Tagged: manufacturing

Poor robots? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 03, 2016

Hard on the heals of robots getting “bullied” …   … are humans now “stealing” robot’s jobs? No. As Forbes notes, it is more an evolution of robotics within the auto industry. Big clunky first generation industrial robots are being replaced by smaller more agile machines which can work more safely and efficiently alongside human workers. A … Read More

Australia’s future workforce? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 29, 2015

Australia’s Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has released a door-stopper of a report called Australia’s future workforce? It explores a range of themes and issues associated with changing workforces, with chapters from academics (largely), industry representatives, and policy people. CEDA is a respected non-profit organisation for economic and social issues; the equivalent of the Conference Board … Read More

Trends in manufacturing - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 09, 2013

Boeing’s Dreamliner has 6.5 million lines of software code for onboard systems support. It’s a very complicated aircraft. The new Chevy Volt – a humble little hybrid car – has 10 million lines. That says a lot about the direction of travel of transportation in particular, and manufacturing more generally. Simon Arnold noted in his comments … Read More

Jobs and wages in manufacturing - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 25, 2012

The New York Times Magazine had a short article on jobs and wages in manufacturing in the United States. The description of the situation was interesting. Businesses are trying to keep costs down. They are therefore finding it hard to hire workers — one CEO found 10 suitable employees from over 1,000 applications. Potential job candidates, [...] … Read More

Print the future - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 16, 2012

Is 3D printing — where objects are built layer by layer (with plastics, or in some cases other materials) via something akin to an ink jet printer — ‘the future’ of manufacturing, or will it largely be the realm of hobbyists churning out useful and kitschy playthings? At Technology Review Christopher Mims argues that the latter is more … Read More

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