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FOXCONN

by   -   November 18, 2011

Foxconn, a big contractor for Apple and others, breaks ground for robot facilities. It plans to replace 500,000 workers with 1 million robots.

Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in China’s southern Guangdong Province in this 2010 photo. After a spate of employee deaths and complaints about working conditions, electronics manufacturer Foxconn has broken ground on new robot facilities. Within five years, it says it plans to replace 500,000 workers with 1 million robots. Photo: (Bobby Yip/Reuters/File) 
by   -   November 11, 2011

Pure science is an integral part of robotics and often leads to solutions for strategic needs for an audience of willing buyers. Here are a few examples of that process from companies with products scheduled to hit the marketplace in the next four years.
Harvest Automation

  • Servicing ornamental horticulture market ($35 billion industry)
  • Focused on nurseries and greenhouses and their continual need to move potted plants
  • Each robot to produce 10,000 hours of production and do the work of one laborer
  • Will be in field beta testing in 2012; full rollout of commercial product in 2013
  • This year’s field testing quite successful
  • More than 10 prospective nursery clients signed on to be test sites and contributed to the development process
  • Fully venture funded until 2015 projected profitability


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