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INDUSTRY 4.0: A CRUCIBLE FORGING A NEW BREED OF LEADERS IN MANUFACTURING

"That’s just how manufacturing leaders are – they aren’t much for naval gazing or hand-wringing. They have a lot of real work to do and real-world challenges to wrestle." by Jim Lawton via Forbes Read More

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  • SAWYER MAKES YOUR COFFEE AT ALL ROBOT CAFE HENNA

    via Yell Robot

    The Henna Na hotel boasts over 150 robots and even has dinosaurs checking you in. The hotel chain has recently opened Japan’s first all robot café. Named Henna Café (which translates to Strange Café), it’s located in downtown Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS AND MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS: WHAT’S THE FUTURE?

    By Reece Armstrong via Medical Plastics News

    Within the medical manufacturing industry robotics are being used across the entire production line, from assembly to inspection and packaging. Due to the strict regulations that try to ensure devices’ safety, manufacturers are under a lot of pressure to reproduce the same product, under the same stringent conditions time and time again. Read more >

  • INDUSTRY 4.0: A CRUCIBLE FORGING A NEW BREED OF LEADERS IN MANUFACTURING

    By Jim Lawton via Forbes

    “It’s a great time for manufacturing.” “It’s a horrible time for manufacturing.” The analysis changes almost daily, and depends on the source. My bet, though, is that if you locked 100 manufacturing leaders in a room and told them they’d be there until they came to a consensus about which was a true assessment, you’d get 100 men and women banging on the door demanding to just go back to work. Read more >

  • ROBOTS ADVANCE ON CHINA’S PUSH

    By Mo Hong'e via China News

    China became the world's largest market for industrial robots in 2013, surpassing Japan, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Last year, sales of robots used in assembly lines exceeded 140,000 units in the country, up 58 percent year-on-year. Still, the robot density, a metric for measuring a country's level of automation, in China is lower than that in many economies, indicating ample room for growth. Read more >

  • ROBOTS IN WORKPLACE ‘COULD CREATE DOUBLE THE JOBS THEY DESTROY’

    By Richard Partington via The Guardian

    The WEF report suggests new technologies have the capacity to both disrupt and create new ways of working, similar to previous periods of economic history such as the Industrial Revolution, when the advent of steam power and then electricity helped spur the creation of new jobs and the development of the middle class. Read more >

  • HARVESTING MARIJUANA WITH ROBOTS IS HARD. HERE’S HOW ONE COMPANY FIGURED IT OUT.

    By Greg Nichols via ZDNet

    The commercial marijuana business could be worth more than $57 billion in the next decade. As the sector comes out from the shadows and rapidly scales up, enterprise services and suppliers are springing up faster than, well, weeds, and they're saturating the industry with new technology. Read more >

  • THE BEST THING AT IMTS 2018? YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE IT

    By John Hitch via IndustryWeek

    I took pictures of most, which you can see in the photo gallery. But I can’t capture in just one story how I get the feeling the U.S. manufacturing industry is on the cusp of making a significant turn back to prominence. It's how I felt watching my poor Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The industry is playing with a lot of talent and guts, but the team as a whole doesn’t quite know how to win yet. Read more >

  • WHY WE LOVE ROBOTIC DOGS, PUPPETS AND DOLLS

    By S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate via The Conversation

    There’s a lot of hype around the release of Sony’s latest robotic dog. It’s called “aibo,” and is promoted as using artificial intelligence to respond to people looking at it, talking to it and touching it. Japanese customers have already bought over 20,000 units, and it is expected to come to the U.S. before the holiday gift-buying season – at a price nearing US$3,000. Why would anyone pay so much for a robotic dog? Read more >

  • INTERVIEW: COBOTS WILL BE “INTEGRAL PART” OF FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

    By Laura Griffiths via TCT Magazine

    There aren’t enough workers coming into the industry who are trained to perform certain tasks, and it’s also hard to retain skilled workers due to the repetitive, tedious tasks that must be added to their workload. Cobots offer a solution to these issues by automating more tasks that workers don’t have time to do, are not interested in doing or those that pose a higher risk for injury. Read more >

