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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:33 am | by ARC Advisory Group | News | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

The future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and more automation.

April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 2:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As industrial automation continues to become more prevalent on the plant floor, it is important...

Two-Armed Robot Designed For Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our Next Level strategy,” said...

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Students Gather For Team Robot Battles

April 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Vex World Championship is sponsored by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. It is held from April 15 to 18 and is open to the public.

VIDEO: Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:28 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

The Swell of Automation In Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Lisa Richards | News | Comments

Benefits of automated facility management include better integration and control of systems, cutting costs and energy reduction, production consistency, safety and reduction of workplace injuries and automated systems and computerized maintenance management.

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We expected we would be in autonomous mode most of the time, but to be in it close to 99 percent of the time was a pleasant surprise."

Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match The Right Parts With The Right Tools

March 30, 2015 9:52 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 9:48 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years we expect rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser Of The Week

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.                                         

Inside Google's New Self-Driving Car

March 20, 2015 2:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Marco della Cava got an exclusive look at Google's self-driving car.

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

On Thursday, Musk unveiled a new software update that he said would make running out of charge unintentionally "basically impossible."                   

Autonomous Car Prepares For 3,500-Mile U.S. Road Trip

March 16, 2015 3:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Companies both inside and outside the auto industry are experimenting with technologies that take more and more responsibilities away from the driver.                

Report: Robotic Welding To Grow Sharply By 2020

March 11, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, the robotic welding market earned revenues...

How Robots Are Saving The Dairy Farm

March 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe.                              

The Driverless Car, Officially, Is A Risk

March 5, 2015 1:49 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business.        

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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 data points, but the future of IoT is even more exciting. Sean Riley, the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director at Software AG, recently released his list of supply chain and manufacturing predictions...

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 aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and technology expo in...

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...

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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