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Weekly Wrap Up 02.10.2017

Global shipments for motion control products increased by 10.3% to $3.3 billion in 2016

According to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry’s trade group… “New opportunities in automation for motion control and motors help drive this growth,” said Dana Whalls, Vice President of MCMA. “Automation technologies are enabling rapid growth in the manufacturing industry. We see this trend continuing through 2017.”

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The Natural Progression of Artificial Intelligence

There’s no shortage of trepidation in this country and others about robots taking over jobs from humans. Add artificial intelligence (AI) into the equation—and more than a few apocalyptic movies about such learning-enabled machines taking over the human race—and the fear factor is ratcheted up a bit.

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Boosting the Economy Using Automation

Using robotic arms during assembly and machine vision to inspect thousands of parts per minute are among the ways U.S. companies use automation to grow. A downloadable white paper from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Robots Fuel the Next Wave of Productivity and Job Growth, highlights how small-to-medium sized businesses in the U.S. can leverage technology to compete globally.

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Four Ways to Automate Cyber Defense

 

Over the past few months, I was fortunate enough to be asked to evaluate several cutting-edge technologies designed to make government networks more secure. Some of these were more advanced than others, and a few were hindered by newer technologies like cloud computing. But they all showed a great deal of promise for the federal government if deployed correctly.

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How Automation Can Measurably Boost U.S. Industry

There’s rarely a shortage of ideas about how to boost industrial growth and innovation. Most such discussions, however, typically spring from a personal, anecdotal, or industry-vertical point of view. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has identified several areas that, if addressed, could save industry more than $100 billion annually and boost growth. It’s no surprise that automation technologies play a central role.

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