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At Linet, most welding, cutting, painting and molding functions were automated a decade ago. Thirty industrial robots do the work of up to 200 people. But that doesn’t offset the need for humans.CreditMilan Bures for The New York Times -- Cobot Central

ROBOTS RIDE TO THE RESCUE IN ABSENCE OF WORKERS

Fast-growing economies in Eastern Europe have led to severe labor shortages, so companies are calling in the machines. by Liz Alderman via NY Times Read More

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ROBOTS COULD BE GIRLS’ TICKET TO FUTURE

The University of Southern California is trying to expose young people to robotics and computer science through an open house, where students can tour the research labs. by Elizabeth Lee via VOA Read more

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  • ROBOTS COULD BE GIRLS’ TICKET TO FUTURE

    By Elizabeth Lee via Voice of America

    “We feel that if the kids can actually see the robots, hear the PhD students and the faculty members talk about what their research is and why it’s important, how robots benefit society, we see through experience that the kids get really excited,” said Katie Mills, manager of the robotics open house at the University of Southern California. Read more >

  • ROBOTS RIDE TO THE RESCUE WHERE WORKERS CAN’T BE FOUND

    By Liz Alderman via New York Times

    When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic. But in a prosperous economy where nearly everyone had work, there were few takers. Raising wages didn’t help. Nor did offers to subsidize housing. So he turned to the robots. Read more >

  • ASIA HAS LEARNT TO LOVE ROBOTS — THE WEST SHOULD, TOO

    By John Thornhill via Financial Times

    In contrast with the doom-laden economic analysis of many western think-tanks about the looming threat of technological induced unemployment, the Asian Development Bank published a report last week arguing that the rise of the robots was creating, rather than destroying, jobs overall. Read more >

  • WHY I LIKE MY JOB-SHARE WITH ROBOTS

    By Danny Vincent via BBC

    As some warehouses start to roll out robots to work alongside humans, BBC Click meets an employee at an Alibaba packing center in China to find what it is like to have non-human colleagues. Read more >

  • HOW TO SHOP FOR A ROBOT

    By Robotiq via ETF Trends

    No matter who you ask about the future of manufacturing, you’ll probably hear that it lies in the field of robotics. The challenges manufacturers face are numerous and varied, but with the help of today’s robots, they can be overcome. Read more >

  • MIT’S DR. DUANE BONING TALKS LEADERSHIP IN DIGITAL AGE OF OPERATIONS

    By Jim Lawton via Forbes

    "At the outset of the program, it was focused on manufacturing at the shop floor and plant level. We quickly learned that focusing on any one silo was not enough so, 10 years ago, we shifted to a broader focus on challenges manufacturing and operations firms face." -Dr. Duane Boning, Co-Director, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program Read more >

  • AMAZON ROBOTICS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VP AND DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER BRAD PORTER

    By Amit Chowdhry via Forbes

    “Our goal is to find areas in which we can safely implement and use advanced technology to improve efficiencies throughout our fulfillment centers to create a better customer experience. We also want to provide technology-rich environments so our associates can maximize their skills with higher value tasks.” -Brad Porter Read more >

  • ROBOTS WILL BOOST RATHER THAN DESTROY JOBS, ADB SAYS

    By Ben Bland via Financial Times

    The development lender is the latest large institution to wade into the heated debate about the impact of new technologies on employment. Read more >

  • GERMAN CLIMBING ROBOT “CAN CUT SCAFFOLDING LABOR COSTS BY A THIRD”

    By Joe Quirke via Global Construction Review

    The company says more than 80% of scaffolders’ time is spent moving elements from one part of a site to another. The robot aims to make assembly more efficient by delivering the parts to the workers where and when they need them. Read more >

  • UNTETHERED: WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION WILL MAKE ROBOTS HARD TO STOP

    By Greg Nichols via ZDNet

    Robots that don't need to rest to recharge can work longer than their human competition, but that's only part of the reason wireless power will be game-changing in robotics. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS AT A TIPPING POINT REVISITED – PIECE PICKING ROBOTS

    By Bob Trebilcock via Logistics Management

    “We include a robot control center with a team of robot pilots that can be called in if the robot is presented with an item it can’t pick,” says Greg Williams, Kindred’s vice president of production management. The pilot can take control of the robot to complete the pick, and, with AI and machine learning, the robot learns for the next time it sees that same item. Read more >

  • STRIDES IN ROBOTICS TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF VESSEL INSPECTION

    By Allister Thomas via Energy Voice

    The use of robotics to inspect dangerous pressure vessels could save the energy industry more than £240million per year. Read more >

  • DURING BOMBINGS, ROBOTS PLAYED KEY ROLE FOR AUSTIN POLICE

    By Sebastian Herrera via Phys.org

    On the morning of March 21, a white Austin police bomb squad truck pulled out of an obscure city facility near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and rolled north, toward Pflugerville. Inside the truck was one of the bomb squad's most high-tech weapons: a squat, steel robot. Read more >

  • MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE STILL PRETTY GOOD JOBS

    By Bloomberg View via IndustryWeek

    According to one economist, manufacturing workers still earn 13% more in hourly compensation than other private sector workers. Read more >

  • MANUFACTURING ROBOTS REVOLUTIONIZING INDUSTRY

    By Kent Sorensen via eMazzanti Technologies

    While cobots currently make up only three percent of all robot sales, that number is expected to jump to thirty-four percent by 2025. Extremely capable and flexible, cobots are also affordable. As motion sensing and artificial intelligence technologies get cheaper, collaborative robots become both more accessible and more capable. Read more >

  • 6 RIVER SYSTEMS RAISES $25 MILLION FOR WAREHOUSE ROBOTS

    By Katie Roof via TechCrunch

    6 River isn’t worried about eliminating humans and instead believes there is an opportunity to help industries that have a “massive labor shortage” for warehouse suppliers. Read more >

  • HOW U.S.-CHINA TRADE SPAT COULD THREATEN MANUFACTURING

    By Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Casselman via The New York Times

    The victims include industrial robots, chemicals, medical devices and heavy machinery used in everything from processing food to crushing rock. Read more >

  • ROBOTS MIGHT SOLVE JAPAN’S LABOR PROBLEMS

    By Saheli Roy Choudhury via CNBC

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for the government to examine plans to hire more skilled foreigners; meanwhile, many industries are turning to robots as a way around the labor shortfall. Read more >