Robot chef serves up the future of home cooking

Imagine a world where you come home from a long day at work to a Michelin-starred meal, ready for you as you open the front door.

It might sound far-fetched but this fictional future isn’t as far away as you think.

Moley Robotics is the company behind the electronic cook.

Using the recipe from chef Tim Anderson, they’ve mapped the exact movements he uses to make a crab bisque.

Recording him using 3D cameras, the robochef now replicates those exact movements – every single time.

SOUNDBITE: Chef, Tim Andersen, saying (English):

“If it can really mimic my hands and any chef’s hands, then with some work on it there’s no reason it can’t do just about anything. Kneading bread, making sushi, all these things that are very hands on, for lack of a better term.”

The secret to robochef’s dexterity belongs to East London’s Shadow Robot Company.

For the last few decades they’ve been perfecting their robotic hand, now used in nuclear industry and being studied by NASA.

It’s designed to look human as well.

And that, says Moley Robotics founder Mark Oleynik, is as important as any bit of wiring.

SOUNDBITE: Moley Robotics founder and inventor, Mark Oleynik, saying (English):

“This is our target point, to make it human. Everything that people create they create by hand, so this is a key point to how people transfer their human intelligence.”

If the hands can be taught to cook, according to experts here, there’s no reason they couldn’t play the piano, learn carpentery and more.

In the meantime this could be the cook book of the future – downloading complex recipes for your kitchen robot, like songs from iTunes.

Serving up a reminder of the blurring lines between man and machine.

http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/04/14/robot-chef-serves-up-the-future-of-home?videoId=363848791

Robot rescue: First-responders of the future

From nuclear disasters, to natural catastrophes and blazing hot fires, robots that can stand-in for humans in dangerous places are under development.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts are working with one called Atlas, created by Boston Dynamics, a Waltham, Massachusetts based technology company. The robot is 6’2″ and weighs roughly 350 pounds. There are only seven like it in the world and MIT researchers are working to create the software needed to enable the robot to move.

“Because it’s hydraulically actuated, it’s very strong,” said Pat Marion, a robotics software engineer at MIT. “So it can lift very heavy objects and it can move very quickly with its legs when it’s walking.”

Their efforts are part of a government-sponsored contest called the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge.

Prof. Seth Teller of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) says the aim is “to develop a robot that can walk into a dangerous place like Fukushima, which is inhospitable to human life, and actually do something useful there.”

Already, with minimal guidance, Atlas can walk, balance and pick things up– tasks that would be critical in debris clearing situations.

But what happens when the challenge is burning hot? At Virginia Tech, mechanical engineers are leading a team,

including researchers at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania, to create a firefighting robot for the U.S. Navy,

one that will be protected with a resin shield to prevent heat and water damage.

The humanoid creation at Virginia Tech is part of the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot — or (SAFFiR) program.

It can balance on unstable surfaces- like a ship at sea- navigate tight quarters and using clues, like smoke, locate a fire.

“We’ve seen robots go from walking very slowly and not being able to balance well to being able to balance like on a ship and being able to navigate on a ship,” said Prof. Brian Lattimer, the director of the Extreme Environments, Robotics & Materials Laboratory (ExtReMe Lab) at Virginia Tech.

The robot will be tested later this year on the Navy’s fire test ship, the ex-U.S.S. Shadwell which is moored in Alabama.

The ultimate goal- to keep people out of harm’s way.

“We’re not only looking to use the technology for ships but for fires in buildings,” said Lattimer. “Our big push is to not be sending people into burning buildings and structures but to send robots into these harsh conditions.”

Teller believes many of the advancements only researchers are seeing in elite labs will soon be available to people in everyday life.

“The future of machines that are in our homes, in our work spaces, doing at least simple tasks for us is not that far away,” said Teller. “It’s no more than a couple of decades away. Now I know you’ve been hearing that for 50 years… this time we think it’s really fairly close.”

