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Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction WHY GOOD RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOOD BUSINESS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 14, 2019

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, bricks and sticks industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client...

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Acing the Agreement: How to Avoid Major Risks Involved in Subcontractor Contracts ACING THE AGREEMENT: HOW TO AVOID MAJOR RISKS INVOLVED IN SUBCONTRACTOR CONTRACTS

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Mar 12, 2019

Spending that hour or two putting together an ironclad agreement with your subcontractor and keeping it on hand using construction software is always worth the effort. Nightmare scenarios crop up when general contractors don’t have a good agreement in place, as there are major risks involved i...

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Clear A Path to Bring More Women Into Construction CLEAR A PATH TO BRING MORE WOMEN INTO CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 07, 2019

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and National Association of Home Builders analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs hit a cycle high of 382,000 in December 2018. With Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction a...

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Celebrating Women in Construction Week! CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK!

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Mar 07, 2019

Our colleagues at Convergence Training spoke with Hannah Curtis, a Research Coordinator with the University of Washington School of Public Health, to examine both the positive and negative things women face in construction trade roles. Hannah also provides resources and tips for how to make construc...

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Ways the UK construction industry is adapting WAYS THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS ADAPTING

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Mar 07, 2019

The last few years have been difficult for many industries, but for the construction industry, it’s been particularly trying. Since the 2016 referendum, ongoing uncertainty within the sector has meant construction businesses have had to deal with the world’s hesitation to tie themselves ...

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Why the industry needs the constructible process WHY THE INDUSTRY NEEDS THE CONSTRUCTIBLE PROCESS

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Mar 06, 2019

According to the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC). The global construction output is forecast to rise to the US $12.7 trillion by 2022, up from the US $10.7 trillion in 2017. That’s massive growth. But how will you handle it? Put the Constructible Process to work for you.

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Let LET'S CELEBRATE THE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 28, 2019

In my role as a journalist, there is no shortage of women in the workforce. Even within the construction industry media, there are a lot of women present. However, the same cannot be said about women working directly in the construction industry. That's partly why Women in Construction Week is c...

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Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PLASTICS AND PACKAGING IN CONSTRUCTION LAUNCHED

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Feb 28, 2019

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide campaign Spotlight on plastics and packaging to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging. The launch of the campaign - which features on the indu...

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Tips to Improve Construction Site Safety TIPS TO IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY

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Feb 25, 2019

Construction projects can be a chaotic mess full of bureaucratic problems and lots of stalling. Managing a construction site can be an especially stressful ordeal. No matter what’s going on behind the scenes, safety should remain the number one priority. The machinery you use is heavy enough t...

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Multiple States Eyeing Gas Tax Increase as Construction Season Looms MULTIPLE STATES EYEING GAS TAX INCREASE AS CONSTRUCTION SEASON LOOMS

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Feb 25, 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that the needs of the nation's failing infrastructure exceed over $2 trillion. Even if President Trump gets the historic $1 trillion infrastructure package he promised the country in 2016, we are still going to need more money to rebuild our crumbling roads, bri...

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The most exciting construction projects in pro sports THE MOST EXCITING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN PRO SPORTS

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Feb 25, 2019

These days, every new stadium, arena, and ballpark is bigger and better than the last - making it unsurprising that pro sports construction has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Between dramatic increases in square footage, premium amenities, and state-of-the-art finishes, these projects are s...

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These Engineers Are Everyday Amazing: RedVector Crowns Winners During National Engineer Week THESE ENGINEERS ARE EVERYDAY AMAZING: REDVECTOR CROWNS WINNERS DURING NATIONAL ENGINEER WEEK

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Feb 22, 2019

During National Engineers Week, we paused to celebrate just how much engineers do to improve and shape our lives each day. We were delighted by those who told us about the projects they took pride in – from designing transit lines and substations to Air Force aircraft and wind-resistant homes....

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How to Control Informal Work Packages with the Last Planner System HOW TO CONTROL INFORMAL WORK PACKAGES WITH THE LAST PLANNER SYSTEM

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Feb 20, 2019

Recent research in Brazil identified that informal packages are executed frequently on construction sites, the exploratory studies estimate that about 30% to 35% of the tasks realized during the week were not planned and this percentage may have been higher if the Last Planner System was not impleme...

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Top 50 construction influencers TOP 50 CONSTRUCTION INFLUENCERS

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Feb 15, 2019

Construction is in the midst of a transformation, and these 50 influencers are the ones determining where it’s headed. They shape trends and the overall pulse of the industry; they’re responsible for designing, building, and manufacturing projects around the world. They include executive...

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What is the next evolution of Process Robotics? WHAT IS THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF PROCESS ROBOTICS?

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Feb 15, 2019

The use of software-based robotics and automation to carry out common tasks that make up the plethora of business processes is what we’ve been doing in one form or another at Redwood for 25 years. But the nature of RPA is not one that is static, it’s one of continual evolution. For RPA u...

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Wall-Funding Scramble Keeps Trump Construction Promise in Question WALL-FUNDING SCRAMBLE KEEPS TRUMP CONSTRUCTION PROMISE IN QUESTION

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Feb 13, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump is likely to sign the border-security deal lawmakers reached this week that would keep the government open past Friday, according to people familiar with his plans, marking a potential concession by the president on his demands for border-wall fun...

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The 3 Parts of a Perfect Construction Subcontractor Management Plan THE 3 PARTS OF A PERFECT CONSTRUCTION SUBCONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

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Feb 13, 2019

In 1995, a Massachusetts woman returned home to find that all of her furniture was covered with dust. Only it wasn’t dust: it was asbestos. What happened? She hired a contractor to place a new floor over her old floor. But that contractor then hired a subcontractor, who proceeded to pull up th...

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Futureproof Your Small Business: Use Chatbots for Construction Automation FUTUREPROOF YOUR SMALL BUSINESS: USE CHATBOTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AUTOMATION

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Feb 13, 2019

The future is definitely digital. If your small construction business is doing things manually, you’re already a dinosaur. In a Software Advice construction industry trends survey, we found that most firms wanted to leverage technology for automating various construction operations. So when yo...

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Construction Starts in the Biggest Cities in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN THE BIGGEST CITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA IN 2018

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Feb 07, 2019

In the U.S., there are 51 metropolitan statistical areas with populations of 1 million or more each.  The 2017 and 2018 values of construction start in those 51 cities are set out in accompanying Tables 1 and 2. Table 1 ranks the cities according to 2018 dollar-volume levels; Table 2 ranks them...

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Construction buyers report slow start to 2019 CONSTRUCTION BUYERS REPORT SLOW START TO 2019

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Feb 07, 2019

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index dropped to 50.6 in January, from 52.8 in December. Residential work was the strongest performing area, although the latest expansion was only modest and the slowest seen since March 2018. Civil engineering activity increased marginally,...

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Ensuring Construction Worker Safety in Extreme Cold ENSURING CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAFETY IN EXTREME COLD

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Feb 06, 2019

In light of last week’s polar vortex in the US, worker safety concerns have come to the forefront. In the construction industry, where deadlines are strict and the demand is high, extreme weather conditions may not phase some project managers. While working in the -70ºF temperatures that ...

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Construction careers: Earning a degree vs. completing an apprenticeship CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: EARNING A DEGREE VS. COMPLETING AN APPRENTICESHIP

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Feb 05, 2019

With the skilled labor shortage, it’s never been a better or more lucrative time to take up a trade. Many people exploring a career in construction now find themselves conflicted between earning a college degree or entering an apprenticeship. Engineers, architects, estimators, and project mana...

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Ensure ROI from your AI Investments with Cognitive IQ Bot for Procure-to-Pay Automation ENSURE ROI FROM YOUR AI INVESTMENTS WITH COGNITIVE IQ BOT FOR PROCURE-TO-PAY AUTOMATION

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Feb 04, 2019

AP departments rarely have enough resources and are pressed to do more with less. This is especially challenging since the flow of incoming invoices decreases processing efficiency, measured by the number of invoices per FTE (full-time equivalent), which is equivalent to an AP clerk working 8-hours ...

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U.S. Construction Spending Increased 0.8% in November 2018 U.S. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASED 0.8% IN NOVEMBER 2018

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Feb 01, 2019

After being delayed a month due to the recent government shutdown, the U.S. Census Bureau just released the latest construction spending numbers for November 2018. Construction spending rose 0.8% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,299.9 billion. October’s estimate was revis...

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Top-Recommended PlanGrid Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PLANGRID COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 31, 2019

The vast differences in software functionality and pricing make it tough for small construction businesses to select the right software. When purchasing construction management software, failing to ask the right questions about functionality, pricing and support will get you the wrong solution. To e...

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A Bot for Your ChatBot? A BOT FOR YOUR CHATBOT?

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Jan 31, 2019

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) and bots help humans work smarter, faster, and more efficiently. But what if bots could help chatbots become more useful as well? We use digital assistants for many of our daily tasks like checking the weather, sports scores, the temperature of our house, etc.

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Momentum grows for international regulation of robots MOMENTUM GROWS FOR INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF ROBOTS

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Jan 31, 2019

New guidelines on AI and data protection published this week state that protection of human rights should be an essential prerequisite when developing or adopting AI applications, in particular when they are used in decision-making processes. AI developers, manufacturers and service providers should...

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Engineering Students Make a Splash with Unique Pirate Ship Robot ENGINEERING STUDENTS MAKE A SPLASH WITH UNIQUE PIRATE SHIP ROBOT

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Jan 30, 2019

For a mechatronics class, Skyler Iafrate 19, a mechanical engineering major, had to build a robot that could follow a task and interact with sensors. Although he and his group didn’t initially set out to build a pirate ship, they were soon hooked on the idea. “We found some Pirates of th...

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Top 5 robotics startups to keep your eye on in 2019 TOP 5 ROBOTICS STARTUPS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

Right from the moment artificial intelligence got off the ground, robotics startups were making significant strides in the tech industry. Now, robots are more than just about assembling parts and handling mundane tasks. Technological advancements in machine learning and machine vision have enabled r...

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Engineers Program Marine Robots To Take Calculated Risks ENGINEERS PROGRAM MARINE ROBOTS TO TAKE CALCULATED RISKS

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Jan 30, 2019

We know far less about the Earth’s oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) t...

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Are Human Robots the Future of Construction? ARE HUMAN ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION?

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Jan 30, 2019

Autonomous vehicles, bricklaying robots human robots? Ok, so it's not exactly a human robot, but it is forward thinking the technology that uses robotics tag-teaming with a human worker to improve productivity and reduce worker fatigue. That's how I would describe the Sarcos Guardian XO and ...

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Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS: THREE HEADLINES THAT WON’T DIE IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat more to come on our blog’s 10th anniversary later this year, we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, ...

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12 Best Construction Project Management Software Solutions in 2019 12 BEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

New construction technology has been disrupting the construction industry for some time now, so it makes sense the industry would want to leverage the benefits of tools. Project management software breaks down the complexity of a project via smaller projects and tasks. This encourages communication ...

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8 low-cost ways to make your onsite crew feel appreciated 8 LOW-COST WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ONSITE CREW FEEL APPRECIATED

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Jan 29, 2019

With the labor shortage and steep competition for quality tradespeople, it’s more crucial than ever for contractors to build lasting bonds with their onsite crew. Thankfully, one of the best ways to foster long-term loyalty is through simple acts of gratitude. Affective commitment is an employ...

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Ancient civilizations fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS FASCINATION WITH AI, ROBOTS, AND SYNTHETIC LIFE

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Jan 29, 2019

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology. It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life...

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Extra Considerations to Make When Designing a High Rise Building EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE WHEN DESIGNING A HIGH RISE BUILDING

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Jan 29, 2019

High rise buildings are increasingly common because of the demand for high-density development. They allow people to live and work in close proximity to amenities. However, there are extra considerations to make when designing a high rise building that one doesn’t have to deal with when design...

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How one engineer transformed five shipping containers into a water treatment plant HOW ONE ENGINEER TRANSFORMED FIVE SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO A WATER TREATMENT PLANT

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Jan 28, 2019

Building a water treatment plant for one of Australia’s most remote communities poses a unique set of challenges. But this innovative engineer thought inside the box. Borroloola, a remote town on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, was in need of a new water treatment plant afte...

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Russia RUSSIA'S ROBOT TANK IS TERRIBLE, BUT ITS MILITARY IS ADOPTING IT ANYWAY

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Jan 26, 2019

It's official: the Russian military has adopted the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle developed by weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern despite a reportedly dismal performance during combat testing in Syria, Russian state media reported on Thursday.

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Cranes Behaving Badly: Hackers Can Easily Take Control of Construction Cranes CRANES BEHAVING BADLY: HACKERS CAN EASILY TAKE CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION CRANES

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Jan 25, 2019

Early last week, cybersecurity firm Trend Micro released a report based on a two-year research project exploiting vulnerabilities they found in radio frequency (RF) remote controllers used to operate construction equipment like cranes and excavators. So, how easy was it for Trend Micro’s resea...

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2019 predictions from construction industry leaders 2019 PREDICTIONS FROM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERS

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Jan 24, 2019

What can you expect for the construction industry in 2019? To find out, we asked some of the experts at top general contractors and subcontractors to make their best predictions for the year to come. These are the top four predictions we gathered, plus why we think they’re right on the nose.

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5 Common Mistakes Implementing and Using a Digital Last Planner System and How to Avoid Them 5 COMMON MISTAKES IMPLEMENTING AND USING A DIGITAL LAST PLANNER SYSTEM AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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Jan 24, 2019

The Last Planner System is a process used to develop a collaborative production planning that is based on the team experience in order to achieve efficient and effective design and construction processes. A digitized system and its visualization have shown advantages due to its independence of time ...

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5 safety considerations for your construction site in winter 5 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION SITE IN WINTER

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Jan 24, 2019

Construction sites can be hazardous places at the best of times, but when the temperature plummets and ice and snow become issues, work gets even riskier. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce this level of risk by providing your staff with the right equipment and facilities to stay safe, warm, and ...

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Specialist contractor Aarsleff expands its ground engineering operations SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR AARSLEFF EXPANDS ITS GROUND ENGINEERING OPERATIONS

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Jan 24, 2019

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has expanded its portfolio of specialist retaining wall solutions to now offer VDW, Secant and Contiguous pile walls. The expansion into new techniques, alongside the investment of a new rig, will allow the company to take on more challenging work and enter into previousl...

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Amazon launches autonomous Scout delivery robot AMAZON LAUNCHES AUTONOMOUS SCOUT DELIVERY ROBOT

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Jan 24, 2019

Amazon has launched an autonomous delivery robot called Amazon Scout and will begin testing the device near its headquarters in Seattle. Six of the Amazon Scout robots will be delivering goods to Amazon shoppers in Snohomish County in Washington over the coming weeks during daylight hours.

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Robots readied to enter nuclear no-go zones ROBOTS READIED TO ENTER NUCLEAR NO-GO ZONES

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Jan 24, 2019

Robust, intelligent robots that react to their surroundings are being developed to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans, such as cleaning up Europe’s decades-old radioactive waste or helping during a nuclear emergency. When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster struck in 201...

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The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships THE U.S. NAVY WANTS ROBOTIC WARSHIPS

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Jan 23, 2019

The U.S. Navy is considering developing robotic warships. Cheaper to build than today ship's and expendable, the unmanned vessels could help the Navy quickly to grow - and could allow the fleet to develop new tactics for battling a high-tech foe. The Navy has done a lot of work over the last six...

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Drones Shown To Make Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster And More Accurate DRONES SHOWN TO MAKE TRAFFIC CRASH SITE ASSESSMENTS SAFER, FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE

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Jan 23, 2019

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers. It is one of the most vulnerable times for secondary accidents, which often can be worse than an original source of the slowdown, according to the U...

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OhmniLabs Uses Robots to Make Telepresence a Reality OHMNILABS USES ROBOTS TO MAKE TELEPRESENCE A REALITY

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Jan 22, 2019

Although video chat has been a key form of long-distance communication for many years, it can be cumbersome and feel artificial. OhmniLabs uses robots to transform simple video chat into telepresence, a more natural and immersive form of communication.

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Australia’s water security issues require engineering interventions AUSTRALIA’S WATER SECURITY ISSUES REQUIRE ENGINEERING INTERVENTIONS

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Jan 22, 2019

Last year, South Africa faced the prospect of one of its largest cities, Cape Town, running out of the water. Australia is in the grip of one of the most crippling droughts in recent history. As Australia’s population hits 25 million, there is a need for increased and improved infrastructure t...

