If details drive a project, then robotics may be taking root in Northeast Ohio factories. Representatives from eleven regional manufacturers participated in a two-hour workshop earlier this month to learn specifics about programming, tooling, and deployment of collaborative robots. Host Jim Tipton of Tipton Machinery Co. and Neff Engineering's Chuck Masluk provided live demonstrations and answered questions on a variety of topics. The program was one of a series by Manufacturing Works that's intended to assist local manufacturers in exploring technology as a solution to ongoing challenges on the factory floor.
Several of the most valuable companies in the world in disparate markets share something in common:
- Uber: Largest taxi company owns no cars.
- Air BnB: Largest accommodations firm owns no real estate
- Ali Baba: Largest online retailer owns no inventory
Now think about electric vehicles (EV) vs internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV):
- Tesla: about 150 moving parts
- ICEV: about 10,000 moving parts
How will the coming revolution in EVs affect NE Ohio’s network of automotive suppliers?
When WIRE-Net began planning for 2020 and beyond and investigated the emerging technology trends that would affect the future of manufacturing, it didn’t take long to encounter the confusing terminology that’s used to describe these new technologies and their application.
Industry 4.0; Smart Manufacturing; Manufacturing 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things…etcetera. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, sometimes they distinguish between different things.