Monthly Archive: November 2016

Mercenary botnets for hire

Creators of botnets want to rent them out for attacking targets: When anyone can make use of a burgeoning army of rogue connected devices for a fee, the threat of a crippled Internet is more real than ever. Source: IoT Botnets Are Growing—and Up for Hire The online world is out of control. Botnets for hire. Android malware that takes control of your phone – until you write a number of favorable online reviews of...

Materials science engineers develop “metallic glass” gears for #robots

Materials science engineers have developed a “metallic glass” gear system that operates at very low temperatures, without lubrication, and provides high strength. “Metallic glass” has the strength of a metal but sigh the amorphous structure of a glass. Further, parts made from the materials can be injected molded, similar to how plastic parts are made. Applications include many kinds of robotics, and especially space systems that must operate in extreme temperature conditions. Source: Metallic glass...

Some Albertson’s stores eliminating self service checkouts

Our local Albertson’s, in Oregon, removed self service checkouts during the summer. Self service checkouts have been seen as a semi-automated way of reducing labor costs, and for some customers, a faster checkout experience. However, Albertson’s grocery is now removing self service checkouts from additional (but not all) stores in Southern California. “Still, self-service is growing beyond supermarkets as time-strapped consumers demand more convenience. Reduced labor costs, as one employee is typically assigned to multiple...

Will automation lead to better jobs, rather than fewer? Some say yes.

“…fear has been replaced by a belief that automation not only holds the key to long-term survival but it can create better jobs than those replaced. More to the point, he says there is simply no choice – businesses like his can embrace automation or disappear. “I believe that automation will be the cornerstone of our business within the next five years,” he says. “Manual fabrication will become the exception rather than the rule.”’ Source:...

Automation to improve quality, rather than reduce labor costs

“Automation is not something we do simply to reduce labor. It’s a more a factor of consistency,” Burton said. “In fact, I treat (human) labor as a fixed cost. When things get slow, that’s the time to put people on something you always say you need or want to do but haven’t had time to do.” Source: Automation grows at local manufacturers | GazetteXtra Automated systems – and new tooling – as illustrated in this...

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