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

Universal Robots Welcomes the New Technical Specification on Collaborative Robot Design

New guidelines on how to ensure the safety of human workers in collaborative robotic systems have now been published by ISO. Universal Robots was part of the committee drafting the ISO/TS 15066 specifications and sees the new document as a solid foundation for future work in this area.

Humanoid robots in tomorrow's aircraft manufacturing

From Phys.Org:  Developing humanoid robotic technology to perform difficult tasks in aircraft manufacturing facilities is the goal of a four-year joint research project, which is being conducted by the Joint Robotics Laboratory (CNRS/AIST) and Airbus Group. It will officially be launched on 12 February 2016 at the French Embassy in Tokyo. The introduction of humanoids on aircraft assembly lines will make it possible to relieve human operators of the most laborious and dangerous tasks, thus allowing them to concentrate on higher value-added ones. The primary difficulty for these robots will be to work in a confined environment and move without colliding with the numerous surrounding objects. This is the first issue researchers will have to solve by developing new algorithms for the planning and control of precise movements.   Cont'd...  

Indiegogo - InnoTechnix is Launching an Arduino Maximo Robot Arm on Indiegogo

InnoTechnix announces the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign for its Maximo Robot Arm on Indiegogo. Maximo is an Arduino Robot Arm great for beginners and experts. http://igg.me/at/maximo-robot-arm

Pleora Unveils Industry's First NBASE-T Interface Platform for High-Performance Imaging

GigE Vision over NBASE-T platform expands Pleora's portfolio of interfaces for manufacturing, medical imaging, and security applications

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