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How cutting-edge robotics technology can be advantageous to manufacturing industry? HOW CUTTING-EDGE ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?

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Jan 21, 2019

In the case of Attl A Spol, a company producing stainless steel tubes for a Volkswagen supplier, automated robots allowed them to perform monotonous manual labor with heightened precision and 20 hours a day, 6 days a week without any required downtime or service outages.

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Construction forecasters bet on delayed soft Brexit CONSTRUCTION FORECASTERS BET ON DELAYED SOFT BREXIT

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Jan 18, 2019

Forecasters predict construction will just avoid an output decline this year if a soft Brexit is finally delivered. But economists for Experian warn that their forecast of sluggish growth would have to be ripped up if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal. The latest forecast for the...

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State of the Construction Labor Market: What Firms Need To Know STATE OF THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR MARKET: WHAT FIRMS NEED TO KNOW

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is in a weird place right now: Spending on construction projects has surpassed a trillion dollars in recent years, and the construction software market is expected to reach $1.8 billion in 2022. Yet, despite these statistics showing promising growth, the construction labor ...

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How Accurate Budgeting With Construction Software Can Boost Profits HOW ACCURATE BUDGETING WITH CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE CAN BOOST PROFITS

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Jan 18, 2019

Here’s a sobering fact: Only the top 19 percent of contractors and subcontractors set specific overhead, profit and sales targets for the year, and then track their progress monthly. That means 4 out of 5 contractors are just winging it. How on earth do you think you’re going to stay on ...

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Essential Cost Estimating Construction Management Features ESSENTIAL COST ESTIMATING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES

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Jan 18, 2019

Securing a construction contract usually depends on the accuracy of your cost estimation report that you submit along with your bid proposal. A simple clerical mistake or oversight can result in huge losses and forgoing of contracts to the tune of millions. If you’ve never made such a mistake,...

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Top general contractors on the challenges facing the construction industry TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS ON THE CHALLENGES FACING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve. According to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook, total construction starts will rise to $808.3 billion, up from $806.8 billion in 2018. At the same time, it’s in the midst of increased technology adoption. Achieving this level of gro...

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6 Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail 6 REASONS WHY CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FAIL

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Jan 18, 2019

Running a successful construction company isn’t easy. The industry is full of risks can challenges that can lead to failure. According to data from BizMiner, of the 1,021,350 building, heavy/highway, and specialty trade contractors operating in 2014, only 722,281 were still operating in 2016. ...

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How technology is attracting new preconstruction talent HOW TECHNOLOGY IS ATTRACTING NEW PRECONSTRUCTION TALENT

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Jan 17, 2019

With an aging workforce and shortage of new labor entering the industry, contractors find themselves in a stiff competition for the best and the brightest new employees. In 2018 - and for the third consecutive year - the #1 concern among contractors was recruiting and retaining employees, according ...

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Essential Construction Management Features for General Contractors ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES FOR GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Jan 17, 2019

Choosing the right construction management tool can be daunting because of the sheer number of features and applications offered in these tools. The industry you serve matters as well. For example, the ideal software for specialty contractors fishing contractors, utility contractors or heavy/highway...

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Engineering Students Reflect on Building Small Car Powered by a Chemical Reaction ENGINEERING STUDENTS REFLECT ON BUILDING SMALL CAR POWERED BY A CHEMICAL REACTION

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Jan 17, 2019

The days stretched into nights as the 10 engineering students discovered a deep-rooted electrical inefficiency in the battery of the small car they’d designed and were building for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual Chem-E-Car competition. They had just a couple of wee...

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This Robot Skeleton is Helping Scientists Learn How Prehistoric Animals Moved THIS ROBOT SKELETON IS HELPING SCIENTISTS LEARN HOW PREHISTORIC ANIMALS MOVED

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Jan 17, 2019

A robot mimicking a prehistoric fossil suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds, and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought. Nowadays, the most widespread tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are the amniotes - creatures that lay eggs on land or give birth to live ...

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20 Major Upcoming Library and Museum Construction Projects 20 MAJOR UPCOMING LIBRARY AND MUSEUM CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 17, 2019

The accompanying tables show 20 of the largest upcoming library and museum construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational b...

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This Robot Dog Teaches Itself New Tricks THIS ROBOT DOG TEACHES ITSELF NEW TRICKS

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Jan 16, 2019

According to a paper today in Science Robotics, an international team of engineers created a way for legged robots - inspired by and physically similar to quadrupedal canines - to use machine learning techniques to learn better ways to move around and adapt to a given environment. As proof, you can ...

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Mind These 9 Finance & Accounting Gaps with Robotic Process Automation MIND THESE 9 FINANCE & ACCOUNTING GAPS WITH ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Jan 16, 2019

Did you know 50-90% of financial processes can be automated by capture and workflow automation software? If you are still searching, transferring, copying, pasting, sorting and filing information, chances are you are mired in paper and manual processes. Fortunately, there’s a way to transform ...

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UK, Other European Space Agencies Test Mars Robot Technologies In Morocco UK, OTHER EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCIES TEST MARS ROBOT TECHNOLOGIES IN MOROCCO

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Jan 15, 2019

As far as we know, Mars is the only planet populated entirely by robots! Due to the time taken for commands to travel to Mars (eight minutes each way), hand guided robots are limited to traveling only a few dozen meters a day. New software developed in the UK will change this, enabling future Mars r...

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Ahold Delhaize Orders Up Nearly 500 Floor Roaming Robots AHOLD DELHAIZE ORDERS UP NEARLY 500 FLOOR ROAMING ROBOTS

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Jan 14, 2019

Dubbed Marty, the Badger Technologies robot has been in tests at GIANT locations where, according to the press release, the robots were easily recognized by customers in stores by their friendly appearance where they were tested and used to identify hazards, such as liquid, powder and bulk food item...

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LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament LEGO ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE CELEBRATED AT PARLIAMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Last year LEGO Education joined forces with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to give more children around the country the opportunity to meet engineering role-models and to take part in engaging STEM activities, as part of th...

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Use a Bot to Get Organized and Work Smarter USE A BOT TO GET ORGANIZED AND WORK SMARTER

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Jan 14, 2019

Did you know that January 14th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day? It’s a day to take time to clear your desk and start the new year off with an uncluttered, clean, and organized workspace. But what to do with the stacks of paper and overflowing inbox? This is where bots can help.

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Top-Recommended Procore Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PROCORE COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Finding the right construction management software can raise a lot of questions: Do you need a solution that helps only with construction project management, or do you need cost estimation features as well? Should the construction software you buy also integrate with bid management systems and takeo...

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The most in-demand preconstruction jobs - and how much they pay THE MOST IN-DEMAND PRECONSTRUCTION JOBS - AND HOW MUCH THEY PAY

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Jan 14, 2019

It’s no secret that the construction job market is booming. Hiring surged in 2018 with 38,000 new construction jobs created in December alone, and 2019 is expected to be another strong year for job creation. If you’re considering a new career in preconstruction, the options abound - but ...

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Artificial Intelligence identifies international construction projects ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IDENTIFIES INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 13, 2019

Every day many companies in the construction industry are looking for relevant construction projects with high personal and time expense. They are manually searching in newspapers, magazines, and blogs for the right project. This is not innovative, and also bears the danger of missing out important ...

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Ukraine is Developing Remote-Control Killer Robots to Wage War in Eastern Ukraine UKRAINE IS DEVELOPING REMOTE-CONTROL KILLER ROBOTS TO WAGE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE

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Jan 13, 2019

For several years, Ukrainian troops have been locked in a frozen conflict with Russian-backed separatists for control of the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The maneuver warfare and urban/airport siege phase of the conflict ended in 2015. Now the opposing forces glare at each other across no man&r...

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Self-Driving Tesla And AI Robot Collide And Cause Accident SELF-DRIVING TESLA AND AI ROBOT COLLIDE AND CAUSE ACCIDENT

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Jan 11, 2019

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for this year showcased a number of unusual products, from a prototype drone taxi to Hyundai’s walking car. However, one of the most irregular events associated with the show was the apparent maiming of a robot by a Tesla Model S. This car was in autonomous ...

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5 Commercial Construction Trends to Watch in 2019 5 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2019

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Jan 11, 2019

All in all, 2018 was a good year for the commercial construction industry. Construction spending was up and there were 280,000 jobs added last year. The latest report on workplace fatalities with data from 2017 shows that construction worker deaths declined for the first time since 2011. 2018 was al...

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5 Considerations When Choosing an RPA Solution 5 CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING AN RPA SOLUTION

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Jan 10, 2019

As the market for RPA solutions continues to grow and evolve at a hyperbolic rate, several themes emerge. We’ve included 5 simple ones here, of relevance to all customers whether initially embarking upon the enterprise automation journey, or scaling an existing RPA solution.

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6 Real World Use Cases for Robotic Process Automation in Healthcare 6 REAL WORLD USE CASES FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION IN HEALTHCARE

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Jan 10, 2019

We’ve discussed several use cases and implementation tips for finance, insurance, law, utilities and mining. Let’s turn our attention towards the healthcare industry: many manual processes here are simple, rule-based and high volume - precisely the process features that call for automati...

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Succeeding as a woman in biomedical engineering SUCCEEDING AS A WOMAN IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

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Jan 09, 2019

As a scientist and a professor, my typical day is focused on teaching the younger generation of engineering students and expanding on my own research. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in bioengineering as well as guide the students at my lab, aiming to help them improve their researc...

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15 Best Cities for STEM Careers and Quality of Life 15 BEST CITIES FOR STEM CAREERS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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Jan 09, 2019

It’s a good time to work in STEM field-many companies are hungry for engineers, developers, and mathematicians. But not every metro area is a good one for STEM careers; for example, many have lots of job opportunities, but a stratospheric cost of living, while others simply lack jobs.

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Industry leaders on what it’s like being a woman in construction INDUSTRY LEADERS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 09, 2019

As of December 2016, approximately 939,000 women were working in construction in the United States. That’s only 9.1 percent of the construction workforce. As an industry, we still have a long way to go, but organizations and initiatives like the National Association of Women in Construction (N...

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How a Construction Communication Plan Can Help You Win Bids HOW A CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATION PLAN CAN HELP YOU WIN BIDS

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Jan 09, 2019

Sometimes the simplest communication mistakes lead to catastrophic consequences. Take the Mars Climate Orbiter, which NASA sunk more than $300 million into by the time it launched in the late 1990s. The spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere too low and, poof, it was gone.

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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is and Who Gets It STEM INSTRUCTION: HOW MUCH THERE IS AND WHO GETS IT

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Jan 08, 2019

Despite a push for greater STEM instruction, students and teachers continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources, according to a new survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers. This nationally representative study is the sixth in a series of surveys on K-12 STEM edu...

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6 Women in Hawai‘i with Careers in STEM Share Their Stories 6 WOMEN IN HAWAI‘I WITH CAREERS IN STEM SHARE THEIR STORIES

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Jan 08, 2019

Hawai‘i’s volcanic origin and isolation in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth naturally lend itself to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM-from ocean depths to outer space and everything in between. Many of these fast-growing careers require the ve...

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4 Key Design Elements For A Flourishing Financial Building 4 KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR A FLOURISHING FINANCIAL BUILDING

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Jan 07, 2019

In financial districts all across the globe, successful companies symbolize their status at the top of the game in steel and glass. But what goes into the design of these famous buildings, and how can businesses harness this in their own building projects? There are numerous considerations that arch...

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Pepsi and Segway Enter the Increasingly Crowded Delivery Robot Space PEPSI AND SEGWAY ENTER THE INCREASINGLY CROWDED DELIVERY ROBOT SPACE

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Jan 04, 2019

One potential benefit of a city filled with people looking down at their phones is that they might be better able to see all the little delivery robots scurrying around on the ground. The sidewalks will be getting even more crowded as both Pepsi and Ninebot, Segway’s parent company, have annou...

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Top 25 Successful Chatbots TOP 25 SUCCESSFUL CHATBOTS

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Jan 04, 2019

Though hype about chatbots is increasing, chatbot failure stories continue to get more visibility as well. From Microsoft to Communist Party of China, we have listed examples showing that no one is immune to suffering from chatbot failures. However, success stories are rare and ambitious conversatio...

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Shifts in Office Jobs and Implications for Commercial Tower Construction SHIFTS IN OFFICE JOBS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL TOWER CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

A key metric for new commercial tower construction is a city’s office vacancy rate, the lower the better. In turn, what drives office vacancy rates down is greater worker occupancy. There are disruptors throughout the economy and the office space market is no exception.

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3 reasons top general contractors chose a career in construction 3 REASONS TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS CHOSE A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

Almost a million people work in the construction industry in the United States, which is made up of vendors, laborers, subcontractors, general contractors, and everything in between. They’re all working towards a common goal of constructing beautiful, structurally sound buildings and infrastru...

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Top 20 Chatbot Usecases / Applications in Business in 2019 TOP 20 CHATBOT USECASES / APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

While we were writing about major chatbot failures and top chatbots, we started noticing and documenting the areas where chatbots really add value to businesses. Now we are ready to explain how businesses in different industries can use chatbots. And do not imagine this as a company having 20 chatbo...

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12 step Best Practice RPA Implementation Guide 12 STEP BEST PRACTICE RPA IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

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Jan 01, 2019

RPA implementation is pretty straightforward if you have a clear and detailed roadmap. As you can see above, most RPA deployments including the time required to configure, test, and launch automation into production take less than 2 months. Workfusion provides 4 steps to identify the right processes...

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Top 12 Benefits of Chatbots TOP 12 BENEFITS OF CHATBOTS

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Jan 01, 2019

No one can know the benefits of chatbots better than potential users of chatbots. So that’s where we started, the above list is based on Drift’s 2018 State of Chatbots Report. We added a few more points to categorize benefits of chatbots clearly.

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Top chatbot testing techniques and frameworks TOP CHATBOT TESTING TECHNIQUES AND FRAMEWORKS

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Jan 01, 2019

Chatbots are indeed revolutionizing the interaction between organizations and individuals, but one thing still lacks, the industry still hasn’t been able to achieve is standardizing the chatbot testing. We rather observe the performances indirectly.

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4 RPA alternatives to consider before RPA investment in 2019 4 RPA ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER BEFORE RPA INVESTMENT IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Robotic Process Automation is a great technology and we have written extensively about its benefits, however, it is not without alternatives. There are 3 major alternatives to RPA and new developments that transform RPA. CxOs need to make smart trade-offs to find the optimal path for their companies...

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No Code RPA companies enabling easier, faster RPA in 2019 NO CODE RPA COMPANIES ENABLING EASIER, FASTER RPA IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

No code RPA is an emerging technology but there are already strong companies with commercial space emerging in this space. We see 2 major types of vendors in the space: 1st generation RPA companies expanding their offering with low/no-code solutions, 2nd generation RPA companies offering only no cod...

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7 Steps to improving your chatbot with A/B testing 7 STEPS TO IMPROVING YOUR CHATBOT WITH A/B TESTING

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Jan 01, 2019

Even though it has been used for ages in other fields of marketing. Currently, there are not many A/B testing alternatives available for chatbots. Basically, it is a way to experiment distinct characteristics of the chatbots, through randomized trials, companies can collect data and decide on which ...

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15 Key Metrics for Chatbot Conversational Analytics in 2019 15 KEY METRICS FOR CHATBOT CONVERSATIONAL ANALYTICS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Web-focused metrics do not calculate misunderstood requests or message delays. Chatbots require new metrics. If you are already familiar with web metrics, jump to chatbot specific metrics: Message metrics, Bot metrics. A metric is a quantifiable measure that is used to track and assess the status of...

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RPA:What is RPA, How It Works, Top RPA Tools RPA:WHAT IS RPA, HOW IT WORKS, TOP RPA TOOLS

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Dec 31, 2018

If you notice yourself or your team working on activities that require jumping from application to application, completing tasks that require little thinking, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software can help. RPA is a quick yet effective automation tool.

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What is RPA? WHAT IS RPA?

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic process automation (or RPA or RPAAI) is an emerging form of clerical process automation technology based on the notion of software robots or artificial intelligence (AI) workers. Though most people are looking forward to seeing intelligent humanoid robotic companions, they are still years aw...

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14 RPA Pitfalls & the Checklist for Avoiding Them 14 RPA PITFALLS & THE CHECKLIST FOR AVOIDING THEM

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is gaining acceptance, especially in the finance and telecom industries however we have spoken to a number of executives and there are plenty of RPA failure stories, too. A recent survey showed that >40% of RPA projects fail to deliver expectations in terms of imp...

