Author: jeremyhadall

Cobots

It was about a year ago that I last posted on ‘cobots’ (see this blog post “Myth Busting Cobots”) and I thought it was worth revisiting the area to see if much had changed. In reality, not much has but the hype and push towards ‘cobots’ hasn’t gone away. So in summary, where is the market today: Cobots are still only predicted to be 20-30% of the overall global market in 2025 but locally in the UK, they’ve yet to get above 5% Cobots are the panacea that will solve all your manufacturing problems; if you believe the marketing people… Cobots are still governed by ISO10218 and TS15066 (both of which have just started their review cycles) Cobots are limited in payload and speed partly because of the above and partly because the safety cases for them are still harder to make than traditional robots The prices of cobots has come down a little, but in reality a similar sized (and faster) robot will still cost less today So if the hype around these robots hasn’t diminished, are they really useful? I’ve never believed that they don’t have their place in the factories of the future. But I’ve always cautioned against believing that they are the only robot that you would ever need. My view has always been that for a great many applications, a ‘cobot’ is simply not...

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Adopting RAI Technologies within UK manufacturing SMEs can drive change

Jeremy Hadall, Chief Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre(MTC) gives his thoughts on this interesting subject area in a KTN interview. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) can streamline production processes for manufacturers but there are some key challenges facing UK manufacturing SMEs in deciding whether this route is right for them, says Jeremy Hadall, Chief Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Why should British manufacturers adopt RAI technologies? Businesses think that’s it is only the large corporate manufacturers who should invest in robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) technologies, but the benefits for SMEs sometimes hugely outweigh those for corporates.  These benefits include cost savings,...

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Automation for the People

Last month the Centre for Cities published their Cities Outlook 2018 which highlighted that whilst technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will boost jobs across the country, there was also the possibility for a high level of job displacement with cities in the South faring better than those in the Midlands and North. The fear of mass job displacement from an increase in automation and AI has been warned of for many years now. But it is nothing new, indeed similar fears were raised against the rise of the typewriter, the steam engine or even the spinning...

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Ten ways automation could change your business over the next five years

Clive Hickman, Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Jeremy Hadall, Chief Technologist of the MTC, outline the 10 changes they expect to see over the next five years as a result of automation. 1. Productivity will increase Think about the introduction of robots to a car production line. VW has gone from around 4,000 people working in this environment to nearer 150, whilst at the same time increasing overall employee numbers from 30,000 to 70,000 across the business. It’s a similar story for other car producers like JLR. For the UK as a whole, automation can...

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