Obama to leave the future of the US in the hands of robots

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President Barack Obama says robots can help the US grow its economy by leading to higher total factor productivity (TFP) in the future. 

The president made his remarks in his annual economic report to the Houses of Congress. Extracts from President Obama’s report:

“One area of innovation that can help the United States to boost TFP growth in the future is robotics.  Continue reading Obama to leave the future of the US in the hands of robots

Advancing UK manufacturing with statistics and anecdotes

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The UK is deciding whether to stay in the European Union or not, which may or may not affect the manufacturing sector 

The UK is currently in the midst of a national debate over whether or not to leave the European Union, with opinion polls suggesting that the so-called “Brexit” campaign has the public’s favour, although only marginally.

Those who are arguing against an exit from the EU say that the country’s economy will suffer if the majority of people vote to leave, and they produce figures to support their argument. But then, so does the other side.

The EU referendum will be held on June 23.

From an objective point of view, it’s probably difficult to say what will happen. No one knows what the future holds for sure. And besides, statistics can be made to support pretty much any point of view, even if they are diametrically opposed to one another.  Continue reading Advancing UK manufacturing with statistics and anecdotes

Exclusive: Cemtrex extends its electronic tentacles into new markets

Saagar Govil, CEO of Cemtrex
Saagar Govil, CEO of Cemtrex. Picture: Newsday.com

Exclusive interview with Saagar Govil, chairman and CEO of Cemtrex

A lot’s happened since this website was introduced to Cemtrex a few weeks ago. The company’s been on a gigantic spending spree, buying up companies and restructuring its business for new markets as though it were in a hurry to get somewhere fast.

Where that somewhere is may be deduced from the acquisitions Cemtrex has made and the types of products and services in which the acquired companies specialise.

Last month, Cemtrex purchased an obscure German company called The Target, an electronics manufacturer which supplies top-level automakers.

Then, earlier this month, Cemtrex bought up and is synergising its operations with another German electronics manufacturer, Periscope. Not to be confused with Periscope the video streaming app, the Periscope Cemtrex bought is another supplier to major automotive companies.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Cemtrex has its heart set on – the market for electronics used in autonomous vehicles.  Continue reading Exclusive: Cemtrex extends its electronic tentacles into new markets

Exclusive: ‘The future of artificial intelligence is here’, says Infosys big data boss

Abdul Razack, SVP of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys
Abdul Razack, SVP of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys

By Abdul Razack, SVP and head of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys

Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the business and consumer landscape, but has it reached its full potential?

With the wide adoption of automation and machine learning among organisations, we’re closer than ever before. And in 2016, we will continue this momentum and see artificial intelligence redefine the future of work, deliver on the promise of big data, and even transform consumers’ lives.

Artificial intelligence will define the future of work

The pace at which large-scale organisations more widely adopt artificial intelligence to replace manual, repetitive tasks will rapidly increase.  Continue reading Exclusive: ‘The future of artificial intelligence is here’, says Infosys big data boss

Siemens technology boss says digitization ‘one of the biggest growth drivers’

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Professor Siegfried Russwurm, chief technology officer at Siemens, says digital transformation is opening up great opportunities

The world has never been as networked as it is now. Whether in gas turbines, trains, manufacturing facilities or medical imaging technologies, our reality is taking on a digital dimension.

Digital change is sounding the bell for a paradigm change – in business as well as private life. As one of the world’s leading companies in digitalization, Siemens is playing an active part in this development. We’ve set a clear focus and identified digitalization as one of the biggest growth drivers to carry us into a successful future.

Even today, Siemens’ worldwide workforce includes about 17,500 software engineers, who contribute a wide range of industry-specific IT and software solutions to their work in electrification, automation and urban infrastructures. Continue reading Siemens technology boss says digitization ‘one of the biggest growth drivers’

General Motors claims highest number of connected vehicles

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General Motors says it has the largest number of connected vehicles in the world, with almost 3 million currently on the road – far more than any other automaker. 

General Motors claims it “started the connected car revolution 20 years ago” with the launch of OnStar and continues to deliver innovative solutions at a scale unmatched by anyone in the industry.

OnStar is the enabler for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall to introduce new technology features across a broad range of drivers. Today, the blue button brand delivers services in four continents, 18 countries, 10 languages and 13 time zones, with more than a billion customer interactions.

While emergency and security services remain a staple of OnStar, the company has expanded to offer customer-driven mobility solutions that create a personalized experience for GM and Maven customers.  Continue reading General Motors claims highest number of connected vehicles

Yaskawa launches free online video training course

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Yaskawa, one of the world’s largest robot manufacturers with around 400,000 industrial robots installed worldwide, has introduced a free video training course. 

The company says on its website: “These self-guided video training tutorial series are available at no charge and can be taken at any time without enrollment.”

Yaskawa adds that the training course includes opportunities for students to connect to a real Yaskawa automation product demonstration unit. The demonstration unit is based in the US, and connection is through the internet.

Lean leadership and the Topper Industrial journey

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Ryan Brown (president) and Ed Brown (founder and father of the Fork Truck Free Movement in North America) Topper Industrial

Manufacturing journalist Tom Cutler talks with Chris Mosby, a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt

For more than 20 years, Topper Industrial, based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry.

