ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

Two industrial titans – one from Europe and the other from Asia – have agreed a partnership relating to the development of collaborative robot automation. The two companies – ABB and Kawasaki – are both industrial giants with wide-ranging business activities, and collaborative robots are actually a relatively small part of their respective operations. However, it’s … Continue reading ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages

  Kawasaki Robotics has sold 2,000 units of its duAro dual-armed collaborative industrial robot in China, according to a report on Bloomberg.com.  The company is now looking to increase sales to 5,000 units of duAro as the country’s industrial sector struggles with labour shortages. As anomalous as it seems for a country with 1.4 billion … Continue reading Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages

Kawasaki planning to manufacture more robots, possibly a collaborative one

Kawasaki Robotics is planning to manufacture significantly more robots this year than it did in previous years, according to a report on Nikkei.com.  The company is investing an extra $1 million in its Chonqing facility to increase robot production capacity. The parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries employs around 35,000 people. 

Kawasaki gloating over appearance of its robots in latest Transformers film

  Kawasaki is clearly very pleased with the appearance of not one but two of its industrial robots in the new Hollywood blockbuster film, Transformers 5: The Last Knight.  The company has been crowing about its fame on its website. The two Kawasaki RS010L robots make an appearance in the Transformers film. 

Kawasaki signs up AV Birch Automation to its integrator program

Robotics giant Kawasaki has signed up AV Birch Automation to its exclusive integration program as a preferred specialist. The partnership, announced on August 12th, means that AV Birch Automation have access to the expertise, training and software tools of the Japanese manufacturer. The comprehensive range of robots and machine loaders manufactured by Kawasaki already feature … Continue reading Kawasaki signs up AV Birch Automation to its integrator program

Sector spotlight: Record growth of semiconductor market good sign for industrial robot manufacturers

The global semiconductor market is growing at a phenomenal rate, evidence of which can be seen by anyone who cares to look around them. Almost everyone on Earth either directly or indirectly uses some sort of device or machine which contains semiconductor technology. And in some ways, this is just the beginning of the semiconductor … Continue reading Sector spotlight: Record growth of semiconductor market good sign for industrial robot manufacturers

30 industrial robot manufacturers to watch in 2018

2018 looks all set to be a bumper year for sales of industrial robot arms across all categories – from the large, heavyweight class right down to the small desktop variety.  With established robot makers expanding their range, and with new startups launching innovative new models, the market is more dynamic than ever. Oversupply may … Continue reading 30 industrial robot manufacturers to watch in 2018

Chinese robot makers produced more than 100,000 industrial robots in first 10 months of 2017

Chinese robot makers manufactured more than 100,000 industrial robots in the first 10 months of this year, according to the Communist Chinese government’s propaganda mouthpiece Xinhua.  The unstoppable growth indicates a massive increase in output of 70 per cent compared with the previous year, says Xinhua. And if the output of the two months of … Continue reading Chinese robot makers produced more than 100,000 industrial robots in first 10 months of 2017

Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

Exclusive interview with Ram Ramachander, chief commercial officer for social innovation in the EMEA region, Hitachi  Hitachi is one of the largest companies in the world, employing more than 300,000 people globally and generating revenues of more than $80 billion a year across all its many business units. Classed as a conglomerate, Hitachi has interests in … Continue reading Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

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

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

Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

Material handling refers to the movement of items within relatively small spaces, such as a warehouse.  In that sense, it’s different from logistics, which refers to movement of goods over longer distances, from city to city or across countries and continents. But material handling falls within logistics, obviously, and can sometimes be categorised within intralogistics … Continue reading Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

Midea’s new robots could replace 400,000 pharmacists in China

Midea, the Chinese giant manufacturing giant which makes household appliances such as washing machines and refridgerators, is launching robot pharmacists which would put 400,000 humans out of work.  That may sound unlikely in the short term, but market analysts quoted by Bloomberg estimate that robots will account for 20 per cent of all pharmaceuticals sales … Continue reading Midea’s new robots could replace 400,000 pharmacists in China

Yaskawa Electric reports stunning 150 per cent more profits with robotics and automation leading the way

Yaskawa Electric says it has achieved a staggering 150 per cent growth in net profit for the period from April to September, compared with the same period last year, according to a report on Nikkei.  Nikkei says Yaskawa’s profits for the period were $184 million, beating its own previous records. Yaskawa, which also owns the Motoman … Continue reading Yaskawa Electric reports stunning 150 per cent more profits with robotics and automation leading the way

From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Painting was one of the first applications for industrial robots, but it didn’t start well.  When they were first introduced in the 1980s at General Motors’ Michigan plant, the robots initially painted each other, according to an article on industrial robot history, published on Robots.com. The complexity of painting is probably under-estimated because humans can … Continue reading From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Riftek launches automated software for robotic weld seam tracking and measurement

Riftek, the optoelectronic measurement and systems manufacturer, has released a new multifunctional software application that utilises its RF625 series 2D laser scanners for automated seam tracking and measurement with welding robots. Available with full support in the in the UK and Ireland from Ixthus Instrumentation, Riftek’s exclusive distributor, the Riftek Lamia software is intended for … Continue reading Riftek launches automated software for robotic weld seam tracking and measurement