Molly Line joined Fox News Channel as a Boston-based correspondent in January 2006.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/06/10/robot-rescue-first-responders-future.html

Empire Robotics’ New Multitasking VERSABALL® Gripper Ushers In Fundamental Agile Manufacturing Change

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in

Chicago, September 8 – 13, will be the first to witness the commercially

available version of Empire Robotics’ new VERSABALL — a new gripper

archetype able to flexibly adapt to multiple, automated manufacturing

tasks. Hosted at Universal

Robots’ IMTS Booth E-4841, the VERSABALL demonstration takes place

on Wednesday, September 10 from 9am – 1pm.

At IMTS, Empire Robotics’ VERSABALL gripper will be mounted on Universal

Robots’ UR5 robot. The demonstration

illustrates how the VERSABALL attached to a UR robot arm offers an

optimal choice for safe, collaborative robot applications with

humans working in close proximity to robots on agile manufacturing tasks.

With VERSABALL, Empire Robotics provides off-the-shelf ease of use that

cuts engineering time and costs for custom tooling and complex handling

tasks. Unlike hard grippers, the balloon-shaped VERSABALL conforms to

and grips a wide range of objects without reprogramming. The new

end-of-arm tool will pick and place objects ranging from light

gearwheels to heavy bricks and delicate light bulbs — all in the same

cycle without any changes to the application.

“Empire Robotics’ VERSABALL is one of the most unique new gripper

technologies on the market,” said Ed Mullen, National Sales Manager with

Universal Robots in North America. “We foresee the VERSABALL gripper as

having the same, positive impact on collaborative robotics as our robot

arm has had. The fact that the gripper is soft between grips and can be

deployed on the fly further extends the safety and flexibility benefits

of our robot arms.”

“By providing an easy and safe-to-implement robot at an affordable

price, Universal Robots has become the industrial robotics leader in the

agile robot trend,” said Bill Culley, President of Empire Robotics. “Our

VERSABALL gripper compliments the flexibility of the UR5 and UR10 robots

with an end-of-arm gripping solution that has minimal impact on the

bottom line and shrinks time between product cycles, pushing robotics

into small- and medium-sized manufacturing facilities.”

The live demonstration at IMTS showcases the following VERSABALL

features:

Flexibility – with four very different objects (brick, light bulb,

steel gear, billiard ball)

Delicate object handling – CFL light bulb

Repeatability – putting objects in the same place every time within

the jig tolerance (plug bulb into a socket)

Reliability – zero drops after 8,000 cycles

Durability – metal gear and brick are sharp and abrasive

Watch a video of the demo here: http://youtu.be/_jDW0RI7gso

VERSABALL Solves Automation Challenges

Historically, robot integrators have spent a great deal of engineering

resources designing specialized and varied grippers for industrial

production. To meet the demands of agile manufacturing — typically with

a low-volume, high-mix series of tasks — automating production involves

frequent reprogramming and retooling. For many companies, the final

solution often combines expensive mechanical, vacuum, and magnetic

grippers into a complex end-of-arm tool that is highly specific to the

application and not easily adaptable or reusable.

In contrast to traditional, fixed tooling, Empire Robotics VERSABALL

delivers an out-of-the-box, multitask solution that easily adapts to a

variety of tasks. In a matter of minutes, with a fraction of the

engineering time and effort, VERSABALL can be programmed or reprogrammed

to pick and place parts that vary — like ceramics — and consistent parts

with varied orientations such as objects that fall randomly on a

conveyor.

Industry Testing Leads to Commercial Availability

The commercial availability of the VERSABALL gripper follows extensive

industry testing of the Empire Robotics’ research kit available since

January 2014. The research kits include small- and large-sized heads,

along with the necessary pneumatic base and accessories to properly

operate the gripper.

Testing garnered significant interest from companies such as Callaghan

Innovation in New Zealand, who is interested in the VERSABALL because of

its ability to grip naturally varying objects.

“The VERSABALL adds value by gripping objects where rough surfaces would

cause problems for suction cups,” said Phil Stucki, R&D Engineer with

Callaghan Innovation. “Overall, we found VERSABALL quite easy to

install, and it worked well for many applications.”

