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Delivery Drones

Google’s Wing becomes first company to gain FAA approval for the concept Utility drones for repairs, military and surveillance drones for security reasons, mapping drones….we seem to have every kind of flying robot we want…except for the one that perhaps best defines the 21st century: a convenience drone designed for consumers. Check that box, now, […]

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CWIEME Berlin 2019

Redemption show will run May 21-23 in German capital CWIEME’s Berlin showcase—alongside past shows in Istanbul, Chicago, and Shanghai—celebrates 25 years in the coil winding industry. The show will run May 21-23 in the German capital. Some industry professionals openly wonder if the show will have lost some support in connection with its sister show […]

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Smart Cities

Wildly ambitious, potential IoT hubs are a popular banner for tech companies. But they’re often short on details—and their progress is difficult to quantify The concept of the “smart city” has already gone through a number of iterations in a short lifespan. Many of them are wildly ambitious, and others seem practical but are short […]

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The typical Life of a Robotic System

During a presentation at Automate 2019 called “Automation 101,” Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies described the nine phases in a robot’s life: 1. Specification. This is when the user determines what sort of robot is needed for a particular task. 2. Design. The choice of the type and design of a robot. This step […]

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ABB Shake-Up

CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down suddenly; another example of industrial conglomerates in flux In the latest example of major industrial conglomerates experiencing flux with their corporate sides (see: GE, Siemens, Emerson) ABB announced the sudden resignation of CEO Ulrich Spiesshoffer on Wednesday. While being in the top position at ABB for six years, Spiesshofer was […]

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When Automate Spring

Every other year, all things robotic take over McCormick Place in Chicago Automate 2019 was in motion this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Despite a breath of spring brought to Chicago to start off the week, the show also ushered back in some autumn weather. No matter—the quintessential robotics and automation show—which runs alongside material […]

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On the First Day

City Machine said: “Let there be skills” City Machine Technologies, Inc., the Youngstown company which has played headliner of late, has established National Skilled Trades Day to increase awareness about the benefits of skilled trades jobs in the United States and to celebrate skilled trades workers. National Skilled Trades Day will be observed on the […]

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Hannover Messe 2019

World’s largest industrial trade fair runs April 1-5 in Germany It’s that time again. April doesn’t just mean fools, showers, and Easter…Hannover Messe is upon us. The world’s greatest trade show (I had ‘arguably’ in there, and decided not to argue with myself) kicks off for another full week this coming Monday. From manufacturing to […]

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Mersen Scopes a Record

Electrical equipment company chosen for largest telescope project Mersen, the manufacturer of electrical power equipment and advanced materials, has announced that it will be taking part in the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) project run by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), helping to complete the fifth and final mirror for this giant future telescope, which is […]

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FAA Grounds Boeing MAX

Delayed decision ultimately grounds 74 U.S. airliners Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 jets, of which there are 74 models currently functional in three United States airlines, have been grounded by order of the Federal Aviation Administration. The questionably delayed order came Wednesday afternoon, over three days after fatal safety flaws were found on […]

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