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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
What Trump Gets Right on Trade - The New York Times
Although cheap, labor-intensive goods often come to mind when Americans think of job-displacing imports, the more capital- and technology-intensive segments of manufacturing have hardly been immune. Sectors like motor vehicles and parts, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, nonelectrical machinery (like machine tools, farm machinery and power-generating turbines) and industrial chemicals add up to nearly half of manufacturing’s enormous, chronic annual trade deficits nowadays.
opinion  government-policy  free-trade-agreements  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-379 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
Smart manufacturing technology is a dumb idea without good leadership - Tech Target
A manufacturing CEO explains why the IT-driven revolution in the factory won't amount to much without an educated, engaged workforce and credibility and respect from top managers.
advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  workforce-development  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-training  Around-the-web  this-week-378-top 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Learning to Love Our Robot Co-Workers - The New York Times
The most important frontier for robots is not the work they take from humans but the work they do with humans — which requires learning on both sides.
manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-378 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Trade vs. Productivity: What Caused U.S. Manufacturing's Decline and How to Revive It - ITIF
Automation was not the primary culprit behind manufacturing job losses, and now too little automation is depressing U.S. output and leading to stagnation in U.S. manufacturing.
automation  manufacturing-automation  u.s.-manufacturing  industry4.0  economic-analysis  productivity  this-week-377  Around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports-analysis 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
As Trump Promises ‘Big League’ Manufacturing Gains, Mayors Confront Automation - Route Fifty
President Trump has pledged to bolster American manufacturing during his time in office. But local have witnessed up close how emerging technology can eliminate and threaten jobs in manufacturing and other sectors. And some are grappling with what—if anything—they can do so their residents are less vulnerable to this trend in the years ahead.
manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-376  government-policy 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
IHS Markit: Industrial Automation to Grow in 2017, Despite Headwinds - MFRTech
Since 2014, changes in currency exchange rates, falling shipping costs, and the questionable longevity of proposed and existing trade agreements, have acted in concert to weaken once-solid justifications for offshoring factories, at least for the time being. 

Expect more vendors in 2017 to choose to invest in automation at US facilities in an effort to leverage tax incentives and a skilled workforce, rather than in offshoring production. 
manufacturing-automation  backshoring  skilled-labor  advanced-manufacturing  facility-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-376-top 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Automation allows manufacturer to leave China for U.S. production - CBS News
BCA has been in his family since 1905.

The company has a factory in China, but Kamler recently moved ten percent of BCA’s business back to the U.S. Why? Wages for Chinese workers had soared out of sight.

Kamler bought an abandoned factory and created 140 jobs -- a lifeline in this distressed industrial town. But the only way to make it work was investing in robots.
backshoring  china  u.s.-manufacturing  south-carolina  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-375 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
How to Make America’s Robots Great Again - The New York Times
Industrial robots — which come in many shapes and perform a range of factory jobs, from huge, precisely controlled arms used to build cars to graceful machines that package delicate pastries — were invented in the United States. But in the last few years the Chinese government has spent billions to turn China into the world’s robotic wonderland.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-375-top 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
Harnessing automation for a future that works - McKinsey & Company
Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight. A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.
manufacturing-automation  innovation  competitiveness  STUDIES  Around-the-web  this-week-373 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
LBP Manufacturing Expands Operations In Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania - Area Development
LBP Manufacturing, a manufacturer of fiber and resin based foodservice packaging, will lease a facility in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. The company plans to create 74 new jobs.
economic-development  site-selection  area-development-news  Matt  Pennsylvania  mid-atlantic  manufacturing-automation  food-industry  packaging-industry  jobs  packaging  taxes-incentives-grants-loans 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
How Robots, Automation Will Impact Employment in the U.S. - Government Technology
Thirty of the world’s top scientists are scheduled to meet at the University of California at San Diego in February to discuss the toughest challenges in robotics and automation.
robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-373 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation. - The New York Times
Over time, automation has generally had a happy ending: As it has displaced jobs, it has created new ones. But some experts are beginning to worry that this time could be different. Even as the economy has improved, jobs and wages for a large segment of workers — particularly men without college degrees doing manual labor — have not recovered.

