For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.
Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring.
Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and the ads both companies are running, show they are ready to duke it out with Google and Apple over mobile.
Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities but will be an everyday car for ordinary consumers, widely available at dealers.
For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S.
The California-based Smart Tech Foundation, announced last week it was offering a $1 million prize to innovators who could come up with the best new way to make guns safer.
The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.
In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.
With Google Tattoo, users apply a sticky substance on their neck and their voice is transmitted through their throat, allowing them to talk hands-free. Google has applied to patent the technology.
The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.
Schneider Electric announced the new Altivar 212 mobile programming application and drive to iPad converter cable, which allow users to perform all Altivar™ 212 and S-Flex™ drives programming through Apple iPads.
This video shows how experts at TWI have adopted automated laser cutting technology for hand operation. The main application is in the area of decommissioning where the flexibility to choose where and how to cut the components can lead to significant advantages when it comes to packing.
Breaking down Apple's 32GB tablet into its parts reveals the true cost and profit of the $729 iPad Air.
If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.
The key phrase here is “new ideas entering the market.” It's not like there aren't any new ideas floating in the heads of enterprising individuals, but the ideas just don't reach the shop floor. The resources needed to bring innovative ideas to life are in short supply in U.S.
Kinze Manufacturing has developed a driverless tractor that's controllable via an Android tablet.
Testo Thermal Imaging has announced their next generation thermal imagers, the Testo 870 series, in two distinct models.
Under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”, solutions were presented at EMO Hannover 2013 that efficiently integrate new information technologies. The focus was on innovations that automate, simplify or enhance the efficiency of the work sequences involved.
These are some expensive toys. Check out the $250 million in extravagant items shown off at the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi.
The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.
A research project to join prosthetics and artificial organs together resulted in a functioning artificial person.
The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.
In recent years three-dimensional printing has become commonplace in manufacturing. But so far this method has largely been limited to making plastic objects.
The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively.