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Three ways to automate a system by Kevin Jones

There are essentially three approaches to automating a system, according to Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies, depending on the extent to which you want to engage professional help with attendant expense: 1. Do it yourself. This is cheaper than going to a professional, but it can disrupt workflow. Also, you may not know as […]

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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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Reading Robots

New study has AI robots learning, following IKEA diagrams A new study published in multiple automation and science journals demonstrates how robots and artificial intelligence are capable of interpreting diagrams. The concept could be yet another mind-blowing checkpoint in automation technology, as well as one likely to stoke apprehension among the human workforce. The study, […]

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College Training For the Factory of the Future

National Science Foundation’s simulations using automation, IoT Three American universities, all of whom have excellent credibility in the fields of engineering and technology, are organizing a platform to prepare students for the factories of the future. Researchers from Purdue University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indiana University—supported altogether by a $2.5 million grant from the […]

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Drone Zone

The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected. A new report from Navigant Research expects it to reach at least $13 billion by 2026. The report examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market […]

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Robotics Record

First half of 2017 is benchmark year for automation A ‘Robopocalypse’ is happening by the numbers…even if it may be an overblown theory in real life. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the results of its research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth Thursday, showing record tallies in the areas of robotics, […]

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Motion Scoops Numatic

Acquisition adds more automation experience Motion Industries, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala., announced today the acquisition of Numatic Engineering, the Los Angeles-based robotics company. Execution of the transaction will occur on August 1st, according to a Motion press release sent to EA Thursday. Founded in 1955, Numatic Engineering has sixty years of experience selling and supporting […]

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Robotics Team Missing

Six members of Burundi team may have voluntarily fled to Canada A team of six high-school age students was reported missing following a national robotics competition that took place in Washington, D.C., this week. The FIRST Global Challenge 2017, held Sunday through Tuesday of this past week, included six members of the Burundi robotics team […]

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Automate 2017

Robots so advanced, when they dance, they “do the human”  Who are we kidding…machines have already taken over. Any ‘human’ who attended Automate 2017 this week can vouch: the lines have never been more indistinct between virtual and actual, A.I. and H.I., intuition and cognition. The biennial conference, held this year at McCormick Place in […]

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