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How Building Design Has Evolved in the Wake of Increased Natural Disasters HOW BUILDING DESIGN HAS EVOLVED IN THE WAKE OF INCREASED NATURAL DISASTERS

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Dec 28, 2018

Every time you turn on the news, it seems like another natural disaster has struck in some part of the world. From major floods and hurricanes to earthquakes and tornadoes, natural disasters of all types are becoming increasingly common around the globe-including right here in the United States.

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What will 5G bring to industrial robotics? WHAT WILL 5G BRING TO INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS?

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Dec 28, 2018

If you ever have the chance to enter a factory shop floor and see a robot in action, this is a must-do. The combination of strength, speed, and extreme precision is nothing else than impressive. In the last years, they became general-purpose tools for automating production processes.

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What to Expect for Public Sector Construction in 2019 WHAT TO EXPECT FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CONSTRUCTION IN 2019

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Dec 26, 2018

Looking back, 2018 brought both turmoil and innovation to government contracting. A string of cyber attacks, such as the ransomware attack on Atlanta, left public officials focused on increasing cybersecurity. Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and fires in California brought resilience and climat...

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Robotic Desktop Automation: What is RDA, Top RDA Tools ROBOTIC DESKTOP AUTOMATION: WHAT IS RDA, TOP RDA TOOLS

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Dec 26, 2018

RDA also called attended RPA, is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for the masses. RPA includes: Attended RPA which enables most knowledge workers to automate their work. Unattended RPA which runs in the background, completing tasks in batches. Hybrid: A combination of attended and unattended RPA tas...

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RPA marketplaces: App Markets that Simplify RPA development RPA MARKETPLACES: APP MARKETS THAT SIMPLIFY RPA DEVELOPMENT

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Dec 24, 2018

Rpa is possibly the most flexible automation platform and as a result, rolling out RPA solutions require significant programming and customizations. Since RPA companies cannot possibly build a solution for every process or task that will be automated, they rely on vendors to provide customized solut...

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Leveraging RPA in Insurance beyond Operational Efficiency LEVERAGING RPA IN INSURANCE BEYOND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

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Dec 24, 2018

Call it adopting to Robotic process automation or settling for it, RPA is here to stay. According to a report put forth by Transparency market research, the IT-enabled Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market has been growing rapidly at a CAGR of 60.5% from 2014 and is expected to reach US$5 billion ...

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RPA Ecosystem: Companies that enable / speed up RPA RPA ECOSYSTEM: COMPANIES THAT ENABLE / SPEED UP RPA

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Dec 22, 2018

RPA development in most cases still takes months and requires costly maintenance. To improve this situation, RPA tech providers are building an RPA ecosystem: They develop the RPA software, build the marketplaces to attract developers who extend capabilities of RPA and sign partnerships with consult...

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Using Technology to Turn the Tide on Construction Productivity USING TECHNOLOGY TO TURN THE TIDE ON CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

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Dec 21, 2018

If the construction industry is anything-it’s consistent. For roughly 20 straight years, the industry has racked up the least improved award for having the lowest annual productivity gains globally of any industry. This means construction is still way less productive now than it was in 1995, a...

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South Korea’s Woowa Bros. Gets $320M Investment to Build More Robots SOUTH KOREA’S WOOWA BROS. GETS $320M INVESTMENT TO BUILD MORE ROBOTS

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Dec 21, 2018

South Korean company Woowa Bros., which runs the Baedal Minjok food delivery app, announced yesterday that it has received a $320 million from Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia Capital, and GIC. This brings the total amount raised by Woowa to $482.8 million.

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Spyce Gets a Patent for its Robot Restaurant SPYCE GETS A PATENT FOR ITS ROBOT RESTAURANT

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Dec 20, 2018

Spyce received a patent this week for its robot-run restaurant. Patent number US 10,154,762 B was awarded to Spyce on December 18 for “Automated Meal Production System and Apparatus.” The patent is filled with the requisite mechanical drawings and legalese, but there were a couple of thi...

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Medtronic finalizes $1.7B Mazor Robotics acquisition MEDTRONIC FINALIZES $1.7B MAZOR ROBOTICS ACQUISITION

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Dec 19, 2018

Medtronic has closed the $1.7 billion acquisition of Mazor Robotics and its robot-assisted surgery platform. Medtronic capped the buyout with the announcement that its first jointly produced product won an FDA nod. Last month Caesarea, Israel-based Mazor said its shareholders voted to approve the $5...

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Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS: REFLECTING ON THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2018

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Dec 19, 2018

After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business - including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole ...

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15 of the most inspiring quotes about construction 15 OF THE MOST INSPIRING QUOTES ABOUT CONSTRUCTION

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Dec 18, 2018

Even as the industry continues to evolve, the things that drew us to construction in the first place remain the same. As you start your day, awaken your mind with positive thought and a healthy dose of inspiration from these quotes on the power, beauty, and impact of construction on the world.

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4 People You Need on Your RPA Champion Team 4 PEOPLE YOU NEED ON YOUR RPA CHAMPION TEAM

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Dec 18, 2018

There’s a saying in business that companies don’t sell to companies; rather people sell to people. That’s also true when you’re doing a little internal selling-trying to get people within your own organization on board with your pet proposal, project or technology.

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Struggling with Business Justification for Small RPA Projects STRUGGLING WITH BUSINESS JUSTIFICATION FOR SMALL RPA PROJECTS

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Dec 14, 2018

As RPA becomes more mature and powerful, businesses of all sizes are looking to take advantage of its potential to increase productivity and grow the business without adding headcount. However, there is a significant amount of confusion around RPA, what it can actually do and the perceived complexit...

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The Benefits of Mobile Construction Technology THE BENEFITS OF MOBILE CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

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Dec 14, 2018

Walk onto any construction site today and you’re bound to see mobile technology being used. Whether it’s workers clocking in with mobile time cards, a foreman filing daily reports with his smartphone, or a project manager reviewing plans and specs on a tablet during a site visit, mobile ...

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5 Ways to Measure the ROI of Your Robotic Process Automation Deployment 5 WAYS TO MEASURE THE ROI OF YOUR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION DEPLOYMENT

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Dec 13, 2018

The changes brought about by robotic process automation generated reactions and fears similar in some ways to the Industrial Revolution. It’s natural for people to be-be afraid of emergent entities that seem ready to accomplish the same objectives that they do. This kind of thinking gives voic...

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How to Prevent Hearing Loss on Noisy Construction Sites HOW TO PREVENT HEARING LOSS ON NOISY CONSTRUCTION SITES

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Dec 12, 2018

According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), more people than ever are choosing to work in the construction industry. In fact, the AGC has found that construction employment is at a 10-year high, with more than 280,000 new jobs added in the past year alone.

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How Virtual Reality is revolutionizing Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s workspace HOW VIRTUAL REALITY IS REVOLUTIONIZING AARSLEFF GROUND ENGINEERING’S WORKSPACE

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Dec 12, 2018

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has invested in a state-of-the-art virtual reality room to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of its estimators and engineers. With technology already transforming how people interact and live their lives, Aarsleff Ground Engineering is taking the virtual realit...

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Why chatbots fail and why natural languages are hard WHY CHATBOTS FAIL AND WHY NATURAL LANGUAGES ARE HARD

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Dec 11, 2018

It is important to define the natural language concept as we begin. Natural languages are the product of thousands of years of speech patterns, evolved to fit the needs of a particular community at a particular time. They are very fluid, as there can be a lot of change over time (think Victorian Eng...

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Why publicly trained chatbots are not always a good idea WHY PUBLICLY TRAINED CHATBOTS ARE NOT ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

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Dec 11, 2018

Chatbots used to be, as described by our previous posts, hand-coded FAQ services, presented in a conversational way. They were highly rigid in terms of what they could understand and what they could achieve. However, due to their simplicity, they would only say what you deemed appropriate. They woul...

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Robotiq Gets a Can$31M Energy Boost from Battery Ventures ROBOTIQ GETS A CAN$31M ENERGY BOOST FROM BATTERY VENTURES

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Dec 11, 2018

Maybe it's because I have had training in physics but to me, money is energy. The more you have, the more you can make things move. Now Robotiq has much more and we will move bigger things even faster! That extra boost comes from Battery Ventures, who just invested $31M in Robotiq.

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How collaborative robots will usher in the era of Industry 5.0 HOW COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS WILL USHER IN THE ERA OF INDUSTRY 5.0

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Dec 10, 2018

No sooner than the concept of Industry 4.0 becomes established in common parlance along comes its bigger and better sibling, writes Lee Hibbert. There’s a contradiction at the heart of manufacturing. On the one hand, we are told that increasing automation will lead to higher production rates a...

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Attended & Unattended RPA - Are you Missing Half the Story and Half the Gains? ATTENDED & UNATTENDED RPA - ARE YOU MISSING HALF THE STORY AND HALF THE GAINS?

blog article

Dec 10, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been dramatically reshaping business, helping to improve productivity and driving innovation. However, some organizations are missing an important side of RPA. Many think of RPA as fully automated bots in major enterprise deployments working independently of huma...

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Kofax Intelligent Automation (IA) COE Presents 2019 RPA Top Ten Predictions KOFAX INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION (IA) COE PRESENTS 2019 RPA TOP TEN PREDICTIONS

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Dec 10, 2018

The RPA market will continue to undergo dramatic and rapid maturation in 2019, but RPA companies are finding themselves at a tipping point: They will either grow into their lofty market valuations or we will start to hear the hissing of a deflating bubble and warning signs of a ‘hype cycle&rsq...

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Common Web Design Mistakes That Hurt Your Construction Business COMMON WEB DESIGN MISTAKES THAT HURT YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

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Dec 07, 2018

Unfortunately, I see it more often in the construction industry because many still mistakenly believe that it doesn’t matter. Sure, you can get by with an ineffective website, but the fact is that an effective one gives you a powerful advantage over competitors. It puts you in front of a large...

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What WHAT'S NEW IN ROBOTICS?

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Dec 07, 2018

People throughout the cobot sector (the fastest growing segment of the industrial robotics market) are asking themselves 'Where does the time go?' with the news that cobot giant Universal Robots is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its very first cobot sale (a UR5).

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Take a look at this clean drone! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CLEAN DRONE!

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Dec 07, 2018

Washing windows on a skyscraper is a difficult job. Hanging off the side of a building can also be incredibly dangerous.  To avoid more disasters as the one happened in Grenfell Tower,  researchers in the UK have come up with this drone which will help in avoiding such accidents in the nea...

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Robotic skin turns objects into robots! ROBOTIC SKIN TURNS OBJECTS INTO ROBOTS!

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Dec 06, 2018

What if there was some kind of flexible, stretchy material that you could wrap around just about any random object and turn it into a robot? It sounds like a gadget that might belong to a superhero, but a team of researchers has developed just that. This robot is called OmniSkins.

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A Less Practical More Aesthetic Use for Robots A LESS PRACTICAL MORE AESTHETIC USE FOR ROBOTS

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Dec 06, 2018

Are all robots devoid of aesthetic debts? And if not, could we expect the future Guernica to be created by artificial intelligence (AI)? What are the less practical uses for robots, and do they include fine arts? Andrew Conru, the founder of RobotArt with a Stanford Ph.D. in mechanical engineering f...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Cloud Applications ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) FOR CLOUD APPLICATIONS

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Dec 06, 2018

In order to tackle the question regarding the use of robotic process automation for cloud applications, we should start with a few words about the Cloud. Cloud-based services in the global era we live in are starting to be the default in the world of business. Information, resources, software, all t...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Banking Industry ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) IN BANKING INDUSTRY

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Dec 06, 2018

RPA is growing exponentially. Recent RPA trends and forecasts report shows that by 2021, RPA will be $29 billion industry. That’s a huge increase from $250 million in 2016. In order to remain competitive in an increasingly saturated market - especially with the more widespread adoption of virt...

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How RPA is Impacting Today’s Enterprise Workplace HOW RPA IS IMPACTING TODAY’S ENTERPRISE WORKPLACE

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Dec 06, 2018

Today, companies of all sizes understand the need and value of automating the basic and core business processes that were unacceptable to be automated, but our future workforce would want all possible integration and automation at an enterprise level. As all the companies are becoming more and more ...

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How AI Chatbot Is Transforming Customer Care industry HOW AI CHATBOT IS TRANSFORMING CUSTOMER CARE INDUSTRY

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Dec 06, 2018

The success of any business lies in its Customer relationship management strategies. With the advancement of cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence, chatbot, natural language processing (NLP), intelligent automation of customer care services has become a priority for businesses. AI h...

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4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019 4 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

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Dec 06, 2018

It has been another successful year for Englewood Construction, and with the calendar flipping over to December we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring. Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and...

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Industry leaders share how they made the case for construction technology INDUSTRY LEADERS SHARE HOW THEY MADE THE CASE FOR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

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Dec 05, 2018

Today, the need for technology in construction has become more tangible than ever: at just 1 percent, productivity growth in construction lags significantly behind the economic average of 2.8 percent. That means that though construction is one of the world’s largest industries, it’s also...

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How Technology Is Reshaping the Construction Industry HOW TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Dec 05, 2018

What do a pickup truck, a nail gun, a portable circular saw, a cement mixer truck, and a modern hydraulic excavator all have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all tools and equipment commonly found on construction sites today. Another correct answer would be that they are all pieces of ...

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Among Four Most Populous States, Texas Best at Construction Jobs Creation AMONG FOUR MOST POPULOUS STATES, TEXAS BEST AT CONSTRUCTION JOBS CREATION

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Dec 05, 2018

The four states in America with the largest populations are California (40 million), Texas (28 million), Florida (21 million) and New York (20 million). Combined, they account for 110 million people and one-third of the U.S. total resident count.

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Three Expectations for Robotic Automation THREE EXPECTATIONS FOR ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

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Dec 05, 2018

Robotics has advanced to the point in which CNC machine shops expectations might outnumber questions about practical applications. In fact, many successful shops are already benefiting from machine-tending robots or have researched various robot offerings with an eye toward adding them.

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IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human IHMC TEACHES ATLAS TO WALK LIKE A HUMAN

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Dec 05, 2018

Humanoid robots have a very distinctive walk. Knees bent, torso as stationary as possible. Even Boston Dynamics own Atlas uses this crouching sort of squat-walk to get around because those perpetually bent legs are how it keeps from falling over. This sort of gait is so common with humanoid robots t...

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Build an Autonomous Car with Robotic Arm Inside BUILD AN AUTONOMOUS CAR WITH ROBOTIC ARM INSIDE

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Dec 04, 2018

The car, called Lotte, is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a robotic arm to place the packages in a pickup locker. Soon, it will be able to deliver packages to mailboxes and pickup towers as well.

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Introduction to Industrial Robot Path Planning INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL ROBOT PATH PLANNING

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Dec 04, 2018

Path planning for industrial robots is an essential aspect of the overall performance of automation systems. Industrial robot path planning is comprised of various algorithms, often created before the robot is even installed, that dictate its motion.

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This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot THIS PLANT IS DRIVING ITS OWN ROBOT

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Dec 04, 2018

Cybernetics usually refers to humans enhancing themselves with robotic parts. Sometimes, we heard about animal-robot cyborgs or insect-robot cyborgs. It’s not all that often that we hear about plant-robot cyborgs, because what’s a plant going to do with a robot, right? But you could argu...

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Mobile Collaborative Robots: The Next Big Thing MOBILE COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS: THE NEXT BIG THING

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Dec 04, 2018

What will be the next big thing in collaborative robotics? Now that cobots are a mature technology, it looks like mobile cobots will be the next wave. It's fair to say that collaborative robots have arrived. Over the last 10 years, cobots have grown in popularity - as we discussed this time last...

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Construction Jobs Regionally by Level and Change, U.S. and Canada CONSTRUCTION JOBS REGIONALLY BY LEVEL AND CHANGE, U.S. AND CANADA

blog article

Dec 04, 2018

Tables 1 through 3 accompanying this article detail the latest (October 2018) statistics on construction employment regionally in the U.S. and Canada. Table 1 is a ranking of states, D.C. and Puerto Rico for the U.S. and provinces and territories for Canada by construction employment levels.

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3 qualities general contractors look for in their subcontractors 3 QUALITIES GENERAL CONTRACTORS LOOK FOR IN THEIR SUBCONTRACTORS

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Dec 04, 2018

There are millions of subcontractors in North America. In order to stand out to general contractors and get invited to bid on the jobs they want, subcontractors need to find every advantage they can to stay ahead of the competition. Here are three qualities that general contractors look for in subco...