About the VERSABALL

The VERSABALL is a squishy balloon membrane full of loose sub-millimeter

particles. The soft ball gripper easily conforms around a wide range of

target object shapes and sizes. Using

a process known as “granular jamming”, air is quickly sucked out of

the ball, which vacuum-packs the particles and hardens the gripper

around the object to hold and lift it. The object releases when the ball

is reinflated. VERSABALL comes in 3.5- and 6.5-inch head models that use

the same pneumatic base.

About Empire Robotics www.empirerobotics.com

Empire Robotics was founded in 2012 by CTO John Amend and President Bill

Culley and is headquartered in Boston, MA. The company is a Cornell

University technology spinout with a talented team of PhD researchers

and engineers who are experts in soft robotics and the phase transitions

of granular materials. Empire Robotics extends robot gripping into

off-the-shelf, end-of-arm tools, a historically highly customized and

complex field. In contrast, VERSABALL is an easy-to-program, versatile,

turnkey gripper that enables agile manufacturing processes for small and

large companies.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140904005827/en/Empire-Robotics-Multitasking-VERSABALL-Gripper-Ushers-Fundamental

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Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?

In a story for Vox Monday, Matt Yglesias argues that we shouldn’t be worried about losing our jobs to robots — or to any other kind of sophisticated tech that can do the work of a human. What should worry us, Yglesias suggests, is the possibility that this doesn’t happen.

To Ygelsias, the sluggish productivity gains in the American economy over the past 40 years or so are evidence that the impact of automation on jobs, past, present and future, is a “myth.”

If robots were taking our jobs, the productivity of the workers who still have jobs — the total amount of work that gets done divided by the total number of people who are employed — would be going up rapidly. But it’s not. It is rising, but it’s rising slower than it did in the past.

Yglesias cites the 2015 Economic Report of the President and the annual report from the Council of Economic Advisers, which do indeed show that labor productivity growth has tapered off. He suggests a number of policy changes for adapting to a world with less work, and those proposals are worth debating.

White House Council of Economic Advisors

But Yglesias is wrong to assert that 1) many professions have not been significantly affected by automation and 2) many more won’t be soon. He claims, for example, that for many people, advances in tech have only affected their day-to-day jobs in “relatively superficial ways”: 

These days people are perhaps more likely to book a reservation or order a takeout meal with an app rather than a phone call, but the core work of serving and preparing food has seen very little progress.

Well, maybe. But observe the touch screens in use at your local McDonald’s — or read Dr. Atul Gawande’s 2012 New Yorker story about how the Cheesecake Factory has standardized and modernized its food-prep practices — and you might come to a different conclusion about what technology has already wrought. Then, watch the video of a robot chef embedded below and think about what’s coming in the next few years.  

This machine isn’t just playing the role of a microwave jockey in a fast-food restaurant. It’s producing restaurant-quality fare. The robot chef in this video is a prototype, but technology of this kind could be on the market in just a couple of years, according to the BBC.

Soon, many restaurants will have screens that allow customers to order and pay for their food — which then may or may not be delivered by a human.

Food preparation and food service are just the beginning. Yglesias is right that “we still don’t have robot doctors who can treat patients in lieu of costly and inconvenient human ones.” We can assume that “Dr. Watson” will still be in the waiting room for a few years yet, although IBM’s efforts to apply its software to medicine continue.  

We can also assume, however, that there are many, many people who currently a) work in some kind of customer-service capacity and b) don’t make life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. It’s these kinds of jobs that are most at risk in the decade ahead.

Telemarketers, accountants and retail workers are at the bottom of this chart from The Economist that lists the odds (as calculated by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, of the University of Oxford) that computerization will lead to job losses in various industries by 2023. Technical writers and real estate agents aren’t far behind.

The Economist

“The advances we’re seeing in artificial intelligence and machine learning will infiltrate the broader economy quickly,” MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee told The Huffington Post last week.

“We’ll see digital customer service representatives before much longer, answering complicated questions, doing troubleshooting and setting up appointments,” he said. “A lot of people make a living today by listening to other people, figuring out what they want and giving that to them. We have always needed a person throughout history for that work.” 

