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Robots: The Automation Juggernaut That Manufacturers Need

ROBOTS: THE AUTOMATION JUGGERNAUT THAT MANUFACTURERS NEED

"I work for a robotics company. I’m sure you can imagine the rush that comes when the latest predictions about the growth of the market peg the opportunity on the fast-track to exponential growth. After all, it’s how I make my living." -Jim Lawton via Forbes Read More

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THE WIRED GUIDE TO ROBOTS

"You may be worried a robot is going to steal your job, and we get that. This is capitalism, after all, and automation is inevitable. But you may be more likely to work alongside a robot in the near future than have one replace you." - by Matt Simon via Wired Read more

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In The News

  • NEW £400M ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PARK TO CREATE 7,000 JOBS IN THE UK

    Expected to create over 7,000 new jobs, the 370-acre scheme will boost Nissan’s supply chain while bringing in significant private sector investment over the next decade. Read more >

  • THE RISE OF ROBOTS IN INDUSTRY 4.0

    By Megan Ray Nichols via ThomasNet

    Cobots, as they're sometimes known, work alongside humans in all parts of the factory or warehouse. They assist with some of the more challenging jobs, like lifting an engine block to give workers a better angle for attaching parts and tightening bolts. Read more >

  • SURVEY: ROBOTS COULD SMOOTH OVER SKILLS GAP

    via Manufacturing.net

    Robots could be utilized to do jobs that are boring or dangerous for humans, and also could efficiently serve in roles that companies are having trouble filling. Read more >

  • THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING

    via Popular Mechanics

    For this special report, we surveyed 26 of the largest manufacturers in the country—and a few smaller ones, because their perspective is important—for their thoughts, concerns, and predictions. Their answers to 11 big questions tell us a lot about what lies ahead. Read more >

  • QUEENSLAND HOSTS ROBOTICS CONFERENCE

    via Technology Decisions

    “This event is a great example of how the Palaszczuk government is bringing together our focus on innovation and tourism to provide returns for two of Queensland’s most important sectors,” said Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones. Read more >

  • HON HAI SMART FACTORY UNIT TO RAISE $4.3 BILLION CHINESE IPO

    By Bloomberg via IndustryWeek

    Hon Hai, which makes smartphones, cloud computing equipment and robots, wants to fund Foxconn Industrial Internet projects in areas from smart manufacturing to fifth-generation wireless technologies. Read more >

  • THE COBOTS ARE COMING; SHOW THEM SOME LOVE

    By KR Sanjiv via ET Tech

    The deployment of cobots isn’t a replacement of the workforce with machines, but enabling throughput gains, upskilling workforce to do more fulfilling and productive roles, and improvements in safety. Read more >

  • HELP WANTED: HOME BUILDERS NEED WOMEN, IMMIGRANTS AND ROBOTS TO FILL SHORTAGE

    By Andrea Riquier via MarketWatch

    Alan Hoffmann has been building homes in Texas since 1987, and he’s seen all kinds of real estate cycles. But he’s never seen a worker shortage this severe. A decade ago, when Hoffmann needed an electrical crew to wire a house, four or five electricians would show up. Today that crew is typically two people. That means homes take longer to build — usually 12 months instead of nine — and costs rise because longer project time means more months in which builders have to tap bank loans to finance construction. Read more >

  • ROBOTS CAN BE A FORCE FOR GOOD, SAYS ROBO-ETHICIST

    via CBC News

    Little Jibo — one of the world's first widely available social robots — isn't much bigger than your typical smartphone, but unlike a phone, he can dance. That ability to move and manipulate the immediate environment around them is what distinguishes robots from other computing technologies, says Jibo's companion, AJung Moon, a scientist presenting at this week's B.C. Tech Summit who specializes in the ethics of robots. Read more >

  • VIDEO FRIDAY: ANDY RUBIN ON ROBOTICS, DYNAMIC EXOSKELETON, AND TWO ROBOT HEADS

    By Erico Guizzo, Evan Ackerman and Fan Shi via IEEE Spectrum

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Read more >

  • THE WIRED GUIDE TO ROBOTS

    By Matt Simon via Wired

    Robots have finally grown smart enough and physically capable enough to make their way out of factories and labs to walk and roll and even leap among us. The machines have arrived. Read more >

  • CHINA’S ROBOTICS INDUSTRY

    By I-Ting Shelly Lin via China Briefing

    According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), China has had the most industrial robots in operation globally since 2016. By 2020, China is expected to produce 150,000 industrial robot units and have 950,300 industrial robots in operation. However, despite China having the most industrial robots in the world, its robot density is below the global average, with only 68 units per 10,000 workers in 2016. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES FROM WAREHOUSING TO AGRICULTURE

    By Aditi Roy via CNBC

    CNBC's Aditi Roy reports on the ways in which different types of robotics - wearables, automated machines, etc - are transforming industries. Read more >

  • ROBOTS AT UC BERKELEY TAKE A STEP FORWARD

    By Joe Rosato, Jr. via NBC

    Robots under development at Cal aren’t the kind that terrorize planets or crush enemies with lasers, but rather they take on practical tasks they may eventually assume from their human counterparts — things like cleaning the garage or sorting packages in a warehouse. Read more >

  • CHINA SEES BOOMING ROBOTICS INDUSTRY

    via Xinhua

    China's robotics industry saw steady development in 2017 with about 1,686 robotics companies established last year, according to a report released at the ongoing 5th China Robot Summit. Read more >

  • 15 ‘FACTS’ ABOUT ROBOT INTEGRATION THAT EVERYONE THINKS ARE TRUE

    By Alex Owen-Hill via Robotiq

    Here are 15 of the most pervasive "facts" which stop intelligent people like you from experiencing the great benefits of robotics. Read more >

  • BEHOLD THE LEGO ROBOT THAT MAKES BREAKFAST

    By Wajeeh Maaz via Motherboard

    The machine itself, which is composed largely of an assortment of LEGO pieces, supplemented with a thermoplastic spatula, an IR receiver and some motors, is quite competent in its cooking abilities. Read more >