The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts and tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components.

From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices.  Continue reading Lean leadership and the Topper Industrial journey

Conference to discuss robotics and automation in automotive industry

Robotics and Automation News partner conference: Next-generation collaborative robots and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing 2016

American Business Conferences has organised an event to discuss robotics and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing. 

The two-day event – Next-generation collaborative robots and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing 2016 – will be held in Detroit, USA, on August 17 and 18, and will be attended by many of the leading names in the automotive manufacturing industry.  Continue reading Conference to discuss robotics and automation in automotive industry

Robotiq explains new collaborative robot specifications from ISO

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Robotiq is a company that mainly makes grippers for industrial robots, specialising in two-finger and three-finger robotic hands for the collaborative robots made by Universal Robots. 

However, Robotiq also regularly publish much useful and timely information about the robotics industry, often technical information which only experts in the field – such as those who work at Robotiq – would be able to provide.

This week, Robotiq has published an explanation of the new ISO safety requirements pertaining to collaborative robots, and gave Robotics and Automation News permission to publish the article, which follows.  Continue reading Robotiq explains new collaborative robot specifications from ISO

Exclusive: Seiko Epson boss looks to robots for 70 per cent growth within 10 years

Minoru Usui, president, Seiko Epson
Minoru Usui, president, Seiko Epson

Exclusive interview with Seiko Epson president Minoru Usui 

The president of Seiko Epson says he wants to increase the company’s total annual revenues by 70 per cent within 10 years, and believes industrial robots will be one of the fastest-growing business units, with a 500 per cent hike in that time.

In an exclusive interview with Robotics and Automation News, Minoru Usui says Seiko Epson is hoping to achieve a dramatic expansion of its robotics division in the next decade, and “take the company from being a 1-trillion-yen-a-year business to being a 1.7-trillion-yen-a-year business”.

Epson Robots is one of the top industrial robot manufacturers in the world, and Usui is keen to build on this success.

In its annual report, the company lists robots in the “sensing and industrial solutions” business segment, which accounts for approximately $2 billion revenue a year. Seiko Epson’s total revenue is approximately $10 billion a year. Continue reading Exclusive: Seiko Epson boss looks to robots for 70 per cent growth within 10 years

If AI ruled the world: Exclusive interview with Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

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Jane Zavalishina, Yandex Data Factory

Some people say artificial intelligence will eventually take over the world, and make humans obsolete and useless in large parts of society, starting with firing us from all employment – low-skilled or high. Others say it’s already happened – that AI rules the world. 

From artificially intelligent assistants which answer your emails and manage your diary, to artificially intelligent industrial robots that can custom manufacture products to individual customer specifications and that can tell you when they need a little maintenance, not to mention the AI in the latest cars of today which can brake and change lanes to avoid you having an accident because you fell asleep at the wheel, AI is everywhere.

And like the concept of the omnipresent deities that many religious people believe in, AI – and its attributes of machine learning and deep learning and so on – has inspired a massive global following which is growing every day. Continue reading If AI ruled the world: Exclusive interview with Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

SAP to showcase logistics solutions featuring augmented reality glasses at CeMAT

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CeMAT Update: SAP, the business software company, will be making its debut as a participating exhibitor at CeMAT 2016, which opens its gates to the public from 31 May to 3 June in Hannover, Germany.

The company will present its new software for logistics operations which feature augmented reality smart glasses and is ready for highly automated warehouses with autonomous vehicles.

The company’s stand will occupy a prominent position in Hall 27, a popular visitor destination that houses the Logistics IT displays. The theme of the SAP presentation is “Networked Logistics”.

Dr Andreas Gruchow as the responsible member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe, says: “This is SAP’s contribution to the keynote theme of this year’s CeMAT, namely ‘Smart Supply Chain Solutions’, which focuses attention on the digitalized and networked value-adding chain. Visitors to the next CeMAT will get a clear sense of the way innovative IT systems are revolutionizing logistics and opening up new possibilities within the sector.”  Continue reading SAP to showcase logistics solutions featuring augmented reality glasses at CeMAT

Flexible manufacturing in the modern age: Three steps to automated engineering

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Martyn Williams, managing director at Copa-Data UK explains how implementing custom machinery and combining industrial equipment with intelligent automation software can help companies implement fully flexible manufacturing. 

Increased demand for customised products and shrinking time-to-market expectations have contributed to the fundamental shift in how products are designed and created.

To fulfil today’s demand for smart products and customised design, manufacturers must break away from their outdated, mass manufacturing habits and explore the world of automated engineering.  Continue reading Flexible manufacturing in the modern age: Three steps to automated engineering

TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016

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Sensors in a connected car. Picture courtesy Here 360.

Penton’s TU-Automotive has announced the agenda and speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 (June 8-9, Nov, MI), the world’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to innovation in automotive technology, covering connected cars, autonomy and mobility.

At TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, the city’s automakers (Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) will join international OEMs such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to discuss their vision for how the car can become the leading “node” of the Internet of Things.

Leading technology disruptors such as Zipcar, Amazon, Via and Renovo Motors will also take center stage during discussions as the ecosystem widens to embrace new players.

The 80+ session agenda and 150+ speaker line-up can be viewed at TU-Automative Continue reading TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016