Foxconn Seeks Manufacturing Sites in India

SEAN MCLAIN for WSJ.com:  Foxconn became the latest global giant to declare its intention to tap into India’s budding manufacturing potential.

The company is looking for manufacturing sites in India. So far it hasn’t been able to settle on any in particular, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou told a news conference in New Delhi.

“India is a big, big country. Too many places, too many states, too many cities. The choice is difficult,” he said.

Foxconn is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer by revenue. The Taiwanese company—known officially as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.—is looking to tap India’s massive labor pool and has big ambitions for its Indian investments. It has long-term plans for Asia’s third-largest economy and hopes to do more in India than simply assemble smartphones and laptops. “We want to bring the whole supply chain here,” Mr. Gou said.

Analysts say Foxconn is looking to diversify its global network of factories as the company faces more competition and rising wages in China, where it has most of its manufacturing operations.  Cont'd...

Myth Busting: Greater Manufacturing Automation Doesn't Mean Fewer Jobs

When it comes to addressing manufacturing labor challenges, companies shouldn't be quick to assume that job opportunities will decrease as a result of an increase in automated systems.

CNC Software, Inc. Partners with Edge Factor to Bring Free Multimedia Package and Materials to Manufacturers for Manufacturing Day Events

Manufacturing Day 2015, scheduled for October 2, 2015-the fourth annual industry grassroots event that is celebrated across North America and being promoted as "MFG Day."

Pack Expo - Lenze Motion Control Experts Present on Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

EASY Packaging Machine Automation presentation explores strategies to simplify motion control and robotics

Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars

By Conner Forrest for TechRepublic:  In Dongguan City, located in the central Guangdong province of China, a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots, and the results are fascinating.

The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse.

There are still people working at the factory, though. Three workers check and monitor each production line and there are other employees who monitor a computer control system. Previously, there were 650 employees at the factory. With the new robots, there's now only 60. Luo Weiqiang, general manager of the company, told the People's Daily that the number of employees could drop to 20 in the future.

The robots have produced almost three times as many pieces as were produced before. According to the People's Daily, production per person has increased from 8,000 pieces to 21,000 pieces. That's a 162.5% increase.  Cont'd...

MVTec launches new HALCON Release 12.0.1

New machine vision features ---Significantly improved bar code and data code reading

MapleSim Used to Speed up Development of High-fidelity Robotic Manipulator Models

ABB's Robotics business unit recently sought a more user-friendly tool to develop high-fidelity manipulator models that can be integrated with other software tools for simulation. Using MapleSim, engineers eliminated the need to derive and manipulate equations.

OMRON to Acquire U.S.-based Motion Control Company

- Strengthening Technology Development and Sales Capabilities for Factory Automation Business -

Intelligrated rebrands aftermarket service group as Lifecycle Support Services

Name change reflects commitment to proactive approach, value-added service

Adept Technology Hires Vice President of North American Sales for Fixed Robotics

"Brian McMorris brings to Adept more than 20 years of experience in the automation industry, successfully cultivating companies' sales and distribution teams, developing strategic marketing plans, and consistently exceeding revenue goals"

AIS Expands Intelligent Automation Control and Monitoring Portfolio with Box Industrial PCs, Din Rail and Thin Client IPCs for Connecting Data, People and Machines

AIS's Box Industrial PCs, Din-rail and Thin Client IPCs Offer a Highly Integrated Form Factor for PC-based Automation for IoT Gateway and Industry 4.0 Applications

NEXCOM Works with IBM to Harness Big Data in Industrial IoT Applications

In response to the momentous wave of digital transformation, the collaboration between NEXCOM and IBM is aimed to facilitate the use of big data harnessed from industrial IoT to allow for more data-driven decision-making and increased productivity.

Boca Bearing Company Launches Global Contest to Recognize Artists, Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians Involved in Innovation

Boca Bearing Company Launches Global Contest to Recognize Artists, Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians Involved in Innovation

Robotmaster featured in Global Business Report editorial, Automation: Revolutionizing Aerospace

President, Chahe Bakmazjian, discusses the emergence of robots and how Robotmaster enables manufacturers within the aerospace industry seeking to automate their manufacturing processes.

Dassault Systèmes Partners with WSU/NIAR to Advance Technologies and Product Development for Aerospace & Defense

3DEXPERIENCE Center at Wichita State University Will Create and Drive New Technologies from Material Design to Additive Manufacturing

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