Tag Archives: robots

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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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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Implications of industrial robots in emerging economies

Most of the blogs and articles about automation and robots reflect on how this will affect fully industrialised countries, with a strong manufacturing base.  But the majority of countries are not like this.   This article on the World Economic … Continue reading

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By 2030 Dubai plans one quarter of its police force will be robots

If you think this is crazy, Robocop 1 has just started work this week…

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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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How to ‘grow’ houses rather than build them

Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains.  MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called … Continue reading

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Robots in the fields

Forgive the rock ‘n roll backing track – this gives a good idea of how robots are going to be used in the agricultural sector in the near future.  There will be more about the impact of robots on operations … Continue reading

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