Japan's Rust Belt Counting on Robonomics to Run Assembly Lines

Yoshiaki Nohara, Toru Fujioka, and Daniel Moss for Bloomberg:   A withering factory town in Japan’s Rust Belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s "robot revolution." Kadoma’s population has declined 13 percent as the nation ages, prompting mergers among elementary schools and emergency services departments. Factories can’t find enough people to run assembly lines, further threatening an industrial base that includes titan Panasonic Corp. and smaller businesses like Izumo Co., a maker of industrial rubber. Yet Izumo President Tsutomu Otsubo doesn’t believe the solution involves finding more people. He’d rather find more machines to do the work so his company can capitalize on Abe’s plan to quadruple Japan’s robotics sector into a 2.4 trillion yen ($20 billion) industry by 2020.   Cont'd...

OEMs Consider Cross-Border Move in Face of Uncertainty

Border towns, such as El Paso, Texas, could service as "middle ground" if OEMs with operations in Mexico decide to relocate stateside.

New TechCast AI Study Forecasts 20 Percent Job Loss by 2030, But Offset by New Opportunities

TechCast Global, Inc., an innovative trend forecasting company, has released a new study addressing the looming issue of unemployment as artificial intelligence (AI) takes over entire fields of work.

A3 Kicks off 2017 with Business Forum and Record Industry Results

World's leading annual networking event attracts 525+ global automation leaders

A New Use for High-Speed Fiber Optics: Connecting Smart Factories

Jennifer Baljko for EBN Online:  Machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have risen to the forefront of many strategic technology conversations. Companies are revamping product designs and component capabilities to allow for seamless, real-time communication flows between devices. Executives talk about how constant transmission and automated analysis of machine-generated information will transform the way we live, work, play, drive and shop, and change the landscape of our homes, offices, cars, malls, supermarkets, hospitals, gas stations and every other place we move through on a daily basis. As M2M and IoT shape business and operations strategies, influence product design and compel companies to re-examine how suppler and customer data is collected and used, a question begs: How will companies pool together all their internal factory and supply chain data in a way that matches the speed, consistency and reliability of what IoT promises? The factory, after all, is the heartbeat that keeps many companies operating, and a data bottleneck there comes with a costly implication. Many in the industry in have started to realize that, and it's resulting in a deeper conversation around industrial IoT, or IIoT.   Cont'd...

New Kyntronics Linear and Rotary Actuators with Multi-axis Coordinated Motion for OEMs

Kyntronics' new electromechanical actuators are precision motion control devices for force requirements up to 1,000 lbf (4500N) for linear applications or 2,400 in-lbs (270Nm) for rotary applications. Setup is simple with fully integrated electronics.

Intel Forecasts 2017 Industrial IoT Trends

Intel's Antony Neal-Graves has shared his initial thoughts on how the industrial landscape will evolve in 2017.

New, Affordable USB3.0 SWIR OEM Linescan Camera for Machine Vision & Spectroscopy

• Princeton Infrared's affordable OEM SWIR/visible linescan camera will premiere at SPIE's Photonics West, Moscone Convention Center, Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 2017 in booth #312.

EtherCAT Soft Motion Control Auto-Configuration

Configuring servo motors and drives through network control software can be cumbersome and time-consuming

Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

New funding opportunities will bring this manufacturing training program to underserved areas, expand technical assistance

INDUSTRY 4.0, ENGINEERING AND COMAU SIGN AN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT

THE OBJECTIVE: TO DEVELOP HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE OF MACHINES

Seven Career Paths Opening With the Industrial IoT

Joe McKendrick for RTInsights:  From maintenance experts to solution sellers, the industrial IoT offers numerous career opportunities. If you’re looking for an IoT career, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) doesn’t sound quite as glamorous as the broader IoT, which promises smart homes, smart cars, smart cities, wearable sensors, and everything else that can be outsmarted in daily life. But for IoT careers, industry is actually where most of the action will be taking place, and when you drill down and look what’s happening, a lot of this work can be far more rewarding and impactful than building smart toasters. This encompasses a range of activities, from real-time tracking tools and parts at industrial sites to analyzing data coming in from machinery, engines and power plants. The sky’s the limit.   Cont'd...

New Diakont Electric Actuators for Injection Molding Deliver Increased Performance in a Compact Footprint

Diakont electric servo actuators deliver higher performance than hydraulic motion control solutions in real-world injection molding applications.

CEL and THine introduce high performance HD video interface for industrial, machine vision, surveillance, and automotive applications

Designers can create vision systems with fewer cables and greater distances between camera head and other system elements. Combined with Slip Rings, this interface technology enables OEMs to produce 360 degree HD video Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) cameras at substantially reduced cost

Japan Smart Factory Expo invites Global Advanced Automation Companies

Reed Japan Exhibitions is introducing first Expo for Industrie 4.0 / Industrial Internet Technologies for "Smart Factory".

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