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Can artificial intelligence beat a human hacker?

Can artificial intelligence beat a human hacker?
Please type the words you see in the image. At some point we have all completed a captcha to prove we are human when online. So, when a robot successfully completed the test, we were left asking, are our computers secure? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) impacts cyber security.
14th March 2018

Three wearables for your factory

Three wearables for your factory
According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While, the market is currently dominated by smart watches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of EU Automation explains how wearables could transform your factory.
5th February 2018

How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce

How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce
Loud speaker and subwoofer manufacturer, Paradigm Electronics has implemented robots to assist with product polishing. Humans collaborate with the robots but no longer perform the entire time consuming and laborious task themselves. In fact, most jobs have been altered in some way by the introduction of Industry 4.0. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of EU Automation, explains how job roles are changing with Industry 4.0.
23rd January 2018


How to find the right robot for the job

How to find the right robot for the job
Do you remember ABB’s dual armed robot, YuMi? In September 2017, it made history by becoming the first robot to conduct an orchestra. YuMi conducted three pieces at the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli and Maria Luigia Borsi. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director at EU Automation, discusses his top considerations when purchasing a robot.
23rd November 2017

Come to your sensors

Come to your sensors
Without sensors, the world would be very different. Kettles sense when water is boiled, burglar alarms sense movement and vehicles sense the speed at which they’re moving. However, they’re not just important for everyday life. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director at EU Automation, discusses how sensors have transformed the way industrial plants maintain their equipment.
6th November 2017

Bring your phone to work – how smart technology is impacting industry

Bring your phone to work – how smart technology is impacting industry
When Google Glass was first released to the public, it did not receive the expected response and the technology was deemed a failure. However, the technology did not disappear altogether, as the new and improved Google Glass is changing the factory floor. Here Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, EU Automation, explains how everyday smart technology can impact industry.
29th September 2017

We can’t all go on a summer holiday when the heat is on!

We can’t all go on a summer holiday when the heat is on!
In summer, most of us look forward to longer days, holidaying abroad and eating endless amounts of ice cream without feeling guilty. However, spare a thought for plant managers, who fill with dread when the temperature gage begins to increase. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how plant managers can keep electrical enclosures running efficiently during the summer months. 
24th August 2017

Is your industrial robot efficient enough?

Is your industrial robot efficient enough?
There are many creative ways to save pennies on your energy bill, from placing bricks in the toilet cistern, to cling film over the windows. In manufacturing, saving energy can be a whole lot simpler and making small but significant changes can drastically reduce energy consumption. Three technologies can improve the energy efficiency of industrial robots, as Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director at EU Automation, explains.
16th August 2017

Guiding the industry towards greater productivity

Guiding the industry towards greater productivity
Over recent years Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have advanced from simple materials handlers to intelligent autonomous robots. How has this happened? Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains.
31st July 2017

Automating the construction industry

Automating the construction industry
The Great Wall of China is regarded as the longest running construction project of all time. The wall took more than 2000 years and millions of workers to complete. At the time, labourers used only simple machinery to build the wall — a vast difference from the equipment used in construction today. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, discusses the use of automation in 21st century construction.
16th May 2017

Robots – here to help or to steal your job?

Robots – here to help or to steal your job?
Automation is having a significant impact on the way we work. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, offers some predictions on the impact of robotics on the job market. A recent report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), predicted that by 2030 up to a third of UK jobs could be affected by automation and robotics. However, are robots really taking our jobs?
12th April 2017

How to use soft robotics in manufacturing

How to use soft robotics in manufacturing
Leonardo Da Vinci made one of the first attempts at humanoid robot design in 1495, when he developed the mechanical knight. The robot was designed to make several human-like motions, but it wasn't until the 1990s, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invented Kismet, the world’s first sociable robot, that the manufacturing industry took inspiration from humanoid robots to optimise productivity.
5th April 2017

Exploring applications of robots outside manufacturing

Exploring applications of robots outside manufacturing
Dystopian literature often refers to robots one day taking over the world. Ray Kurzweil predicted over a decade ago, in The Singularity is Near, that robots would reach this stage of intelligence by the year 2030. The increased processing power in the PLCs and industrial PCs used to provide logic in robots, has led to them being used in a number of industry sectors.
16th March 2017

Welcome to the era of the machine

Welcome to the era of the machine
The 1950s gave us Stevie Wonder, it was a great decade for fashion, and the first television remote control was marketed. Additionally computer scientist Alan Turing developed a way of testing a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour, equivalent to humans. Since the Turing Test was first used, the world has become fixated on the possibility that, one day, a computer could function like a human being.
10th February 2017

The sword of Damocles gets a reboot

The sword of Damocles gets a reboot
Virtual reality (VR) may be viewed by most people as a very recent invention. However, the first VR headset was created as far back as 1968 by computer scientist, Ivan Sutherland. It was called the sword of Damocles, as its formidable size and weight meant it had to be anchored to the ceiling so it didn’t crush the user – a far cry from the modern Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens.
19th December 2016

How to ethically design your robot

How to ethically design your robot
In The Matrix, a lack of robot ethics leads to the destruction of the human race, with robots enslaving humans in a simulated reality. Despite it being a prolific cinematic theme, robot ethics has not been discussed much in industry until now. However, the most recent technological advancements in the field have led to the introduction of a new UK standard for robot designers.
1st November 2016

Manufacturing the connected car

Manufacturing the connected car
Back in the 1960s, animated sitcom The Jetsons depicted the car of the future as a levitating capsule that flew through the air to drop main character, George Jetson, at the office before folding up into his briefcase. While flying cars are still out of reach, the adoption of cloud computing in automotive manufacturing is helping create a new car of the future. 
5th October 2016

Don’t you want me baby?

Don’t you want me baby?
The 80s: an era of double denim, floppy disks and such classics as Don't You Want Me, by The Human League. Back then, the concept of storing the vinyl collection of your standard new romantic and enough movies to rival the local video shop on a ‘cloud’ was unimaginable and let’s be honest, ridiculous. Today, data storage for consumer and industrial technology is advancing rapidly, but what does this mean for older industrial devices?
28th September 2016

Designing with obsolescence in mind

Designing with obsolescence in mind
It’s fair to say that the smartphone is to blame for many everyday technologies including the calculator, the torch and the camera slowly entering the realms of obsolescence. However, not even this disruptive technology can go on ruling our lives forever. A study by Ericsson found that one in two people believe the smartphone will be obsolete in five years time. 
21st September 2016

Industry book launched with a 'BoOM'

Industry book launched with a 'BoOM'
Set to release its first book aimed at helping manufacturers increase their understanding of obsolescence management, is industrial equipment supplier EU Automation. The book features interviews with industry experts and EU Automation’s seven steps to better obsolescence management. The print and electronic versions of the book will be available on Amazon from 6th October.
14th September 2016


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