Fear not the cobot
The world’s first industrial robot was an idea conceived after a conversation about science fiction novels between inventors George Devol and Joseph Eagleburger in 1954. Six years later, Unimate had secured its place in the robotic hall of fame as the world’s first industrial robot. It was then put to work on the General Motors assembly line in 1961.
The importance of ergonomics for industrial automation
Kettles that release red hot steam onto their handles, cupboard drawers that don’t quite slot in and of course, those pesky USB sticks that take three or four attempts to insert before realising you had right the first time. These niggles are part of everyday life and albeit annoying, their poor design is usually pretty easy to ignore. But in industry, the bad design of manufacturing environments and equipment is much more significant than ...
3 reasons to consider an engineering apprenticeship
Would you gamble £53,000 for a shot at your dream job? A university degree is one of the traditional routes to a career in engineering, but the costs of one are increasing every year. For those of you that didn’t know, National Apprenticeship Week (14-18th March 2016) has just begun. By Laura England, Account Executive, Stone Junction.
A window of opportunity for smart home service success
The world’s cable and TV operators are facing increasing competition in their core business, providing 'free' television and pay channels for entertainment. By Cees Links, CEO and Founder, Greenpeak.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge teardown
The rumors of shipments by T-Mobile of the new S7 and S7 Edge are true. We were among the fortunate few who received our units today. Teardown days at Chipworks are very fun. We are always looking forward to iPhone and Galaxy days especially. Everyone is eager and wants to chip in so they can be the first ones inside the technology. It’s very exciting. Contributed by Jim Morrison, Ray Fontaine, Dick James and Daniel Yang, Chi...
Increased connectivity with digital twins
Until the beginning of the 21st century, the only way to get information about the status of operating industrial equipment was to inspect it. Today, increased computing power and connectivity are making it possible to virtualise this task by creating and maintaining a digital twin of anything from electric motors to PLC systems.
The making of a 3D printed rehabilitation orthosis
Medical 3D printing has many applications in various fields. In orthotics, industrial 3D printers are used to manufacture custom-sized orthoses, braces as well as prosthesis and parts for powered exoskeletons. First two helps patients with broken bones while the latter are used for amputees. By Marcin Traczyk, ZMorph.
T-Platforms introduces MIPS-based Tavolga Terminal computer
T-Platforms has announced a desktop PC called the Tavolga Terminal TB-T22BT powered by the MIPS-based Baikal-T1 processor from Baikal Electronics. The system can be configured as a fully functional workstation or a thin-client terminal and runs the latest version of the Debian 8 operating system – one of the most popular Linux distributions for the MIPS architecture. By Alexandru Voica, Imagination Technologies.
Keeping costs down while increasing productivity
European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400bn every year on maintenance activities. Studies show that about 30% of failed machinery can be repaired at half the cost of buying replacements, which suggests a potential 15% saving. John Mitchell, business development manager, CP Automation, discusses the issues that stop manufacturers cutting costs and improving productivity – the essence of lean manufacturing.
The benefits of remanufactured automotive parts
During World War II, access to natural resources was incredibly difficult in most European countries. Most countries found that, the effort to build planes, ships and tanks was crippling, creating an urgent need to reuse and remanufacture industrial parts. Beginning with the rebuilding of automotive and truck parts in the 1940s, this gave birth to an entire industry and is now common practice. Here, Darren Halford, sales director of industrial au...