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

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

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

Boost Efficiency Through Augmented Reality: Q&A With Bob Meads

March 27, 2015 10:24 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin discusses the collaboration between iQuest and Kepware, as...

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years the industry expects rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most...

Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7....

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Automate 2015

February 20, 2015 4:38 pm | by Automate 2015 | Events

Automate 2015 is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with companies that provide integration of automation, robotics, machine vision, and motion control solutions and see firsthand live demonstrations of systems solving challenges faced by any industry. 

The Untethered Technician

February 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and smarter, with huge productivity gains attributable directly to instant, onsite access to information. The result is less machine downtime, more reliable production, and higher output.

3 Steps for Evolving IoT Architectures

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease Industrial IoT deployment and accelerate time to value.

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Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | 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.

New Automation Lends a Hand to U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on their clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech.                           

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | 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 said.                         

Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE | Articles | Comments

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

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The Company That Can Find Planes Lost to Sea

January 21, 2015 3:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bluefin Robotics designs, develops, builds and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for defense, commercial and scientific customers from all over the globe. However, their products are now most notably being employed for plane recovery.   

Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacturing robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, his interaction with humans, and his day-to-day work. 

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE’s venture capital arm, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions and a group of other big names have invested $26.6 million in the company to fund new research and growth. This new investment round brings the company’s total funding to more than $100 million since it was founded by the Australian roboticist, iRobot co-founder and former MIT professor Rodney Brooks in 2008.

The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:44 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term “manufacturing renaissance” to describe this so-called revival...if only that were true." 

Expert Laments Lack of Basic Industrial Cybersecurity Measures

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by International Society of Automation | News | Comments

Expert Steve Mustard suggests many risks are caused by a lack of attention towards cybersecurity, reliance on third-parties, and the use of USB drives.                 

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3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini,' a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa.                               

Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm, industry leaders share their ideas on the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing, as well as the ways robotics may change the way we design and create in the future.     

Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

Self-Driving Cars: Safer, but What of Their Morals?

November 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen.

GE Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML is using sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines. 

Pittsburgh's Robot Renaissance

November 18, 2014 2:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.                                               

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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