During the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century a movement in Britain called the luddites grew. This group of working class people opposed progress in the manufacturing arena – in this case they destroyed new weaving machines, as they feared their jobs were in the firing line. Over the years nothing much has changed, … Continue reading Understanding robotics role in the workplace
GreyOrange and GROUND announced the deployment of its Butler robotics operations at the Ichikawa logistics center of Daiwa House Industry Co. Ltd (TSE: 1925). The Butler robotics system operates in a 7,000sqm facility offering total logistics solutions that are shared and used for multiple shipper companies. At this site, named ‘Intelligent Logistics Center PROTO’, the … Continue reading GreyOrange Butler robotics deployed at intelligent logistics centre
The XRHRobotStar is a digital X-ray robot-system that allows an ultra-fast in-line inspection. The innovative Automated Defect Recognition (ADR) and optimised process make it one of the fastest in-line systems worldwide. The throughput can be increased by using a cluster of several systems. The underlying principle is that a loading robot on the outside handles … Continue reading Ultra-fast in-line inspection with XRHRobotStar
It is hard to escape the future of work. Nearly every day, new reports predict huge changes to how businesses operate, and what this will mean for countries, companies, and consumers. From digital transformation to the rise of robotics, one thing is clear: in the age of automation, innovation and the adoption of technology are … Continue reading Australia needs to up our innovation game – it’s now or never
School-aged space enthusiasts from every corner of Australia will now get the opportunity to control NASA robots inside the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the newly-expanded Zero Robotics competition. For the last three years, as part of its STEM outreach activities, the University of Sydney has supported nearly 500 students from 85 New … Continue reading Zero Robotics competition goes national in Australia
Australian manufacturers need to find alternative ways of doing business or risk being overrun by competitors with lower costs, according to Epicor. Greg O’Loan, regional vice president, Epicor, said, “As the world has gotten smaller, Australian organisations face increased competition from international businesses. For manufacturers, rising energy costs and strong competition from overseas companies mean … Continue reading How manufacturers can respond to increasing costs
Teams from five New South Wales high schools – Gosford High School, James Ruse Agricultural High School, Mosman High School, Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Technical High School –have seen computer code they had written as used to control NASA robots inside the International Space Station (ISS). The students gathered with parents, teachers and … Continue reading Oz teens control NASA robots on the International Space Station
The tale of new technologies causing the death of work is the prophecy that keeps on giving. Despite evidence to the contrary, we still view technological change today as being more rapid and dramatic in its consequences than ever before. The mistaken view that robots will take our jobs may come from a human bias … Continue reading Why we are still convinced robots will take our jobs
Self-driving cars, personal assistants, cleaning robots, smart homes – these are just some examples of autonomous systems. With many such systems already in use or under development, a key question concerns trust. My central argument is that having trustworthy, well-working systems is not enough. To enable trust, the design of autonomous systems also needs to … Continue reading How to make robots that we can trust
A foundation of global technology developers is giving Australia a sneak peek into a new project that will foster greater collaboration between AI developers, making robots and other technologies that use artificial intelligence (AI) significantly smarter. SingularityNET is the world’s first open, decentralised marketplace where AI developers can share their datasets, tap into each other’s … Continue reading World’s first open-source marketplace for AI technologies
At the recent Zenith Awards held in Sydney in August, keynote speaker Professor Salah Sukkarieh wowed the audience with descriptions of some of the automation technologies that are not only being developed but are already being put to work. Sukkarieh, who is the director of research and innovation, Australian centre for field robotics at The University … Continue reading Robotics: The future is already here
ABB is embedding extended safety I/Os within its series of robot controllers to improve the flexibility, safety and reliability of collaboration between robots and people. The shift to low-volume, high-mix production in shorter cycles means that people need to work more frequently in closer proximity to robots – changing materials and programs, and inspecting new … Continue reading Enhancing man-machine collaboration
The Australian National University (ANU) has announced a major 10-year program to drive an artificial intelligence revolution in Australia. The expansion will be led by one of the world’s top technologists Professor Genevieve Bell and will be based within the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Bell recently joined ANU from Intel as … Continue reading Long-term plan for AI revolution in Oz
The University of Sydney has launched a new research centre in partnership with robotics company Ubtech Robotics to explore untapped opportunities in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Established by the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the Ubtech Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre will bring together a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to undertaking innovative research to … Continue reading Sydney Uni teams up with Ubtech for AI research centre
Robotics will cause the most disruption in the supply chain in the next five years, according to a study carried out by the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, as first reported by Modern Materials Handling. The study looked at the anticipated impact of five technologies on the supply chain on the next … Continue reading Robotics to be biggest supply chain disruptor
With the PROFINET interface integrated in the CML 700i, Leuze electronic makes possible simple and fast integration of this light curtain in the fieldbus environment without additional gateway box and extra software.
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has been named as one of Australia’s top ten most attractive employers for job seekers by employment firm Randstad.
Process and plant engineers who can’t find room for the recommended straight pipe run required by liquid flow meters in their municipal water treatment plant retrofit projects will find the Vortab Elbow Flow Conditioner available from AMS, eliminates the problem by removing swirl and asymmetric velocity profiles caused by pumps, valves and other equipment placed too close to the meter.
Automation is on track to become the ultimate job killer. In fact, much like the industrial revolution 200 years ago, the automation of human tasks is revolutionising both the workplace and society. What this means for the manufacturing sector can be both thrilling and frightening depending on whose point of view you take.
Two years ago, Solcon Industries released the DriveStart to deliver on a promise to create a medium voltage motor control that costs less and requires a smaller footprint than a variable frequency drive (VFD).