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This Calculator Will Show You How to Reduce Rework in Construction THIS CALCULATOR WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO REDUCE REWORK IN CONSTRUCTION

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Dec 04, 2018

Rework can kill a construction firm’s profitability. It is especially toxic to your bottom line because it’s like paying for something three times over: You pay for the first job, then the rework, and then for lost productivity because you’ve got people doing the rework when they c...

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How to Avoid Rework Cost Overages With Construction Software HOW TO AVOID REWORK COST OVERAGES WITH CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE

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Dec 03, 2018

We’ve all been there. You’re hard at work on a project, making great progress, and then you find out that a load-bearing wall that took three days to complete has to be totally redone. It’s enough to make you throw your hands up in despair when you consider how much you’ll ne...

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Georgia Best and New Jersey Worst for Construction Jobs Growth GEORGIA BEST AND NEW JERSEY WORST FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBS GROWTH

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Dec 03, 2018

The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records that the U.S. construction sector’s unemployment rate in October was 3.6%, lower than the national headline rate of 3.7% for all jobs in the economy. Since 3.7% as the national jobless level was a nearly 5...

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Why You’re Not a Construction Company Anymore WHY YOU’RE NOT A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY ANYMORE

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Nov 30, 2018

Netflix and Apple are not media companies. Tesla isn’t known as a manufacturer. They are tech companies. They use technology to deliver pieces of technology. Walk onto any commercial construction site, and you will see project managers reviewing plans on tablets.

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Increasing transparency, the rise of construction technologists, and the future of preconstruction INCREASING TRANSPARENCY, THE RISE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGISTS, AND THE FUTURE OF PRECONSTRUCTION

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Nov 30, 2018

The 4th annual Procore Groundbreak Conference was a success, with over 3,000 industry leaders and experts gathered to learn, share, and connect, highlighting the growth and exciting future of construction technology. There’s a lot to recap from the 80+ educational and thought-provoking session...

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How construction gives back: Spotlight on SC Builders HOW CONSTRUCTION GIVES BACK: SPOTLIGHT ON SC BUILDERS

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Nov 30, 2018

As an industry, it’s important that we stay reminded of a greater purpose beyond the bricks and mortar of construction: creating the kind of world we want to live in. So in keeping with the season, we wanted to shine some light on one of BuildingConnected’s customers that truly embodies ...

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Top 5 Robotics Startups in 2018 TOP 5 ROBOTICS STARTUPS IN 2018

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Nov 29, 2018

Technological advances in the robotics industry are becoming more innovative and sophisticated, slowly creeping their way into our everyday lives. Various concepts from our favorite science fiction movies have become a reality, paving the way into a very bright and exciting future.

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Want to play Table Tennis with Robot? WANT TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS WITH ROBOT?

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Nov 29, 2018

Forpheus uses a robotic arm that is controlled by the AI through a 5-axis motor system to swing the paddle. The motion controller, or the brain, tell the machine how to hit the ball, advising it on timing and direction within a 1,000th of a second.

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5 Ways Chatbot Improves Customer Experience 5 WAYS CHATBOT IMPROVES CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

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Nov 29, 2018

The long debate of man v/s technology has existed since its advent. But instead of fretting that it would replace humans, it should be seen as an assistance which would just elevate user experience. The chatbot buzz is very strong in 2017 and with the kind of experience it offers to the customers, i...

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Chatbots in the Banking & Financial industry CHATBOTS IN THE BANKING & FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

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Nov 28, 2018

What are chatbots? Chatbots are software programs, which back in 2013-2014 sounded like fantasy. These software programs leverage Natural Language Processing and respond to voice commands or specific text instructions. They are set up to look for pieces of information shared by a user.

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3 Top-Rated General Contractor Bidding Software 3 TOP-RATED GENERAL CONTRACTOR BIDDING SOFTWARE

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Nov 28, 2018

Juggling between client emails, phone calls, and faxes, general contractors have a tough time managing construction bids manually on Excel spreadsheets. What’s more, largely relying on a manual process means your bidding process is likely full of inefficiencies and avoidable errors.

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Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap ENGINEERING SECTOR’S ASTONISHING GENDER PAY GAP

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Nov 28, 2018

Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles. Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants have analyzed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures.

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Understanding Offline Programming of Industrial Robots UNDERSTANDING OFFLINE PROGRAMMING OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS

blog article

Nov 27, 2018

Offline programming (OLP) has been an important technological advancement for industrial robots, allowing for quicker deployment at a lower initial cost. OLP has become an essential part of a planning and designing an industrial robot system to eliminate the time it takes to program a robot point by...

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North Sea Deployment Shows How Quadruped Robots Can Be Commercially Useful NORTH SEA DEPLOYMENT SHOWS HOW QUADRUPED ROBOTS CAN BE COMMERCIALLY USEFUL

blog article

Nov 27, 2018

As much as we like writing about quadrupedal robots, it’s always been a little bit tricky to see how they might be commercially useful in the near term outside of specialized circumstances like disaster response. We’ve seen some hints of what might be possible from Boston Dynamics, which...

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How Robot Co-Workers in Future Will Gain Our Trust HOW ROBOT CO-WORKERS IN FUTURE WILL GAIN OUR TRUST

blog article

Nov 27, 2018

Would you trust a co-worker who had proved themselves to be unreliable? It's a problem which we will almost certainly face with our robot co-workers in the near future. Let's face it. Collaborative robots are not yet truly collaborative.

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Education Industry ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) FOR EDUCATION INDUSTRY

blog article

Nov 27, 2018

In today’s modern education system, technology is playing a vital role in automating tasks, which are rule-based, repetitive, time-consuming and frustrating. Eliminate paperwork and manual processes using automated education systems the software can be used for admission, attendance, schedulin...

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10 RPA Use Cases for IT, HR, Finance & Accounting and More 10 RPA USE CASES FOR IT, HR, FINANCE & ACCOUNTING AND MORE

blog article

Nov 27, 2018

Truly valuable enterprise software does exactly what it promises, working across the business to solve numerously and often completely different challenges. When the Director of Finance & Accounting laments his department’s manual process for retrieving invoices from portals and emails and...

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Can We Avoid the Potential Dangers of AI, Robots and Big Tech Companies? CAN WE AVOID THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF AI, ROBOTS AND BIG TECH COMPANIES?

blog article

Nov 26, 2018

If you plan to live another 10 years, you should expect to live in a world with machines doing things you don't like doing today. Shooting for another 20? Even more, will be done without your lifting the proverbial finger. It’s not only menial tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and dishes. H...

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The Common Engineering Trends Forming the Basis of Future THE COMMON ENGINEERING TRENDS FORMING THE BASIS OF FUTURE

blog article

Nov 26, 2018

Every time you talk about advancement in technology, you are indirectly referring to engineers doing their jobs well. Engineers are everywhere even if you don’t notice them. They are a part of almost every major industry of the world and they contribute directly to the advancement of technolog...

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MIT Engineers Fly First-Ever Plane With No Moving Parts MIT ENGINEERS FLY FIRST-EVER PLANE WITH NO MOVING PARTS

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Nov 26, 2018

Since the first airplane took flight over 100 years ago, virtually every aircraft in the sky has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, or fans that produce a persistent, whining buzz. Now MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts.

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Teaching robotics with ROS TEACHING ROBOTICS WITH ROS

blog article

Nov 24, 2018

A couple of months ago I interviewed Joel Esposito about the state of robotics education for the ROS Developers Podcast #21. On that podcast, Joel talks about his research on how robotics is taught around the world. He identifies a set of common robotics subjects that need to be explained in order t...

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Have you ever thought of building 32-legged Robot? HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF BUILDING 32-LEGGED ROBOT?

blog article

Nov 23, 2018

Researchers made a 32-legged robot that moves like an amoeba. A 32-legged robot called Mochibot. A 32-legged robot called Mochibot, the spherical robot moves by sliding its individual legs. This Bot's legs are composed of three sliding rails. These can extend to a maximum of 1.6 feet in length o...

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Feed your friend with the third hand by building an Autonomous Robotic Arm FEED YOUR FRIEND WITH THE THIRD HAND BY BUILDING AN AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC ARM

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

We all love tasty mouth-watering food, Isn't it?? But some are lazy eaters, some carve for food like no one, some just eat for their tummy to get full. I guess those were the three categories of basic food lovers. Here is what RMIT University in Australia has invented Arm-a dine, Which uses the ...

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Ever wondered to build a Robot which automates the Milking System! EVER WONDERED TO BUILD A ROBOT WHICH AUTOMATES THE MILKING SYSTEM!

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

This Robot can milk a cow. First, the cow walks into the milking unit, where the cow's favorite feed is waiting for them. The Cow's exact position is followed by a sensor and a robot scans an identification tag. Gates close around her. Robotic arms spring into action.

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4 Reasons You Still Need to Watch for Human Error When Working With Robotics 4 REASONS YOU STILL NEED TO WATCH FOR HUMAN ERROR WHEN WORKING WITH ROBOTICS

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

It's increasingly common for companies to invest heavily in robotics and use innovative machinery to reach targets faster and with fewer errors than humans alone could. High-quality robotic equipment can achieve high accuracy and repeatability without becoming fatigued as people do.

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7 Ways to Find Out if Your Company is Ready for Robotic Process Automation 7 WAYS TO FIND OUT IF YOUR COMPANY IS READY FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

So perhaps you ought to seriously consider whether RPA is right for your company, or if the company is indeed ready for robotic process automation. We define RPA as a useful tool (i.e., including software and services) for maximally efficient use of a company’s available resources. Software ro...

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RPA - Why you should think Autopilot rather than Robot RPA - WHY YOU SHOULD THINK AUTOPILOT RATHER THAN ROBOT

blog article

Nov 22, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has become an accepted term to describe a nascent industry that is literally taking off. Yet at the same time, the term RPA causes confusion largely because there are no robots (only software automation tools) and a single mention of a robot is enough to send everyon...

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Just Go on and Build A Smart Robot For Your Pet! JUST GO ON AND BUILD A SMART ROBOT FOR YOUR PET!

blog article

Nov 21, 2018

Many pets are left at home for extended periods during the day when their master is at work or school. Pets staying long hours home alone are at risk of depression and around 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are classified as clinically overweight.

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Build your own personal robot today! BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL ROBOT TODAY!

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

Now here comes Temi, world's first, truly intelligent, mobile, personal robot for your home. Temi places you at the center of your technology, including smart home devices, online content and video communications with just the power of your voice.

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Artel Video Systems Awarded Second Technology And Engineering Emmy Award ARTEL VIDEO SYSTEMS AWARDED SECOND TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EMMY AWARD

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Artel a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for Pioneering Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution ...

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3 Innovative Robotic Assembly Challenges from 2018 3 INNOVATIVE ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY CHALLENGES FROM 2018

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

Robotic assembly is challenging, but it's hard to innovate when we're always looking for reliability. The solution to this challenge? More challenges! Assembly is a classic application, both for collaborative robots and for traditional industrial robots. But, although robotic assembly is pop...

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Tips for Working with an Industrial Robot Integrator TIPS FOR WORKING WITH AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INTEGRATOR

blog article

Nov 20, 2018

Nearly every time a manual process is automated, or when older robotic systems are being replaced, a robot integrator is needed. Robot integrators offer specialized expertise and experience in installing and maintaining robotic systems. They play an important role in the ongoing productivity of your...

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Using electricity and water, a new kind of motor can slide microrobots into motion USING ELECTRICITY AND WATER, A NEW KIND OF MOTOR CAN SLIDE MICROROBOTS INTO MOTION

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

Look around and you’ll likely see something that runs on an electric motor. Powerful and efficient, they keep much of our world moving, everything from our computers to refrigerators to the automatic windows in our cars. But these qualities change for the worse when such motors are shrunk down...

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Feed Your Friends With Autonomous Chest-Mounted Robot Arms FEED YOUR FRIENDS WITH AUTONOMOUS CHEST-MOUNTED ROBOT ARMS

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

Eating food is an experience that tends to be about taste and texture and how the food looks and smells. Our focus goes from what’s going on on the plate to what’s going on in our mouths, without a lot of concern about what happens in between. Eating as a process doesn’t get all th...

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Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs MARYLAND TEST CONFIRMS DRONES CAN SAFELY DELIVER HUMAN ORGANS

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is removed from a donor and when it is placed into a recipient is associated with poorer organ function following transplantation. To maximize the chances of s...

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AI + RPA Equals Smarter Onboarding for Insurers AI + RPA EQUALS SMARTER ONBOARDING FOR INSURERS

blog article

Nov 19, 2018

Although the technology necessary to drive a better onboarding experience has changed over time, the goal itself remains unchanged: make the process as intuitive and easy as possible. And whether its new agents, books of business or clients, onboarding is still the make-or-break opportunity for insu...

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Mobile Apps vs Websites vs Chatbots - which should you opt for MOBILE APPS VS WEBSITES VS CHATBOTS - WHICH SHOULD YOU OPT FOR

blog article

Nov 17, 2018

Till some time back, a question we often got from clients was whether they should opt for a mobile app or a responsive website for customer engagement. But the dynamics have changed in the past couple of years. Now the question we get is whether they should be looking for a chatbot instead.

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Ever wondered to build a Robot which can plant trees!! EVER WONDERED TO BUILD A ROBOT WHICH CAN PLANT TREES!!

blog article

Nov 16, 2018

TreeRover is a robot that autonomously plant trees in areas suffer from deforestation. TreeRover is autonomous and plants trees without the help of human interaction. It's still in its beginning stages with hopes of adding all-terrain tires and improved navigation. This Robot was developed by tw...

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Isn ISN'T IT AMAZING TO BUILD A HEADLESS ROBOTIC CAT?

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

The company created a headless pet robot (basically a pillow with a tail) that they call a therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion to bring joy and healing to those who can’t have an animal of their own. Like a loving pet, the Fraken-pillow responds to your touch, wagging its lone when you ...

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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom ROBOTS FINALLY LEARNING TO CLEAN THE BATHROOM

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

A useful general home robot, as far as I’m concerned, needs to be able to do three things: fold laundry, wash dishes, and clean toilets. That’s all it would take to make me happy. We’ve seen some attempts at both laundry folding and washing dishes, but not a lot of bathroom cleanin...

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5 Ways Robotics is Changing the Manufacturing Industry 5 WAYS ROBOTICS IS CHANGING THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

The advancement of robotics is something that’s affecting almost every industry, with manufacturing at the fore. When we incorporate robotics into manufacturing processes and factory operation, we could see an improvement in output. This is the result of better efficiency and leads to an incre...

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How to Choose the Best Robotic Process Automation Tool for Your Company HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION TOOL FOR YOUR COMPANY

blog article

Nov 15, 2018

Robotic process automation is a key factor in transforming your organisation, making it attuned to state-of-the art technological development, ready to gain a significant competitive advantage in today’s ever evolving market. How does RPA do that?

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Power Your SAP Investment with CDA and RPA POWER YOUR SAP INVESTMENT WITH CDA AND RPA

blog article

Nov 14, 2018

The goal for finance and accounting teams is to reduce costs and improve efficiency throughout the financial process. And investment in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is critical for managing the key business functions of your organization, but you will still find some productivity gaps in m...

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3 Ways to Stay Safe Around Heavy Equipment 3 WAYS TO STAY SAFE AROUND HEAVY EQUIPMENT

blog article

Nov 14, 2018

Approaching the topic of workplace safety around heavy equipment might feel tiring to you if you’ve spent any number of years working in the construction field or any related line of work where equipment is present. Safety reminders are many and some stories of life-altering injury seem like t...

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Want to automate the car parking system, build like the robot that parks your car!! WANT TO AUTOMATE THE CAR PARKING SYSTEM, BUILD LIKE THE ROBOT THAT PARKS YOUR CAR!!

blog article

Nov 14, 2018

The first outdoor valet parking robot created by Stanley Robotics. The self-driving parking robot is fully powered by electricity and ensures zero-emission car storage. Stan is stepping in to give us a stress-free parking experience. Stanley Robotics also provides a smart parking management system t...

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The Latest Robotic Bin Picking Technologies Pushing this Application into the Future THE LATEST ROBOTIC BIN PICKING TECHNOLOGIES PUSHING THIS APPLICATION INTO THE FUTURE

blog article

Nov 13, 2018

Robotic bin picking is the holy grail in industrial automation. Looking, selecting, picking, and placing randomly oriented objects is the ultimate challenge in robotic automation. Since this application has existed, it has been one of the most difficult tasks for industrial robot systems to reliably...

