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How China's 'Cobot' Revolution Could Transform Automation - OZY
There’s a “factory of the future” being built in Shanghai, with $150 million in investment from Swiss-Swedish automation giant ABB. Slated for completion in 2020, the factory is a place where “robots will make robots,” according to ABB. But the cutting-edge robotics technology the facility hopes to showcase won’t cater only to heavy industrial needs. It will also largely feature “collaborative automation solutions” — known as cobots — that work with humans instead of replacing them. The facility is evidence of an emerging Chinese automation strategy that’s beginning to reshape the world’s approach to robotics.
shop-floor  automation  robotics-manufacturing  cobots  industry4.0  small-manufacturing  china  Around-the-web  this-week-450 
26 days ago 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
Manufacturing Poised for Leap Ahead in 2018 as Technologies Mature - IndustryWeek
What will be disrupting the manufacturing industry in 2018? Try IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model, and 3D printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale.
this-week-407-top  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  economic-development  advanced-manufacturing  internet-of-things  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-technology  3D-printing  skilled-labor  technology 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Germany has more industrial robots than US: Impact on jobs, wages, inequality - Quartz
Europe’s strongest economy and manufacturing powerhouse has quadrupled the amount of industrial robots it has installed in the last 20 years, without causing human redundancies.
business-globalization  around-the-web  this-week-399  robotics-manufacturing  automation  industry4.0 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
New Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in the City of Lebanon, Indiana, Helping to Address Workforce Needs - Area Development
The new Gene Haas Training Center in the city of Lebanon, Ind., which is served by IMPA, is providing CNC and robotics training to employees of area companies, as well as to the general public.
area-development-features  Matt  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  indiana  midwest  workforce  workforce-development  workforce-training  skilled-labor  robotics  robotics-manufacturing 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Where Robots Are Automating Jobs - CityLab
Automation. Depending on the angle from which you’re looking at the crystal ball, it’s either an imminent wave of large-scale labor force devastation or a slower, more muted change that society will seemlessly absorb—and perhaps even enjoy.
this-week-395  Around-the-web  Matt  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  workforce  jobs  advanced-manufacturing  advanced-industries  advanced-technology 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Half of America's robot workforce is located in just 10 states - MSN
If you believe the great robot takeover has begun, then Michigan appears to be ground zero. Michigan has the nation’s highest rate of industrial robots as a percentage of workers, and the state’s factories are now using nearly as many robots as the entire West Coast of the United States.
this-week-395  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  robotics  robotics-manufacturing 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Amazon Enlists Researchers to Build Box-Packing Robots - Bloomberg
Teams competing in Amazon's third-annual contest tackle a problem that has kept companies from automating warehouses entirely.
warehousing  distribution-centers  amazon  robotics-manufacturing  automation  Around-the-web  supply-chain  this-week-392-top 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Tech and the renaissance of manufacturing in America - Heartland Tech - VentureBeat
The conversation we are not having, however, is how existing AI is able to create, not eliminate, jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than in advanced manufacturing where AI can improve the precision and speed of production that maximize the skills of machinist, enhancing their competitiveness on the global market.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  jobs  Around-the-web  this-week-389 
june 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
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
Foreign Robots Invade American Factory Floors - WSJ
The U.S. is being beaten by European and Japanese firms in the race to supply cutting-edge production machinery behind the new automated manufacturing sector
competitiveness  u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-382  shop-floor 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
10 Principles for Leading the Next Industrial Revolution - strategy+business
Conventional boundaries between industries are eroding. It’s getting harder to tell the difference between, say, a telecommunications company and an entertainment producer, or between a retail bank and a retail store. The relationships among suppliers, producers, and consumers are also blurring, more rapidly than many business decision makers are prepared for.
industry4.0  advanced-technology  internet-of-things  3D-printing  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-382 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
China and the US's robotics race: The US can lead by focusing on what it does best: software, sensors, and design - Quartz
The US should focus on what it does best: software, sensors, and design. Building the factories and production lines of the future demands the kind of expertise that US-based engineers and system integrators are best positioned to deliver. After all, we built the internet. So let’s build the Internet of Things, starting in the factory.
industry4.0  internet-of-things  advanced-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  shop-floor  competitiveness  china  Around-the-web  this-week-382 
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
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 Happens When the Machines Take Our Jobs? - CityLab
Automation is a new mass economic problem, one that arguably affected the outcome of the presidential election. Thousands of Americans have already been displaced by a force of much more efficient workers—machines.
this-week-378  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  automation  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  skilled-labor  workforce  jobs 
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
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
Delivery Robots Are Showing Up on City Sidewalks - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Schoolchildren watch as a self-driving delivery robot developed by Starship Technologies drives past them in Tallinn, Estonia. The robots are arriving on sidewalks in two U.S. cities this month.
logistics  supply-chain  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Humans and robots: Will they make each other better? - PwC Industrial Insights
Help me with my job. But don’t take it. The new cohort of collaborative robots or “co-bots” changes the relationship between man and robot; they’re smaller, safer, more easily programmable and much less expensive than their industrial robot cousins. In short, they are designed to work with, not for, people.
robotics-manufacturing  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-370-top 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
The impact of Industry 4.0: How is it changing manufacturing - BDO Manufacturing Output Newsletter
The manufacturing sector is in the midst of another major transformation. The confluence of several technology megatrends maturing at the same time—including, among others, Big Data and advanced analytics, robotics and automation, artificial intelligence and virtual reality—is heralding the fourth industrial revolution, known colloquially as Industry 4.0.
industry4.0  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-370 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
Experts release new roadmap for US robotics - ZDNet
In the last few years, there has been significant development in drones, driverless cars, and collaborative robots. Therefore, the researchers suggest additional support (read: funding) for studies on human-robot interactions in order to integrate robots into daily life. On a fundamental level, they also urge a strong focus on STEM education.
industry-organizations  government-policy  robotics-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  STEM-workforce  Around-the-web  this-week-370 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
Vecna + VGo Autonomous Robots Made in Cambridge - BostInno
What you may not know is that every product that Vecna offers is made on its Cambridge campus.

