Should we be concerned about the impact of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence on our working environment in the future? Will machines replace many of our jobs over the coming years? Fear is not the best response to this new era of digitalization. The digital revolution already well underway calls for a levelheaded analysis and a good dose of courage as businesses and their employees face the many new challenges that lie ahead.
The figures sound alarming. A study by the University of Oxford predicts that 47 percent of jobs in the United States could be automated over the next two decades, including traditional white-collar jobs such as accountants and loan officers. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), 71 percent of working hours worldwide are currently performed by human beings and 29 percent by machines. Machines could take the lead as early as 2025, with only 48 percent of the work carried out by people, and 52 percent by machines.
Can modern technology create new work?
The idea that technology destroys jobs is an old one. In the early 1930s, the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes already warned of the unemployment that technological progress would create. He believed a 15- hour working week was in the cards. As we now know, he was wrong. So far, new technologies have created more jobs than they have rendered obsolete. Take the US for example: In February 2017, about 146 million people had a job – 205 percent more than in 1970 when computers were practically unknown. Over the same period, the US population grew by only around 60 percent.
A recent WEF study on the future of work predicts that new technologies will create more than 58 million additional jobs over the next five years. How do experts from business and academia see the future of work? moving asked several for their views.
How do experts assess the working world of the future? Interroll requested an answer:
“In times of permanent change, further education and lifelong learning will be essential to people’s employability, enabling them to adjust to the digital revolution. High in demand in the future will be cross-sectional skills such as teamwork, analysis, creativity and leadership, as well as technical expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Although automation is regarded as a threat to the working world, we should all also see this development as an opportunity to improve our emotional intelligence and one that will play an important role in occupations that involve communication, decision making, negotiation and support.”
Jessie Pallud, Professor of Information Systems EM Strasbourg Business School, France
“As a globally operating transport and logistics company, we facilitate access to goods and progress. We use digitalization and automation and invest in new technologies. We are interested in how technology can improve and support processes and the work of our employees, for example, with robot companions or augmented reality. Careers will continue to change in the future, but for us it’s clear that people will be at the center of everything. We have around 520,000 employees in 220 countries worldwide – diversity makes a big contribution to the success of our company.”
Thomas Ogilvie, Head of Human Resources and Corporate Incubations Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany
“New technologies will create more jobs overall but, at the same time, make simple, recurring tasks redundant. Everyone increasingly will need to boost their personal skills and determine what career fulfillment means to them. To capitalize on this trend, business leaders need to recognize the individual talents of their employees instead of just expecting them to carry out instructions. It may never be achievable but there is a vision of a future without a ‘bad boss’ and reluctant workers. There are already numerous companies today that allow their employees to take ownership and work independently.”
Bart Friederichs, Managing Director TBWB, Netherlands
IKO MX Series Shall Involve Dust-Protection in Specific Conditions
IKO International is building on its standard MX series of linear roller bearings to include special features for environments that are sensitive to metal chips, dust, and other contaminants.
A dust protective C-Wiper can be mounted to the outside of the end seal, ensuring operation in environments where metal chips are spattering. After 1,000 km of operation, the C-Wiper prevented foreign substances from entering the slide unit with no damage to the end seal.
The MX specification integrates IKO’s proprietary C-Lube lubrication system. As the cylindrical rollers circulate, lubricant is distributed to the loading area through the rollers along the track rail. Lubrication is properly maintained in the loading area for over 12,500 miles, reducing valuable time spent lubricating hard to reach parts.
High load capacity
The MX models utilize rows of cylindrical rollers to provide a greater contact area than slides that use steel balls. They also maintain high rigidity in every direction. As a result, bearings deliver high load capacities––up to 674 kN for dynamic loads and 1,300 kN for static loads.
Mounting dimensions are compatible with MH and LWH ball type series. If you want to transition from a ball type to a roller type, your mounting dimensions do not need to change.
A new lease of life for your STUDER machine with a machine overhaul
FRITZ STUDER AG, Motion Meeting Press Event
Anything that works as hard as a cylindrical grinding machine will wear out. This is particularly obvious in the geometry and precision. STUDER doesn’t just support the customer in the purchase of new machines, but can also offer a complete machine overhaul A machine overhaul at STUDER makes an old machine into one that is as good as new; in other words, a machine that has the same tolerances as when it was first delivered.
STUDER has been carrying out machine overhauls for 20 years. Every day, more than 25 employees are involved in giving machines and assemblies a new lease of life. In the supreme discipline of machine overhauls, over 400 machines have been completely overhauled to date. Countless assemblies have also been overhauled. Irrespective of whether machine or assembly, they all have one thing in common: An overhaul at STUDER is carried out by the original manufacturer with its unique knowledge and expertise, and according to the same quality standards as for new machines. At the end the customer gets a product whose quality and precision are comparable to that of a new machine.