A Japanese hotel run by robots shows what’s already possible. E-discovery software helps law firms to quickly find what they need amid reams of documents — a task that might once have required a room of paralegals to accomplish. Algorithms provide financial advice. And although Yglesias’ position at Vox is probably safe, anyone who does commodity reporting on quarterly results should fear the software that produces financial journalism for the Associated Press. 

The impact of technological advancement on peoples’ job prospects will probably grow. Many (though not all) of the experts surveyed on the future of jobs by the Pew Internet and Life Project last year believe that artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation will imperil white-collar jobs, from media to medicine to finance to law, along with many aspects of the retail, hospitality and customer service industries.

The good news — as The Economist highlighted last year, and as Yglesias himself points out — is that technological innovations have historically delivered more jobs than they have destroyed. My bet, though, is that the wave of automation moving through the world right now is going to replace a lot of labor. That which can be automated will be. 

What we have less insight into is how well the people whose professions become obsolete due to advances in automation will be able to adapt. Detroit was ground zero for these kinds of challenges in the last century. While some kinds of retraining programs hold promise for displaced people, structural unemployment could be in the cards for a great many Americans — factory workers would be just the beginning. If self-driving trucks displace truckers, millions more could join the ranks of the disrupted. There’s a CVS in Washington, D.C. that I’ve been to, where one attendant watches over four automated checkers and provides customer support as needed. I predict we’re going to see a lot more of that kind of thing.

What should we do about the fact that soon, many more people could lose their jobs to automation? In 2012, I wrote about a useful innovation agenda for the next president of the United States. In less than two years, it will fall to someone other than President Barack Obama to grapple with more economic disruption. We should all wish him or her luck in leading the country to help those most affected.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/automation-robots-jobs_us_55b648b9e4b0224d8832c332

Rockwell Automation Invierte 12 Millones de USD para Acercar la Ciencia y la Tecnología a la Fuerza Laboral de Próxima Generación

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) anunció el compromiso que asumió de

aportar 12 millones de USD durante cuatro años a FIRST®

(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) fundada para

inspirar el interés y la participación de los jóvenes en la ciencia y la

tecnología.

Durante los últimos 10 años, Rockwell Automation ha ofrecido un apoyo de

amplio espectro aportando más de 15 millones de USD para satisfacer la

necesidad imperiosa de ocupar empleos de CTIM (ciencia, tecnología,

ingeniería y matemática) que impulsan la innovación. Muchos de estos

empleos quedan vacantes tanto debido a la falta de concientización de

los tipos de empleos de alta tecnología disponibles como a la falta de

habilidades a fin de cumplimentar las necesidades de la actualidad.

“Por medio de nuestra tecnología y personas, estamos ayudando a inspirar

a la próxima generación de innovadores para que sean la fuente de

talentos para nuestros clientes y nuestra compañía”, señaló Blake Moret,

Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de Rockwell Automation. “Nuestra

sociedad estratégica con FIRST nos ayuda a tener mayor alcance a

los estudiantes de CTIM de todo el mundo, a la vez que nos da

visibilidad”.

Además de ser un patrocinador mundial del programa FIRST®

LEGO® League y el único patrocinador del evento FIRST

Robotics Competition (FRC) y del premio Rockwell Automation Innovation

in Control Award, casi 200 empleados de Rockwell Automation de todo el

mundo donan su tiempo para los programas

FIRST y más de 300 empleados se ofrecen como voluntarios para la

organización en otras capacidades. La compañía también dona productos

que son fundamentales para los juegos y el cómputo de tantos del

programa FIRST. Estas donaciones de productos se usan

específicamente para los campos de juego y los sistemas de cómputo de

tantos del evento FIRST

Robotics Competition y están incluidos en los kits de piezas que los

equipos usan para construir sus robots.

