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Foxconn Redesigning Robots to Meet Apple Standards
12/11/14 — Foxconn is the largest manufacturer of electronics in the world, employing well over 1 million people in its factories. The drive to produce more devices quickly and cheaply has led to abundant bad press due toworking conditions and low wages, but the company has been working on a solution — robots. Earlier this year Foxconn announced its plans to deploy several thousand robots to take over for human workers, but a new report casts doubt on the feasibility of such a plan. The Foxconn robots (Foxbots) aren’t precise enough for Apple, so they won’t be getting their cold metal graspers on any…


Amazon Employs Robotic Help this Holiday Season
12/04/14 — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to “pick” each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency – and given workers’ legs a break – by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees. “We pick two to three times faster than we used to,” Rosales said during a short break from sorting merchandise into bins at Amazon’s massive distribution center in Tracy, California, about…



How a 20-Year-Old Kid Co-founded the Largest Drone Manufacturer in America
11/26/14 — In 2007, when Jordi Muñoz was 20, he moved from Tijuana, Mexico, to Riverside, California, with his new and pregnant wife to get a green card and start a new life. While waiting eight months for his green card and with nothing better to do, Muñoz sunk himself into his passions: planes and computers.…

Robots Proving Advantageous in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
11/20/14 — Automation, including automated inspection and packaging, is becoming an increasingly important part of pharmaceutical manufacturing. The many benefits of automation include efficiency, saving workers from hazardous environments or repetitive tasks, reducing training overhead, eliminating human error, increasing repeatability and reproducibility, and in cleanrooms, removing the potential for human contamination. A…

Google Signs $1.2 Billion Lease of NASA’s Moffett Field for 60 Years
11/13/14 — Google has agreed to a $1.2 billion lease of NASA’s Moffett Field airfield in California for 60 years, as the company invests in new technologies such as robotics and aviation. As part of the deal, Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures will invest more than $200 million in improvements at the site, which…

New Records Set in North American Robotics Market
11/06/14 — Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.   A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of…

Nestle Japan Hires Softbank’s Humanoid Robot as Nescafe Salesperson
10/30/14 — Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying…

Volkswagen to Replace Retiring Workers with Robots
10/23/14 — Volkswagen plans to use robots to cope with a shortage of new workers caused by retiring baby boomers, and ensure that car manufacturing remains competitive in high-cost Germany. As at other German industrial companies, VW’s workforce is growing older and as baby boomers begin to retire between 2015 and 2030,…

Regulators Struggling with the Impact of Accidents Caused by Robots
10/09/14 — How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers? It's a puzzling question facing companies developing a new breed of industrial robots that work alongside humans on the factory floor.Setting limits on the level of pain a robot may (accidentally) inflict on a human is a crucial goal…

Empire Robotics’ Versaball Gripper Impacting Industrial Robotics
10/02/14 — In the world of robotics, sometimes it’s the small advancements that make the biggest impact. For years, robots in manufacturing environments or production lines have been in cages in order to protect the humans around them. From ReThink Robotics’ Baxtor who works alongside workers in production lines to Universal Robots that…

Major Aircraft Manufacturer Employs Baxter Robot to Transform Business
09/25/14 — Cutting Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of sub-assemblies and components for the aerospace industry, has installed Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot as a critical part of its thermal deburring line in its Avon, Ohio plant.The company, widely recognized for its innovation in laser-cutting hydro-forming and thermoplastics fabrication has now joined…

Drones with Manipulator Arms Preparing for Work
09/18/14 — A self-organised fleet of autonomous robots could soon replace human fire-fighters, rescuers or construction workers in tasks that could put human lives at risk.The flying robots, equipped with multi-joint manipulator arms, are not a part of a science-fiction movie. They are being developed as part of an EU-funded project and…

Study: Business Leaders Prefer Robot Employees
09/11/14 — America's top business leaders admit that they would rather hire robots then employ humans.A recent survey of Harvard Business School alumni found that 46 percent would rather have robots perform their company's labor then hire people to do the same work. Another 49 percent said their business would rather outsource…

Expert: Robots Won’t Have Big Impact on Jobs
09/04/14 — Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean that machines will soon be able to do many of the tasks of today's workers. And not just blue collar jobs in areas such as manufacturing, but even in such white collar occupations as lawyers, doctors and – gulp – journalists.A new viral…

Are Meteorologists Immune to the Robot Revolution?
08/28/14 — In a recent study from MIT labor economist David Autor, he pointed out that most of us are safe from having our jobs stolen away by robots, due to the fundamental way humans are 'creative' and have 'common sense'. With a job that depends heavily on computer models already, it might…

Video Predicts Robots Will Wipe Out Human Work
08/21/14 — You're probably getting tired of hearing that robots will take your jobs (and, ugh, ours) in the future over and over again. But, here's the deal: perhaps it's necessary keep repeating it so it sinks in, because there's a huge chance that it'll actually happen. The video below explains how…

FANUC M-410 Robots Help Snack Maker Increase Production
08/14/14 — FANUC Robotics has assisted a snacks manufacturer in increasing its output of packed crisp boxes with the installation of six M-410 robotic palletising systems. Palletising over 5,000 boxes of crisps per hour the robots have been integrated into all of the six packing lines within the company's factory enabling them…

Robots Coming for White-Collar Jobs, Too
08/06/14 — The robots are coming, even for the boss's job. Up until now, robots and other smart machines have been used to replace blue-collar workers. But a new study by The Pew Research Center and Elon University, released Wednesday, says that while artificial intelligence will continue to replace jobs in factories…

Material-Handling Robots Are the Future of Industry
07/24/14 — The use of material-handling robots has increasingly become a solution to raise productivity and manufacturing versatility, while enhancing worker safety as they historically have. Material handling is a natural extension of robotics and an area where the technology has already been predominant for many years, but robots are finding new…

iPhone 6 Will be Made by Foxconn Robots
07/14/14 — Folks eagerly awaiting the availability of the iPhone 6 in Sept. 2014 might not spend much time thinking about who made it and how. But for those of us interested in more than snapping selfies, robots will be making the iPhone 6 a reality. The Fiscal Times reports that "Foxconn parent…




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