TDK launches new sensor range as it hosts industry event

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The sixth annual TDK Sensors Developers Conference is currently under way in Santa Clara, in the US. 

Keynote speaker at the event is Jenelea Howell, director of IoT and connectivity at IHS Market. 

Sensors often presented as the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT), measuring and collecting data that enables any IoT application.  Continue reading TDK launches new sensor range as it hosts industry event


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Safe positioning monitoring: Concepts for machine safety

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By Martina Schili, Leuze electronic

As one of the technology leaders in the area of optoelectronic safety sensors for industrial automation, Leuze electronic offers effective personnel protection devices in accordance with international safety standards.

Machine safety is growing in importance and is, thus, becoming an integral part of machine design.

In addition to the moral obligation to protect and preserve the health of their employees, the topic of machine safety is also a matter of economic efficiency for employers and operating companies.  Continue reading Safe positioning monitoring: Concepts for machine safety


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Scania opts for Dassault Systèmes platform to develop new generation of vehicles

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Scania, one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, has partnered with Dassault Systèmes to develop a new generation of trucks and buses. 

Scania, which is part of the Volkswagen group, employs approximately 46,000 people in 100 countries. It claims to have delivered more than 81,000 commercial vehicles to customers in 2016.

This year, among the new developments for Scania is the expansion of its alternative energy bus range, including hybrid vehicles, a record number of which – 140 – the company has been contracted to supply to public transport authorities in Norway.  Continue reading Scania opts for Dassault Systèmes platform to develop new generation of vehicles


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Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market

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The manufacturing of semiconductor-based technologies is arguably the most advanced of human endeavours in terms of engineering. 

Semiconductor materials include silicon, which can either act as a conductor of electricity or as an insulator, stopping the flow of electricity.

This strange duality, along with other features, has made semiconductors the most valuable commodity in electronics, and enabled it to form the basis of today’s technological, increasingly computerised machines and gadgets.  Continue reading Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market


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AkaSol shows next generation high-performance battery systems for e-buses

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AkaSol is currently showcasing its AkaSystem original equipment manufacturer battery system as a complete roof installation including the chiller and other additional components at BusWorld Europe, which is on now. 

The new battery system has allowed AkaSol to be “very successful” in the market for electric and hybrid buses, says the company.

From 2018, two well-known European bus manufacturers will be using the technology in Germany, with plans to equip around 10,000 e-buses over the next few years.  Continue reading AkaSol shows next generation high-performance battery systems for e-buses


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Gerber’s YuniquePLM claims to be the fashion industry’s ‘number-one’ product lifecycle management platform

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For fashion companies across the globe, managing data is one of the most time-consuming tasks.

Those companies which have implemented a product lifecycle management system are more able to decrease time to market and optimize a single source of data across their supply chain easily.

Bill Brewster, vice president and general manager, enterprise software solutions at Gerber, says: “Digitalization is imperative to thrive today and our customers are embracing it.

“They are realizing the benefit of centralized / single version of the truth that’s achieved by implementing a PLM system and that is evident by the growth in numbers this year.”  Continue reading Gerber’s YuniquePLM claims to be the fashion industry’s ‘number-one’ product lifecycle management platform


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Integro Technologies now a Sick authorized vision integration partner

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Integro Technologies, a premier machine vision integrator, has become a Sick authorized vision integration partner serving the US. 

Sick is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automation products and systems for logistics, factory, and process automation.

Among its solutions is a large portfolio of 2D and 3D machine vision products, including vision sensors and vision systems.  Continue reading Integro Technologies now a Sick authorized vision integration partner


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Boeing partners with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on cost-reduction initiative for 787 production

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Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have reached an agreement to strengthen collaboration in ways that will enhance both companies’ competitiveness.

The agreement includes efforts to reduce costs in MHI production of wings for the 787 Dreamliner and joint studies of advanced aerostructure technologies for future-generation commercial aircraft.

