"For some automation will usher in a labor-free utopia; for others it signals a disastrous age-to-come. Yet whether seen as dream or nightmare, automation, argues Munn, is ultimately a fable that rests on a set of triple fictions. There is the myth of full autonomy claiming that machines will soon take over production and supplant the human. But far from being self-acting, technical solutions are piecemeal; their support and maintenance reveals the immense human labor behind "autonomous" processes. There is the myth of universal automation with technologies framed as a desituated force sweeping across the globe and remaking society. But this fiction ignores the social, cultural, and geographical forces that shape technologies at a local level. And, there is the myth of automating everyone , the generic figure of "the human" at the heart of automation claims. But labor is socially stratified and so automation's fallout will be highly uneven, falling heavier on some (immigrants, people of color, women) than others. Munn moves from machine minders in China to warehouse pickers in the United States to explore the messy ways that new technologies do (and don't) reconfigure labor. Combining this rich array of human stories with insights from media, race, and cultural studies, Munn points to a more nuanced, localized, and racialized understanding of the "future of work.""-- Provided by publisher.
Written by an experienced engineer, this easy-to-follow TAB guide shows, step-by-step, how to navigate the roadmaps of electronic circuits and systems. Filled with new illustrations and DIY examples, the book clearly explains how to understand and create high-precision electronics diagrams. You will discover how to identify parts and connections, interpret element ratings, and apply diagram-based information in your own projects. Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics, Fourth Edition, also contains valuable appendices covering symbols, resistor color codes, and parts suppliers.
How to Implement Lean Manufacturing, Second Edition, explains how to implement this powerful formula for eliminating waste, controlling quality and inventory, and improving overall performance across an enterprise environment. The book addresses the engineering and production aspects as well as the business culture challenges. This practical guide describes the Toyota Production System and specifies the distinct order in which Lean techniques should be applied to achieve maximum gains. By using the proven methods in this definitive resource, you can implement a successful Lean transformation in your organization.
"Hydraulic control systems are used across many engineering applications to provide motion and force control of mechanical systems. With respect to competing technologies for transmitting mechanical power (i.e. mechanical drives or electrical drives), hydraulic drives offer favorable characteristics from both the power to weight ratio and control perspectives. State-of-art hydraulic systems can be up to one order of magnitude lighter than electric systems with the same power (or torque) level. Also, compared to mechanical drives hydraulic systems offer a greater layout flexibility thanks to the versatile design of the piping or hoses system that connects the hydraulic components. Hydraulic drive technology also easily offers solutions for advanced actuator control, in terms of output velocity and force, motion reversals as well as safety functions"-- Provided by publisher.
For your robotic process automation (RPA) program to be successful, you need to follow a general framework and governance model. This book covers, in detail, what they should look like and how to adapt them to your organization.Introducing Robotic Process Automation to Your Organization is structured to enable you, a novice to RPA, to successfully implement an RPA program at your company. RPA is rapidly growing in use, but is only starting to be taught at a university level. Many mid-level managers will be tasked with introducing an RPA program at their organizations as senior management learns of its efficacy, but will be unfamiliar with how to do so. This book provides you with the skills and information you need to make an informed decision. For decades, there has been much discussion about the fast pace of technology, the rapidly changing technology environment, and the need for companies to be on the cutting edge to remain competitive or even relevant. In this ever-changing environment, there is a need to know what can be done in terms of current processes, here and now, that will increase efficiency, benefit customers, and improve profitability. One option is RPA.This book includes information to assist you in getting the required buy-in and identifying the first few processes for automation. A structure for identifying opportunities on an ongoing basis is detailed, along with concepts that must be considered for solution design and deployment.
In Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi, you'll learn how to build and code your own robot projects with just the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a few easy-to-get components - no prior experience necessary!Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi will take you from inexperienced maker to robot builder. You'll start off building a two-wheeled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi minicomputer and then program it using Python, the world's most popular programming language. Gradually, you'll improve your robot by adding increasingly advanced functionality until it can follow lines, avoid obstacles, and even recognize objects of a certain size and color using computer vision. Learn how to:- Control your robot remotely using only a Wii remote- Teach your robot to use sensors to avoid obstacles- Program your robot to follow a line autonomously - Customize your robot with LEDs and speakers to make it light up and play sounds- See what your robot sees with a Pi CameraAs you work through the book, you'll learn fundamental electronics skills like how to wire up parts, use resistors and regulators, and determine how much power your robot needs. By the end, you'll have learned the basics of coding in Python and know enough about working with hardware like LEDs, motors, and sensors to expand your creations beyond simple robots.
An unprecedented, essential field guide to more than a century of fascinating product and industrial design. From legendary classics to anonymous objects that are indispensable in homes and offices, this one-of-a-kind collection of original patent documents celebrates the creative genius of designers, inventors, creators, innovators, and dreamers the world over. The range is phenomenal: patents by Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Sottsass, Raymond Loewy, and George Nelson sit alongside everyday designs for tape dispensers, pencil sharpeners, food processors, desk fans, and drink bottles to create an valuable reference that's also an irresistible browse.