“Este compromiso generoso y de varios años de Rockwell Automation nos

permitirá enfocarnos en los aspectos estratégicos de nuestra sociedad. A

su vez, nos sigue ayudando a ampliar nuestros programas y exponer a los

estudiantes a una gama más amplia de productos y aplicaciones líderes

del sector”, expresó Donald E. Bossi, Presidente de FIRST. “El

apoyo de la compañía a FIRST es de larga data y enriquecedor”.

Rockwell Automation es un reconocido socio estratégico de FIRST,

lo que significa que FIRST cuenta con los niveles más altos de

patrocinio. También es el proveedor de coronas para el evento FIRST

Robotics Competition.

Para obtener más información sobre los programas FIRST y las

oportunidades de patrocinio, comuníquese con development@firstinspires.org.

Acerca de Rockwell Automation

Rockwell

Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), la compañía más grande del mundo

dedicada a la información y automatización industrial, hace que sus

clientes sean más productivos y que el mundo sea un lugar más

sostenible. Con sede central en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell

Automation cuenta con cerca de 22 000 empleados para atender a clientes

en más de 80 países.

Acerca de FIRST®

Un consagrado inventor, Dean

Kamen, fundó FIRST® (For Inspiration and

Recognition of Science and Technology) en 1989 para inspirar la

apreciación por la ciencia y la tecnología en los jóvenes. Con sede en

Manchester, Nuevo Hampshire, FIRST® diseña programas accesibles e

innovadores para generar habilidades de confianza en sí mismo,

conocimientos y de vida a la vez que motiva a los jóvenes a que busquen

oportunidades en ciencia, tecnología e ingeniería. Con el apoyo de más

de 200 compañías de la lista de la Revista Fortune 500 y más de

$30 millones en becas universitarias, la organización sin fines de lucro

organiza el evento FIRST®

Robotics Competition para estudiantes de los grados 9.º a

12.º; el desafío FIRST®

Tech Challenge para los grados 7.º a 12.º; el desafío FIRST®

LEGO® League para los grados 4.º a 8.º; y el

desafío FIRST®

LEGO® League Jr. para jardín de infantes al

grado 4.º Gracious

Professionalism® es una manera de hacer las cosas que

fomenta el trabajo de alta calidad, hace hincapié en los valores de los

demás y respeta a las personas y la comunidad. Para obtener más

información acerca de FIRST®, visite www.firstinspires.org.

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MIT grad decided to follow his dream rather than a salary

But for one graduate, a different calling has meant he’s sacrificed a comfortable life and taken a big risk to follow his dream: to open Africa’s first STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) campus in Nigeria.

Nigerian-American Obinna Ukwuani, who grew up in Washington D.C., went back to Nigeria for eighth and ninth grades as his family felt it was important for him to know his roots. He had a revelation when he returned during his freshman year at MIT.

“I met up with my peers, the friends and classmates I’d met during my time there and it was shocking to see how far behind me they were. It was a very real experience for me,” says Ukwuani. The edge, he realized, was due to his schooling in the United States. The imbalance he recognized, he says, “was an injustice.”

“In the U.S., if you work hard, you’ll be fine in this life. So I had that moment where I knew I wanted to improve things in Nigeria.”

Robotics boot camp

Ukwuani’s sudden realization eventually led to the launch of a robotics summer school in Lagos for high school students from 2012 to 2014. The Exposure Robotics Academy taught 113 boys and girls from 17 states around Nigeria how to code and build robots.

The five-week residential program hired MIT students to mentor Nigerian high school students in a program sponsored by Shell Oil.

Recently, a documentary based on the program, “Naija Beta”, won “Best Documentary Film” at the Roxbury International Film Festival. He’s hoping on repeating the experience with a new STEM school.

Taking risks

It’s early days but initial investment for the school, to be called Makers Academy, is happening, and Ukwuani’s sleepless nights are starting to pay off.

“I really believe in what I’m doing,” he says.

After writing a business plan, Ukwuani spent five months shopping it around before four investors came forward, each offering a $50,000 investment.

“It’s a long-term model. It could be a decade before they get their money back,” he says.

