Heidenhain acquires Austrian encoder company AMS

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Heidenhain has recently acquired AMO, an Austrian specialty encoder company and moved AMO North America sales operations and products coordination to Heidenhain Corporation in the US. Encoder production and engineering will remain in Austria.

AMO is well known for meeting the precision feedback requirements in applications where high resolution is needed, particularly in highly contaminated machine environments, such as in automation, medical and semiconductor applications, as well as some metal forming, bending, and manual machine tool applications.

AMO encoders are inductive based, and can survive many types of rough environments including coolants, slurries, heavy dust particles, high vibration and still maintain accuracy and high resolution.

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iQuest releases augmented reality app for manufacturing and industry

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iQagent, app creator for industrial applications, has released iQagent AR for IOS on the App Store. iQagent AR is the next evolution of the award-winning app iQagent, first released in 2012.

This new version leverages Apple’s ARKit to allow off-the-shelf creation of persistent augmented reality scenes containing process data and resources from existing plant systems. Once created, the scenes can be accessed by other devices running iQagent AR.

iQagent uses QR codes as ‘Point Of Interest’ (POI) markers to identify equipment. Users create POIs for equipment and process areas and associate relevant data points and resources.

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Innoviz Technologies launches InnovizPro automotive Lidar sensor

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Innoviz Technologies has launched InnovizPro, a stand-alone, solid-state, MEMS-based scanning LiDAR solution, which the company claims offers the most accurate and reliable performance of any LiDAR sensor available on the market today.

A CES Innovation Awards winner in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category, InnovizPro is claimed to deliver 3D sensing at a significantly lower cost.

The company says that InnovizPro is the only LiDAR currently available that delivers on all of the automotive industry’s needs for performance, reliability, cost, compact size and product maturity.

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AGI acquires two companies in agricultural material handling field

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Ag Growth International (AGI) Inc. has acquired CMC Industrial Electronics (CMC) and Junge Control Inc. (JCI).

CMC is a supplier of hazard monitoring sensors and systems used in agricultural material handling applications. It also manufactures commercial bin monitoring sensors and systems.

CMC has strong relationships with domestic and multinational customers and provides AGI with new products to better serve its customers in an environment of increasingly stringent safety standards.

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Sharp Intellos robot protects US speedway venue

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The Sharp Intellos Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) has been named as the ‘Official Security Robot of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)’, providings an added layer of safety and security protection for the ‘highest capacity sports venue in the world’.

“Sharp Electronics’ outdoor security robot is ideally suited to help safeguard the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s expansive, fenced property”, states Cliff Quiroga, Vice President for Sharp Robotics Business Development.

The robot is a multi-terrain, mobile sensor, data-gathering robot that can capture video, audio, and environmental information, while providing a visible deterrent without the aid of a human driver, says the company.

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Omron Microscan to show new traceability products at ATX West

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Omron Microscan will show new products for incorporating traceability into machine design this coming February 6 – 8 at ATX West 2018 in California, USA.

The company will showcase several new products that facilitate the integration of track and trace capabilities into industrial automation systems at Booth #4395.

Highlighted demos will include the PanelScan® PCB Traceability System, a user-friendly solution for in-motion traceability of multi-array PCBs that keeps production lines moving, claims the company, and the MicroHAWK ID-30, ID-40, and ID-45, claimed to be the world’s smallest high-performance barcode readers.

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Leuze launches ‘smallest’ camera-based sensor for fine positioning in warehouse storage applications

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Leuze electronic claims it has launched the industry’s smallest camera-based sensor.

The IPS 200i is designed for compartment fine positioning with high-bay storage devices in single-depth storage.

Leuze says the sensor has some “powerful advantages”, particularly its fast commissioning and simple alignment.  Continue reading Leuze launches ‘smallest’ camera-based sensor for fine positioning in warehouse storage applications


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AImotive raises $38 million funding for its autonomous driving technology

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AImotive, a startup developer of autonomous vehicle technology, has closed its $38 million Series C funding round.

The funding round was led by B Capital Group and Prime Ventures, with participation from Cisco Investments, Samsung Catalyst Fund, and Series A and B investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Inventure, Draper Associates and Day One Capital.

