U.S. labor statistics project we will be short some two million manufacturing workers in the next 10 years.
Mobility is a powerful enabler to intelligent robots as it increases the utilization of the robot in different form factors (land-based, air-based/space/drones, water-based and wearable/exoskeleton) and various applications.
This application produces a medical device with parts that are extremely heat sensitive, so cycle times have to be consistent from part to part.
Automation in the pharmacy for IV drug compounding is still in its infancy.
Companies are reinventing themselves, looking at their business in a new way with regards to how can they be a disrupter, and how they can prevent being disrupted - and this opens up deal flow.
128 companies got funded, some multiple times. $1.95 billion, 50% more than 2015 which was also a phenomenal year with over $1.32 billion funded.
Just like at Automatica last summer, it almost felt as if the robotics event was morphing into an IT event. So much so that Michael Loughlin of nelmia Robotics Insight joked that it looked like manufacturers forgot that their job is actually to build stuff.
Clusters don't just happen by accident. They need knowledge sharing, community spirit and participation by all of the stakeholders.
Under the automation and robotics cluster, the BOI (Thailand Board of Investment) promotes projects investing in automation machinery and/or automation equipment with engineering design and assembling of robots or automation equipment and/or parts.
The advancement of robotics will happen more quickly and provide more value with collaboration in the community around the adoption of reasonable interoperability standards.
When disruptive technologies are introduced to the marketplace, there is an initial uncertainty among the general population about these unfamiliar products, services, or new ways of conducting business.
The number of unique parts required is high - some 200 parts in the past year or so - but the volume in which each part is needed is low, often only one or two.
2016, through mid-June, shows 56 startups received $427.5 million; and that 20 acquisitions have happened thus far totaling $4.53 bn (from the 11 reporting amounts involved).
All these companies are logistics and material handling vendors and times are changing in logistics and fulfillment
A true system doesn't only take the technology into account, but also the processes and human aspects.
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