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Microscan Visionscape® GigE Camera Performs Precision Measurement of Apertures in Digital Camera Housing at Foxconn

his case study from the electronics manufacturing industry could be applied to other sectors, and as vision technology advances and experience from its practical application is accumulated, there are sure to be even more challenges addressed using precision machine vision so

‘UK manufacturers fail to understand Industry 4.0’

Ian Vallely for Works Management:  There isn't enough understanding of Industry 4.0 by UK manufacturers, according to a report by BDO in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  It said just 8% of UK manufacturers have a significant under

SME Launches High School Membership Program to Build the Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline

With an anticipated skills gap of 2 million jobs by 2025, the manufacturing industry needs to attract and inspire the next-generation workforce,

FIRST 3D TOOLS PRINTED ABOARD SPACE STATION

Evan Gough for UniverseToday:  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have manufactured their first tool using the 3D printer on board the station. This is another step in the ongoing process of testing and using additive manufacturing in space

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Special Tradeshow Coverage for RAPID 2016

RAPID 2016 will be held from May 17th - 19th in Orlanda, FL. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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Companies, employees not quite ready for cognitive technology wave of robotics, AI, machine learning

Larry Dignan for Between the Lines:  Robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other cognitive technologies will replace about 7 percent of U.S. jobs by 2025 with office and administrative staff taking the biggest hit, according to a Forrester Research forecast.

The bad news is jobs will be lost. The good news is that new gigs will be created as cognitive technology takes hold. One reason the disruption won't be larger or happen sooner is that companies aren't ready for the change related to the new automated workforce, said Forrester.

  • Among the key items:
  • 16 percent of U.S. jobs will be replaced, but 9 percent of jobs will be created. That's how Forrester gets to the 7 percent job loss by 2025 figure.
  • Emerging jobs will be robot monitoring pros, data scientists, automation specialists and content curators.
  • 93 percent of automation technologists feel unprepared to take on smart machine technologies.
  • 83 percent saw cognitive computing as critical to their companies' future.
  • 32 percent of respondents said they are prepared for the cognitive technology changes ahead, but only 12 percent are prepared to deal with the human and organizational fallout.
  • 46 percent say the number of jobs will remain about the same and 43 percent of respondents thought jobs would decline.

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Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence Take London by Storm!

The event taking place in London, from 14th - 16th November is set to bring together those furthest along the maturity curve in automated and intelligent service innovation with those who are just starting out, for a frank and open discussion surrounding the best ways to compete in the digital business era.

ABB expands collaborative portfolio with the introduction of SafeMove2, its latest generation robot monitoring system

The new safety certified software delivers greater flexibility, space savings and cutting edge commissioning tools for greater productivity at a lower total investment cost.

New Plug and Play Motion System at IMTS

Visit Rollon at in the East Building at booth E-4528

1000 Series Automatic Splicers Improve Uptime for Wide Non-Woven Substrates

Butler Automatic, the inventor and global leader of automatic splicing solutions, announces that its 1000 Series Automatic Film Splicer is ideal for improving uptime and increasing throughput in applications utilizing wide, non-woven substrates. The 1000 Series is used in applications including printing, packaging, building insulation, automotive air filters, and medical wound care products.

Transcend Robotics and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner to Advance Robotic Mobility

Cooperative Agreement Focuses on Developing Robotic Mobility Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

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Nanotec - High-performance DC servo motor with integrated controller

Nanotec - High-performance DC servo motor with integrated controller

Nanotec's PD6-C motor is ideally suited for applications that require high power density and high efficiency as well as compact size. It comes in two versions - as a high-pole stepper motor in various lengths with a maximum nominal torque of 8.8 Nm, and as a low-pole BLDC motor with a flange size of 80 or 86 mm and a nominal output of 534 W. The motor controller and the encoder with 4096 increments are integrated in the motor. Call (781) 219-3343 or visit www.us.nanotec.com for more information.

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Comau

Comau

Comau, an FCA company, is a worldwide leader in manufacturing flexible, automatic systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, with an international network that spans 17 countries employing more than 12,600 employees, Comau uses the latest technology and processes to deliver advanced turnkey systems that consistently exceed the expectations of its customers. Comau specializes in body joining & assembly, powertrain machining & assembly, robotics and maintenance, as well as advanced production systems for a wide range of industrial sectors. The continuous development of its products and services enables Comau to lead the automation industry in meeting the unique requirements of each customer, and through all phases of the project - from design, implementation and installation, to production start-up and maintenance services.