The US service-sector jobs at risk from a robot revolution

Sam Fleming for Financial Times:  When Andy Puzder, chief executive of restaurant chains Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, said in March that rising employment costs could drive the spread of automation in the fast-food sector, he tapped into a growing anxiety in the US. From touchscreen ordering systems to burger-flipping robots and self-driving trucks, automation is stalking an increasing number of professions in the country’s service sector, which employs the vast majority of the workforce. Two-fifths of US employees are in occupations where at least half their time is spent doing activities that could be automated by adapting technology already available, according to research from the McKinsey Global Institute. These include the three biggest occupations in the country: retail salespeople, store cashiers and workers preparing and serving food, collectively totalling well over 10m people. Yet evidence of human obsolescence is conspicuous by its absence in the US’s economic statistics. The country is in the midst of its longest private-sector hiring spree on record, adding 14.4m jobs over 73 straight months, and productivity grew only 1.4 per cent a year from 2007 to 2014, compared with 2.2 per cent from 1953 to 2007. Those three big occupations all grew 1-3 per cent from 2014 to 2015.  Cont'd...

Panasonic Announces Winners of 25th Annual Creative Design Challenge Robotics Competition Finals

Initiative Underlines Importance of STEM Education

Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.1 Specification for High Performance, Low Power Computer Vision Acceleration

Expanded range of processing functions; Enhanced flexibility for data access and processing; Full conformance tests available; Safety Critical specification in development

Mikrotron Presents Advanced Machine Vision Cameras

Mikrotron showcases its new family of high-resolution high-speed CoaXPress® cameras at the Boston Vision Show 2016: EoSens® 25CXP+ and EoSens® 12CXP+

Innovators offered chance to develop their ideas with world leading robotics manufacturer ABB Robotics

Full Press Release:   The IdeaHub, is once again recruiting robotics and software innovators worldwide to take on the challenge of improving the way we work and interact with the next generation of industrial robots. Working on behalf of ABB Robotics, IdeaHub will help successful applicants pitch their ideas and secure uniquely tailored support packages to maximise their venture's commercial potential, including investment, mentoring and access to cutting edge hardware.  The IdeaHub is a cross sector, open innovation platform that connects visionaries worldwide with funding and support from global corporations. In 2015 they ran their first programme for ABB Robotics, attracting over 130 applicants with 12 finalists selected for a pitch day in London, with 6 entrepreneurs receiving an offer of support. For 2016 they are partnering with ABB Robotics once again to bring more solutions to solve three core challenges in the world collaborative industrial robotics:  1.) Simplicity: How to simplify robotics  2.) Intelligence: How to enable robots to learn and apply that learning 3.) Digitalization: How smart  connectivity will enhance digital factories. 

Innovators offered chance to develop their ideas with world leading robotics manufacturer ABB Robotics

The IdeaHub is a cross sector, open innovation platform that connects visionaries worldwide with funding and support from global corporations.

TM Robotics Partners with M.A.P Services to Sell Toshiba Machine Industrial Robots in Australia for the First Time

M.A.P will offer full line of Cartesian, 6-Axis and SCARA robot systems for all types of automation and materials handling industries

The Association for Advancing Automation Sets Membership Record

RIA, AIA and MCMA at Highest Levels Ever

Fast, High-Load Hexapod for Motion Simulation, Stabilization, and Cancellation

PI's newest hexapod, driven by brushless servo motors, easily handles loads to 130 lbs.

The Bible of the Metalworking Industries- Machinery's Handbook, 30th Edition, Released

For more than 100 years, Machinery's Handbook has been the most popular reference work in metalworking, design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and technical schools and colleges throughout the world. It is universally acknowledged as an extraordinarily authoritative, comprehensive, and practical tool, providing its users with the most fundamental and essential aspects of sophisticated manufacturing practice. The 30th edition of the "Bible of the Metalworking Industries" contains major revisions of existing content, as well as new material on a variety of topics. It is the essential reference for mechanical, manufacturing, and industrial engineers, designers, draftsmen, toolmakers, machinists, engineering and technology students, and the serious home hobbyist.

Icon Labs Provides IoT Security Guide Whitepaper

A Guide to Security Requirements for Various Classes of IoT Devices and Systems

North American Robotics Market Records Strongest Opening Quarter Ever

A total of 7,406 robots valued at approximately $402 million were ordered from North American companies during the first quarter of 2016.

Intelligrated to showcase conveyor, sliding shoe sortation systems at POST-EXPO Hong Kong

China-based team to highlight automated solutions for post and parcel operations

The World's Most User-Friendly, Cost-Effective Mobile Robot Enters North American Market

Already in use in 19 countries at prominent manufacturers such as Leoni, Flextronics, and Continental, MiR leads a new generation of autonomous mobile robots whose ease of use, flexibility and payback of less than a year will secure MiR's leadership role in North America.

Microscan Hosts 3-Day Advanced Machine Vision Training Course

Microscan hosts a three-day training course June 7-9 in Nashua, NH, using advanced machine vision tools with hands-on exercises using Microscan's advanced Visionscape® Machine Vision Software platform.

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.