September Tech Bytes

Industry News

Giving Robots A More Nimble GraspNimble Robots

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object, and placing it somewhere else in an assembly line. Click here for full story 

Robotic Lettuce Factory Under Development in Japan

Spread already operates the worlds largest vegetable factory using entirely artificial lighting, which is located in Kameoka, Japan. Now, they're working on a fully robotic factory capable of producing 30,0000 heads of lettuce per day, with contruction expected to begin in 2016 and lettuce grown in the new facility expected to ship in 2017.  Click here for full story


Where The Jobs Are: 2015: Manufacturing and big data are among the hot sectors

This should be a good year for those entering the workforce from college, or midlevel engineers looking to change jobs in the United States. As the U.S. economy continues to grow, American employers plan to hire 9.6 percent more college graduates this year than they did last year. Click here for details

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