What Does Food Packaging Have To Do With Big Data And The Internet Of Things?

Chris Wilder – Forbes tech

There are several types of packaging available for brands to interact with their customers. The conventional package is simply the first option available for brands to promote their product. It’s important for brands to ensure a package that articulates the brand values and promise. Going further there is the hybrid packaging that combines rigid and flexible materials. The active packages are those that offer further information about the company and things like nutritional facts to customers in the form of a QR code. Interactive packaging goes even further by offering extra care to products sensitive to particular environmental conditions. Finally, we have the IoT effects over packaging where current businesses are combining RFID labels with other technologies to enhance the supply chain and logistics in the food industry as well as the freshness and endurance for certain produce.

Original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/moorinsights/2015/10/01/what-does-food-packaging-have-to-do-with-big-data-and-the-internet-of-things/

5 Robotics Stocks to Watch (the Droids You’re Looking For)

According to an article posted on September 10th, 2015 in The Street, (http://www.thestreet.com/story/13281861/1/5-robotics-stocks-to-watch-the-droids-you%E2%80%99re-looking-for.html) robots could soon be doing much more than just assembling your car or cleaning house, they could also be included in your investment portfolio. The Boston Consulting Group believes that the rapid growth in the robotics industry will be due to several factors. Currently robots perform roughly 10% of all manufacturing tasks, but they believe that number will jump to 25% by 2025. By the same year, they estimate that automation will cut manufacturing costs by 18-33% and increase productivity by 30% in countries such as South Korea, China, Japan, Germany, and the US. They also state that it’s not only the reduction in labor costs that’s increasing the trend in automation, it’s that the actual price of robots is decreasing over time. For example, the cost of an advanced robotic spot welder has dropped 27% since 2005, from an average of $182,000 to $133,000. The firm believes that price will continue to decrease an additional 22% by 2025. All of these factors and more are a clear sign to investors that the industrial robotics industry is going to experience rapid growth. The article projects that there are 5 robotics stocks to watch due to the growth in the automation industry. Those stocks are Google (GOOG), Yaskawa Electric (YASKY), ABB Ltd. (ABB), iRobot (IRBT), and Ekso Bionics Holding (EKSO). These companies are expected to see rapid growth through mergers and acquisitions in the robotics industry, and because they are currently industry leaders in robotics and focus on robotics innovations. Will the robotics industry actually grow like it is projected? How risky are some of the 5 stocks mentioned? Would you invest in any of these specific stocks?

Industrial robotics market likely to reach $41.17 billion globally by 2020

An article published on September 8th, 2015 in the Control Engineering Asia magazine (http://www.ceasiamag.com/2015/09/industrial-robotics-marketT-likely-to-reach-41-17-billion-globally-by-2020/) describes how the industrial robotics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% globally from 2013 to 2020 and will reach a market size of $41.17 billion in 2020. The market size in 2012 was $26.78 billion, but the reduction of duties on refurbished goods in the Asia Pacific and rapid growth in automation demands are causing the increase in the market. The use of industrial robotics in alternative applications is expected to grow such as in the electronics and healthcare industries. Among the different types of robots- articulated, cylindrical, SCARA, and Cartesian- articulated had the largest share of the market in 2012 at $12.97 billion. Although cylindrical robots are expected to grow at a faster pace at a CAGR of 6.5% through 2020. The robotics market is also segmented into many different industries including the automotive, electrical/electronics, metals, chemical, rubber and plastics, machinery, food and beverage, and a variety of others. Of these industries, the automotive sector had the largest share in the market in 2012 at $7.37 billion. However, the food and beverage industry is expected to see the highest growth rate at a CAGR of 6.9% through 2020. Lastly, robots are segmented by the function that they perform including soldering and welding, material handling, assembling, disassembling, painting, cutting, milling, etc . Of these functions materials handling had the largest section of the market. What is the future of the industrial robotics industry? What industry benefits the most from robotics? How would you justify the costs of a robot? Will there eventually be more robots in industry than humans?