Makers Academy

Ukwuani believes Nigeria’s biggest issue presently is that the country doesn’t produce anything. “We import everything, and it comes back to education. We’re not doing a good job,” he says. He’s hoping to change that. When the school opens in Abuja (he projects this will happen in 2018 or 2019), Ukwuani is aiming for 600 students living on the Makers Academy campus.

While there are other schools in Africa offering STEM education, the Academy would be the first innovation center where students have access to tools such as laser-cutters, 3D-printers, woodworking equipment and more, says Ukwuani.

Similar to himself, the students will possess a certain proficiency in mathematics and an aptitude for building things.

“I was taking things apart when I was 10 years old. If you had purchased a remote control car, I would rip it apart and put it back together,” recalls Ukwuani.

The current economic situation in Nigeria could be a benefit, he says. The recession is forcing people to bring kids studying abroad back to Nigeria. “Now more than ever we need more options — and we don’t have them.” Hopefully Makers Academy will be the first of many for Nigeria’s youth.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/07/africa/nigerian-stem/index.html

Is Enough Done To Stop Explosive Dust?

You might not think of sugar, corn, or metal as materials that can cause a catastrophic explosion in a factory, but when they’re ground into dust-and suspended in the air-all it takes is a small spark to set off a major disaster. As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, devastating dust explosions at American factories are more common now than ever.

Since 1980, there have been at least 350 such explosions in the U.S., killing 133 people and injuring hundreds more. There are at least 30,000 factories in the nation vulnerable to dust explosions, and yet, some top federal safety officials tell 60 Minutes the government agency whose job it is to protect workers is ignoring a tried-and-true way to prevent those explosions.

On the night of Oct, 29, 2003, the Hayes Lemmerz factory in Huntington, Ind., exploded in a ball of fire. The plant made wheels for cars, and federal investigators said aluminum dust had piled up and detonated.

Thirty-three-year-old Shawn Boone was a mechanic at the plant. His sister, Tammy Miser, got a call with word that her brother was seriously injured. “Shawn and a couple of his co-workers were in the furnace room. And there was an explosion. And then there was a second more intense blast,” she remembers.

Asked what happened to him, Tammy tells Pelley, “He laid on the building floor. And the aluminum dust actually continued to burn through his flesh.”

Tammy says her brother had third and fourth-degree burns on 92 to 100 percent of his body. She says the doctors said there wasn’t any hope. “That his internal organs were burned beyond repair. They wouldn’t even bandage him. They said that the only solution we had was to take him off of life support.”

Shawn Boone was one of 15 people killed in dust explosions that year. It was a turning point for Carolyn Merritt, who was then the head of the Chemical Safety Board, the federal government’s own experts who find the cause of the nation’s worst industrial disasters.

Merritt ordered the most comprehensive investigation ever done on dust explosions. Her conclusion: hundreds of industries create huge amounts of lethal dust and aren’t even aware of the risk. “If this material were gasoline, there would be no doubt in any owner’s or operator’s mind what needed to be done,” Merritt tells Pelley.

Asked if that would be an emergency, Merritt says, “Absolutely.”

“Is dust, functionally, the same thing?” Pelley asks.

“It has the same power if a dust explosion occurs,” Merritt explains.

“Can you just explain to me how it is that the dust is explosive, I mean, what’s going on here?” Pelley asks,

“Okay, if you take an ear of corn, you’re not gonna be able to light it with a match. But if you grind that into a powder, the smaller the particle size, the more explosive it is. Metal dust. People don’t think metal can burn. But you turn it into a fine powder, and you have a very explosive and flammable material,” she explains.

Even a thin layer of dust, once airborne, can be ignited by the smallest spark-a machine being plugged in or a forklift scraping the ground.

One explosion, also in 2003, at West Pharmaceutical Industries in Kinston, N.C., showed just how insidious the problem can be. Because it was a drug company, the factory floor was immaculate. But plastic dust was hidden above the workers’ heads.

“We know that as much as two inches of dust had accumulated in the ceiling, probably about a ton of material. That makes for a powerful explosion,” Merritt says.

