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Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics
October 21, 2019

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been an industry staple since 1953. However, their reliance on environmental markers and the fact they follow a pre-determined route, means AGVs are best suited to structured environments in the absence of humans. This article discusses the rise of mobile robots and what challenges need to be faced for their uptake.

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge
October 07, 2019

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Surpassing all expectations, the Federal Reserve announced a rise in the US manufacturing production index of 0.5 per cent in August 2019. This article discusses the potential long term upswing of US manufacturing and how to achieve it.

Is RaaS the Way to Go?
September 09, 2019

Is RaaS the Way to Go?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Back in 2017, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that 30 percent of commercial robotic applications will be in the form of Robots as a Service (RaaS) by 2019. Was this forecast accurate? This article explains the current RaaS landscape in relation to these early projections.

Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers
August 27, 2019

Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amongst the many new technologies that are impacting the manufacturing industry today, collaborative robots may be the highest impact automation development that can improve manufacturing for small and medium manufacturing enterprises.

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age
July 30, 2019

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

By Laura Sallstrom, Access Partnership
Regulation should be targeted at actions and human behavior, not at a type of technology. Regulatory approaches that take this into account – like the ethics by design concept – are a good way forward.

The Need for Green in 3D Printing
July 29, 2019

The Need for Green in 3D Printing

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
It has been 35 years since the first instance of what we now think of as additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing. Lauded for its rapid production speed and minimal waste, the process is becoming a staple of product prototyping. However, there is still room to improve the sustainability of this process.

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey
July 22, 2019

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PAR meetings to represent one of the most knowledgeable groups of automation professionals gathered in one place, at any one time, to discuss automation issues, and the 2018 event was no exception.

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge
June 13, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge

The goal of tasking young builders to exercise their practical and technological creativity is to expand what is humanly possible in the space, building the next generation of tech and manufacturing innovators.

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT
June 10, 2019

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT

By Stephane Daeuble, Nokia
Particularly in sectors that rely heavily on operational technology (OT) such as manufacturing, transportation, energy and healthcare, enterprises are progressing along their transformational journeys faster, thanks to the exciting promises of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center
May 28, 2019

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
The lack of strategically implemented Business Process Automation (BPA) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within the Smart City’s Data Centers could result in the city’s inundation by the data wave following a Smart City transformation.

Robotic Process Automation: Human Touch Still Required
May 01, 2019

Robotic Process Automation: Human Touch Still Required

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
RPA allows a robot to observe human-initiated actions between multiple data sources and technologies on a User Interface, memorize the actions and corresponding sequences, and replicate.

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?
April 09, 2019

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains how small to medium sized manufacturers can prepare for a manufacturing resurgence, driven by reshoring and regulatory changes.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise
February 19, 2019

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Collaborative robots are re-defining the way manufacturers operate today. To help further that process is Universal Robots (UR), a collaborative robot manufacturer driven by a vision & mission to help industries become more productive, with a particular focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion
February 18, 2019

Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion

By Jeff Burnstein, A3
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reached out to several large automation integrators to get their input on the drivers, challenges, and opportunities in implementing collaborative robots.

Investigating the Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) Trend
February 05, 2019

Investigating the Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) Trend

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Robots as a Service (RaaS) is a business model for deploying robotic automation on lease. This article examines the potential of RaaS, when compared to traditional robot purchasing.

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation
January 18, 2019

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation

By Carlos Millan, Oceaneering International
For decades, automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology has delivered materials handling and logistics solutions to automotive companies. Automotive manufacturers, in general, have embraced the lean principles of advanced logistics and manufacturing solutions.

Inventory Management 4.0
January 04, 2019

Inventory Management 4.0

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
A shocking amount of capital is tied up in inventory. Along with accounts receivable and accounts payable, inventory represents $1.1 trillion in cash – equivalent to 7 per cent of the United States GDP. This article explains the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in accessing this cash.

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big
January 03, 2019

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big

By Antony Bourne, IFS
A new generation of point AI solutions will prove themselves in 2019. They’ll build new trust, urgency and understanding of what ‘AI’ actually is, and just how much it can deliver. Here are 3 key predictions for manufacturing for 2019—and beyond.