Mercedes Boots Robots From the Production Line:

By Elisabeth Behrmann & Christoph Rauwald for Bloomberg Business:  “Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today,” Markus Schaefer, the German automaker’s head of production, said at its factory in Sindelfingen, the anchor of the Daimler AG unit’s global manufacturing network. “We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.”

Mercedes’s Sindelfingen plant, the manufacturer’s biggest, is an unlikely place to question the benefits of automation. While the factory makes elite models such as the GT sports car and the ultra-luxury S-Class Maybach sedan, the 101-year-old site is far from a boutique assembly shop. The complex processes 1,500 tons of steel a day and churns out more than 400,000 vehicles a year.

That makes efficient, streamlined production as important at Sindelfingen as at any other automotive plant. But the age of individualization is forcing changes to the manufacturing methods that made cars and other goods accessible to the masses. The impetus for the shift is versatility. While robots are good at reliably and repeatedly performing defined tasks, they’re not good at adapting. That’s increasingly in demand amid a broader offering of models, each with more and more features.  Cont'd...

Patti Engineering to Share Siemens Integration Expertise at Manufacturing in America Event in Detroit

Hosted by Siemens and Electro-Matic, the Manufacturing in America Event provides a key platform for manufacturing executives and engineers to explore how new technologies and digitalization in manufacturing create opportunities to gain a competitive edge.

SME Announces Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series to Educate and Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Topic of additive manufacturing/3D printing session kicks off series March 16 in Detroit

Embedded Vision Alliance/Summit 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers Headlining Event on Bringing Visual Intelligence to Products

Embedded Vision Alliance/Summit revealed that computer vision innovators from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Google Brain Project will be the keynote speakers talking about autonomous vehicles and deep learning, two of the hottest topics in visual intelligence.

Republican-Leaning Cities Are At Greater Risk Of Job Automation

By Jed Kolko for Five Thirty Eight:  More and more work activities and even entire jobs are at risk of beingautomated by algorithms, computers and robots, raising concerns that more and more humans will be put out of work. The fear of automation is widespread — President Obama cited it as the No. 1 reason Americans feel anxious about the economy in his State of the Union address last month — but its effects are not equally distributed, creating challenges for workers and policymakers. An analysis of where jobs are most likely to face automation shows that areas that voted Republican in the last presidential election are more at risk, suggesting that automation could become a partisan issue.

So-called “routine” jobs — those that “can be accomplished by following explicit rules” — are most at risk of automation. These include both “manual” routine occupations, such as metalworkers and truck drivers, and “cognitive” routine occupations, such as cashiers and customer service reps.1 Whereas many routine jobs tend to be middle-wage, non-routine jobs include both higher-wage managerial and professional occupations and lower-wage service jobs.  Cont'd...

KUKA Small Robot Receives Renowned Awards for Product Design

Fivefold triumph for the KUKA small robot: with the American Good Design Award, the KR AGILUS adds another trophy for excellent product design to its collection.

Navitar Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Hyperion Development

Navitar, Inc, a leading USA-based manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hyperion Development, LLC, a leading design firm and manufacturer of custom optical assemblies and OEM solutions. The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the first quarter.

Global Motion Control Shipments Contract 3.9% in 2015

Global shipments for motion control products declined by 3.9% to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Inside 3D Printing 2016: Metal printing in the aerospace, automobile, and tool industries

Expert conference for additive manufacturing methods at the METAV in Düsseldorf on the 24/25 February 2016

Locus Robotics Named Top Robotics Company to Watch in 2016

Robotics Business Review unveils its fifth annual RBR50 List

Schunk - Pneumatically Powered Universal Gripper PGN-Plus-P

SCHUNK has introduced several improvements on the original PGN-Plus and has announced the newest generation gripper, PGN-Plus-P. Enlarged supporting dimensions between the six load-bearing shoulders of the multi-tooth guidance allow higher moment capacity which can accommodated longer fingers and greater loads.

AUTOMATICA 2016: INNOVATIONS IN MACHINE VISION

VISION: THE EYE OF AUTOMATION

Asia: Robots, Automation & the Xi Jingping-effect

Please join newly launched Asian Robotics Review as it chronicles the greatest technological transformation in history: The Asian Century.

Automation Networks ANC-100e, Ethernet/IP to Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus (DH+) Converter. $1,295 USD List.

Automation Networks is a Technology company providing a wide variety of quality Industrial Networking products for the most popular Ethernet & Fieldbus Industrial Networks. These include Allen-Bradley Ethernet CSP , Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Data Highway Plus (DH+); Siemens Profibus & Profinet; Schneider Electric Modbus RTU & Modbus TCP/IP. Other Industrial protocols & Networks includes CC-Link, BACnet MS/TP, BACnet/IP & MELSEC.

Learn about the Future of Portable Power at #MouserParty

Join Mouser Electronics and UCLA's Dr. Richard Kaner on Twitter on February 17 to Learn How Graphene Could Power Our World

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