Toshiba launches three new industrial robots aimed at automated picking applications

Toshiba Machine has launched three new industrial robots. The three new models are part of the company’s TVM series of vertically articulated robots, and all have “high cost performance and reliability”, says Toshiba. The TVM series is designed primarily for use in transfer and assembly processes in the automobile components industry and enables high productivity in … Continue reading Toshiba launches three new industrial robots aimed at automated picking applications

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

Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market

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 … Continue reading Silicon value: An overview of the semiconductor market

Civil Infrastructure Platform releases Linux system for management of critical systems

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. … Continue reading Civil Infrastructure Platform releases Linux system for management of critical systems

Foxconn evaluating US locations for $10 billion expansion plans

Foxconn, the main manufacturer for Apple’s smartphones and tablet computers, is looking for locations in the US to invest $10 billion into setting up factories, according to a variety of reports in the media.  The company has already earmarked $7 billion for a display panel factory after buying the Sharp electronics company, although it’s not … Continue reading Foxconn evaluating US locations for $10 billion expansion plans

TMEIC to supply Virginia port with world’s largest automated cranes system in deal worth $670 million

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation has been selected to provide industrial drive and automation solutions for The Port of Virginia’s historic expansion project, totaling 86 Konecranes Automated-Stacking Cranes (ASC) at the Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG) facilities. This is the largest ASC order TMEIC has received to date and the largest … Continue reading TMEIC to supply Virginia port with world’s largest automated cranes system in deal worth $670 million

Qualcomm could become king of the road if it buys NXP

Mergers and acquisitions happen quite frequently these days, and there’s a lot of interest surrounding them.  For example, there are currently strong rumours that US smartphone chip giant Qualcomm is about to buy NXP Semiconductor for $40 billion. NXP itself last year bought Freescale for $12 billion. The deal gave NXP access to the market for … Continue reading Qualcomm could become king of the road if it buys NXP