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You can also build and own a Robotic Cat!! YOU CAN ALSO BUILD AND OWN A ROBOTIC CAT!!

blog article

Nov 13, 2018

Just this spring, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will become commercially available in 2019. But with the advent of home-robotics tools like Arduino chips and Raspberry Pi computers, the amateur engineer no longer requires an MIT affiliation to build a robot pet in their own living room.

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Robots Getting a Grip on General Manipulation ROBOTS GETTING A GRIP ON GENERAL MANIPULATION

blog article

Nov 13, 2018

While robots have prepared entire breakfasts since 1961, general manipulation in the real world is arguably an even more complex problem than autonomous driving. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why, though. Closely watching the 1961 video suggests that a two-finger parallel gripper is good enoug...

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Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love ZUME, THE ROBOTIC PIZZA COMPANY, MAKES PIES ONLY A ROBOT COULD LOVE

blog article

Nov 13, 2018

Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than the US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds-$375 million-came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at th...

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What is ROS, and Can it Create a Universal Standard? WHAT IS ROS, AND CAN IT CREATE A UNIVERSAL STANDARD?

blog article

Nov 13, 2018

The biggest problem with robotics research is that everyone is working towards an individual goal. Industrial robotics is such a competitive field that numerous countries and companies prefer to keep their research a secret. As a result, advancements rarely make their way to the factory floor.

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Would you be Interested to build like transforming robot to overcome Obstacles!! WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED TO BUILD LIKE TRANSFORMING ROBOT TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES!!

blog article

Nov 09, 2018

For the builders of a class of robots called modular self-reconfigurable robots (MSRR), shape-shifting is the first step toward endowing robots with an animal-like adaptability to unknown situations. Penn’s ModLab explores how robots can adapt to their surroundings and solve problems for which...

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The race for robot clairvoyance THE RACE FOR ROBOT CLAIRVOYANCE

blog article

Nov 09, 2018

This week a Harvard Business School student challenged me to name a startup capable of producing an intelligent robot - TODAY! At first, I did not understand the question, as artificial intelligence (AI) is an implement like any other in a roboticist’s toolbox. The student persisted, she deman...

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4 Reasons to Use Graphs to Optimize Machine Learning Data Engineering 4 REASONS TO USE GRAPHS TO OPTIMIZE MACHINE LEARNING DATA ENGINEERING

blog article

Nov 09, 2018

One of the innate benefits of using a semantic approach to construct a data fabric is the ability to harmonize all data into an enterprise knowledge graph (predicated on business meaning) that's perfect for machine learning data engineering. Traditionally, data preparation was a data science and...

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Robotiq Improves the World’s Best-Selling Grippers ROBOTIQ IMPROVES THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING GRIPPERS

blog article

Nov 08, 2018

Robotiq has released the next generation of the world’s best-selling grippers for collaborative robots: the 2F-85 and 2F-140. Both models feature many new updates, while retaining the same key benefits that have inspired thousands of manufacturers to choose them since their launch 6 years ago....

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Approaching Construction With An Environmental Mind APPROACHING CONSTRUCTION WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL MIND

blog article

Nov 08, 2018

Construction is a very environmentally intensive process, and when it’s done without the prerequisite oversight, it can lead to serious damage to the surrounding area. This post will explore the ways in which construction companies can improve their best practices to help the environment &ndas...

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Strategies for Crafting Winning Construction Bid Proposals STRATEGIES FOR CRAFTING WINNING CONSTRUCTION BID PROPOSALS

blog article

Nov 08, 2018

None of the work that goes into a construction project-the sweat and the dirt and the sunburns and, finally, the gleaming new structure-ever happens unless you get past the very first phase: the bid. Here, you’re not a construction manager. You’re a salesperson. This is where you make th...

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Build and play with your own Robotic Puppet Arms!! BUILD AND PLAY WITH YOUR OWN ROBOTIC PUPPET ARMS!!

blog article

Nov 07, 2018

Disney has developed a new method to remotely control puppets without the use of motors. The pair of robot arms are connected only by flexible pneumatic tubing (tubing that uses compressed air). There are no pumps, valves, sensors, motors, or electronic controllers used.

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Robot Control through Virtual Reality ROBOT CONTROL THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY

blog article

Nov 07, 2018

The media and entertainment aren't the only applications demonstrated by Virtual Reality (VR) technology. It can also be used for controlling real-world devices; primarily, robots. Already there has been plenty of demonstrations of VR technology being used. Now let us take a look at this robotic...

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Remembering the fallen engineers REMEMBERING THE FALLEN ENGINEERS

blog article

Nov 07, 2018

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, bringing an additional poignancy to this year’s act of remembrance on November 11th. There have been conflicts before and since but we have to look back to 1918 to find the roots of our annual shared moment of observance and reflectio...

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Why RPA + Capture/Intelligent OCR Add Up to Better Business WHY RPA + CAPTURE/INTELLIGENT OCR ADD UP TO BETTER BUSINESS

blog article

Nov 06, 2018

In recent years, the software robot revolution has shown how robotic process automation (RPA) unlocks the value of electronic data previously trapped in internal and external systems to make it easily accessible, manageable and useable. It has also proven to be a valuable digital coworker to human e...

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The 4 Major Challenges Facing Robot Users and Integrators THE 4 MAJOR CHALLENGES FACING ROBOT USERS AND INTEGRATORS

blog article

Nov 06, 2018

The aerospace industry has always been an innovator in terms of automation in the production process. Over the years, the industry has relied more and more heavily on automation to create new sources of efficiency and fend off fierce competition.

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15 Mistakes People Make With Cobot Safety 15 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WITH COBOT SAFETY

blog article

Nov 06, 2018

Even collaborative robots can have safety problems, but only if you make a mistake. Here are 15 common mistakes that people make with cobot safety. Safety around robots: you need to get it right. When safety procedures aren't followed, people have been known to die.

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Build a companion robot Learning Your Lifestyle! BUILD A COMPANION ROBOT LEARNING YOUR LIFESTYLE!

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Gain a friend and an assistant in one with this AI robot companion. It gives you helpful updates on weather conditions when you are headed out, and can play music when asked to set the mood or help you relax. As a roommate, friend, and daily partner, this robot will stay faithfully by your side and ...

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RPA and BPM: Intelligent Automation Starts Here RPA AND BPM: INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION STARTS HERE

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Business Process Management (BPM) or Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-which to choose? The right choice depends on the challenge you need to overcome, and surprisingly, the right answer is often both. This is particularly true as digital business transformation increasingly moves toward embracing th...

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RPA for Anti-money Laundering RPA FOR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

RBI has made mandatory to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and should implement Anti-Money Laundering (AML) rules. The purpose of the AML rules is to help detect and report suspicious activities including the predicate offenses to money laundering such as securities fraud, market manipulation, etc.

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Which Drug Testing Method Is Best for Your Construction Company WHICH DRUG TESTING METHOD IS BEST FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

blog article

Nov 02, 2018

The construction industry tops the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of most dangerous jobs. This is a fast-paced industry that requires the use of heavy equipment, and often, hazardous chemicals. To complete projects safely and efficiently, contractors need to be supported by employees who are skille...

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3 Ways Technology Can Improve Construction Job Site Safety 3 WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION JOB SITE SAFETY

blog article

Nov 02, 2018

Yes, profits are important-you wouldn’t be in business without them. But as a construction manager, the safety of your workers should be your utmost concern. And in any event, not ensuring their safety has a major impact on your bottom line. A 2018 Liberty Mutual study found that serious, nonf...

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3 Secrets to Serving Up Restaurant Construction Success from a Top Restaurant Contractor 3 SECRETS TO SERVING UP RESTAURANT CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS FROM A TOP RESTAURANT CONTRACTOR

blog article

Nov 02, 2018

Earlier this month, the Englewood Construction team was honored to be recognized as one of the Best Restaurant Contractors in Chicago by Chicago Architects. Given how much restaurant work we do and how important those clients – from national restaurant chains and food service groups to indepen...

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U.S. Construction Spending Hits $1,329.5 Billion in September U.S. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HITS $1,329.5 BILLION IN SEPTEMBER

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Nov 01, 2018

Construction spending increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,329.5 billion in September 2018. This is just 0.05% higher than August’s estimate which has been revised up from $1,318.5 billion to $1,328.8 billion. July’s estimate was also revised up slightly from $1,317.4 bil...

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5 Steps to Implementing Robotic Process Automation in Small and Medium Businesses 5 STEPS TO IMPLEMENTING ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION IN SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES

blog article

Nov 01, 2018

Managing changes in the dynamics of the labor market, economic uncertainty, increasing competitiveness, tight margins, looking for opportunities to control and lower operational costs to ensuring overall profitability and growth - these are all constant tasks for Senior Managers and CEOs, irrespecti...

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It is Time to Get Excited About Kofax RPA IT IS TIME TO GET EXCITED ABOUT KOFAX RPA

blog article

Oct 31, 2018

We live in a world that is information driven. Whether it is millions of bits of data generated by sensors (IoT), volumes of data produced by ERP, MRP and CRM systems or multitudes of unstructured data or content such as emails, documents, presentations or PDFs, we are inundated daily with informati...

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5 Reasons Data Is Construction’s Most Valuable Resource 5 REASONS DATA IS CONSTRUCTION’S MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE

blog article

Oct 31, 2018

A few months ago, The Economist referred to data as the oil of modern times, underlining its immense importance for every aspect of society both on a professional and personal level. It goes without saying that the construction industry is no exception to that. The advent of digital tools has enable...

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Build your own self Transforming Robot! BUILD YOUR OWN SELF TRANSFORMING ROBOT!

blog article

Oct 31, 2018

This robot designed by an Award-winning industrial designer, Shunji Yamanaka. This incredible work of mechanical engineering can transform between walking, rolling, and spinning, and even climbs stairs. It features a newly developed ultra-multi-motored system with 56 motors, which makes traveling on...

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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course THIS ROBOT TRANSFORMS ITSELF TO NAVIGATE AN OBSTACLE COURSE

blog article

Oct 31, 2018

When you’ve got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape. For the builders of a class of robots called modular self-reconfigurable robots (MSRR), shape-shifting is the first step toward endowing robots with an animal-...

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How NASA Will Use Robots to Create Rocket Fuel From Martian Soil HOW NASA WILL USE ROBOTS TO CREATE ROCKET FUEL FROM MARTIAN SOIL

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

The year is 2038. After 18 months living and working on the surface of Mars, a crew of six explorers boards a deep-space transport rocket and leaves for Earth. No humans are staying behind, but work goes on without them: Autonomous robots will keep running a mining and chemical-synthesis plant they&...

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Isn ISN'T COOL TO BUILD ROBOT WHICH BUILDS ROBOTS?

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

Factory for the future is Coming! Robots We are approaching a point in our technological evolution in which the influence and presence of robotics are becoming undeniable. Most recently, some examples of this include the increased use of robotics in assisting in surgeries and carrying out underwater...

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4 Futuristic Attributes of Collaborative Robots 4 FUTURISTIC ATTRIBUTES OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

Collaborative robots have become a regular part of applications with high part mixes at low volumes. These kinds of tasks require high degrees of flexibility and safety, as oftentimes collaborative robots must work alongside a human worker, and many industrial robots simply aren’t built with t...

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How to Get More from the 3-Finger Gripper With ROS HOW TO GET MORE FROM THE 3-FINGER GRIPPER WITH ROS

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

The new Robotiq ROS package is now available! Here's what you need to know about the package. What is it? What does it include? And what can it do for you? The 3-Finger Gripper is one of our most iconic products. It turns up in groundbreaking robotic research projects all over the world, from se...

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David vs Goliath or Challengers vs. Large Enterprises: How RPA is helping to win the battle DAVID VS GOLIATH OR CHALLENGERS VS. LARGE ENTERPRISES: HOW RPA IS HELPING TO WIN THE BATTLE

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

Ambitious, growing companies or Challengers competing in tough markets, especially against large, powerful enterprises face a David & Goliath tussle. This may, according to the Oxford Learner Dictionaries, be described as a situation in which a small or weak person or organization tries to defea...

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5 Major Hazards That Introduce Liability in Construction Projects 5 MAJOR HAZARDS THAT INTRODUCE LIABILITY IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

blog article

Oct 30, 2018

Even the big construction firms make mistakes, and when they do it, millions of dollars are at stake. As a smaller construction firm, you aren’t likely to face lawsuits on that scale, but even a much smaller lawsuit could break your firm’s back. Since construction managers face a host of...

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The future of preconstruction starts with automation THE FUTURE OF PRECONSTRUCTION STARTS WITH AUTOMATION

blog article

Oct 26, 2018

The preconstruction industry is in the midst of transformation. More owners are bringing on general contractors earlier in the preconstruction process, creating workload challenges and making preconstruction more critical than ever before. More processes, data, and information has made automation a ...

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Robotic standards are a pursuit, not a destination ROBOTIC STANDARDS ARE A PURSUIT, NOT A DESTINATION

blog article

Oct 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, we talked about the reality of automation-as-a-service and the raft of benefits that approach can bring for customers. Today, we’re taking a wider view of Robotics-as-a-Standard and the work being done to ensure interoperable, secure and ethically-designed robotics and automat...

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The Present and Future of RPA Innovation at Softomotive THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF RPA INNOVATION AT SOFTOMOTIVE

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Oct 25, 2018

RPA is a large and growing part of modern business, delivering significant benefits to enterprises worldwide. As the technology evolves and its benefits become clearer, RPA solutions are entering the mainstream. Solutions will only continue to become more powerful and able to deliver greater value a...

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5 key questions to ask when buying a security robot 5 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A SECURITY ROBOT

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Oct 25, 2018

Identifying, selecting, and implementing a new security solution can be a headache for even the most seasoned corporate security director. Industry innovation, such as the increased use of security robots, drone technology, and artificial intelligence, only adds to the complexity and challenges.

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The ROI of Security Robots THE ROI OF SECURITY ROBOTS

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Oct 25, 2018

As we all know, security is not a revenue generator. Ensuring the safety and security of people, places, and assets are considered a valuable and important investment. Even so, security professionals are consistently asked to measure the return on investment (ROI) for video systems, access control s...

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Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors TINY DRONES TEAM UP TO OPEN DOORS

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Oct 24, 2018

In a move inspired by natural engineering, robotics researchers have demonstrated how tiny palm-size drones can forcefully tug objects 40 times their own mass by anchoring themselves to the ground or to walls. It’s a glimpse into how small drones could more actively manipulate their environmen...

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How to Identify the Best Provider of Hardware Finishes for Multi-Unit Construction HOW TO IDENTIFY THE BEST PROVIDER OF HARDWARE FINISHES FOR MULTI-UNIT CONSTRUCTION

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Oct 24, 2018

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that August 2018 housing starts in buildings with five or more units grew 37% compared with the year before, indicating that multi-family housing continues to lead growth in the housing market. As more and more large apartment projects hit the market, competit...

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Unlocking the Value of AI and RPA in Banking UNLOCKING THE VALUE OF AI AND RPA IN BANKING

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Oct 23, 2018

What’s Next in Digital Banking. Throughout our series, we are featuring exclusive interviews with industry experts to help create a snapshot of where banks are on the digital continuum, where they’re going and the steps they’re taking to get there.

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Heard about the new flying stunt bot? HEARD ABOUT THE NEW FLYING STUNT BOT?

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Oct 23, 2018

Disney’s engineers are now building humanoid robots designed to take part in aerial stunts. With the help of laser guiding and built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, these robots adjust their position in mid-air, nailing that perfect superhero flight pose.

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What’s New in Robot Safety Standards? WHAT’S NEW IN ROBOT SAFETY STANDARDS?

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Oct 23, 2018

Robotic technology evolves rapidly. The constant need to maintain and improve productivity levels in manufacturing to get a leg up on the competition is intense. Industrial and collaborative robots play a critical role in a manufacturer’s competitiveness - the need for more productive robots n...

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How Cobots Are Changing Metal Fabrication HOW COBOTS ARE CHANGING METAL FABRICATION

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Oct 23, 2018

Metal fabrication advancements affect a wide variety of sectors, ranging from automotive to mining. And companies specializing in metal fabrication know they must readily adapt to changing customer needs to stay profitable. One way they’re doing that is by using collaborative robots - commonly...

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Why Engineers in the AEC Industry Need the PMP WHY ENGINEERS IN THE AEC INDUSTRY NEED THE PMP

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Oct 23, 2018

Fellow engineer-managers, listen up. It’s our responsibility to ensure that the engineers and project managers working for us are trained and equipped to perform their assigned duties.  When we fail at this task, then we fail not only the next generation who will lead our industry, but we...

