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December 07, 2017

Trends in Robotics for 2018 and Beyond

By 2019, it’s predicted that robot adoption in manufacturing will have increased by more than one-third. That’s just one of the trends included in the Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide released in June 2017.

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August 15, 2017

Global Manufacturing Trends and Other Stories You May Have Missed

Have you ever heard the phrase "driveway moments"? The term was coined by NPR to describe those stories you can't leave. You pull into the driveway, put the car in park and just sit there until the story is over — it's that compelling. 

A few stories that I read the past few weeks fall into that category. If I was listening to the radio and got...

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July 05, 2017

Dispelling 7 Myths About Industrial Robot Integration

A couple years ago I visited one of the Fraunhofer Institute locations in Germany. One of the coolest experiences was interacting with a large robotic arm that seemed to bob and weave around me. It reminded me of a scene from the 1986 movie The Flight of the Navigator.

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June 12, 2017

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

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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May 15, 2017

Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

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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April 24, 2017

Anatomy of an Industrial Robot [Infographic]

April 07, 2017

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

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...

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January 26, 2017

What's Happening With Industrial Robots + Robotics

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...

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January 05, 2017

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

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

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December 20, 2016

Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

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...

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