Archive: Sep 2014

Factory automation, a German example

The traditional thought on including automation in a factory setting was that it would perform all of the dirty and dangerous jobs, but not be able to do much more than that. This view, however, is quickly changing as technology gives rise to more sensitive and more utilizable. While most auto plants use robots for…

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Looking at the future of factory automation

With the popularity of factory automation growing, there are more and more predictions about what the future of automation will bring to the manufacturing industry. There are three major initiatives that have been suggested recently, one suggests that efficiency should be replaced by fulfillment, another looks at moving to the next step in information technology,…

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Collaborative robots opening new opportunities for factory automation

Until recently, factory automation has been limited to large manufacturers that have large enough budgets to pay for highly customized robotics systems. Because of this, smaller manufacturers have been unable, and unwilling, to pay for these expensive systems. The most prohibitive part of purchasing factory automation is the installation process. The total cost of installing…

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Automation may take over some jobs, but not humans

Automation is becoming more commonplace in factories today. This prompts many workers and analysts to wonder if this automation will come to replace workers entirely. Research being conducted at Purdue University points to automation as unable to replace humans completely. David Hummels, a professor of economics at Purdue University, says humans still have a unique…

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China may not be able to catch up using automation

Chinese factories are home to the production of many of the electronic devices we use every day, like laptop computers and mobile devices. The manufacturers that build these devices in China have been looking to come up with a way to be more cost effective as wages begin to grow in the country and manufacturing…

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