Factories of the Future: A Conversation With Jabil’s John Dulchinos

Recently, electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit launched its Blue Sky Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to help customers engineer growth in a world of change. Automation is a key component of the center – with programs to help customers with design-for-automation, as well as, share expertise in deploying flexible automation. I was fortunate to be at the grand opening…

What Legos Taught Me About How Robots Should Work

For decades, robots have been built to perform a single task. That model delivers immense value when the manufacturer needs a single SKU a million times. But the nature of manufacturing is changing and it’s time to change the way robots are built. Driven by software, general purpose robots can perform more than one task and can change applications quickly…

Robots and Real-World Variability

Every day we humans navigate variation in our day. Detours on the commute, our favorite lunch item not on the menu, the list goes on and we move forward undeterred. For robots though, even the tiniest variations cause havoc. Or once did. Today, smart, collaborative robots deal with real-world variability without missing a beat, making it easier for them to work with humans and do more…

Robots and the Human Touch

Have you thought much about what touch means to us as humans? Our ability to touch and feel the environment around us is an extraordinary aspect of what makes us human. Until now, lacking this ability has sorely limited the use of robots in manufacturing environments. That’s all changing…

Mind + Maker: Manufacturers Rethink Robots

Say ‘robot’ and images of Rosie, or the Terminator, or R2D2 come to mind. But this reality is changing. Fast. Robots are smarter, safer and can perform physical tasks once considered impossible. And they’re changing the way manufacturers think about using them….