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Weekly Wrap Up 02.17.2017

Have you considered advanced motion control to improve your machines productivity?

The manufacturing plants of our fathers and grandfathers are gone forever, along with the “three Ds” (dirty, dangerous, and dull) describing the jobs therein. Machine and worker productivity is the heart of economic growth, and emerging consumer applications (online shopping, smartphone connectivity, growing environmental concerns) are driving great changes in how goods continue to be produced.

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American Industrial Automation Growth to Stay Strong, Says RIA

According to the Robotic Industries Association, the North American industrial automation market has been growing at a healthy rate. The total number of units has grown from 17,887 worth $1.1 billion in 2011 to 30,875 units worth $1.8 billion in 2016. Carmakers and automotive components manufacturers are still the largest users and purchasers of robots at 70 percent of the market, reported the Robotics Industries Association (RIA).

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Tracking What Counts for Home and Work through the Internet of Things

The consumer trend toward keeping a home comfortable and one’s body in shape sheds light on behaviors and data related to the Internet of Things (IOT). Smart home devices and personal fitness trackers use low-cost sensors, but it isn’t about the technology. Wants, behavior and motivation are compelling reasons why consumers connect to the IOT. Dig deeper and look for lessons you can apply to your company.

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U.S. manufacturing is strong, improving

Growth and new capabilities of machine vision, industrial interoperability from the sensor to the cloud, and machine learning’s advantage for robotics were among other highlights at the conference, which had record attendance of more than 525 attendees and showed record growth for constituent associations of A3 for robotics, vision and imaging, motion control and motors.

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Seek and destroy: Microrobotic probes test out immune system defenses

Robotics, by definition, has been a discipline to aid other fields, such as manufacturing and space exploration. Over the past decade, it has become increasingly important in life sciences; a field that has been transformed by the convergence of insights and approaches from distinct scientific and technological disciplines. Robotics can help automate numerous processes — including repetitive tasks used in drug discovery, in vitro fertilization — and in lab bench work, such as analytical testing and preparation of chemical agents.

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