Tag Archives: automation

Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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“Automation, robotics, and factory of the future”

Recently published article on the McKinsey and Company website is a great overview of the current state of the art with regards the use of robots in manufacturing.  It begins by explains how the cost of adopting robotics have gone … Continue reading

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Do you have a chatbot strategy?

A what?  Just in case you did not know a chatbot is “a digital service that can hold natural sounding conversations with human beings with the aim of accomplishing particular tasks, such as answering questions or enabling product purchases”.  This … Continue reading

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Automated fast food and casual dining restaurants and kitchens

These are not one off restaurants.  There are chains using this robot technology in Japan.

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How is artificial intelligence (AI) affecting business?

The MITSloan Management Review, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, have just published a report entitled ‘Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence’.  This is based on a global survey of 3,000 executives and in-depth discussions with 30 AI experts.  A … Continue reading

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Toru – the robot picker

Magazino have developed a robot that is designed to pick items in a warehouse.  This article tells you all about it and provides two videos of the robot in action (illustrated below).  Already operators are testing out whether or not … Continue reading

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The future of retailing? Wheelys 247 is beta testing in Shanghai.

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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The cobots are coming! Actually they have arrived already

In case you did not know a cobot is a collaborative robot (a word not yet recognised by a spellchecker).  Universal Robots was the first company to develop such a machine nearly ten years ago.  Their website tells you all … Continue reading

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Learn to speak robotics

For all new technologies there is a jargon specific to that context.  This may make it difficult to understand how the technology works, what it does, and whether it is performing as expected.  So this link takes you to a glossary of … Continue reading

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