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Category: Robotics

Futura Automation LLC is pleased to announce the introduction of “Power Palletizer”, a state of the art, BLDC servo-driven Cartesian style robot palletizing system.  Macron Dynamics provides the mechanical components, Delta Technology in Phoenix provides fabrication and field support while Vanguard Automation in Denver, NC provides the electrics, safety and controls.  This new palletizing system […]

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OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. Simply put – it identifies the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. An OEE score of 100% means you are manufacturing only Good Parts, as fast as possible, with no Stop Time. In the language of OEE that means 100% Quality (only Good Parts), 100% Performance (as fast […]

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One of the hottest, most important ideas in decades is the concept now known as Industry 4.0.  This is not a new concept, but is a continuation of the advancement of technology to support product manufacturing.  It demarcates one of those times when technology and society is beginning to intersect to change the way we […]

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Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.  It is also know as the Smart Factory or “Lights-out Manufacturing”. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing[1[2][3][4] and cognitive computing.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a large role in executing the smart factory as do industrial robots and autonomous mobile robots, which are […]

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Next week will bring us in the robotics and automation space two big international trade shows: Pack Expo Las Vegas and RoboBusiness 2017 in San Jose, CA.  I will be at both. I hope to see you at one or the other.  Pack Expo always delights with all the new ways to manufacture and package […]

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One of the product lines proudly represented by Futura Automation is Macron Dynamics of Croydon, Pennsylvania.  In 2015 Macron Dynamics was selected as a supplier to a record setting 3D robotic billboard located on Times Square in New York City, NY.  This billboard was developed by Coca-Cola Bottling, based in Atlanta, Georgia. This 6 Stories tall, […]

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The hottest trend in dining today is the automated restaurant.  Every aspect of restaurant services are under review for updating and streamlining, mostly through automation.  The reason for this is the confluence of several current trends.  The trends are:  1. The reduction in cost of robots to do specific tasks.  2. The knowledge of robot […]

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There have been several investor indexes created around the robotics market over the past 20 years.  I myself put together such an index in the 1990s which included Cognex, RVSI, Acuity, ABB, Fanuc, Adept and Yaskawa.  The problem with such indexes is the components were rarely a pure industrial robotics play (exception being Adept Technologies). […]

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Policy makers should begin to consider “life after robotics”.  Robots will undoubtedly improve quality of life.  But at what cost and with what concessions? Mass Human Labor is No Longer Needed. Where Do We Go From Here?

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Shoes are one of the most important clothing items worn universally by men and women.  They have become fashion statements and people pay more for customized shoes that fit well and have a distinctive or personal appearance.  www.TheHouseofDesign.com develops robotic work cells that manufacture customized shoes.  Here is an article on how shoes laces are […]

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