Day: February 16, 2017

  • ‘Innovative’ Škoda factory introduces human-robot collaboration with Kuka LBR iiwa

    ‘Innovative’ Škoda factory introduces human-robot collaboration with Kuka LBR iiwa

    Škoda Auto, Matador Group and Kuka have come together in the town of Vrchlabí, Czech Republic, for what they say is “a manufacturing initiative without borders or fences”. The project is being undertaken in an automobile factory which produces direct-shift-gearbox automatic transmissions. There, an industrial robot does what industrial robots do best: grow productivity, reduce costs…

  • MassRobotics opens shared robotics innovation space

    MassRobotics opens shared robotics innovation space

    Emerging robotics startups now have a space to call their own in Massachusetts. MassRobotics, an independent, non-profit hub serving to inspire and bring robotics startups, initiatives and investments to life, is opening its initial office, laboratory and test space. The collaborative workspace includes the labs and equipment needed to help young robotics companies develop and…

  • Chinese robot maker CloudMinds creates robots based on cloud intelligence

    Chinese robot maker CloudMinds creates robots based on cloud intelligence

    Company backed by SoftBank says it has switched from artificial intelligence to cloud intelligence A Chinese company called CloudMinds says it has created what it says is a “cloud intelligence ecosystem” for robotics.  CloudMinds specialises in the research, development and manufacturing of cloud intelligence-based applications. It has several investors, including SoftBank Group, the Japanese multinational telecommunications…

  • Keeping costs down: The lion’s share of IoT communication

    Keeping costs down: The lion’s share of IoT communication

    Adrian Swindells, director of industrial computing specialist Distec, explores how businesses can keep the cost of IoT implementation to a minimum One of the biggest bugbears of plant managers is the cost of upgrading or replacing devices and equipment. While this has traditionally only occurred due to a breakage, the rise of the internet of…

  • Self-awareness is the key to career survival as jobs get automated, says business psychologist

    Self-awareness is the key to career survival as jobs get automated, says business psychologist

    Automation is about to do away with millions of jobs. A business psychologist claims he has at least some of the answers  The good news is that the job you hate is about to be automated. The bad news is that you’re about to be out of work. “Jobs that cannot be automated are on…