“Building things is what it’s been about from the start,” Daniel Theobald, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna, said. “Robotics has been our focus since the beginning.”

So it would only make sense for Vecna to take on all of the prototyping and assembly operations itself, rather than outsourcing them. Theobald says making everything onsite allows the company to accelerate the engineering and manufacturing processes.
shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  research-commercialization  robotics-manufacturing  Boston  Around-the-web  this-week-369 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
Can Robotics Spark A Renaissance In American Manufacturing? - Co.Exist
If we turn the Rust Belt into the Robotics Belt, the future of robot-human cooperation in factories can create jobs in America instead of overseas.
u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  rust-belt  this-week-365  advanced-manufacturing  automation  robotics-manufacturing  skil 
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
How One Minnesota Manufacturer Overhauled Its Floor with Robots - IndustryWeek
Up in Minnesota, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing opened the door for new tasks for its human employees by bringing in collaborative robots.
robotics-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-365  advanced-manufacturing 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Robot Revolution: Sportswear Giant Adidas Brings Jobs Back Home, But Not For People - Forbes
Adidas says their Atlanta factory will create around 160 jobs for the area, but there’s no word on what those jobs will be. Most likely, they will be programming, quality control, and maintenance jobs to maintain the assembly line, rather than low-skill, high pay manufacturing jobs of yore.
apparel  industry-reports  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  Atlanta  addidas  Around-the-web  this-week-365  location-USA  fdi-USA 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Robots in the workplace will improve Americans’ quality of life - MarketWatch
Rapid technical change is not something new. We have experienced technological change that substitutes machines and computers for individual workers for many years. And yet, despite the ups and downs of the business cycle, the U.S. economy continues to return to full employment.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-365 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
How technology is changing manufacturing - Brookings Institution
Small firms are particularly at risk. They create many of the jobs in the United States, but it is hard for them to achieve the economies of scale and productivity boosts of advanced manufacturing. High upfront costs make it difficult to adopt the latest technologies and compete for workers with the most advanced skills.
small-business  small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-354 
june 2016 by areadevelopment
Time to Accelerate in the Race Toward Industry 4.0 - bcg.perspectives - The Boston Consulting Group
Our study demonstrates that companies in two leading industrial nations have set high ambitions for Industry 4.0 but will need to accelerate their efforts to implement these technological advances and achieve their goals.
industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-353  internet-of-things  3D-printing  robotics-manufacturing  executive-surveys 
may 2016 by areadevelopment
A Strategist’s Guide to Industry 4.0 - strategy+business
Global businesses are about to integrate their operations into a seamless digital whole, and thereby change the world.
industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-353  internet-of-things  3D-printing  robotics-manufacturing 
may 2016 by areadevelopment
Bring on the Robots, Please! - Robert D. Atkinson - President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation - Huffington Post
Today we all have interests in accelerating technological innovation and automation, but a few people have the belief that we should forestall that progress because they hold to a discredited 19th century idea that tech kills jobs. It's time to replace that idea with this one: tech creates jobs, wealth, and opportunity.
advanced-manufacturing  jobs  high-tech  automation  robotics-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-341 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
What happens when robots take our jobs? - World Economic Forum
Despite the sluggishness of change on today’s factory floors, this digital wave is slowly but surely revolutionizing manufacturing, contributing to major productivity enhancements and the emergence of innovative production paradigms that deliver more tailored and efficient solutions.
4th-industrial-revolution  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-338  advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
Robotics, reshoring, and American jobs - TheHill
Good news?   Boston Consulting Group foresees more large manufacturers boosting production for the American market by adding capacity in the U.S. itself, compared with any other country.  It cites “decreasing costs and improved capabilities of advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics."  Under this optimistic scenario, how much value would American workers add?  When robotics and other automation gets built for, and installed in American workplaces, where are jobs created?   

