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    Will a Robot Take Your Manufacturing Job? Not Necessarily!

    Dec 18, 2020 11:30:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Robotics, Manufacturing, Future of Manufacturing,

    If you’ve ever had the fleeting thought that robots in factories, homes, and even amusement parks will suddenly go berserk and attack or take over the world, you’re not alone. Movies, television, and literature are full of humanoid and mobile robotic machines that eventually turn on the people they’re supposed to be helping. From science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s  three laws of robotics to the very real implications of AI and machine learning technology, there has always been an undercurrent of mistrust when it comes to robotics. 

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    Industry 4.0: Changing the Perception of Manufacturing

    Mar 25, 2019 2:06:55 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing,

    When a system, process, or institution experiences change so profound that it completely alters how it operates and how people think about it, we call it a revolution. Since the mid-1700’s, technological revolutions have changed industry, manufacturing, and the nature of work significantly three times:

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    Navigating the Skills Gap

    Feb 12, 2019 9:23:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing,

    The skills gap is a hot topic in many industries, especially manufacturing. It’s created when the number of open jobs grows but there aren’t enough job seekers with the right skills to fill them. Research by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute says “the number of new jobs in manufacturing [will] accelerate and grow by 1.96 million workers by 2028.” However, the World Economic Forum (WEF) notes that 54 percent of workers will require significant reskilling or upskilling by 2022 .

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    Observations from IMTS 2018: The Future is Here

    Sep 26, 2018 2:48:20 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing, Collaborative Robot, IMTS,

    This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15 in Chicago, was the largest yet, with 2,563 exhibiting companies and 129,415 people registered. We enjoyed this fun opportunity to talk with exhibitors, watch demonstrations, and learn about trends to watch in manufacturing and automation.

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    3 Reasons to be Excited About the Future of Manufacturing

    Jun 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing, Custom Automated Equipment,

    Manufacturing is an integral part of the American story. We love to hear about the hard-working, proud craftsman of the past who stretched the boundaries of what was thought possible. We see the things they built and are amazed. We appreciate how American manufacturing has evolved over the last century as new opportunities and challenges have come along. And we like to imagine where it will go in the future.

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