The Autonomous Manufacturing Blog

Should High-Mix Manufacturers Really Be SCARED of Automation?

Industrial automation solutions are usually pitched to high-volume, mass-market manufacturers or primary materials processors. This can range from consumer electronics and automotive assembly to timber, plastics, chemicals and metal products. While these sectors are somewhat disparate in terms of final

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The Hidden Costs of NOT Automating

In every economic cycle, businesses are always faced with the same questions: what are our next critical investments? When will we see demand rise? How are we going to get the best possible workforce in place while still making a

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What’s the Reality of Robot Vision?

Robot vision or vision-guided robot systems are a novel means by which many manufacturers avoid the jigging and positioning constraints that come with standard industrial robots. These constraints exist because a robot must typically follow a bounded or precise program

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What’s Holding Industrial Robot Integration Back?

The integration of industrial robots is a highly specialized, highly creative and cunning process, while the people who practice it are often a credit to the very idea of human ingenuity and resourcefulness itself. In many ways, robotics integrators represent

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What is Industrial Automation?

Industrial automation is the use of data-driven control systems, whether computers, process controllers or robots, to operate industrial processes or machinery in a way that reduces the need for human action.  Industrial automation has its roots in a variety of

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What the Hell is a Self-Programming Robot?

When we think of how to combine AI, autonomous functioning and robotics, Hollywood and smooth-tongued screenwriters have us convinced that the future will land somewhere between “The Terminator” and “Her”. While flights of fancy are necessary to keep life interesting,

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