‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing

By Glenn S. Daehn, Fontana Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build the machines” as being the real enabler in both his space and automotive businesses. Using less-expensive,…

K-Tig signs first South East Asian welding as a service customer

High-speed welding technology developer K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has signed its first South East Asian customer for its welding as a service (Waas) licensing model. Singapore’s Steel-Ti Precision Welding will build a new manufacturing facility in Singapore to be completed in 2020. This will build high value tanks and vessels for oil & gas, aviation and…

Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…

Behind those headlines. Why not to rely on claims robots threaten half our jobs

By Michael Coelli, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne and Jeff Borland, Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne Should we believe headlines claiming nearly half of all jobs will be lost to robots and artificial intelligence? We think not, and in a newly released study we explain why. Headlines trumpeting massive job losses have been in abundance…

LBT Innovations makes its first instrument sale in the EU

Medical technology and equipment developer LBT Innovations (ASX: LBT) has made its first European sale of its APAS Independence laboratory instrument (pictured). The sale was made to one of the largest clinical laboratories in the EU, Labor Dr Wisplinghoff, which employes more than 40 medical specialists. Laboratory director Professor Hilmar Wilplinghoff joined LBT Innovations CEO…

Aquabotix in big order for military submersibles

Sydney underwater robotics company UUV Aquabotix (ASX: UUV) has won its largest ever order for its swarming, military, underwater unmanned vehicle. The $520,000 order is destined for the military in a ‘major Asian country’ – unnamed by the company – allied with the US and Australia. The submersibles will be utilised for harbour management and…