Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings

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Siemens is strengthening its digitalization offerings – in particular, its product lifecycle management platform – through a new acquisition.

Siemens has reached an agreement to acquire Solido Design Automation, a provider of machine learning-based variation-aware design and characterization software.

Siemens says the purchase will strengthen the integrated circuit design and verification technologies it already offers through Mentor, a previous acquisition.  Continue reading Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings


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Chinese collaborative robot maker Aubo Robotics raises $9 million in funding

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A Chinese collaborative robot manufacturing startup company called Aubo has raised $9 million in funding from Fosun

Fosun is a conglomerate based in China with a widely diversified investment portfolio.

Fosun has previously invested in Aubo and believes the cobot maker has the potential to become a “unicorn”, a startup with a valuation of $1 billion or above.  Continue reading Chinese collaborative robot maker Aubo Robotics raises $9 million in funding


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Locus Robotics raises another $25 million in funding

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Locus Robotics has raised $25 million in its latest funding round. 

Locus makes autonomous, mobile robots for use in e-commerce fulfillment warehouses, today announced it has secured $25 million in Series B funding led by Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing in the future of work.

Existing investors also participated in the round.  Continue reading Locus Robotics raises another $25 million in funding


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Beckhoff, IAConnects and Arkessa taking IoT to facilities management

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Beckhoff Automation has partnered with IAConnects and Arkessa to integrate internet of things technologies to facilities management. 

Global mass urbanisation seems to be an unstoppable trend which brings with it significant challenges for municipal authorities, insurance companies and facilities management.

Beckhoff says its partnership with Arkessa and IAConnects will help address these challenges.  Continue reading Beckhoff, IAConnects and Arkessa taking IoT to facilities management


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Analysis: A new narrative of Chinese corporate growth

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By Edward Tse, Gao Feng Advisory

A growing number of privately owned Chinese companies have been achieving exponential growth and successfully transforming their businesses.

Many of them however remain relatively unknown in the West.

Unlike famous Chinese internet companies like Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings and the latest crop of startups with skyrocketing valuations.  Continue reading Analysis: A new narrative of Chinese corporate growth


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New study: Industrial cameras, technical features, and market

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Each year, in cooperation with the trade journals Vision Systems Design and Inspect, industrial imaging company Framos identifies technical and commercial trends in the industry based on users’ and manufacturers’ views.

For this 10th market study, 90 manufacturers and users from 22 countries responded to questions about the status quo of the imaging market, and its ongoing development.

In the age of automation and the smart factory, classic machine vision is the cornerstone of success for the Imaging industry.

CMOS technology and fast processing are enabling real-time precision, while cognitive vision solutions using artificial intelligence are the bases for further growth.  Continue reading New study: Industrial cameras, technical features, and market


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Digital manufacturing: An overview of an increasingly complex scenario

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Digitalisation is, in essence, simple. It means exactly what the word implies – the digitalisation of everything. 

But as simple as it sounds, digitalisation can be applied to any business in any sector, and that is what makes it difficult to provide a simple overview.

If we stick to one sector – manufacturing – that might make it more manageable.

But since manufacturing is already a hugely complex endeavour, the process of digitalisation – even in this one single sector – encompasses so many different disciplines that it’s difficult to think of it as being, essentially, simple.

But enough complaining about having to do some work for a change, let’s get on with the show.  Continue reading Digital manufacturing: An overview of an increasingly complex scenario


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HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform

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HMS Industrial has demonstrated a range of human-machine interfaces on the Vuzix smart glasses platform.

Vuzix is a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets.

HMS is provider of industrial networking and remote management solutions.  Continue reading HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform


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OR Laser launches new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform

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OR Laser has launched its new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform, the ORLas Creator Hybrid, and unveiled its new cloud manufacturing services at this year’s FormNext event.

FormNext, is into its final day in Frankfurt, and it’s where the great and the good of the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry congregate.