AImotive will use this new round of funding to continue developing its proprietary autonomous driving technology, which relies primarily on affordable, off-the-shelf camera sensors and artificial intelligence-based vision processing.  Continue reading AImotive raises $38 million funding for its autonomous driving technology


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Picosun partners with STMicroelectronics to offer 300 mm atomic layer deposition technology

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Picosun, a supplier of atomic layer deposition (ALD) thin film coating technology for semiconductor manufacturing, is partnering with STMicroelectronics to develop the next-generation 300 mm production solutions for advanced power electronics.

Power electronic components are right at the heart of many core elements of our society, where energy saving, sparing use of natural resources, and CO2 emission reductions are called for to provide for sustainable future.

Energy production with renewables such as wind and solar, clean transportation with electric vehicles and trains, and industrial manufacturing with energy-smart power management and factory automation are key markets where the demand for advanced power components is increasing.  Continue reading Picosun partners with STMicroelectronics to offer 300 mm atomic layer deposition technology


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Impinj ships 25 billionth Rain RFI­­­­­D endpoint integrated circuit

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Impinj, a provider of Rain RFID solutions, says it has now shipped its 25 billionth Monza endpoint integrated circuit, including 7.1 billion in 2017 alone.

Impinj claims it has shipped more endpoint ICs than all other Rain RFID suppliers combined.

Impinj’s vision is to deliver digital life to everyday items such as retail apparel, medical supplies, luggage, automobile parts and more, extending the reach of the Internet by a factor of 1,000.  Continue reading Impinj ships 25 billionth Rain RFI­­­­­D endpoint integrated circuit


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Electronic design automation industry revenue increases to more than $2.3 billion in last quarter

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The Electronic System Design Alliance Market Statistics Service reports that electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 8 percent for Q3 2017 to $2,262.2 million, compared to $2,093.7 million in Q3 2016.

The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 11.5 percent.

“For the second consecutive quarter, the EDA industry reported increases in all product categories and geographic regions,” said Walden Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and president and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens business.  Continue reading Electronic design automation industry revenue increases to more than $2.3 billion in last quarter


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Framos releases static dimensioner for intelligent package and storage optimization in logistics operations

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Framos has released a “Static Dimensioner” which the company says provides intelligent package and storage optimization for logistics operations.

For warehouse logistics, the right master data and dimensions of both inbound and outbound goods are crucial to determine the perfect packaging for storage and shipment optimization.

The Framos Static Dimensioner is an autonomous static precision solution, capable of calculating accurate three-dimensional size and weight measurements for automated master data acquisition.  Continue reading Framos releases static dimensioner for intelligent package and storage optimization in logistics operations


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Seat to build tallest automated warehouse in Spain

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Automaker Seat says it is continuing with its commitment to making its Martorell, Spain factory “a benchmark of Industry 4.0”.

Seat, part of the Volkswagen Group, is going ahead with the construction of a new, automated logistics centre.

The facility will provide storage for parts and components and will be equipped with “smart technology to make its operation completely automated”, says Seat.  Continue reading Seat to build tallest automated warehouse in Spain


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Canvass Analytics partners with True North Automation on industrial automation

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Canvass Analytics, a provider of AI-enabled predictive analytics for the Industrial Internet of Things, and True North Automation have announced a new partnership designed to enable industrial companies to achieve predictive industrial automation in the manufacturing plant environment.

The Canvass Analytics software ingests millions of operational data points from a plant’s connected machinery and leverages industrial artificial intelligence (AI) to automate the entire data analysis process, creating predictive data models that continually adapt to data changes in real-time.

Together, True North Automation and Canvass Analytics take process automation one step further by taking the outcome of the predictive model and automatically applying the prediction to the control system.

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Nexteer launches new auto design and manufacturing system

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Nexteer Automotive has introduced Digital Trace Manufacturing, which it claims is one of the most advanced, holistic, integrative approaches to design and manufacturing systems ever seen in the auto industry.

The system uses the latest technologies and data analytics within one common, global architecture. For customers, this will help deliver high-quality product performance while boosting value and global capacity optimization across all of Nexteer’s 24 manufacturing locations worldwide, claims the company.

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