Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) is moving skilled manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China by leveraging robotic automation. Wage increases in China and advances in automation efficiency make BCA's new factory in South Carolina immediately cost competitive with China. In the future, this U.S. cost advantage will continue to increase.
In October, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP) is hosting its 2018 annual celebration of manufacturing in New Mexico. Known as Manufacturing Day, the month-long series of events puts a spotlight on manufacturing and on the more than 26,000 New Mexicans working in the manufacturing industry. It is an opportunity to help New Mexico manufacturers [...]
This Robotics & Automation article summarizes a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on robots and jobs. The article is very upbeat and emphasizes that low-skilled labor will be replaced by high-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Within its report titled Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All, the WEF strongly advocates for lifelong learning. Here is [...]
See the video of our story, mission and challenges as presented at One Million Cups Albuquerque. Chris Ziomek, co-founder of Build With Robots presented to a fantastic group from the Albuquerque business community. In this video, we discuss and explore options to create a CoBot-based economic engine in New Mexico.
Come see Chris Ziomek present the history and status of Build With Robots at One Million Cups Albuquerque. We will provide insight into the benefits and challenges of bringing Collaborative Robots (CoBots) to the New Mexico region. You will be able to ask questions and offer advice as part of this interactive discussion. Location: FatPipe ABQ, [...]
The FUSE Makerspace is hosting the AIA ABQ Summer 5X5 event put on by the American Institute of Architects in Albuquerque. This event involves five 5-minute presentations on innovation and trends in architecture. Come see Chris Ziomek from Build With Robots present the latest technologies and applications of robots in architecture. Register here for the [...]
Toyota AI Ventures, in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), is looking for entrepreneurs to solve problems in the areas of artificial intelligence, automated driving, and robotics. This "Call for Innovation" is designed to spur innovation in robotics, specifically mobile manipulation technologies for assistive robots that help people in and around the home. Despite advances [...]
This video demonstrates the advanced automation potential of collaborative robots. We created this vision-based pick-and-place demo in 30 minutes using a CoBot from Universal Robots with end-effector hardware and software from Robotiq. Plug-and-play camera hardware and software allow quick part teaching and design changes for a fast time to production. Robotiq's object identification software uses machine learning to [...]
We often get asked this question about robots and jobs. Our simple answer is "no!"... but the detailed answer is much more complex. Yes, labor is shifting to robots for many low-skill jobs, especially ones that fit the "3 Ds" of Dirty, Dangerous or Drudgery. If you live in a high-wage region like the United [...]
Build With Robots now has a Collaborative Robot Welding System on the floor at the FUSE Makerspace. The Collaborative Robot (CoBot) Welding System can be operated by a welding expert to improve safety, quality and productivity of welding operations. For most any MIG welding project, the CoBot welder can be setup within minutes and makes near-perfect [...]