Increasingly, these jobs are being created and sustained outside the United States, even for domestic factories. 
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  skilled-labor  business-globalization  reshoring  jobs  Around-the-web  this-week-337 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century - Area Development
One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems.
economic-development  workforce  workforce-development  manufacturing  Matt  area-development-features  first-person  robotics  robotics-manufacturing 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
US v. China Manufacturing: Rethink Robotics Founder Weighs in - BostInno
When Rethink Robotics was founded in 2008, it was called Heartland Robotics. When it launched its first manufacturing robot in 2012, founder Rodney Brooks spoke personally about how the technology could support a rebirth in U.S. manufacturing.
advanced-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  backshoring  china  Boston  Around-the-web  this-week-331 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
Toyota Invests $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence in U.S. - The New York Times
Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence technology, with start-ups sprouting up and Google and Facebook pouring vast sums into projects that would teach machines how to learn and make decisions. Now Toyota wants a piece of the action.
silicon-valley  toyota  research&development  Around-the-web  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-330 
november 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
The Age of Smart, Safe, Cheap Robots Is Already Here - Harvard Business Review
obots have been doing tough jobs for over half a century, mostly in the automotive sector, but they’ve probably had a bigger impact in Hollywood movies than on factory floors.

That’s about to change.
advanced-manufacturing  automation  robotics-manufacturing 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
Some companies bringing manufacturing back to US, Mass. from overseas - Business - The Boston Globe
Four years after moving manufacturing to India in 2008, Cambridge robotics maker Energid Technologies Corp. brought production and a handful of jobs back to Massachusetts, squeezed by rising tariffs on parts imported to its Bangalore factory and frustrated by the unpredictable Indian bureaucracy and difficulties shipping its industrial robots to US markets.

Today, with robotics sales climbing, the company plans to ramp up production. But rather than looking to China, which conventional thinking would suggest, Energid is strongly considering expanding at its facility in Burlington.
u.s.-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  backshoring  reshoring  Massachusetts  vermont  china  india  Around-the-web  this-week-316 
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
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? - MIT Technology Review
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates?
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  productivity  this-week-310  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Robots AND Humans Are the Answer to Manufacturing's Job Woes -
Manufacturing needs to be closer to the centers of design and innovation and closer to end markets. So factories of the future will be smaller, nearer to customers and operated by local talent.
robotics-manufacturing  this-week-309  Around-the-web  advanced-manufacturing 
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
Robots are taking on more responsibility. What does this mean for manufacturing jobs? - PwC Industrial Insights Blog
Does it follow that productivity and the ability to compete mean a diminished need for human workers? At a time when many economies are still wrestling with high jobless rates, fears and concerns surrounding robots as job-killers persist. This notion of machines displacing humans is, of course, a perennial one.

The verdict may still be out. Interestingly, 77% of manufacturers said they believed robotics will create new job opportunities (e.g., to engineer robots and their operating systems) while 73% said that robots will replace workers and reduce overall workforce.
u.s.-manufacturing  executive-surveys  productivity  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  competitiveness  this-week-305  Around-the-web 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
A Robot Rethought to Appeal to Manufacturers - MIT Technology Review
company that makes robots designed to work closely with humans has a new version that addresses the limitations of its first effort.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-303  around-the-web 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Industry 4.0: The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries - BCG
We are in the midst of a fourth wave of technological advancement: the rise of new digital industrial technology known as Industry 4.0, a transformation that is powered by nine foundational technology advances.
advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  internet-of-things  around-the-web  this-week-301 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Shelf-Picking Robots Will Vie for a Prize from Amazon - MIT Technology Review
Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.
robotics-manufacturing  warehousing  distribution-centers  supply-chain  amazon  this-week-299  around-the-web  fulfillment-center 
april 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
Rise of the Machines: Robots Poised to Transform Global Manufacturing - The Globe and Mail
Advanced industrial robotics are at an “inflection point,” with lower costs and higher capabilities set to reshape the global manufacturing industry, according to new research from Boston Consulting Group. It predicts that, in the next decade, almost a quarter of automated tasks will be performed by robots – up from 10 per cent today.
this-week-292  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Raffaello D’Andrea - co-founder of Kiva Systems - on the Future of Robotics - bcg.perspectives
"We always thought about manufacturing when we were growing the company (Kiva Systems), but we were really focused on distribution. There was just so much opportunity in distribution that we said, well, manufacturing will come later—maybe we will spin off another company, maybe we will start another division. That still may happen. The underlying ideas can certainly be brought to manufacturing."
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  distribution-centers  this-week-289  around-the-web 
january 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
Amazon Has Installed 15,000 Warehouse Robots To Deal With Increased Holiday Demand - Business Insider Inc has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.
warehousing  distribution-centers  e-commmerce  amazon  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-285  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Pittsburgh's robot renaissance - CNN
Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.
pittsburgh  industry-clusters  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-284  around-the-web 
november 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
VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter - Food Manufacturing
From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow.
around-the-web  robotics-manufacturing  robotics  manufacturing 
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
Germany Bets on ‘Smart Factories’ to Keep Its Manufacturing Edge - WSJ
As a result, most units in this 100,000-plus square-foot factory are able to fetch and assemble components without further human input. The Amberg plant is an early-stage example of a concerted effort by the German government, companies, universities and research institutions to develop fully automated, Internet-based “smart” factories.
smart-factories  germany  innovation-hubs  advanced-manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-282  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
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