HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: AUTOMATION'S HISTORY
Ann R. Thryft   4/16/2014 12:16:07 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, this was a lot of fun and I learned a few things, too, like about Elmer and Elsie. Thanks for a great slideshow.
A possible Slide 14 showing entirely robotic assembly with no humans involved could be a still shot from this video of assembly of the BMWi3's Life module:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htuVoxuMQFQ



Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: AUTOMATION'S HISTORY
Rob Spiegel   3/23/2014 1:25:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Interesting point, Bobjengr. I think you're right about the absense of academia. Perhaps much of the raw technology that engineers bring to their solutions comes from academia. Probably vision systems, lasers. Deployment, though, seems to come from engineering solutions.

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
AUTOMATION'S HISTORY
bobjengr   3/22/2014 2:24:52 PM
NO RATINGS
This slide series is fascinating.  One thing I noticed (and I might be incorrect here Rob) is all of the automation technology was contributed by manufacturing and engineering and did not have origin with academia.  This proves to some degree we all are looking for a "better mousetrap". Need and experience seemingly continue to rule the day.  During my university days, I worked as a coop for a gentleman who always said: "if it's repetitive, it can be automated".   He felt any repetitive work was drudgery.  Thinking and "inventing" were the most creative endeavors and man was intended for those two efforts.  Excellent post.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: We might have been Founders, too-
Rob Spiegel   3/19/2014 10:46:26 PM
Yes, back then, you didn't need significant funding to develop something patent-worthy. Abe Lincoln is the only president who holds a patent. He developed a tool for getting flatboats unstuck from sandbars.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
We might have been Founders, too-
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/19/2014 10:16:50 PM
NO RATINGS
I just love slide 1, the 1790 Flour Mill.  Makes me almost wish we lived back in those days; with our innovative minds, just think how much low-hanging fruit there would have been to get first dibs – or first patent rights on.  It seems like it may have been easier to get ahead 200 years ago, as our field was not nearly so crowded.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Cheap Labor or Skilled Labor
William K.   3/18/2014 4:35:50 PM
NO RATINGS
Skilled labor is always needed, although some programs, (like ISO9000) are aimed at reducing the level of skill required. The fact is that some things just require a lot of skill and insight, and just compiling a set of instructions about how to do the job is of marginal value. There are a lot of things that require talent as well as skill.  BUT cheap labor that only needs to follow simple instructions without thinking is much less in demand now than in just a few years past.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: The laser
Rob Spiegel   3/18/2014 4:25:37 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, Papa, that would have been a good addition.

Papa
User Rank
Iron
The laser
Papa   3/18/2014 3:48:42 PM
NO RATINGS
Another invention that should have been included is the laser

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Cheap Labor or Skilled Labor
Rob Spiegel   3/18/2014 1:17:19 PM
NO RATINGS
Hey Kground. When manufacturers moved their facilities out of North America, they generally were not seeking SKILLED labor. They were indeed looking for cheap labor. If they wanted skilled labor, they would have stayed.

KGround
User Rank
Iron
Cheap Labor or Skilled Labor
KGround   3/18/2014 10:37:07 AM
NO RATINGS
The caption for the last slide reads in part: "Advances in automation have diminished the importance of cheap labor, thus making plants portable."

Surely they meant 'diminished the importance of SKILLED labor ..."

 

 



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 20 - 24, Taking the Internet of Things to the Cloud
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service