Robotics, reshoring, and American jobs

By Charles Orlowek for The Hill:  Good news?   Boston Consulting Group foresees more large manufacturers boosting production for the American market by adding capacity in the U.S. itself, compared with any other country.  It cites “decreasing costs and improved capabilities of advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics."  Under this optimistic scenario, how much value would American workers add?  When robotics and other automation gets built for, and installed in American workplaces, where are jobs created?    Increasingly, these jobs are being created and sustained outside the United States, even for domestic factories.    The first industrial robots were developed and manufactured by Americans, and General Motors became the first user, in 1961.  Over recent decades, however, the domestic robot industry has declined.   A Commerce Department national security assessment from 1991 asserted that American robot manufacturers lost market share throughout the 1980s, with shipments of U.S.-manufactured robots falling by 33 percent between 1984 and 1989, despite robust domestic demand and a weak dollar.   Cont'd...

Opto Diode Introduces Family of Near-Infrared Detectors

Opto Diode Corporation, an ITW company, introduces the NXIR family of photodiodes, designed specifically for back-facet laser-monitoring applications that require improved performance in the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum from 700 nm to 1100 nm.

Sierra-Olympic Offers Unique Vis-SWIR Video Camera - QI-SCD15-M1

• The low-power Vis-SWIR camera will be presented at SPIE Photonics West 2016, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, Feb. 16 - 18 in Sierra-Olympic's booth # 5340.

Robotics at the Distributed Intelligent Systems Lab at GE Global Research

At GE's Global Research Center, we're also looking at the next generation of robotics - drones for aerial-based surveillance and inspection, small scale crawlers for in-situ inspection, and mobile collaborative robotics for things like machine tending in our factories.

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - Feb, Mar, April & May 2016

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Getting Started with Collaborative Robots - Part 4 - Assess Your Potential Applications

Documenting the actual process will allow you to evaluate if the process can be automated. This will also give you a starting point on cell performance and improvement opportunities.

Lakeview Vision & Robotics smart inspection system brings unique, automated precision capabilities to manufacturing industry

Lakeview Vision & Robotics announces a pioneering, vision-guided robotic inspection system applicable to any manufacturing environment where high tolerances and high quality are required.

Dorner Completes Building Addition to Meet Current and Future Conveyor Production Needs

Dorner Mfg. Corp's newly completed 25,000 square-foot facility expansion, which became fully operational in mid December, better positions to company to become even more responsive to customers, meet future production goals and anticipated growth in the low profile conveyor market.

Oriental Motor Introduces New KIIS Series Three-Phase Standard AC Motors in 200 W (1/4 HP) with Hypoid Gear

Our Most Compact, Highest Performing and Most Efficient Three-Phase AC Motor Just Received a Boost in Power and Performance

Special Tradeshow Coverage for Advanced Manufacturing Conference & Expo 2016

Advanced Manufacturing Conference & Expo 2016 will be held from February 9th - 11th in Anaheim, California. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Looking for a few good robots

By Adam Zewe for Harvard News:  If you have a soft spot for robotics, this competition is right up your alley. The 2016 Soft Robotics Competitions offer anyone with an interest in robotics the chance to design and build their own soft robot using the resources available in the open-source Soft Robotics Toolkit. Now in its second year, the competition was developed by Conor Walsh, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Dónal Holland, visiting lecturer in engineering sciences, as a way to encourage individuals to take advantage of the resources provided in the Soft Robotics Toolkit. The toolkit, which incorporates contributions from researchers from Harvard and other institutions, provides a set of intellectual tools that one can use to design and construct a robot using soft, flexible materials. It includes resources such as step-by-step instructions on building actuators and sensors, lists of suggested materials, and how-to fabrication videos. The ultimate goal of the competition is to encourage others to find innovative applications for soft robotics technology and continue expanding interest in this relatively new field.   Cont'd...

Spinning motors just got simpler with TI's latest stepper technologies

AutoTune™ technology dynamically tunes motors, and integrated current sensing saves 20 percent board space

Details of FIRST STRONGHOLDSM 2016 Robotics Game Revealed

Full Details of FIRST STRONGHOLD Game Unveiled to More than 75,000 High-School Students Worldwide at the 2016 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kickoff

New Torque Motor Family from Tecnotion

Tecnotion adds QTR Frameless Torque Motors to its direct drive product offering. With low axial height and high torque density, the QTR bridges the size-performance gap.

Meet Inertia Dynamic's Family of Servo Brakes & Clutches

Inertia Dynamic's 36 years of business growth as a world-class manufacturer of clutches and brakes have been marked by a commitment to TOTAL CUSTOMER SERVICE.

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