Category: Robots

Cobots V Robots Futura Automation
Cobot vs Robot in Assembly Brian McMorris For robotics cognoscenti, the great debate of our time is: “what is better, a cobot or a robot” for robotic assembly, finishing or machine tending? People line up on both sides of this argument, with equal degrees of passion. Online journal "Asian Robotics" is a website that falls [...] Read more
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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*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*   View this email in your browser What’s new in robotics?    In this issue, automation meets the increasing demand for artisan products. You’ve seen robots weld and palletize, but this new frontier of automation might surprise you. The Artisan Robot Baker Improves Productivity Noticing a high demand for hand crafted Artisan bread, our friends over at TechBrew showed […]

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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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