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Role model of the year announced at UK Construction Week ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED AT UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK

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Oct 19, 2018

Breaking down barriers in construction, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, an engineering project manager at Aecom, has been awarded Role Model of the Year at UK Construction Week (UKCW). Recognized for her passion for inspiring the next generation into construction, Arleta was presented with her award by Step...

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Tech Tools May Level Playing Field for Smaller Construction Firms TECH TOOLS MAY LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALLER CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

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Oct 19, 2018

Whether in the concrete or walls and ceilings trade, most small contractors are on the hunt for their next project. With razor-thin profit margins and competitors popping up overnight, it’s easy for contractors to lose sleep as they struggle to stay in the game and grow their business.

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Explore the World’s Coolest Robots, All in One Place EXPLORE THE WORLD’S COOLEST ROBOTS, ALL IN ONE PLACE

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Oct 18, 2018

We’re launching today a new massive guide to all things robotic, with over 820 photos, 680 videos, and 40 interactives. It’s a fun site designed for robot enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. You should go check it out right now.

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Is the Robot Psychologist the Next Big AI App? IS THE ROBOT PSYCHOLOGIST THE NEXT BIG AI APP?

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Oct 17, 2018

Mention the phrase robot psychologist and meme-worthy images of automatons or perhaps human-like robot hosts fictionalized by HBO’s Westworld may come to mind. Yet part of what practicing psychologists do, such as administering certain types of psychological tests, assessments, and questionnai...

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4 Ways Digital Tools Are Revolutionizing Construction 4 WAYS DIGITAL TOOLS ARE REVOLUTIONIZING CONSTRUCTION

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Oct 17, 2018

According to a recent post, the construction industry as a whole has seen little to no improvement in productivity over the past eight decades. While productivity plateaus and construction projects become more complex and time-intensive, construction companies also face tedious day-to-day management...

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The Past and Future of Robotic Process Automation THE PAST AND FUTURE OF ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Oct 17, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the most exciting developments in Business Process Management (BPM) in recent history. Some industry experts believe it may be even more transformational than cloud computing. However, is this game-changing technology all that new? Any BPM practitioner with...

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Engineering for Cats: An Attempt to Tame the Untamable ENGINEERING FOR CATS: AN ATTEMPT TO TAME THE UNTAMABLE

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Oct 16, 2018

San Diego aerospace engineer Mac Delaney encountered a distressing problem a few years ago: cat aggression in his own home. In the face of this, he used his engineering background and love of cats to create a number of projects that can make your cat’s life better, and in turn, your life safer...

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5 Top-Rated Software Options for Managing Construction Payroll 5 TOP-RATED SOFTWARE OPTIONS FOR MANAGING CONSTRUCTION PAYROLL

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Oct 16, 2018

No matter what kind of construction work you do, labor eats up a huge portion of your budget. The typical construction company sees a net profit of under 5 percent, with as much as 30 to 40 percent of its budget going to labor. This means that managing payroll is an important part of your business, ...

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How RPA Unlocks Value from Web Vendor Portals HOW RPA UNLOCKS VALUE FROM WEB VENDOR PORTALS

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Oct 16, 2018

According to Billentis 2017 Market Report, the worldwide volume of invoices reached over 500 billion, with 8.4% exchanged electronically. In the US alone, there are 6.8B invoices generated each year and an expected increase by 5% annually. Plus the lack of standards and increasing providers (supplie...

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Atlas-humanoid bot has now mastered parkour style! ATLAS-HUMANOID BOT HAS NOW MASTERED PARKOUR STYLE!

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Oct 16, 2018

Boston Dynamics has quietly dropped a new video, this time revealing the Atlas robot's newfound ability to clear obstacles and jump like a parkour expert. The combination of real-time computer vision and control software, that balances legs, arms, and torso, which makes Atlas as one of the most ...

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Fenceless Robots Take on New Shapes and Forms FENCELESS ROBOTS TAKE ON NEW SHAPES AND FORMS

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Oct 16, 2018

Industrial robots are typically locked behind cages for the sake of the safety of human workers. The introduction of small, force-limiting collaborative robots was a revolution in robotic technology as it allowed humans to work directly alongside a robot without the need for safety fencing.

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Cobot Safety: Are You Too Close to Your Robot? COBOT SAFETY: ARE YOU TOO CLOSE TO YOUR ROBOT?

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Oct 16, 2018

How close can you get to a collaborative robot? Is it always safe to go near one? We explain the 5 spaces around a cobot which determine its safety. The issue of safety came up a few times at our recent Robotiq User Conference (RUC) in September. Jeff Burnstein from A3 made it clear that collaborati...

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Childcare Robots may Soon Become the new Norm CHILDCARE ROBOTS MAY SOON BECOME THE NEW NORM

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Oct 15, 2018

Now that technology is sufficiently advanced, Chinese parents are entrusting some childcare and parenting duties to AI robots. Except for the sexism that continues to persist throughout the market, toys have evolved a lot in recent decades. Children are now having fun with new tech-heavy toys - a tr...

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Scanlog strengthens its position at the cutting edge of logistics innovation by embracing robotic process automation from Softomotive SCANLOG STRENGTHENS ITS POSITION AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF LOGISTICS INNOVATION BY EMBRACING ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION FROM SOFTOMOTIVE

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Oct 15, 2018

Scandinavian Logistics Partners AB (Scanlog), a rapidly expanding Scandinavian logistics company specializing in international transports, is using ProcessRobot from Softomotive to help transform its order booking process and develop a smarter workflow.

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UnicornBot will help kids learn STEM and coding UNICORNBOT WILL HELP KIDS LEARN STEM AND CODING

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Oct 15, 2018

Robots are an important part of STEM education, and there are many robots that can help children to learn coding. This Robot from UBTECH Robotics is different as it has a purple mane, four legs, and a light-up horn. This week UBTECH launched the UnicornBot which shows the real-life magic of STEM ski...

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Robotics and AI Will Quickly Transform Financial Technology ROBOTICS AND AI WILL QUICKLY TRANSFORM FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY

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Oct 12, 2018

Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are poised to disrupt several areas of financial services and capital markets, predicts PwC in its recent report, “Financial Services Technology 2020 and Beyond: Embracing Disruption.”

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Cobot maker Rethink Robotics closes COBOT MAKER RETHINK ROBOTICS CLOSES

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Oct 12, 2018

Rethink Robotics Inc., a company known for making collaborative robots Sawyer and Baxter abruptly shut down Oct. 3, leaving the injection molders who bought the expressive-faced "cobots" looking for alternatives. Rethink Robotics introduced the two-armed Baxter in 2012 and began shipping t...

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Salto-1P Robot Hops Around Like Crazy, Knows Exactly Where It’s Going SALTO-1P ROBOT HOPS AROUND LIKE CRAZY, KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE IT’S GOING

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Oct 12, 2018

The Salto-1P Robot is a small monopedal robot that looks happy as heel as it jumps for joy. It’s either happy or crazy; I’m not sure which. It is capable of continuous high-power hopping and it takes that job seriously. I can imagine a tiny robot like this relentlessly hopping after you ...

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Demand for Construction Projects Is Soaring, but Where Are the Workers? DEMAND FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IS SOARING, BUT WHERE ARE THE WORKERS?

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Oct 12, 2018

Demand for construction projects is at an all-time high in the U.S. But, construction firms cannot respond aggressively because of the lack of skilled workers. With no relief in sight, there is great angst! Spending on new contraction surpassed $1.2 trillion in 2017 and is on pace to be even higher ...

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4 ways to build better relationships with general contractors 4 WAYS TO BUILD BETTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Oct 12, 2018

For subcontractors, building strong, long-lasting relationships with general contractors is key to success. Better relationships lead to consistent work, and not just winning more bids, but winning the bids you want. There are millions of subcontractors in North America.

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Why building a Chatbot for your eCommerce business is a good idea WHY BUILDING A CHATBOT FOR YOUR ECOMMERCE BUSINESS IS A GOOD IDEA

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Oct 11, 2018

There is no single trail in the world of online shopping. You can have an application, social media account or even emails to get in touch with your audience and abundantly made sales. This has to be a daunting and disorienting way to that lead to a customer with no clear direction.

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The Benefits of Robotic Grinding and Material Removal THE BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC GRINDING AND MATERIAL REMOVAL

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Oct 09, 2018

Robotic grinding and robotic material removal processes have been adopted by manufacturers around the world because of the many productivity benefits they provide. When compared to manual processes, robotic grinding offers a more versatile and streamlined way to improve operations.

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Robotiq’s Insights Now Provides Remote Access to the Robot Cell ROBOTIQ’S INSIGHTS NOW PROVIDES REMOTE ACCESS TO THE ROBOT CELL

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Oct 09, 2018

Robotiq launches Remote Access on its Insights monitoring software to bring technical support to the next level for Universal Robots. Application experts can now access the teach pendant and video streams from the robot cell. They get all the live information needed to troubleshoot the application a...

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Increasingly Human-Like Robots Spark Fascination INCREASINGLY HUMAN-LIKE ROBOTS SPARK FASCINATION

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Oct 08, 2018

Sporting a trendy brown bob, a humanoid robot named Erica chats to a man in front of stunned audience members in Madrid. She and others like her are a prime focus of robotic research, as their uncanny human form could be key to integrating such machines into our lives, said researchers gathered this...

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How can robots bring more productivity reduce less repetitive tasks in restaurants? HOW CAN ROBOTS BRING MORE PRODUCTIVITY REDUCE LESS REPETITIVE TASKS IN RESTAURANTS?

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Oct 06, 2018

The rush to gain maximum business is as usual in the industry known for its cut-throat competition. Therefore, restaurants across the world are trying to cut costs and introduce various means to attract customers and provide them with a better dining experience.

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Robots Could Optimize Hyper-Parameters Autonomously ROBOTS COULD OPTIMIZE HYPER-PARAMETERS AUTONOMOUSLY

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Oct 05, 2018

Researchers at Ecole Centrale de Lyon have recently devised a new developmental framework inspired by the long-term memory and reasoning mechanisms of humans. This framework, outlined in a paper presented at IEEE ICDL-Epirob in Tokyo and pre-published on arXiv, allows robots to autonomously optimize...

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Model Helps Robots Navigate More Like Humans Do MODEL HELPS ROBOTS NAVIGATE MORE LIKE HUMANS DO

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Oct 05, 2018

When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior of others and note any obstacles to avoid. Robots, on the other hand, struggle with such navigational concepts.

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Did You Know Robotics Can Improve Employees Health? DID YOU KNOW ROBOTICS CAN IMPROVE EMPLOYEES HEALTH?

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Oct 04, 2018

Robots have numerous potential benefits for the manufacturing space, including increased efficiency and reduced operating cost. They can also lead to improved safety and health for employees, both by sensing potential dangers in the workplace and taking over the riskiest tasks.

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10 Ways to Think Differently about Robotic Automation 10 WAYS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

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Oct 03, 2018

Robots used to know their place. In the past, a robot would run behind a safety cage doing repetitive motions that rarely changed from week to week, let alone from day to day. Now it’s not so simple. Robots are, in many cases, easy to redeploy; collaborative robots (cobots) operate safely alon...

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Breakthrough Robot Skins Turns Normal Objects Into Robots BREAKTHROUGH ROBOT SKINS TURNS NORMAL OBJECTS INTO ROBOTS

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Oct 03, 2018

A team of researchers out of Yale University have come up with a flexible, stretchy material that can turn just about any object into a multi-functional robot. Team leader and robotics expert Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio recognized the need for creating versatile robots that could be easily transported,...

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Here’s how robots can add a new dimension to smart stores HERE’S HOW ROBOTS CAN ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO SMART STORES

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Oct 03, 2018

The retail sector has emerged as one of the largest sectors. Various emerging factors like the development of e-commerce in the 2nd and 3rd tier cities and the increase in the consumer expenditure capacity can be termed as the biggest driver of this growth.

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Jumping Robot Salto-1P Now Goes Where You Tell It To JUMPING ROBOT SALTO-1P NOW GOES WHERE YOU TELL IT TO

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Oct 03, 2018

Last time we saw UC Berkeley’s Salto-1P, the robot was bouncing all over the place, able to hop continuously without any trouble. It was impressive to watch, especially when it occasionally exploded itself. But of course, the Berkeley researchers had long-term plans to take the robot from gene...

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5 Ways Virtual Design and Construction Improves Business Performance Objectives 5 WAYS VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION IMPROVES BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

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Oct 03, 2018

If you’re a construction project manager, you’ve probably heard about the great benefits of virtual design and construction (VDC) and how fantastic it is to be able to construct a three-dimensional, visual model of your project before you ever break ground. The trouble with new technolog...

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How To Create a Construction Safety Culture at Your Business HOW TO CREATE A CONSTRUCTION SAFETY CULTURE AT YOUR BUSINESS

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Oct 03, 2018

Did you know that employers pay almost $1 billion per week in workers compensation costs due to safety issues in the workplace? That’s billion, with a b. Naturally, you care about your workers for reasons that go far beyond money. But there are some serious financial risks that you face if you...

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Single-use plastic crackdown at UK Construction Week to benefit clean water in Nairobi SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CRACKDOWN AT UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK TO BENEFIT CLEAN WATER IN NAIROBI

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Oct 03, 2018

In an attempt to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles thrown away at the UK’s largest construction show, UK Construction Week (UKCW) has partnered with Join the Pipe to install water fountains around the event providing free tap water to its 35,000 visitors. Everyone will be a...

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Should i add a collaborative robot to my factory floor? SHOULD I ADD A COLLABORATIVE ROBOT TO MY FACTORY FLOOR?

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Oct 02, 2018

There’s enormous buzz about manufacturing automation and the need to stay competitive in a global marketplace. Articles are being published on what almost seems like an hourly basis. The good thing is it has manufacturers and logistics organizations thinking more than ever about ways to reduce...

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Working Toward Partner-Aware Humanoid Robot Control WORKING TOWARD PARTNER-AWARE HUMANOID ROBOT CONTROL

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Oct 02, 2018

Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have recently proposed a coupled-dynamics formalism and a new approach for exploiting helpful interactions with humanoid robots. Their paper, which was pre-published on arXiv, also presents a number of task-based, partner-aware techniques for ...

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How Robots are Transforming the Retail Industry HOW ROBOTS ARE TRANSFORMING THE RETAIL INDUSTRY

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Oct 02, 2018

Robots were once confined to a manufacturing setting with a highly controlled environment and predetermined, repeatable movements. But over the last few decades, robots have evolved dramatically and can take on new applications outside of the factory with far greater variability in their environment...

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Hotel Uses Alibaba HOTEL USES ALIBABA'S ROBOT TO TEND TO GUESTS

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Oct 01, 2018

Alibaba AI Labs has announced an artificial-intelligent robot that will be wheeling around attending to hotel guests, according to New Atlas. Guests will be able to order room service or request an item through the Tmall Genie smart speaker in their room. Once requested, the approximately three-foot...

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Construction Robot Creates Pavilion from Stones and String CONSTRUCTION ROBOT CREATES PAVILION FROM STONES AND STRING

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Oct 01, 2018

Researchers at ETH Zurich are showing off their construction robot who has created a pavilion using stones and string as part of an exhibition at the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur. After using over 60,000 pounds of loose stones and almost 75 miles worth of string, the robot dutifully created the Rock ...

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Microsoft gets back into robotics MICROSOFT GETS BACK INTO ROBOTICS

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Oct 01, 2018

Under Bill Gates leadership in the early 2000s, Microsoft was gung-ho about robotics. Gates predicted in 2007 that robotics would be the next hot field. He had a vision of a robot in every home. Unfortunately, the company’s robotics wheels fell off after Gates left Microsoft in 2008. But it ap...

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Five good strategies to make the most of the UK’s largest construction event FIVE GOOD STRATEGIES TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE UK’S LARGEST CONSTRUCTION EVENT

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Oct 01, 2018

When faced with a huge industry event attended by 35,000 contacts, featuring at least 350 speakers delivering 300 hours of content, and more than 650 stands covering over 70,000 square metres and providing launches, demos and offers on more than 10,000 products, you need a strategy. So, if you have ...

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What is a Cobot? WHAT IS A COBOT?

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Oct 01, 2018

Robots are a threat to your job, right? They must be. The robots are coming for your job line has been a ubiquitous spectre of our technological futures for much of the past five years. The perception hasn’t always been like this though - and indeed, still isn’t in countries that take a ...

