Innovation

Preparing for a manufacturing reshoring project

Reshoring has become a buzzword in the manufacturing industry describing how many firms are moving facilities back to the U.S. There are a wide variety of reasons for why a firm would make such a large change, including finding a more skilled workforce, bringing production closer to the target market,...

Robots of the future could feel, learn

When we think of robotics, we imagine dirty, dangerous machines performing simple, repetitive tasks, and stealing jobs from humans. Today, however, we have machines that work hand-in-hand with humans, performing variable tasks and have the ability to tell the difference between the different parts and products that they are working...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Working with robots makes employees happier

With the 21st century’s wave of distrust in technology beginning to wane, research is being undertaken to better understand the best ways to implement automation into the workplace. On such project, being performed at MIT has determined something interesting, that humans seem to be happier when robots are making decisions. [N]ew...

Factory robots play a big role in growing the US manufacturing industry

As the presence of robots in factories has increased in the last few decades, the opinion that robots will take away manufacturing jobs has been growing. Even so, the robots that have replaced human labor have also opened up new opportunities and jobs for people, rather than making them obsolete...

Creating parts from scratch to gain insights into factory automation

In the age of automation, manufacturers are getting further and further away from the manufacturing process and relying on machines and computers to produce their products. Toyota is trying to bring itself closer to the production process in order to better understand their production needs. Inside Toyota Motor Corp.'s oldest plant,...

Factory automation’s benefit of being connected

The 21st century brought about many technological advances to factory automation, from basics like internet connectivity all the way to remote data collection and production control. Since the beginning of automation, with robots performing never-changing repetitive and dangerous tasks, automation technology has been changing, new tasks being automated, new technologies...

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