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By: David Suttle

You often hear about self-driving cars and their levels of autonomy. When can drivers completely remove their hands from the steering wheel? This also applies to robots. How can robots become fully autonomous?

What are autonomous robots?

Let’s look at the levels of freedom for self-driving cars and draw parallels with the levels of automation in robotic welding.

Level 0: No automation
Just like with self-driving cars at Level 0, everything needs to be done manually. You have a part that must be perfectly pre-assembled without any deviations. Otherwise, robots won’t be able to complete the task. You need to place this part in a precisely defined position, and deviations here are also unacceptable. A highly skilled programmer uses a teach pendant to program every trajectory of the robot’s path.

Level 1: Assistance
At Level 1 of self-driving cars, features like cruise control emerge. Similarly, for robots, individual functions also arise that enable them to adapt to changes in the physical world; for instance, there’s arc sense.

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By: Daniel Marzullo

If you could experience the perfect workday, what would you be doing? Have you ever taken the time to think about it? 

Whether you’re an entrepreneur climbing the corporate ladder or you’re selling donuts out of the back of your car, it’s essential to pause and reflect periodically on the work you’re doing.

We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day, checking off items on our to-do list, that one day we look up and wonder where we are.

Why are we doing what we’re doing? How’d we get here?

Our work evolves over the weeks, months, and years as we grow our businesses, get promoted, or change roles. If we forget to notice how we feel about our work as we evolve and grow as professionals, we might end up feeling empty or unfulfilled.

The more your workdays reflect your current needs and desires, the more satisfied you’ll be. And the only way we can make sure we do this at every stage of our journey is to pause, reflect, and recalibrate.

How? With the Perfect Workday Exercise.

Step 1: Build your list

Grab a blank sheet of paper. Draw a line down the middle, creating two columns. At the top, label the left side “My Typical Workday,” and the right side, “My Perfect Workday.”

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By: Etienne Nichols

Supply chain management is crucial to any medtech company’s ability to deliver safe, effective, and high-quality devices to their customers.

But as anyone in the industry can tell you, consistently getting the products and services you need to manufacture your devices is harder than it sounds. In fact, the 2023 Medtech Industry Benchmark Report found that supply chain logistics was the No. 1 concern postmarket companies had when it came to scaling their manufacturing.

So, I want to walk you through some of the challenges that you may face in your medical-device manufacturing supply chain, and how to give yourself more flexibility when something out of your control happens.

Let’s start with the most basic requirement: getting all your parts, components, and materials on time, every time. There are a number of issues medtech companies can run into with their suppliers and supply chains, but a handful are more common than others.

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By: InnovMetric Software

Today, manufacturing companies have sophisticated 3D measurement labs with portable and CNC coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanners, laser trackers, and digital gauges, and every brand of hardware uses its own software solution. When relying on multiple software programs, multiple workflows must be mastered, which hinders the performance of 3D measurement teams. Replacing that software with a universal software platform addresses the struggles of measurement teams and significantly increases 3D metrology operational efficiency.

In the beginning... chaos

The invention and improvement of 3D measurement technologies during the past six decades have made it possible to manufacture increasingly sophisticated and high-quality products. It started in the 1960s when CMMs arrived in the automotive industry along with the first 3D measurement software. In those days, software engineering was in its infancy, with no standard computer or operating system. As a result, these early 3D measurement products were closed systems, and every brand of 3D metrology hardware provided its own software. And so began a culture where multiple software products were required in 3D measurement labs.

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By: Peter Nathanial, David Zuluaga Martínez, Theodoros Evgeniou, Francois Candelon

Last month, the heads of seven major American AI companies emerged from the White House with an agreement on “self-regulation.” On the other side of the Atlantic, Europeans debate the long-awaited EU AI Act, the next major digital regulation following the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is aimed at containing “systemic risks” from tech that include the “potentially rapid and wide dissemination of illegal content and of information” that is “incompatible with” large online platforms’ terms and conditions.

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By: MIT News

The Singapore MIT-Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, has launched a new interdisciplinary research group aimed at tackling key social and institutional challenges around the rise of artificial intelligence and other new technologies. The group, known as “Mens, Manus and Machina: How AI Empowers People, Institutions, and the City” in Singapore (M3S), aims to advance knowledge in these fields and foster collaborative research for society in Singapore and the world.

Seeking to redefine the boundaries of AI, automation, and robotics through interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, and effective collaborations, SMART M3S endeavors to design inclusive, resilient, and innovative solutions that empower individuals, institutions, and cities. By exploring the intricate relationship between human capabilities, emerging technologies, and societal structures, SMART M3S will drive scientific, societal, and commercial impact in Singapore and beyond.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Many employees are asking, “Do we really need to go to the office?” as the leadership at major companies like Amazon, Apple, Disney, Starbucks, and JP Morgan mandate three or more days a week of office-based work. Employees are adamant that they are doing their jobs effectively at home, and data support the improved productivity of remote work. But many leaders are concerned about a range of issues, from problematic communication and coordination to cybersecurity, which they feel remote work undermines.

However, with the advent of generative AI like ChatGPT, we’re on the cusp of realizing the full potential of remote and hybrid work by reducing—while not eliminating—the benefits of office visits. AI isn’t just a futuristic buzzword; it’s a transformative force that’s reshaping the workplace and redefining the meaning of work.

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By: Del Williams

To move delicate products or powders, most processors do extensive homework before purchasing a tubular drag-cable conveyor to ensure that it meets their needs for function and price. After the purchase, the conveyor must be expertly assembled and tested to ensure smooth production startup and continued performance.

However, typical third-party contractors that install plant systems might need to become more familiar with specialized conveyors, and thus are more prone to make costly errors. A more prudent choice is using the OEM’s team of experienced technicians. The OEM’s experts have the advantage of designing the specialized conveyor and understanding its installation, operational requirements, and potential problem areas.

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By: Vivian Lam

The microscope is an iconic symbol of the life sciences, and for good reason. From the discovery of the existence of cells to the structure of DNA, microscopy has been a quintessential tool of the field, unlocking new dimensions of the living world not only for scientists but also for the general public.

For the life sciences, where understanding the function of a living thing often requires interpreting its form, imaging is vital to confirming theories and revealing what is yet unknown.

This selection of stories from The Conversation’s archive presents a few ways in which microscopy has contributed to different forms of scientific knowledge, including techniques that take visualization beyond sight altogether.

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By: Chandrakant Isi

Apple’s Vision Pro announcement has sparked a renewed interest in the world of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Looking through the lens of industrial environments, these technologies have already made significant contributions in manufacturing, maintenance, and training processes. Here, we’ll examine key areas where they hold potentially transformative power for the industrial sector, with input from Hubs’ in-house engineers as well as other industry experts.

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