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No Ticket Required, Robot-Powered Creator Restaurant Fully Open in SF NO TICKET REQUIRED, ROBOT-POWERED CREATOR RESTAURANT FULLY OPEN IN SF

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Sep 28, 2018

This drywall-installing robot will finish building your new home, meatbagCreator, the restaurant that uses robots to cook up hamburgers, opened to walk-in customers San Francisco this week, as automated restaurants continue to pop up across the country.

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How to Deal With Teen Workers on the Construction Site HOW TO DEAL WITH TEEN WORKERS ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

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Sep 28, 2018

Although the construction industry is in the midst of a boom, project managers can’t seem to find enough qualified workers. As a result, more teenagers and young adults are joining the construction workforce. While construction jobs are an excellent way to teach youth practical skills and to h...

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Are Delivery Drones Commercially Viable? ARE DELIVERY DRONES COMMERCIALLY VIABLE?

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Sep 26, 2018

An Icelandic startup called Aha is using a Chinese-made drone and an Israeli logistics system to deliver hot food, groceries, and electronics to households in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. It’s a world’s first, and one that flouts the standard aviation safety mantras. These ...

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3 Reasons to Reach Out to Your General Contractor During the Commercial Construction Process 3 REASONS TO REACH OUT TO YOUR GENERAL CONTRACTOR DURING THE COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

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Sep 26, 2018

For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward. But because we have such a broad range of expertise and the know-how to weigh in or provide services for so many aspects of the construction process, there are times our clients don’t even realize they cou...

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How Lean Leaders are Changing the Construction Industry HOW LEAN LEADERS ARE CHANGING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Sep 26, 2018

As an engineering professional a few years into my career, I’ve focused on building my skills in a way that allows me to contribute positively to my clients, my company, and the construction industry. I quickly realized that becoming a student of Lean would allow me to do just that.

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Memory-jogging robot to keep people sharp in smart retirement homes MEMORY-JOGGING ROBOT TO KEEP PEOPLE SHARP IN SMART RETIREMENT HOMES

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Sep 25, 2018

A robot that reminds older people where they have put things and helps them exercise has been used by residents in three retirement homes in a trial to combat a cognitive decline in later age. Almost a fifth of the European population are over 65 years old, but while the quality of life for this age...

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Reinforcement Learning to Achieve Human-Like Control in Robots REINFORCEMENT LEARNING TO ACHIEVE HUMAN-LIKE CONTROL IN ROBOTS

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Sep 25, 2018

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a hierarchical framework based on deep reinforcement learning (RL) that can acquire a variety of strategies for humanoid balance control. Their framework, outlined in a paper pre-published on arXiv and presented at the 2017 International Conf...

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How Construction Regulation Changes Will Affect Your Business HOW CONSTRUCTION REGULATION CHANGES WILL AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS

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Sep 25, 2018

The construction industry is a rapidly changing one, and the regulations that define its boundaries are constantly shifting. Changes in presidential administrations result in lots of uncertainty about construction regulation shifts and how they might impact small construction firms. As a constructio...

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The Latest Trends in Vision-Guided Robots THE LATEST TRENDS IN VISION-GUIDED ROBOTS

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Sep 25, 2018

Vision-guided robots, from industrial robotic arms to autonomous mobile robots, are a quickly growing segment of robotics. Typically, robots equipped with advanced vision systems are far more capable and flexible than robots that operate blind. This makes them highly desirable in a wide range of ind...

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How to Manage Expectations During a Robot Deployment HOW TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS DURING A ROBOT DEPLOYMENT

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Sep 25, 2018

Worker expectations can ruin a robot deployment. But, you can ensure success by understanding how their opinions will change during the 3 stages of robot deployment. In the beginning, workers are often uncertain about robots. They worry that their jobs are in danger. They believe that they do not ha...

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5 things robots do better than humans and 3 things they don’t 5 THINGS ROBOTS DO BETTER THAN HUMANS AND 3 THINGS THEY DON’T

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Sep 24, 2018

Will robots ever replace humans in every area of our working lives? This question is the stuff of science fiction stories. And now that [robots] are making viable contributions to almost every industry, sci-fi writers have fresh material with which to speculate. For now, and for the foreseeable futu...

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Robotization of the restaurant ROBOTIZATION OF THE RESTAURANT

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Sep 24, 2018

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a very interesting article. While anxious papers are flourishing, predicting us a terrible future made of robots taking our jobs, this one took an unprecedented approach. The article explains that entry-level low-wage jobs in fast-food restaurants are no ...

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The Hunt for Robot Unicorns THE HUNT FOR ROBOT UNICORNS

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Sep 24, 2018

HAX, a venture-capital firm, and a hardware accelerator has invested in over two dozen robotics companies, including Avidbots, a Canadian startup that builds autonomous floor-cleaning robots like the one above at Changi Airport in Singapore.

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Spray Coated Tactile Sensor on a 3D Surface for Robotic Skin SPRAY COATED TACTILE SENSOR ON A 3D SURFACE FOR ROBOTIC SKIN

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Sep 21, 2018

Robots will be able to conduct a wide variety of tasks as well as humans if they can be given tactile sensing capabilities. A KAIST research team has reported a stretchable pressure insensitive strain sensor by using an all solution-based process. The solution-based process is easily scalable to acc...

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Robot Created to Monitor Key Wine Vineyard Parameters ROBOT CREATED TO MONITOR KEY WINE VINEYARD PARAMETERS

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Sep 21, 2018

Grapes must be picked at the exact point of maturation, and its plant must have the appropriate intake of water during development so that the wine ends up with desired properties. Controlling those parameters is complicated and expensive, and few can afford to use pressure chambers that measure wat...

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Eye-Tracking Glasses Are All You Need to Control This Drone EYE-TRACKING GLASSES ARE ALL YOU NEED TO CONTROL THIS DRONE

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Sep 20, 2018

Despite the ubiquity of drones nowadays, it seems to be generally accepted that learning how to control them properly is just too much work. Consumer drones are increasingly being stuffed full of obstacle-avoidance systems, based on the (likely accurate) assumption that most human pilots are to some...

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5 Reasons Why Robotic Process Automation is Your Competitive Advantage 5 REASONS WHY ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION IS YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

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Sep 19, 2018

Robotic process automation is making progress, and future prospects look brighter and brighter. The numbers in a recent Horses for Sources report (which we used before as an opener for making a case for the utility of RPA in the finance industry) are particularly relevant because they show clear evi...

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Robot Jellyfish Primed to Protect the World’s Oceans ROBOT JELLYFISH PRIMED TO PROTECT THE WORLD’S OCEANS

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Sep 18, 2018

Robot jellyfish, developed by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research scientists, are ready to offer damage-free monitoring and care for the world’s oceans. The team decided to target their soft robotics tech toward jellyfish swimming methods.

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RPA Today: What Are the Most Common Automated Processes? RPA TODAY: WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON AUTOMATED PROCESSES?

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Sep 18, 2018

As RPA becomes one of the most dominant forces in the modern economy, companies are looking for new processes to automate in order to improve efficiency, reduce costs and develop new sources of revenue. This has led to explosive growth in the number and scope of tasks that are automated.

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Calculating the ROI of Your First Industrial or Collaborative Robots CALCULATING THE ROI OF YOUR FIRST INDUSTRIAL OR COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Sep 18, 2018

The decision to automate manual processes hinges on robots ability to deliver a return on investment (ROI) in a reasonable amount of time. Any robot must quantitatively prove its worth through cost savings and gains in productivity. Without an expected ROI, robotic automation is not a profitable ven...

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Chatbots in Travel CHATBOTS IN TRAVEL

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Sep 18, 2018

Chatbots offers a huge opportunity for companies to automate personalize conversations with customers which will increase engagement and improve satisfaction, while also increasing revenue. From online travel agencies through to hotels, the travel industry is seeing a wave of companies innovating wi...

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Does OSHA Need a Heat Exposure Standard for Construction? DOES OSHA NEED A HEAT EXPOSURE STANDARD FOR CONSTRUCTION?

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Sep 14, 2018

In their petition, they claim that many workers, including those in construction, have to work in extreme heat with no protection from heat stress or heat-related illnesses. From 1992 through 2016, there were 69,374 serious injuries and 783 deaths caused by exposure to excessive heat, per data from ...

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A view of a master of the confluence of engineering and architecture A VIEW OF A MASTER OF THE CONFLUENCE OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

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Sep 14, 2018

As I wrote in our current issue’s interview feature, architects are not engineers. However, to the octogenarian architect Renzo Piano, whose best-known buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris and London’s Shard skyscraper, the two disciplines are intimately interwoven, and through...

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Dear Waze, Please Stop Portraying Construction Workers as Cartoon Characters DEAR WAZE, PLEASE STOP PORTRAYING CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AS CARTOON CHARACTERS

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Sep 14, 2018

Recently, the smart phone navigation company Waze has been partnering with car companies to make drivers more aware of when they are coming into a construction work zone. While we applaud these efforts and thoroughly appreciate that companies are working to make people more aware of workers, we were...

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Barratt launches safety drive after site accidents increase BARRATT LAUNCHES SAFETY DRIVE AFTER SITE ACCIDENTS INCREASE

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Sep 14, 2018

Barratt Developments has launched a safety review after accident rates on its sites increased. It said: Increased activity levels across the industry in terms of site openings and production volumes combined with shortages of skilled workers has contributed to an increased risk of accidents on sites...

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Robotics, Smart Manufacturing Engage Students and Educators at Summit ROBOTICS, SMART MANUFACTURING ENGAGE STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS AT SUMMIT

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Sep 12, 2018

Every edition of the IMTS Smartforce Student Summit features new and exciting opportunities for students and educators in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and this 11th edition is no exception. This year, experiences such as Learning Labs, a Manufacturing Classroom of the Future, S...

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The Hidden Cost of Growing Your Construction Business THE HIDDEN COST OF GROWING YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

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Sep 12, 2018

For many construction businesses the biggest obstacle they face isn’t finding enough qualified workers or even bidding for jobs, it’s actually cash flow - specifically, not having enough of it to pay for liabilities like bills and payroll. According to a recent study conducted by TSheets...

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The Growing Role of RPA in the Life Sciences Field THE GROWING ROLE OF RPA IN THE LIFE SCIENCES FIELD

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Sep 11, 2018

Within the field of life sciences, there is a continuous call to develop new medicines at a quicker pace and lower cost. This desire to release new pharmaceuticals to the market while reducing the cost and time spent developing them has led to a rise in the use of technology in the healthcare field....

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Robots in Education ROBOTS IN EDUCATION

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Sep 11, 2018

Young children have been proven to be significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots. A study from the University of Plymouth compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both peers and humanoid robots.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Used in Today’s Robots HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS USED IN TODAY’S ROBOTS

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Sep 11, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are a powerful combination for automating tasks inside and outside of the factory setting. In recent years, AI has become an increasingly common presence in robotic solutions, introducing flexibility and learning capabilities in previously rigid applications...

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Watch a Bee-Inspired Robot Pollinate Flowers WATCH A BEE-INSPIRED ROBOT POLLINATE FLOWERS

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Sep 07, 2018

To help with the population decline of the world’s natural pollinators, a team from West Virginia University (WVU) has created BrambleBee-an autonomous robot inspired by bees. The robot is tasked with pollinating bramble, blackberry, and raspberry plants in a greenhouse, utilizing mapping and ...

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New London Transport Museum exhibit targets tomorrow’s engineers NEW LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM EXHIBIT TARGETS TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS

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Sep 07, 2018

The importance of inspiring and engaging the next generation of engineers is a regular topic for The Engineer, and we like to hope that our coverage of the issue helps in some small way to drive debate on how industry, in particular, can do a better job of persuading young people that engineering&rs...

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Costs of Service, Commodity and Energy Inputs Into Construction Are Heating Up COSTS OF SERVICE, COMMODITY AND ENERGY INPUTS INTO CONSTRUCTION ARE HEATING UP

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Sep 07, 2018

In the U.S., there are currently 12 significant construction-related inputs or components that are recording double-digit-percentage year-over-year price increases, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)’s Producer Price Index (PPI) calculations.

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Everything You Need to Know About RPA EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RPA

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Sep 07, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an important element of the Future of Work toolkit. According to research, about 70% to 80% of rules-based business processes can be automated. Large organizations have realized the benefits of automation and are trying to utilize this quick and effective tool. In...

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From Office to Field: 4 Tools for Mechanical Contractors FROM OFFICE TO FIELD: 4 TOOLS FOR MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS

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Sep 07, 2018

With technology rapidly developing, here are 4 tools that mechanical contractors should consider to increase efficiency in the office and in the field. Mechanical contractors are always looking for ways to be more efficient, saving time and money. It seems like every day there is a new tool or new p...

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Skydio Announces SDK to Make World’s Cleverest Drone Even Cleverer SKYDIO ANNOUNCES SDK TO MAKE WORLD’S CLEVEREST DRONE EVEN CLEVERER

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Sep 06, 2018

Skydio blew our minds when they announced the R1 back in February-it’s by far the smartest, most autonomous consumer camera drone we’ve ever seen. The company promised that they’d keep on making the R1 even more capable, and today they’re announcing a slew of upgrades, includ...

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Robotiq Makes Force Control Easy with Force Copilot ROBOTIQ MAKES FORCE CONTROL EASY WITH FORCE COPILOT

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Sep 05, 2018

Robotiq is launching Force Copilot, an intuitive software to operate Universal Robots e-Series embedded force torque sensor. Force Copilot accelerates the programming of a whole host of applications, including part insertion and surface finding, among many others.

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U.S. Construction Costs Are Soaring U.S. CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE SOARING

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Sep 05, 2018

In calculating a price index for a good or service, the initial step is to choose a base period and set the real-world price at that time equal to 100.0. Then each subsequent monthly price is expressed as a ratio of that base price. For example, if the real-world price rises by 8% in a year, its ind...

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5 tips for getting started with collaborative robots 5 TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Sep 04, 2018

Collaborative robots, or cobots, are providing manufacturers of all sizes with the capability to automate more than ever before. We know that getting up and running with a cobot quickly is a priority, to see results as soon as possible.

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RPA and AI - The New Intelligent Digital Workforce RPA AND AI - THE NEW INTELLIGENT DIGITAL WORKFORCE

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Sep 04, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are emerging hot markets. Just do a quick web search and you’ll see the excitement of many organizations looking to adopt these two technologies. But wait for a second: In that quick web search, you’ll also see many questi...

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Robots Get into Historic Building ROBOTS GET INTO HISTORIC BUILDING

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Sep 04, 2018

The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury, home to the oldest French-Canadian regiment still in existence, was damaged by fire in April 2008. This spring,  the brand new Armoury, build from what's remaining from the 2008 fire, reopened in grand fashion. As a sign of renewal, this week Robotiq...

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Robotic Force and Tactile Sensing: The Latest Innovation in Industrial Robotics ROBOTIC FORCE AND TACTILE SENSING: THE LATEST INNOVATION IN INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS

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Sep 04, 2018

Industrial and collaborative robots drastically improve their capabilities when using force and tactile sensing. Most robots today, especially collaborative robots, have a form of force and torque sensing, but it’s mostly used for safety purposes when working in close proximity to humans.

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Looking for Construction Workers? Manage Temps Effectively With the Right Software LOOKING FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS? MANAGE TEMPS EFFECTIVELY WITH THE RIGHT SOFTWARE

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Sep 04, 2018

A pipe burst on your construction site and set one portion of your project back by a week. Now you’ve got half the time to make deadline on finishing the walls in that section of the building, and you need a lot more labor than you actually have. So what now? You realize you need to start look...

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Neato Introduces New Robot Vacuums, Adds Zone Cleaning to D7 NEATO INTRODUCES NEW ROBOT VACUUMS, ADDS ZONE CLEANING TO D7

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Aug 31, 2018

At IFA in Berlin this week, Neato Robotics is, as we speak, making a bunch of announcements that promise to make the lives of people who like clean floors just a little bit better. In addition to a pair of new(ish) and more affordable(ish) Botvac models, Neato's ultra-fancy D7 Connected is getti...

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Port Infrastructure Construction on the Rise PORT INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION ON THE RISE

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Aug 31, 2018

Strange as it might seem, the threat of administration-imposed tariffs has not slowed investment in America’s ports. The extremely large mega-ships are coming through the Suez Canal headed to America and U.S. ports will be ready.  Most are already engaged in making upgrades, performing ma...

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5 Reasons Construction Projects Fail 5 REASONS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FAIL

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Aug 30, 2018

For commercial contractors, both GCs and subs, a successful project is one completed on time and within budget. The client is happy with the finished product and the contractor walks away with a tidy profit. Everybody wins. When a project fails, it’s typically due to conflicts and issues that ...