MHI manufactures 787 composite wings at its factory in Nagoya, in Japan. The agreement aims to enable sales by pursuing increased efficiency in MHI’s production system and its supply chain through lean production methods, automation and other activities.  Continue reading Boeing partners with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on cost-reduction initiative for 787 production


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Civil Infrastructure Platform releases Linux system for management of critical systems

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The Civil Infrastructure Platform project has released CIP Core, a reference minimal file system that offers a customizable environment that developers can use to test the CIP kernel and core packages.

CIP aims to provide a base layer of industrial grade open source software components, tools and methods to enable long-term management of critical systems.

The new CIP Core platform will be on display at Embedded Linux Conference Europe with planned workshops, demos and Q&A sessions.  Continue reading Civil Infrastructure Platform releases Linux system for management of critical systems


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Power brokers: An update on the electric vehicle market

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Less than a decade ago, electric cars were generally seen – at best – as average vehicles which neither had the power nor the range to be considered seriously as a viable, mass-market alternative to petrol-driven cars. 

But now, with ongoing and accelerating technological advances in battery power, combined with big investments in the pipeline to construct charging networks, attitudes are changing. 

Public perceptions have also been influenced by the battery-powered supercars that have been on the roads for many years now, alongside the ordinary-looking electric vehicles.  Continue reading Power brokers: An update on the electric vehicle market


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Semiconductor sales reach $35 billion a month for the first time

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The global semiconductor industry has grown to a level where sales have reached beyond $35 billion in one month, according to the leading industry association in the US.  

The Semiconductor Industry Association, says worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $35 billion for the month of August 2017, an increase of 23.9 percent compared to the August 2016 total of $28.2 billion and 4 percent more than the July 2017 total of $33.6 billion.

All major regional markets posted both year-to-year and month-to-month increases in August, and the Americas market led the way with growth of 39 percent year-to-year and 8.8 percent month-to-month.  Continue reading Semiconductor sales reach $35 billion a month for the first time


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Fujitsu claims its automated platform saves KLM 40 per cent in energy costs

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Fujitsu claims a new, “low-maintenance, highly automated” storage platform it has provided is helping airline KLM to use 40 percent less energy than the previous system. 

KLM Equipment Services has deployed a “unified, high-availability” Fujitsu Eternus storage cluster which it says has doubled the speed and performance of its critical enterprise applications. 

This is enabling the airline to ensure a more efficient and reliable ground support service at Schiphol, Amsterdam’s main airport, ultimately helping flights to operate on schedule.  Continue reading Fujitsu claims its automated platform saves KLM 40 per cent in energy costs


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NTT Data and Automation Anywhere partner to offer digital workforce platform

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NTT Data Services has expanded agreement with Automation Anywhere to include its robotic process automation, cognitive and analytics solutions in NTT Data’s end-to-end automation ecosystem, Solutions for Intelligent Automation.

By leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning, NTT Data delivers and maintains automation solutions to allow humans, autonomics, and virtual assistants to automate repetitive tasks and fuel enterprise innovation and business growth. 

Dan Thomas, vice president of automation, integration and alliances, NTT Data Services, says: “Our expanded collaboration with Automation Anywhere adds to our robust portfolio of robotic process automation related services and outcome-driven solutions for our clients.  Continue reading NTT Data and Automation Anywhere partner to offer digital workforce platform


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Cloos and Baumüller find increased efficiency in automated welding technology

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Cloos and Baumüller say they have found efficiencies in the new robotic welding system they have implemented. 

The two companies introduced a platform-independent and scalable control solution last year.

The aim was to achieve the highest level of precision with accelerated dynamics.  Continue reading Cloos and Baumüller find increased efficiency in automated welding technology


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WinSystems launches new single-board computer for industrial applications

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WinSystems, a provider of industrial embedded solutions, has launched a new single-board computer.

The company says the new PPM-C412 series is designed for demanding environments and applications, and offers a broad spectrum of I/O features and the ability to expand functionality in a densely populated, standalone SBC solution.

The new computer is also PC/104-Plus-compatible, and delivers greater performance and a clear upgrade path for current PPM-LX800 users while providing full ISA-compatible PC/104-Plus expansion, says WinSystems.  Continue reading WinSystems launches new single-board computer for industrial applications


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