Programmable sound system
ADAM RAP (Reactive Audio Playback) programmable sound system.
ADAM RAP (Reactive Audio Playback), a programmable sound system designed exclusively for the ADAM (Autonomous Delivery and Manipulation) mobile robot. ADAM RAP enhances the safety and flexibility of autonomous mobile robots through interactive voice messages and a mobile “vehicle in motion” jukebox. The ADAM RAP application plays various sound bites or text-to-speech audio based on the particular function the robot is undertaking. All AGVs have a standard beeper-based “vehicle in motion” alert system, which is mandated by international safety standards. In many operations however, noise proliferation combined with the monotonous beep of vehicles tends to diminish the alertness of workers with constant exposure. ADAM RAP’s design promotes a safer work environment and enhances the interaction between workers and robots.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.