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5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

June 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Robotics, Innovation, 3D Printing, AI

Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

May 15, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You wouldn't start out on a road trip without your GPS or a good road map, would you? So why face your future supply chain without an idea of what to expect?

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management, Robotics

Anatomy of an Industrial Robot [Infographic]

April 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots

Robots in Manufacturing, AI and the Future Workplace | TED Talks

April 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

We’ve made no secret of our fondness for TED talks. [TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.] You can easily find talks on virtually every topic thanks to YouTube. In the past, we’ve shared engineering and manufacturing talks but since we know many of our blog readers are engaged in robotics, making parts for robots and using robots in manufacturing, we thought you might enjoy a compilation of TED talks on robots — primarily the intersection of robots and manufacturing, and the effect robots are having on today's workforce, and the workforce of the future. 

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots, AI

What's Happening With Industrial Robots + Robotics

January 26, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you haven’t read the ominous sounding phrase “the rise of the robots” over the past five years, you haven’t been reading the same stuff I read on a daily basis. A replacement for the now overused phrase needs to be found, at least that’s what I was whining to a friend this morning after I read “the rise of the robots” in yet another story about how robots were the “next big thing” in manufacturing.

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots

Looking for a Robotics Supplier? Here Are Some Questions to Ask.

January 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.

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Filed Under: Robotics

Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 20, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

I’m old enough to remember when the word “robot” conjured up images of Rosie, the cartoon housekeeper for the Jetson family, or Robot B9 on Lost in Space. The idea seemed to be that robots would be large, metal human-like creations that would take over the menial or dangerous tasks humans no longer wanted to do.

These days, pop culture presents a much more nuanced and darker version of the robot – check out HBO’s Westworld or the BBC’s Humans and you’ll see what I mean.

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Filed Under: Technology, Robotics

The Future of Manufacturing [TED talk]

November 15, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Seriously, who doesn't love a good TED talk? Last week I ran across a talk given in May 2016 by Olivier Scalabre, a senior partner and managing director with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the organization's Paris office. Scalabre is a member of BCG's Industrial Goods; Global Advantage; Operations; People & Organization; Marketing, Sales & Pricing; and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Robotics