Traditionally the latest additive manufacturing developments are unveiled at FormNext, and this year has been bigger and better than years gone by, according to some visitors.  Continue reading OR Laser launches new hybrid metal additive and subtractive manufacturing platform


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Adient breaks ground on ‘largest-ever’ automotive seats prototyping and testing facility in India

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Adient, a provider of automotive seating, has broken ground on a new automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in Pune that the company says will be “the largest of its kind ever to be built in India”.

Construction of the new facility marks a major expansion of Adient’s existing technical center in Pune, already a world-class facility with the largest workforce among the automotive seating suppliers global network of tech centers.

The new facility, which is scheduled to open in late 2018, will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the existing technical center in Pune, a global Center of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering, computer-aided design automation and finite element analysis simulation expertise.  Continue reading Adient breaks ground on ‘largest-ever’ automotive seats prototyping and testing facility in India


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Omron Microscan releases new ‘high-performance smart camera’

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Omron Microscan Systems, has launched its newest smart camera, the Hawk MV-4000, which the company says has developmental roots stretching back to automotive and robotics development.

Omron says the Hawk MV-4000 has “exceptional processing capabilities in a compact form factor”, is easy to use, and constitutes a “golden middle” between PC-based devices and the average smart camera on the market.

Omron says the new smart camera could be used in a wide range of industries to streamline companies’ operations.  Continue reading Omron Microscan releases new ‘high-performance smart camera’


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Cognex launches new real-time monitoring system for factory automation

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Cognex, a provider of machine vision and industrial barcode reading, has released a new monitoring system for factory automation.

Cognex Explorer Real Time Monitoring aggregates and reports trends in data captured by DataMan barcode readers and provides instant facility-wide feedback to identify process errors, minimize no-reads, and maximize throughput, says the company.

The company says RTM tracks trends in barcode quality, monitors configuration changes, and analyzes data from every DataMan barcode reader to quickly identify the causes of low read rates and other errors that threaten the efficiency of an operation.  Continue reading Cognex launches new real-time monitoring system for factory automation


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Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020

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The market for collaborative industrial robotic arms in the Chinese industrial sector is forecast to grow to almost $200 million, according to a report on ChinaDaily.com

Quoting statistics in the Blue Paper of the Cobots Industry for 2017 – a report produced by Universal Robots and the Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research Consulting Company – China Daily says the total market size for collaborative robots will exceed $196 million.

Small and medium-size businesses are expected to drive much of the growth. In total, some 12,000 units are forecast to be sold in China by 2020 – although this might sound like an understimate to some.  Continue reading Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020


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Fujitsu launches ‘IntelliEdge’ platform for Industry 4.0

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Fujitsu says it has expanded its Industrial Internet of Things capabilities with its new “IntelliEdge” ecosystem, which includes network edge processing capabilities.

Fujitsu says the IntelliEdge edge computing appliance enables the optimisation of industrial processes for Industry 4.0, securely connecting data and resources to people and devices and bridging the gap between operational technology in the field, and on-premises and cloud-based information technology.

Fujitsu is introducing the IntelliEdge appliance to manage OT devices, giving enterprises an unprecedented end-to-end view of the entire production processes to achieve a breakthrough in monitoring and managing optimised individual production lines at approximately the same cost as mass production.  Continue reading Fujitsu launches ‘IntelliEdge’ platform for Industry 4.0


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Volvo unveils driverless truck aimed at ‘hub-to-hub’ intralogistics operations

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Volvo has unveiled a new driverless truck which it says is an “innovative transport solution to drive safety and productivity”.

The company says that the self-driving truck, driving autonomously from one hub to another, is part of a development project exploring how automation can contribute to increased productivity, enhanced safety and lower environmental impact.

Volvo says that, in showing the truck, such aims and goals have for the first time been demonstrated to a broader audience.  Continue reading Volvo unveils driverless truck aimed at ‘hub-to-hub’ intralogistics operations


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