upright Build system at its 777 factory in Everett, Washington, in December, 2015. It started out assembling the front section of each fuselage; this month, it takes on the rear as well.
Boeing  shop-floor  Aerospace  Washington  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-381 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
How Cities Can Survive Workforce Automation - StateTech Magazine
City governments can empower more skilled workforces and investments in IT to thrive in an atmosphere of rapidly evolving workplace robotics.
workforce-development  manufacturing-automation  urban-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-380 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
America may miss out on the next industrial revolution - The Verge
Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the US and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon, said roboticist Matt Rendall. In a talk Tuesday at SXSW, Rendall painted a picture of the future of robotic job displacement that focused less on automation and more on the realistic ways in which the robotics industry will reshape global manufacturing.
industry4.0  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-380 
march 2017 by areadevelopment

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