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Category: Robots

Followers know that I am fascinated by the visions of TV and movie writers of the 1960s and 70s. These were my formative years and like many in my generation, John F Kennedy and the American space program and race to the moon with the USSR captivated my imagination. I read every science fiction book [...] Read more

  A Timeline History of Robotics   IN THE BEGINNING   Before 1920 In ancient times, the percursors to robots were Automata, the word which was originally an Italian renaissance term for a mechanical device, usually powered by water, windpower or clockwork.  The word Automaton was a plural version and came to mean a self-operating […]

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New tools are emerging that allow programmers and technicians to remotely monitor and program equipment in the factory.  There are many concerns Futura Automation is evaluating a new idea for a service offering that addresses the need and will provide Automation Services on Demand™ ASoD™ bringing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) benefits to small to […]

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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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