  • AUTOMATION SAFETY OFTEN OVERLOOKED, SAY ROBOTICS, AI EXPERTS

    By Jim Nash via Robotics Business Review

    Robots and AI may be getting smarter, and they can make manufacturing safer. At the same time, organizations that ignore automation safety can put their workers’ lives at risk. Read more >

  • SKILLS GAP HAMPERING MANUFACTURING GROWTH

    via IndustryWeek

    "Manufacturing is in the midst of a new industrial revolution that requires a workforce equipped with new, advanced technology skills,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president, Tooling U-SME. “Putting learning and development on the back burner is not an option for companies that want to succeed in today's ever-changing and increasingly competitive world. Read more >

  • MILLENNIALS AND MANUFACTURING: EIGHT TIPS TO ATTRACT AND TRAIN A 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE

    By Leslie Bloom via IndustryWeek

    The workforce is rapidly changing into something unfamiliar to most manufacturers, but that doesn't mean you can't take action to attract the right talent. Read more >

  • ROBOTS WITH SOFT TOUCH DEPLOYED TO PICK FRUIT TO REPLACE HUMANS WHO SHUN JOB

    By Sean Martin via Daily Express

    Growers have reported a lack of labour supply since Britain voted to leave the EU, with farms largely dependent on European migrants. However, experts are coming up with novel solutions – and if humans will not do it, the robots will. Read more >

  • AI, ML, COBOTS CAN HELP FIRMS STREAMLINE THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS

    By Nandita Mathur via Livemint

    GreyOrange India manager Vivekanand on how robotics can help companies improve their supply chain, among other things. Read more >

  • TAKING CUE FROM BATS, TEL AVIV TEAM CREATES ROBOT THAT NAVIGATES VIA ECHOES

    By Shoshanna Solomon via The Times of Israel

    Drawing inspiration from bats, researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed what they call a Robat, a fully autonomous terrestrial robot that, like a bat, emits sounds and analyzes the returning echoes to recognize, map and navigate obstacles outdoors. Read more >

  • LEGO’S SWEET SUSTAINABILITY PLAN: PLASTIC MADE FROM SUGAR CANE

    By John Hitch via IndustryWeek

    As the seas fill up with unwanted plastic and the world's reserves of oil—a raw material used in plastics production—go empty, Lego is trying to do what it has asked children to do for six decades: create something new out of a few building blocks and a lot of imagination. Read more >

  • THE ROBOT RESTAURANT REVOLUTION: ‘JESTONS-LIKE’ DREAM OR AUTOMATION NIGHTMARE?

    By Jon Bird via Forbes

    The latest robot restaurants popping up around the planet are perhaps a sign of what’s to come. China’s Alibaba has opened an ingenious automated eatery called Robot.he, in its Shanghai Hema Supermarket. The restaurant offers a “Jetsons like food experience” to quote Alibaba’s official news source, Alizila. Read more >

  • NIDEC TO BUY 5 GERMAN ROBOTICS MAKERS FOR $450M

    via Nikkei Asian Review

    Nidec will spend roughly 50 billion yen ($450 million) to acquire five German robotics companies by the end of March, going after cutting-edge technology fueling the global shift toward automated manufacturing. Read more >

  • VECNA ROBOTICS GRABS $13.5M, LED BY DRIVE, AS LOGISTICS ROBOTS STAY HOT

    By Jeff Engle via Xconomy

    The logistics robotics sector has drawn a lot of interest from investors in recent years, as a wave of startups has risen since Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012. Recent deals include a $25 million investment in Fetch Robotics, $25 million for Locus Robotics, $25 million for 6 River Systems, and $20 million for Soft Robotics. Read more >