Hours after the blast employees were still trapped inside; seven died and scores were injured. Merritt’s investigation concluded that OSHA-the government agency created to safeguard workplaces-had no effective regulation on its books to deal with explosive dust. And she found that OSHA inspectors routinely overlooked the hazard.

Merritt tells Pelley OSHA had been at that worksite before the explosion and that they didn’t find any dust issues.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-enough-done-to-stop-explosive-dust/

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Rund um die Automation

Vernetzte Getriebefertigung

Der drittgrößte Werkzeugmaschinenhersteller Chinas, QCMT&T, hat gemeinsam mit Bosch Rexroth in China eine komplette Industrie-4.0-Fertigungslinie errichtet. Auf ihr werden ohne Rüstzeiten 35 verschiedene Varianten von Roboter-Getrieben gefertigt.  

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Schritt in die Zukunft

Visionen sind dazu da in die Realität umgesetzt zu werden: Das hat SPN Schwaben Präzision im Lauf ihrer jahrzehntelangen Unternehmensgeschichte immer wieder getan. Nun erfolgte in Nördlingen der Spatenstich für einen Erweiterungsbau. 

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Distributionspartnerschaft

Advantech und Plug-In Electronic geben ihre Distributionspartnerschaft bekannt. Die Advantech Produkte stellen weitere Bereicherung für das Produkt-Portfolio dar und stehen damit im Einklang mit der langjährigen Firmenphilosophie von Plug-In Electronic.  

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The Industrial Internet Consortium Publishes the Business Strategy and Innovation Framework for the Industrial IoT

NEEDHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The

Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the global, member-supported

organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial

Internet of Things (IIoT), today announced the publication of the

Business Strategy and Innovation Framework (BSIF). The BSIF helps

enterprises to identify and analyze issues that must be addressed to

capitalize on the opportunities emerging within the IIoT.

“Everybody knows that the Industrial Internet of Things will completely

transform the way that business works. What’s not clear is exactly how

to deploy these new IIoT concepts to best effect,” said Jim Morrish,

Chair of the Business Strategy Task Group, and Founder and Chief

Research Officer, Machina Research. “What the IIC’s Business Strategy

and Innovation Framework provides is a toolkit for identifying,

prioritizing and initiating the deployment of those crucial IIoT

initiatives. It’s a significant step forward for the IIoT industry in

terms of working to capitalize on the huge opportunities presented by

this new technology wave.”

The BSIF serves as a reference document for chief executives in

enterprises planning to engage in IIoT concepts. A single-source

compendium of the issues and challenges enterprises should consider

before they deploy IIoT initiatives, the BSIF details frameworks and

concepts to help enterprises increase value for users, customers and

partners while at the same time helping to reduce market and technical

uncertainties.

The BSIF outlines a comprehensive set of best practices for companies

engaging in IIoT, but companies are free to adopt a lighter touch or use

an existing internal project model, especially within smaller companies.

Alternatively, a range of project support processes may already be in

place and the approach documented in the BSIF may be used to enhance

existing infrastructures to address new IIoT opportunities (particularly

for larger companies).

“The IIC’s Business Strategy and Innovation Framework is an important

industry milestone,” said Jim Nolan, EVP, IoT Solutions, InterDigital.

“It offers timely, strategic guidance to the many organizations that are

beginning to implement IIoT solutions.”

The BSIF is the most in-depth Industrial IoT-focused business strategy

framework comprising expert vision, experience and business strategy

best practices from IIC members, including Bosch Software Innovations,

InterDigital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Machina Research. The BSIF

is available free of charge. For more information about the BSIF, click here.

About the Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial

Internet Consortium is a global, member-supported, organization that

promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things by

coordinating ecosystem initiatives to securely connect, control and

integrate assets and systems of assets with people, processes and data

using common architectures, interoperability and open standards to

deliver transformational business and societal outcomes across

industries and public infrastructure. The Industrial Internet Consortium

is managed by the Object Management Group (OMG). For more information,

visit www.iiconsortium.org.

Note to editors: Industrial Internet Consortium is a registered

trademark of OMG. For a listing of all OMG trademarks, visit www.omg.org/legal/tm_list.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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