Trusted precision and quality
A machine overhaul fully restores the original precision and quality and verifies this by means of a certificate. Changing requirements such as reconfigurations, automation or even digitalization can also be implemented in conjunction with the overhaul.
Thanks to the STUDER quality, the customer receives a new one-year warranty on the overhaul. This also includes ensuring parts availability again. As the machine is ultimately restored to the original condition, an overhaul provides the customer with an outstanding price/performance ratio compared to the former purchase price. STUDER can provide the customer with a specific loan machine for the duration of the machine overhaul if required.
Machine overhaul at a glance
- Machine base: Completely overhauled, ribbed guideways milled, recast and repainted.
- Control cabinet: Replacement of wear parts in the electric cabinet.
- Pneumatics: New valves, hoses and filters.
- Hydraulics: New hydraulic and lubricating system, all new valves and hoses.
- Workhead: Completely overhauled.
- Wheelhead: Completely overhauled.
- Tailstock: Completely overhauled.
- Axes: Tables as new, installation of new recirculating ball screw and bearings.
- Component casings: Sand-blasted, repainted, color according to STUDER design or customer requirement.
- Control system: Existing control system is retained.
- Delivery: Always with precise measurement of new machine tolerance including test certificates.
- Loan machine: We can provide a loan machine on request.
- Renewed original CE certificate
STUDER universal external grinding machines at a glance
FRITZ STUDER AG performing spectacular press event in Thun
A great deal has been written about the new favorit, S33 and S31 machines in recent months. The complete portfolio of STUDER universal external cylindrical grinding machines is presented in more detail in the following report.
From the entry-level machine for the main applications through to the all-rounder for complex grinding tasks. Small to large workpieces for individual, small-batch and large-scale production. With distances between centers of 400, 650, 1000 and 1600 mm and center heights of 175, 225 and 275 mm, STUDER offers the customer a selection of five universal cylindrical grinding machines.
favoritCNC – The well-known bestseller for the main applications
The favoritCNC is a CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine for the individual and batch production of medium-sized workpieces. It has distances between centers of 650 / 1000 mm and a center height of 175 mm. It can machine workpieces with a maximum weight of 80 / 120 kg. It can subsequently be easily adapted to other grinding tasks using various accessory kits such as in-process gauging, balancing system, contact detection and length positioning. The solid Granitan® S103 machine bed forms the basis for this cylindrical grinding machine, which is equipped with high quality components and guarantees maximum precision, performance and reliability over many years. The full enclosure ensures an optimal view of the grinding process.
favorit – The new bestseller for the main applications
The favorit is a CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine for the individual and batch production of short to long workpieces. It has distances between centers of 400 / 650 / 1000 / 1600 mm and a center height of 175 mm. It can machine workpieces with a maximum weight of 150 kg. This cylindrical grinding machine can be used universally and thanks to StuderPictogramming it is quick and easy to program. Its Granitan® S103 mineral casting machine base largely equalizes temporary temperature fluctuations. It can subsequently be easily adapted to other grinding tasks using various accessory kits such as in-process gauging, balancing system, contact detection and length positioning.
S33 – The good value solution for individual requirements
The S33 is a CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine for individual, small-batch and large-scale production of small to large workpieces. It has distances between centers of 400 / 650 / 1000 / 1600 mm and a center height of 175 mm. It can machine workpieces with a maximum weight of 150 kg. It can be changed over from grinding between centers to live grinding in record time. You can grind even complex workpieces in a single clamping: This is made possible by the new wheelhead head with two motor spindles. The foundation is the solid Granitan® S103 machine base.
S31 – The versatile solution for large tasks
The S31 is a cylindrical grinding machine for individual, small-batch and large-scale production of small to large workpieces. It has distances between centers of 400 / 650 / 1000 / 1600 mm and a center height of 175 mm. It can machine workpieces with a maximum weight of 150 kg. Thanks to the expandable modular system the S31 can be precisely adapted to the customers’ requirements. With a high-resolution B-axis of 0.00005°, the swiveling wheelhead enables external, internal, and face grinding in a single clamping. The foundation is the solid Granitan® S103 machine base.
S41 – The all-rounder for complex grinding tasks
The S41 is a CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine for large workpieces. It has distances between centers of 1000 / 1600 mm and center heights of 225 / 275 mm. It can machine workpieces with a maximum weight of 250 kg. The S41 has a host of sophisticated technical features such as the revolutionary StuderGuide® guideway system, high-precision axis drives with linear motors, extremely fast B-axis direct drive, an even wider selection of wheelhead variants and much more.
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