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Why is the UK turning away overseas engineering talent? WHY IS THE UK TURNING AWAY OVERSEAS ENGINEERING TALENT?

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Aug 30, 2018

I am somewhat perplexed by the attitude of our government. Before you ask: yes this does seem to be a perpetual state of mind and no it doesn’t necessarily refer to just a single party. In this particular case, the cause lies within the fact that for about 20 years we have been predicting a sh...

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How to Close the Skills Gap in Your Manufacturing Robotics HOW TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN YOUR MANUFACTURING ROBOTICS

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Aug 30, 2018

Despite the abundance of articles claiming that robots will take our jobs, the rise of robots in manufacturing roles is nothing to fear. In fact, the use of robots is creating so many new jobs that employers are facing an ever-widening skills gap. As this gap continues to grow, the demand for people...

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Role models inspire the new face of construction ROLE MODELS INSPIRE THE NEW FACE OF CONSTRUCTION

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Aug 30, 2018

Talented people working in construction are to be recognised as part of a campaign to encourage others to follow their own career in the sector. Launched in March 2018, UK Construction Week (UKCW) established its Role Models campaign, with help from the Construction Youth Trust, to inspire others an...

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Meet the new Assistants in Medical Device Manufacturing - The Cobots MEET THE NEW ASSISTANTS IN MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING - THE COBOTS

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Aug 29, 2018

Collaborative robots or cobots are a new class of robots that are bridging the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines. This has become a critical competitive advantage for small and mid-sized specialty medical device manufacturers and is helping to fill automation ...

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5 Quick Tips for Successful Robotics Process Automation Implementation 5 QUICK TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL ROBOTICS PROCESS AUTOMATION IMPLEMENTATION

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Aug 29, 2018

RPA implementation can be done through workforce consulting, and a combination of technology and change management. Over the last few months, PureSoftware has incorporated RPA into multiple processes including, accounts receivable, new-employee onboarding, claims processing, bank reconciliation, ord...

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Digital Insurers Leverage Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to Drive Operational Efficiencies DIGITAL INSURERS LEVERAGE ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) TO DRIVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

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Aug 29, 2018

The insurance sector has always been facing numerous challenges, whether its profits, regulations or compliance; this has led to the birth of ‘Digital Insurers’. Yes! Digital Insurers are the ones for whom customer experience and operational efficiencies matter a lot. Like other industri...

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Can gamification contribute to effortless robotic process automation? CAN GAMIFICATION CONTRIBUTE TO EFFORTLESS ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION?

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Aug 28, 2018

Robotics and automation have been covered in many articles, but robotics with some sort of game on top? That sounds new and refreshing - utopian, even. What could be better than blending work and games? I’m convinced - and hopefully, you will be too by the end of this blog - that in addition t...

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Why Robots Fail to Meet User Expectations WHY ROBOTS FAIL TO MEET USER EXPECTATIONS

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Aug 28, 2018

Robotics companies are starting to fail! Why? It all comes down to one big reason: user expectations are not being met. Here's how to ensure your deployment doesn't suffer the same fate. Well, we all knew the explosion of robotics startups couldn't last forever.

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Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures MOBILE ROBOTS COOPERATE TO 3D PRINT LARGE STRUCTURES

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Aug 28, 2018

What’s possible with 3D printing is largely driven by two things: How patient you are, since printing large or complex structures can take a while, and what kind of build volume you have to work with. Most 3D printers are boxes, and inside those boxes are smaller boxes, and inside those boxes ...

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What’s New in Collaborative Robots? WHAT’S NEW IN COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS?

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Aug 28, 2018

Collaborative robots were built as a safer alternative to heavy industrial robots that could work side by side with human workers without putting them in danger. All collaborative robots feature smooth designs, usually with few or no pinch points, and sophisticated motion control to avoid potentiall...

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Documents Need Robots Too - The Missing Piece of the Process Automation Puzzle DOCUMENTS NEED ROBOTS TOO - THE MISSING PIECE OF THE PROCESS AUTOMATION PUZZLE

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Aug 27, 2018

As organizations roll out their robotic process automation (RPA) initiatives, they frequently encounter efficiency challenges with receiving and processing documents and the information contained in them. As experts in both RPA and cognitive document automation (CDA), we’ve launched a buy a ro...

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Eliminate Construction Overtime With These Strategies ELIMINATE CONSTRUCTION OVERTIME WITH THESE STRATEGIES

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Aug 27, 2018

Alright, you’ve found skilled labor and you’ve managed to keep your employees from bolting for other firms. But now you’ve got a new problem: Your profit margins are being gobbled up by overtime-and, honestly, you’re not even really sure if your firm is managing overtime in a...

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How to Get Top Subcontractor Performance on Your Construction Project HOW TO GET TOP SUBCONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE ON YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

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Aug 24, 2018

It’s inevitable on a construction project: you run into some specialized work that needs doing, and you just don’t have the workers with that kind of expertise. It’s time to go outside your firm and find a subcontractor who can get the job done. But hiring a subcontractor is fraugh...

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The Incredible Potential of Exoskeleton Robots THE INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL OF EXOSKELETON ROBOTS

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Aug 24, 2018

Exoskeleton robots are a form of professional service robot intended to mimic and augment the motion of the human body. These robots are different than most other types of professional service robots in the sense that they are made to be worn by humans and are highly collaborative by nature.

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Sawyer Enjoys Increased Freedom of Mobility Through Clearpath and Rethink Robotics Partnership SAWYER ENJOYS INCREASED FREEDOM OF MOBILITY THROUGH CLEARPATH AND RETHINK ROBOTICS PARTNERSHIP

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Aug 23, 2018

Rethink Robotics and Clearpath Robotics have teamed up to bring together their Sawyer Software Development Kit (SDK) and Clearpath’s Ridgeback mobile platform, to allow for greater freedom of mobility. This partnership allows researchers to further explore robotic applications in areas like wa...

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Is There a Place for Cobots in Construction? IS THERE A PLACE FOR COBOTS IN CONSTRUCTION?

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Aug 23, 2018

Collaborative robots-also was known as cobots-have revolutionized robotics by working safely alongside humans and helping them accomplish tasks faster. They’re already in sectors like manufacturing and shipping, but will cobots soon join the construction industry, too?

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85% of construction industry would recommend a career in construction to young people 85% OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WOULD RECOMMEND A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION TO YOUNG PEOPLE

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Aug 23, 2018

In response to survey results from the UK and Irish construction industries, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched the Spotlight on the next generation campaign to provide essential information and resources to help the industry address the urgent issue of attracting the future workforce....

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Making Cobots Mobile: The Future of Portable Robotics MAKING COBOTS MOBILE: THE FUTURE OF PORTABLE ROBOTICS

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Aug 22, 2018

Collaborative robots, or cobots, are relatively new additions to the robotics industry. They work alongside humans, making repetitive or inefficient tasks easier to manage. Portable cobots are even more recent advancements. What can people look forward to when these innovations become mainstream?

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8 Types of Field Robots in Agriculture 8 TYPES OF FIELD ROBOTS IN AGRICULTURE

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Aug 22, 2018

Field robots are a type of professional service robot that automate tough manual tasks. Typically, they’re used on land and operate fully autonomous. While they’re used in a wide range of applications, agriculture has become one of the top users of this new technology.

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4 Common Risk Factors on Construction Projects 4 COMMON RISK FACTORS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Aug 22, 2018

All construction projects carry some level of risk. Being able to identify and manage risks requires skill, careful planning, and being able to make good decisions quickly. When risks become reality, they can be detrimental to the successful completion of your project. Properly managed risks can lea...

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Equity Price Patterns of 39 Companies with Ties to Construction EQUITY PRICE PATTERNS OF 39 COMPANIES WITH TIES TO CONSTRUCTION

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Aug 21, 2018

There’s nothing complicated about today’s article. It simply examines, with the aid of the accompanying table, the latest 12-month performances of the share prices of nearly 40 well-known companies. The 39 firms have been arranged alphabetically according to their primary industrial acti...

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Understanding IIoT Cybersecurity for Connected Robots UNDERSTANDING IIOT CYBERSECURITY FOR CONNECTED ROBOTS

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Aug 21, 2018

Industrial robots are no longer repetitive, inflexible systems that only perform one task over and over. Today’s industrial robots are dynamic. They are equipped with vision systems and better programming that give them more flexibility than ever, and most recently, they’ve been given co...

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The Right Way to Multitask with a Robot THE RIGHT WAY TO MULTITASK WITH A ROBOT

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Aug 21, 2018

Can a robot really help you multitask? Well, yes, but not if you listen to the latest research into brain-controlled robots. There's a much better way to do two tasks at once. Since I started in robotics over a decade ago, I've read a lot of research studies about robots. I've noticed th...

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How to Identify RPA Success for your Organization HOW TO IDENTIFY RPA SUCCESS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Aug 21, 2018

Today, companies are improving the accuracy and efficiency of back-end processes with the rise of software robots. Robotic process automation (RPA) proves to be a driving force to increase productivity-and processes-across enterprises. Although RPA is like any complex tool which might speed up the r...

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MidKent College is encouraging more young women to study construction in a bid to boost numbers in the industry MIDKENT COLLEGE IS ENCOURAGING MORE YOUNG WOMEN TO STUDY CONSTRUCTION IN A BID TO BOOST NUMBERS IN THE INDUSTRY

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Aug 21, 2018

MidKent College is encouraging more young women to study construction, in a bid to break down gender stereotypes and boost numbers joining the industry. Figures show the number of females opting to learn about the profession at the College in both further and higher education since 2014/15 has risen...

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The Power and Promise of Robotic Process Automation THE POWER AND PROMISE OF ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Aug 20, 2018

In a recent AIIM survey on digitalizing core business processes, organizations were asked what benefits they hoped to achieve from process automation. The answers are interesting: Respondents gave nearly equal weight to cost reduction (42%) and a more transformative goal of value creation through in...

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Five Ways to Prevent Robots From Losing Value Over Time FIVE WAYS TO PREVENT ROBOTS FROM LOSING VALUE OVER TIME

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Aug 16, 2018

Collaborative robots-more was commonly known as cobots-work alongside humans to make business operations safer and more efficient. However, if companies aren’t careful, these high-tech machines could lose value over time through a process called depreciation. Here are five ways to minimize dep...

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Women in Construction Trades Facing Additional Safety and Health Challenges WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES FACING ADDITIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH CHALLENGES

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Aug 16, 2018

Women working in carpentry, cement masonry, sheet metal, iron working, electrical and other construction trades face the same challenges that men do, plus some challenges that men don’t. Machines and tools are typically designed for bigger people. There’s a difficulty finding PPE that fi...

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How RPA Can Help Small Business Take On And Challenge Bigger Businesses HOW RPA CAN HELP SMALL BUSINESS TAKE ON AND CHALLENGE BIGGER BUSINESSES

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Aug 15, 2018

The Biblical story of David and Goliath in which a shepherd boy beats a giant warrior in single combat has become part of our vocabulary of underdog stories and improbable victories. Like David, smaller businesses have been trying to take on their Goliaths and, in many cases, have been effective in ...

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The types of insurance that may be vital for your construction business THE TYPES OF INSURANCE THAT MAY BE VITAL FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

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Aug 15, 2018

Whether you have just started a construction business or are preparing to do so, you could be brimming with optimism. After all, rising skills shortages in the UK construction sector, as reported by the Independent, have opened up fresh opportunities for people seeking construction jobs. Still, none...

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How Seasonal Temperature Changes Affect the Construction Industry HOW SEASONAL TEMPERATURE CHANGES AFFECT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Aug 15, 2018

Climate is the biggest and most important factor in construction; it’s what determines the materials used, the time frame for construction and the durability and longevity of the constructed building. Seasonal temperature changes are different in every state, and within states, they can differ...

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The perfect interaction between human and robot THE PERFECT INTERACTION BETWEEN HUMAN AND ROBOT

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Aug 14, 2018

SMBs are increasingly under pressure to react to fluctuations in demand as quickly as possible. However, a scalable production that can be flexibly expanded from two to three shifts, can hardly be realized with purely human resources. Robotic automation capabilities can help companies become more fl...

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Cobots in Packaging: The State of the Industry in 2018 COBOTS IN PACKAGING: THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY IN 2018

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Aug 14, 2018

This year, a staggering number of companies are using cobots for packaging. Here's the state of the packaging industry in 2018. Packaging is a wonderful application for collaborative robots. First, it's a vital but non-value-added task-perfect for cobots. Moreover, today's industries hav...

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The Latest Uses of Industrial Robotics in Aerospace Applications THE LATEST USES OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS IN AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS

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Aug 14, 2018

The aerospace industry faces unique challenges. In terms of robotic automation, one unique challenge is the fact that aircraft are typically in use for decades, but the technology used to create them develops at a rapid pace. The need for ever-increasing productivity and streamlined operations place...

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A giant leap for construction! A GIANT LEAP FOR CONSTRUCTION!

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Aug 14, 2018

The National Space Centre’s Launch Pad project lifted off to new heights with a dramatic community launch – which took construction to the edges of earth’s atmosphere. The launch provided a spectacle for hundreds of school children, local residents and workers who witnessed a teddy...

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BuildingConnected + TradeTapp: Welcome to the future of preconstruction BUILDINGCONNECTED + TRADETAPP: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF PRECONSTRUCTION

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Aug 14, 2018

At BuildingConnected, we’re already powering preconstruction at more than 2,500 GCs and owners in North America, including 13 of the top 20. Our platform enables $100 billion in new construction to flow through our network each month. That’s why we’re beyond excited to announce tha...

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5 Ways New Technology in the Construction Industry Can Optimize Your Workforce 5 WAYS NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAN OPTIMIZE YOUR WORKFORCE

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Aug 13, 2018

Introducing new technology into a construction business is intimidating. It can so fundamentally alter day-to-day processes that the upheaval is just too much for some small and midsize businesses (SMBs)-so they don’t do it. But in the face of the skilled labor shortage, it must be done.

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Using Job Hazard Analysis to Improve Construction Safety USING JOB HAZARD ANALYSIS TO IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

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Aug 10, 2018

Construction sites can be a dangerous work environment. Safety managers and project managers are tasked with being able to identify and eliminate hazards to ensure the safety of everyone on the job site. Conducting a job hazard analysis for each job on a project is an effective method for mitigating...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Past, Present and Future ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA): PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

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Aug 09, 2018

RPA alone helps organizations achieve exceptional benefits in operational quality, speed, and cost. Additional intelligent technologies exponentially multiply the value of RPA. True cognitive RPA achieves the highest level of thinking and acting even more like humans.

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Why the Pursuit of a Killer App for Home Robots Is Fraught With Peril WHY THE PURSUIT OF A KILLER APP FOR HOME ROBOTS IS FRAUGHT WITH PERIL

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Aug 09, 2018

In the past two months, Mayfield Robotics, makers of Kuri the robot, has shut down sales and operations, and Jibo, which has run through more than the US $70 million of venture funding, announced a significant downsizing of the company.

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Therapy Robot Teaches Social Skills to Children With Autism THERAPY ROBOT TEACHES SOCIAL SKILLS TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

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Aug 09, 2018

For some children with autism, interacting with other people can be an uncomfortable, mystifying experience. Feeling overwhelmed with face-to-face interaction, such children may find it difficult to focus their attention and learn social skills from their teachers and therapists-the very people char...

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What WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS COBOTS EASE OF USE?

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Aug 09, 2018

Everybody is talking about collaborative robots and how they can accelerate production lines, boost quality control = product quality and resolve a wide variety of HR issues (lack of manpower, occupational health and safety issues, you name it). But many potential users think they're still too c...

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Anki ANKI'S VECTOR IS A LITTLE AI-POWERED ROBOT NOW ON KICKSTARTER FOR $200

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Aug 08, 2018

San Francisco-based robotics company Anki is launching a new robot called Vector today. It drives on little tank treads, has an expressive LCD face, and is constantly moving around, making beeps and bloops. Vector resembles Anki’s previous robot, Cozmo, but is packed with more technology-and c...

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Top 3 Ways You Can Deploy Robots to Extract and Integrate Web Data TOP 3 WAYS YOU CAN DEPLOY ROBOTS TO EXTRACT AND INTEGRATE WEB DATA

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Aug 08, 2018

Struggling to acquire and integrate the web data you need? Aggregating data that’s Fresh, Comprehensive, Timely, Dynamic, Multilingual is a tall order for the mere human or web scraping tool. Enter robotic process automation, your enterprise-level solution for extracting and integrating web da...

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