Even in the best case, automation leaves the first generation of workers it displaces in a lurch because they usually don’t have the skills to do new and more complex tasks, Mr. Acemoglu found in a paper published in May.
manufacturing-automation  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  business-globalization  Around-the-web  this-week-373 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
The Factory of the Future - The Boston Consulting Group
The factory of the future is a vision for how manufacturers should enhance production by making improvements in three dimensions: plant structure, plant digitization, and plant processes. We discuss the elements of each and provide selected examples that illustrate how leading automotive suppliers and OEMs are testing new concepts.
u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  facility-planning  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
South Carolina’s manufacturing revival lures new business - PBS NewsHour
Like other states, South Carolina has seen its traditional industries decimated by automation and globalization, as low-skilled factory jobs disappeared or migrated to low-cost labor countries. Now, the state is building a robust, high-skilled factory base, returning manufacturing jobs to the state.
south-carolina  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-369  automotive-industry  Aerospace  manufacturing-automation  skilled-labor  workforce-development 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
‘Job stealing’ robots are an economic distraction - Brookings Institution
Few economic themes capture the attention of the media, politicians, and the public as strongly as the worry that automation threatens employment. The concern is easy to understand: robots are now ubiquitous within manufacturing, a sector that has lost 5 million workers since 2000. And it’s easy to point to occupations, like travel agents, that have all but disappeared due to automation and the internet. But is automation really to blame? 
manufacturing-automation  skilled-labor  skills-gap  Around-the-web  business-globalization  this-week-367 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Easing the Pain of Automation - Room for Debate -
Globalization and trade agreements have been blamed for costing millions of Americans well-paying jobs. But a far greater force in the gutting of middle-class life in the United States has been automation, which has replaced well-paid workers with robots and digital platforms. The greater efficiency fuels economic growth, produces cheaper products and makes life’s task easier. But in the process, many are left poorer and less secure.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  automation  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-development  this-week-365  Around-the-web 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Olivier Scalabre: The next manufacturing revolution is here -
Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place — a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productivity and growth.
industry4.0  manufacturing-automation  advanced-manufacturing  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-365 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
Continental Carbonic Products To Locate Liquid Carbon Dioxide Facility In Clearfield County, Pennsylvania - Area Development
Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., a producer and distributor of solid and liquid carbon dioxide and dry-ice blasting machines, will establish a facility in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. The move is expected to create 60 new, full-time jobs during the next three years.
economic-development  site-selection  area-development-news  Matt  Pennsylvania  mid-atlantic  jobs  taxes-incentives-grants-loans  manufacturing-automation 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
Fully Autonomous Robots: The Warehouse Workers of the Near Future - WSJ
Grocery baron Rick Cohen is pitching bots that can pick and stack goods untethered, promising to cut inefficiency
warehousing  automation  manufacturing-automation  logistics-center  Around-the-web  this-week-364 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
How to prepare for the digitization of manufacturing - readwrite
For manufacturers to ensure they are not left behind in the coming revolution, they must now take action to connect their equipment through the IoT, connecting disparate systems to enable intelligent flow of data.
internet-of-things  industry4.0  4th-industrial-revolution  Around-the-web  this-week-363  manufacturing-automation 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
G.E., the 124-Year-Old Software Start-Up - The New York Times
In Greenville, S.C., G.E. makes giant gas turbines. The turbines can be brought to market in half the usual five years through changes in design and production made possible by digital technology.
industry4.0  industrial-equipment  industrial-internet  internet-of-things  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-363 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
Adidas to expand advanced "Speedfactory" concept to U.S. -
Seven months since it opened its first "Speedfactory" in Ansbach, Germany, Adidas says it's ready to move the heavily automated German plant to full commercial production and follow up by opening its first American Speedfactory in 2017.
location-USA  industry-reports  apparel  manufacturing-automation  adidas  nike  advanced-manufacturing 
july 2016 by areadevelopment
Industry 4.0 and Servitization: New Concepts in Global Manufacturing - Supply Chain Management Review
Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is all about connecting machinery to the Internet. Industry 4.0 creates the “smart factory” where machinery and processes are monitored over the Internet and then communicate and cooperate with each other.  Just imagine up to 50 billion machines connected in some way over the Internet.
industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-357  internet-of-things  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  reshoring  backshoring  germany 
july 2016 by areadevelopment
L.A.-based hub will help create factory sensors - LA Times
Los Angeles will become the headquarters for a federally funded institute devoted to developing sensors that make manufacturing more efficient.

