Weekly Wrap Up – 09.26.2014

This Week in Automation


How to Select an Automation Partner

This week’s post offers advice on how to choose an automation partner and integrator for your business. If you believe your company could benefit from automated systems, this is a must read. Find out what you should look for in companies when you are ready to make the switch.

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How Human-Robot Teamwork Will Upend Manufacturing

An exciting piece about the collaborative robots in use at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina manufacturing plant. Since 2013, the robot has been rolling layers of protective foil over electronics on the inside of car doors, sparing human workers of the risk of strain associated with the task. The robots are made by Universal Robots and are lightweight and slow moving, making them safe to work around humans.

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Hidden details in fifteenth century map revealed with multispectral imaging

Through the use of multispectral imaging, a study conducted at Yale University has uncovered hidden text in a 15th century map by German cartographer Henricus Martellus. Drawn in 1491, it is considered to be the most accurate representation of the world as Columbus would have known it. Unfortunately, much of the text had become illegible due to the age of the map. By studying the map at different wavelengths and digitally combining images, researchers were able to read the map’s text.

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Data-Driven Food Processing Extends to the Farm

Industrial automation isn’t limited to the automotive industry; it is also playing a huge role in agriculture and farming. This eye-opening article from Automation World does a great job of explaining the myriad ways that data and robotics are helping to streamline processes in farming.

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How Collaborative Robots Are Changing Small Business Productivity

A great piece from covering the use of collaborative robotics and their role in increasing productivitiy for small businesses. Gregg Panek, owner of Panek Precision, was quoted from the WSJ as saying his company will “always need humans,” and the 21 single-armed robots currently being used in his factory have not replaced human workers, but rather allowed them to focus on other important tasks.

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