Manufacturing Value Chain Community3 Questions with Locus Robotics Co-Founder Bruce Welty<div><p>For one vendor in this space, Locus Robotics, the decision to enter the market for autonomous mobile robots was born out of necessity.   Locus Robotics is a company that emerged out of the Ecommerce fulfillment company, Quiet Logistics.  In its early days, Quite Logistics invested in Kiva Robotics (now Amazon Robotics), which would later be…</p></div>John SantagateTue, 02 Oct 2018 12:19:56 -0400 Productivity and Efficiency Tops the List of Reasons Companies are Deploying Service Robots<div><p>This week, September 26 and 27 2018, I made a trip out to Santa Clara California to attend the RoboBusiness conference, and there was plenty of discussions about why companies are looking at robotics.  Not-surprisingly, improving productivity and efficiency came up most frequently, both from the end users that I spoke with as well as the robotic…</p></div>John SantagateThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:21:02 -0400 Reasons To Consider Robotics For Industrial Inspections<div><p><strong>5 Key Reasons To Use Robotics In Industrial Inspections</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>SAFETY </strong>of human workers is the top reason for engaging robotics in the industrial inspection process.  Taking humans out of harm's way in the work place is good for the worker, as it reduces risk of injury, but can also greatly benefit the organization by keeping its most valuable asset…</li></ol></div>John SantagateFri, 14 Sep 2018 12:18:35 -0400 Boom in Commercial Service Robotics Will Reshape The Way We Work<div><p>IDC recently fielded a survey that asked 600 decision makers across several industries about their current and future of commercial service robots.  An impressive 90% of the response came back that the organization is currently using, piloting, researching, or planning to deploy commercial service robots within their organization.  </p><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/kwM5ZYB7Ry/thumbnails/Social1v2.png?width=695&amp;height=396" style="width: 695px; height: 396.261px;" alt="Social1v2.png" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="kwM5ZYB7Ry" data-src="/.api2/binaries/kwM5ZYB7Ry/thumbnails/Social1v2.png?width=695&amp;height=396"></p><p>The amazing…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 29 Aug 2018 15:36:36 -0400 and the Field Tech: The Turning of a Wrench to Cement a Bond<div><p>Combatting a competitive market is no easy task. A growing concern of many manufacturers is the potential that they no longer have a tight bond with their customers which can withstand upstart competitors or third-party service providers who can eat away at profits. Recent IDC Manufacturing Insights data highlighted that the top business concern…</p></div>Aly Pinder JrMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:05:37 -0400 Transformation Use Cases for Product Innovation<div><p>Product, supply chain, manufacturing, and service domains in organizations, along with their partners, are working more closely together, enabled by 3<sup>rd</sup> platform technologies such as cloud, analytics, mobile, AR/VR, and IoT; in fact, according to IDC Research, 3<sup>rd</sup> platform tech is growing at almost 10%, vs. flat to negative growth for 2<sup>nd</sup>…</p></div>Jeff HojloThu, 12 Jul 2018 11:56:53 -0400 Questions with 6 River Systems Co-Founder Jerome Dubois<div><p>There are over two dozen vendors that make and sell autonomous mobile robots capable of enabling the fulfillment process. The form and function of each device, however, does vary a bit from vendor to vendor. For example, companies like: <a href="">Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva)</a>, <a href="">Geek+</a>, <a href="">GreyOrange</a>, and <a href="">Bluem </a>are designed as a goods to person shuttling system…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 30 May 2018 10:30:08 -0400 100% Customer Satisfaction Worth it for a Manufacturer?<div><p>This past week, I came across an <a href=""><u><strong>article</strong></u></a> which explored how one luxury auto manufacturer looked to achieve 100% customer satisfaction. To me this seems like a goal off a billboard or one found on a motivational poster in a contact center. But this manufacturer truly believes it can and should have this as its target to be measured and be held to…</p></div>Aly Pinder JrMon, 07 May 2018 16:16:31 -0400 Technology Goes Beyond Automation<div><p>One of the most obvious applications of robotic technology that is designed to augment human capabilities rather than automate tasks is in the area of surgical robotics.  These devices are designed to be manually operated by a surgeon while extending the capabilities of the surgeon.  One of the most widely known examples of robotic technology for…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 02 May 2018 15:27:44 -0400 Twin Mania at Hannover Messe 2018<div><p>Digital twins have become one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today because of their promise to improve innovation and design, visually enhance collaboration, and enable ongoing operation of connected products and assets — all in a fast-paced, digitally transforming, competitive environment for manufacturers.</p><p>Digital twins, or virtual…</p></div>Jeff HojloWed, 02 May 2018 09:09:18 -0400