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Editorials

Date: Last 12 Months

Is Industry 4.0 the New DotCom Boom?

POSTED: 04/03/2017

Fear stalks the land.  The Robot Apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future.  Worse yet the machines are made elsewhere (Germany, Japan, even China) and America is being left behind in the race for manufacturing prowess. We’ve heard this story before.  In the late 1980s, the U.

Patented SwRI Inkjet System Can Literally Ink a Jet

POSTED: 02/28/2017

Disruptive system enables robotic printing on large complex surfaces, including aircraft San Antonio - Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a leading innovator in advanced science and applied technology, has secured a patent for a technology for large-scale robotic inkjet printing on aircraft and other complex surfaces. “As aircraft decorative coatings have become increasingly

American Jobs Evolve with Robotics

POSTED: 02/13/2017

Robotic automation is continuing to prove its supremacy as it is showing up on all types of factory floors across the globe. This is a reflection of all the undeniable benefits that industrial robots are bringing: faster throughputs, energy savings, lower costs, and a more consistent product. Another key item that

6 Ways that EtherCAT Auto-Configuration Saves You Time and Money

POSTED: 09/20/2016

Let’s face it: the standard method for configuring servo motors and drives through network control software is cumbersome and time-consuming. For each motor manufacturer, engineers must independently download and install the libraries and files into their IDE and run proprietary configuration tools

What Makes Rtx64 Tick?

POSTED: 08/22/2016

When you are working with RTX64, often things can be a bit opaque. You program something, you compile it into a binary and then when it comes time to run it you send it down into this black

Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Jobs – A Catalyst for Loss or Growth?

POSTED: 08/09/2016

When disruptive technologies are introduced to the marketplace, there is an initial uncertainty among the general population about these unfamiliar products, services, or new ways of conducting business. The unknown is scary; change is often met with resistance, and people may ask themselves how such innovations will affect their livelihoods and

How Brexit Will Impact Industrial Automation and Manufacturing

POSTED: 07/12/2016

Somehow it still seems like a joke that only happens in the movies. But folks, this is real life. The United Kingdom (UK) decided to leave the European Union (EU) and fend for themselves

A Personal History of Fieldbuses: From Seriplex to EtherCAT

POSTED: 06/20/2016

Last week, I took a walk down memory lane. This particular lane was all about fieldbuses. I needed to make some space for some new hardware, and had to throw out some antique hardware to do so. An old Seriplex module

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

POSTED: 06/01/2016

By: Terri Hawker, Director Product Management Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems


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