President Obama announced the project, which will receive $140 million in public and private funding, Monday at the SelectUSA summit in Washington, D.C.
advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  los-angeles  government-policy  public-private-partnerships  innovation-hubs 
june 2016 by areadevelopment
German Manufacturing Is Leading a Digital Industrial Revolution - HBR
By digitizing the processes that govern how a new idea is brought to production (such as R&D, product launch, and testing), sales to delivery (pricing, demand forecasting, order fulfillment), and factory maintenance (including the inventorying of spare parts), German manufacturers in the auto industry and elsewhere are already beginning to significantly improve their margins.
advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-355  germany  innovation 
june 2016 by areadevelopment
Automation Investment in U.S. Manufacturing: An Empirical Picture - MAPI
Amid all of the recent public dialogue about new manufacturing technologies and manufacturing automation investment in particular, there are little or no data offering a coherent picture of the automation investment dynamic. In this second of three MAPI Foundation papers on manufacturing productivity performance, I seek to remedy the data deficit by presenting the results of a national survey of U.S. manufacturers on their automation activity. I offer revealing stratifications of the results by company size and industry.
manufacturing-automation  productivity  Around-the-web  STUDIES  this-week-355 
june 2016 by areadevelopment
U.S. manufacturing may depend on automation to survive and prosper - Brookings Institution
What is the real story and what needs to be done to save this sector? The biggest factor transforming manufacturing has been technology; and technology will largely determine its future.
u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  backshoring  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Are Robots Really Taking Jobs? - Automation World
As robots moved from science fiction to industrial reality, the biggest complaint about them was that they eliminated good jobs. However, evidence is beginning to mount that this isn’t the case.
automation  manufacturing-automation  labor  workforce-development  labor-costs  skilled-labor  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-326  Around-the-web 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Man and Machine in Industry 4.0 - bcg.perspectives
A workforce transformation is on the horizon as manufacturing experiences a fourth wave of technological advancement: the rise of new digital industrial technologies that are collectively known as Industry 4.0.
How will this next wave of industrial evolution play out? Will it create or destroy jobs? How will job profiles evolve? And what types of skills will be in demand? The answers to these questions are critical to business leaders and policy makers as they seek to take full advantage of the opportunities arising from Industry 4.0 by ensuring that an appropriately skilled workforce is in place to capture them.
advanced-manufacturing  workforce-development  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-324 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
How Robots Will Redefine Competitiveness - bcg.perspectives
Because of improved cost and performance, growth in the installed base of industrial robots is expected to accelerate to 10 percent annually over the next decade.
u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  competitiveness  Around-the-web  this-week-323 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
In new strategy, Adidas eyes Detroit for shoe factory - Detroit Free Press
The German sports company seeks to gain ground lost in the U.S. as it takes steps to compete and to remake its image.
Adidas  detroit  manufacturing-automation  apparel  business-globalization  fdi-USA  Around-the-web  this-week-313 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
A World Without Work - The Atlantic
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
youngstown  ohio  rust-belt  steel-industry  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  workforce-development  jobs  this-week-311  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
How Will Automation Affect the Workforce in Coming Years - IndustryWeek
The debate over the impact of machines on employment has raged for centuries. But recent technological advances have given the debate renewed fervor.
workforce-development  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-308  arou 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Robots: More than just a smart tool for manufacturers - PwC Industrial Insights Blog
Automation and robotics aren’t just for large multinationals anymore, especially as robots become easier to use, more mobile and, perhaps most important, cheaper. But how, exactly, is this changing manufacturing?
advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-307 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Rebuild, Renew: Possibilities for Industrial Infrastructure - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Every company will take a different approach to digitalization; there is no single blueprint for the journey. It’s also clear that no manufacturer can afford to modernize entire operations overnight.
industry-organizations  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  3D-printing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-306  Around-the-web 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Guess What's Destroying the Middle Class? - Bloomberg View
Perhaps the biggest question in American political economy right now is why middle-class wages have been falling. There are three main hypotheses. Roughly, these are: Robots, unions and China.
middle-wage-jobs  middle-class  manufacturing-automation  china  organized-labor 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Rethink Unveils a New Manufacturing Robot Called Sawyer - Xconomy
The base price is $29,000, and Rethink is targeting customers in North America, Europe, China, and Japan. The robot is currently being tested by several big manufacturing companies in those regions, the company says. One of the big goals of the new robot, Rethink CEO Scott Eckert says in a statement, is “to give manufacturers new ways of adding efficiency and flexibility into their operations.”
robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Samsung to Develop 400 Smart Factories in Korea by 2017 - Be Korea-savvy
Samsung and the Gyeongbuk Creative Economy Center are aiming to help Korean SME manufacturing businesses flourish through the digitalization and intelligentization of their industrial processes, while re-innovating dated industrial facilities.
south-Korea  internet-of-things  micro-factories  smart-factories  additive-manufacturing  3d-printing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-295  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
The Internet of Things has arrived in America’s factories - PwC Industrial Insights Blog
In some ways, the ascent toward high operational intelligence through data-driven technologies can mean climbing up rungs – from deciding what data is to be collected to using data to automate operational decisions in near- or real time and to even inform long-term business strategies. As part of our research, we surveyed US manufacturers to assess where they are with digitalized manufacturing and where they are headed.
internet-of-things  advanced-manufacturing  big-data  manufacturing-automation  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Rubber makers rely more heavily on automation -
There are various trends occurring in rubber manufacturing in America, including the increased use of automation to allow domestic production to be more cost-effective.
rubber-industry  backshoring  manufacturing-automation  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Automation, jobs, and the future of work - McKinsey & Company
A group of economists, tech entrepreneurs, and academics discuss whether technological advances will automate tasks more quickly than the United States can create jobs.
workforce-development  skilled-labor  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-285  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Rise of the Re-Invention Economy - GE Ideas Lab
As technology and globalization expand, the ends of the barbell economy are feared to be at risk. Is the gloom warranted?
innovation  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  additive-manufacturing  skills-gap  workforce-development  jobs  this-week-284  around-the-web 
november 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. leads in technology innovation; don’t let other countries steal our secrets - Las Vegas Sun News
Innovative uses of the Internet and information technologies including effectively managing Big Data in cloud storage, 3-D printing, and the growing communication between electronic devices (known as the Internet of Things) are poised to transform our industrial base. The automation and robotization of U.S. manufacturing plants are further increasing productivity, efficiency and precision.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  innovation-hubs  this-week-283  around-the-web 
november 2014 by areadevelopment
Robotics and the age of autonomous help - PwC
From robotic vacuum cleaners to self-driving cars, autonomy is being embedded into more and more products. And manufacturers are not immune. They’re not only creating these products, they’re also working with them. As such, US manufacturers are on the front lines of future production environments.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-282  around-the-web 
november 2014 by areadevelopment
At The International Manufacturing Technology Show In Chicago, Here Is What Hundreds Of Manufacturing Men Had To Say - Manufacturing & Technology News
Manufacturing & Technology News editor Richard McCormack spoke with 250 to 300 people asking them three questions: How is business? Is there an American manufacturing renaissance? Do you see evidence of reshoring? The majority of manufacturing men replied that business is going "gangbusters," or is "busy-busy" or -- the most commonly used term -- "booming." But without prompting, virtually all of these men -- and they were almost all men -- said their companies are facing a formidable challenge: They can't find people who know how to work the new equipment.
skilled-labor  skills-gap  advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  this-week-278  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Collaborative Robots in Automation - Industry Market Trends
There is a misconception that robotic work cells are not compatible with custom or small-batch manufacturing common with small and medium-sized enterprises. But human-robot production environments, made possible with safer and collaborative-style robots, are tangible and lower-cost entrees to automation for such companies.
manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Consolidation of Nike's manufacturing operations continues - Portland Business Journal
The number of contract factory workers who make Nike products has declined 17 percent since it reached a high of 1.2 million workers in fiscal 2009. The decline is a result of efforts to automate parts of the manufacturing process and efforts to make it more efficient.
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may 2014 by areadevelopment
'Gods' Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots - Bloomberg
Inside Toyota Motor Corp.’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future.
around-the-web  automotive-industry  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  toyota  this-week-258 
april 2014 by areadevelopment
How Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S. - Automation World
By retaining manufacturing in the U.S., we keep management, maintenance, skilled trade and operator jobs that would otherwise be offshored.
this-week-252  around-the-web  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
The transformation of manufacturing - Deloitte University Press
Changes are sweeping the world of manufacturing. Advanced materials and innovative production technologies are maturing. Digital manufacturing techniques are gaining adoption. These technology trends are offering manufacturers new ways to compete, innovate, and grow profitably even as they face challenges from volatile energy costs, workforce shortages, proliferating regulations, and a host of evolving risks.
manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  manufacturing-automation  workforce-development  this-week-240  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
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