Factory Automation Will Speed Forward with A.I., Says Bernstein

By Tiernan Ray for Barron's:  Bernstein Research’s Alberto Moel, who follows tech-industrial companies such as Corning(GLW) and AU Optronics (AUO), this afternoon offered up a thinks piece on robotics andfactory automation, arguing that some of the costs of automation beyond the basic cost of the robot are about to get dramatically cheaper, thanks in large part to artificial intelligence akin to what Alphabet (GOOGL) and others are doing. Moel notes that the basic components of factory robots are only falling by perhaps 6% per year, their cost reduction bounded by things such as casings and servomotors and reduction gears that don’t rapidly fall in cost. But, writes Moel, the cost to install and adjust these machines on a factory floor is ten times their component cost and that stuff can be reduced more dramatically: How much this integration costs varies widely. An often-cited rule of thumb is that a $50,000 robot will need $500,000 of integration costs before it is all said and done. Of course, these integration costs can be amortized over many robots, so perhaps a better estimate would be 3-5x the robot cost [...] But I do believe we are at an inflection pointthat will materially increase the capability of automation systems and substantially reduce programming, setup, and fixturing costs which are the largest cost element in most automation efforts. So instead of a measly 6% YoY cost reduction , we get 25-30% YoY declines, and automation Nirvana.   Cont'd.. .

Ethernet or EtherCAT for Motion Control Webinar: Choosing the Right Network for Your Applications

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Fetch Robotics Expands Executive Team

Executives from Magellan and Willow Garage Leadership Join Logistics Pioneer

Patti Engineering Hires Lead for Business Development in Texas

Certified Mitsubishi and Siemens integrator addresses large demand for integration and engineering support among manufacturing companies with new hire

Most Popular Articles for 2015 - Did some of them predict the future?

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ATX West - Tsugami/Rem Sales to Demonstrate LaserSwiss CNC Machine at MD&M West Show

Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami CNC machine tools, announced today that it will demonstrate its S206 LaserSwiss machine at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA in February.

Robotic Glove Invented by NUS Researchers Helps Patients Restore Hand Movements

Lightweight and soft, EsoGlove detects muscle signals and guides the hand to perform rehabilitation exercises

Allied Motion Technologies Announces Completion of Heidrive Acquisition

Allied Motion Technologies Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of motion control products, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Heidrive GmbH, a drive technology and engineering company for €20 million (approximately US$22 million). Allied Motion announced on December 23, 2015 that it had signed an agreement to purchase Heidrive.

Counting Photons…How Low Can You Go?

New program will plumb the fundamental limits of light detection to enable revolutionary new concepts, models and imaging devices

Motor vehicle construction benefiting from new laser joining processes

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ATX West - Digital Dynamics Announces SuperIOr® Controller for PLC Applications at ATX West 2016

Digital Dynamics, Inc., an industry leader in the design and manufacture of input/output (I/O) controllers for large industrial applications, today announced their PLC-programmable SuperIOr Controller, which can run various IEC 61131-3 programming languages such as ladder diagram (LD) or structured text (ST). AltaStream, Inc., experts in the field of industrial automation control systems, are partners in the project.

ATX West - Computrol to Discuss High-Mix Manufacturing and Lot Traceability at ATX West

Computrol, Inc., a world-class provider of mid- to low-volume, high-mix electronic manufacturing services to OEMs, will exhibit in Booth #334 at Advanced Manufacturing Expo & Conference (ATX West), scheduled to take place Feb. 9-11, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Stenner Pump Meets Increased Customer Demand with Rethink Robotics' Baxter

Industry-Leading Manufacturer of High-Quality Metering Pumps Uses Smart, Collaborative Robot for Two Tasks at Once

Dremel Fuels Maker Movement in Education With Advanced 3D Printer

Debuting as the brand's first device for education, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder empowers students to master key STEM concepts through hands-on learning and creativity

Opto Diode Introduces Family of Near-Infrared Detectors

Opto Diode Corporation, an ITW company, introduces the NXIR family of photodiodes, designed specifically for back-facet laser-monitoring applications that require improved performance in the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum from 700 nm to 1100 nm.

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