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Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars On Swedish Roads In 2017

February 25, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. The test will place individuals in the driver's seats, which would automatically move through streets cleared...

Soft-Robotics Technology Wins Big At The Oscars

February 24, 2015 5:24 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Disney’s "Big Hero 6" stars vinyl robot superhero.                                 

IoT, Automation And Supply Chain Sentience: Q&A With Sean Riley

February 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have heard about how Internet of Things movement can generate, store and analyze...

Navy Debuts Robot That Can Fight Fires Aboard Ships

February 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs...

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Re-skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | News | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side. As more and more companies migrate toward increased connectivity on...

Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can...

Rise Of The Machines: Study Sees Robots Cutting Labor Costs In Factories 24%

February 10, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots are expected cut labour costs at Canadian factories by 24 per cent over the next decade as more companies replace human workers at a faster pace, according to a report issued Tuesday. Globally, labour savings are expected to be reduced by some 16 per cent by 2025, the report by the Boston Consulting Group...

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New Automation Lends A Hand To U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on your clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech. SoftWear and Georgia Tech are working together to create robots that are able to manufacture and manipulate fabrics through conventional sewing machines...

Softbank To Add Learning Technology To Empathetic Robots

February 10, 2015 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear. The AI engine "Watson" is already used in health care, travel and insurance services in English, but an adaptation was needed...

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from...

Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable. According to Amazon, the robots are able to travel up to 60 football field’s worth of customer...

Predictions For 2015: A Tipping Point For Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG | Articles | Comments

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience. Next year innovative manufacturers will leap ahead by deploying more and better sensors, add more comprehensive automation and increasingly...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Bloomberg News reports on how Robotics and AI have been taking some interest. Here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year...    

Hyundai Reports Earnings Drop Due to Weak Sales Forecasts

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Youkyng Lee, AP | News | Comments

For this year, Hyundai forecast sales will grow just 1.8 percent to 5.05 million vehicles, the weakest growth in recent years. The company expects to begin production at a new factory in China next year, but until then its existing factories are operating at full capacity, leaving no room to boost sales significantly.

Lower Gas Prices Changes the Formula for Electric Cars

January 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP | News | Comments

"Fuel savings are not top of mind to many consumers right now," says John Krafcik, president of TrueCar.com. Automakers have responded by slashing thousands off the sticker price of electrics. Discounting, combined with new vehicle offerings boosted sales last year, but that was before gas prices plunged.

Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to...

The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses China's rising labor costs, global shipping...

Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all the talk this week as companies showcase their new products, inventions and ideas. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a big push as the connected home appears to be a big trend, as well as more technology coming to our vehicles. CNNMoney presents...

Nissan, NASA To Work Together On Self-Driving Technology

January 8, 2015 11:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive themselves. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle...

Robotic Revolution Taking Place Largely In Industrial Settings

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart investigates the robotic revolution at CES 2015. He finds that, while CES featured a lot of robotics startups for consumer robots, the innovation in automation is mostly behind the scenes.  Grobart concludes that the robots designed to help us out with basic tasks, or...

A Look At The Plans For Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 10:20 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes. They are locked more than four miles beneath the ocean’s surface, the same distance as 16 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. Layers of near freezing water, salt and rock squeeze them with pressure equal to six really...

Mercedes-Benz Debuts Concept Driverless Car At CES

January 6, 2015 1:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The car of the future according to Mercedes-Benz is one that drives itself, has seats inside that swivel to face each other and features a computerized brain that can watch a pedestrian walk by and even offer a digital projection of a crosswalk to help the person cross the road. The carmaker...

CA Puzzles Over Safety Of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 12:01 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to...

Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

December 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by International Society Of Automation | News | Comments

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. That’s the viewpoint expressed by Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of...

Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by David Nelson, President of Nel Pretech Corporation | Articles | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. For the first time in decades, we have seen a swing in our direction as jobs have returned and customers have made their preference for American-made goods known. Manufacturing technology is improving, methods are becoming more refined...

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