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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.

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
As we enter the era of Industry 4.0, this article will help dispel some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance
November 07, 2018

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance

By Nick Boughton, Digital Lead, Boulting Technology
It has only been in the past five years where augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have made their way into industrial environments. This article explains how AR and VR are re-defining plant maintenance.

Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective
October 23, 2018

Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
In this article, we draw from that report to consider developments in price-performance ratio of hardware components to make up a new robotics: transistors, memory, sensors, energy storage, and electric motors.

How Lean Manufacturing Eliminates Waste in Industrial  Environments
October 09, 2018

How Lean Manufacturing Eliminates Waste in Industrial Environments

By Rob Sullivan, AutoGuide Mobile Robots
The mobile robot proliferation is an extension of lean manufacturing principles. Whether labor savings are from tugger application or with fork attachments, reliable navigation that requires no magnetic tape or RFID tags to guide its way safely through a facility, the growth the automonous environment is unstoppable.

Innovative and Engaging Education Approaches:  Inspiring & Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce
October 02, 2018

Innovative and Engaging Education Approaches: Inspiring & Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The THINC Academy is working to address the skills gap problem by engaging students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to be productive. THINC Academy already has a success record adding skilled, motivated, and well-rounded workers to help close the skills gap with their educational approach.

Robot R&D: A Look at Robot Bearings
September 21, 2018

Robot R&D: A Look at Robot Bearings

By Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings
When the absolute position of the robot is compared to the commanded position, the error calculated is the measure of accuracy. This article explains how bearings are integral for improving accuracy in the robotics industry.

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Robot Batteries
September 17, 2018

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Robot Batteries

By Michele Windsor, Ultralife Corporation
For robots to be truly reliable and safe, engineers should ensure they have the correct power solutions. This article explains the impact poor design and integration of batteries can have on industrial robots.

The World has Embraced Robots, Should the US do the Same?
July 25, 2018

The World has Embraced Robots, Should the US do the Same?

By Ryan Gutherie, TM Robotics
As other countries embark on initiatives to encourage the adoption of automated technologies, this article investigates America’s relationship with robots.

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet
June 27, 2018

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The logistics and supply chain sector has been inundated with new and novel transport technologies in the past two years, however, experts don’t expect many of these technologies to be widely available for another 5-10. This article explains why parts suppliers may be better served by focusing on reducing lead-times to same-day delivery.

Is a Cobot Really What You Need?
June 22, 2018

Is a Cobot Really What You Need?

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots (cobots), machines that work harmoniously alongside humans, account for 3% of this market, but will reach 34% by 2025. This article explains what manufacturers need to understand before they jump on the cobot bandwagon, as this investment may not be as low-risk as it first appears.

Automating the Food and Drink Industry
June 04, 2018

Automating the Food and Drink Industry

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Many industries have already made the jump to automated processes. However, it’s only been in recent years that the food and beverage industry has begun to truly explore what automation and robotic technology has to offer.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.