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

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

AImotive raises $38 million funding for its autonomous driving technology

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

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

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

Impinj ships 25 billionth Rain RFI­­­­­D endpoint integrated circuit

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 technology trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society predicts the future of tech

Tech experts at the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) annually predict the “Future of Tech” and have revealed what they believe will be the biggest trends in technology for 2018.

The forecast by the world’s premier organization of computing professionals is among its most anticipated announcements.

Jean-Luc Gaudiot, IEEE Computer Society president, says: “The Computer Society’s predictions, based on a deep-dive analysis by a team of leading technology experts, identify top-trending technologies that hold extensive disruptive potential for 2018.  Continue reading Top 10 technology trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society predicts the future of tech

Delta machine vision system enables up to eight high-speed cameras to be connected

The latest Delta Machine Vision System DMV2000 Series is claimed to provide a “smart and user-friendly” operation interface of high-speed, high-precision (up to 12 MB), and multi-processing ability: up to eight high-speed cameras can be connected to this stand-alone system.

It supports multi-input and output, standard industrial network interfaces (Ethernet, RS-232, RS-485) and various machine vision inspection functions.

With the help of vision inspection tools in the DMV Series, the product quality and efficiency of the automated production line are substantially enhanced.  Continue reading Delta machine vision system enables up to eight high-speed cameras to be connected

Business forecasts for robotics and automation industries

Prediction is a tricky business, but with good-quality historical data, one should be able to make reasonably accurate forecasts about what the next few years have in store. 

Here are a few of the reports which analyse the robotics and automation market as well as related markets to provide insights which may help you plan your business.

Global Industrial Robot Vision Systems Market 2017-2021
A newly emerging market which currently probably does not offer a whole lot of statistics, but it’s certainly set for growth judging by the increasing demand for robotic vision systems.
Researcher: Technavio
Report price: 
$2,500

Global Robotic Tool Changers Market 2017 – Production, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecast to 2021
An overview of the global market for robotic tool changers, this report also takes a close look at the leading companies in the market as well as some of the key technologies.
Researcher: MRS Research Group
Report price: 
$2,900

Industrial Robot Servo Motor Market 2017-2022 Share, Growth, Market Dynamics, Key Manufacturers, Economic Impact and Forecast
The entire industrial robotics sector grew out of the servo motor, apparently, so this is a key market and technology. This report looks at the opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are, and will be, driving future growth.
Researcher: Absolute Reports
Report price: $3,000

Automotive Robotics Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017-2025
The global market for automotive robots is continuing to grow, even though the automotive trade is already the largest buyer of industrial robots. This report looks at the type of robots the automotive industry uses and looks at the leading robot suppliers.
Researcher: Transparency Market Research
Report price: $5,200

Industrial Automation Market Research Report – Forecast 2022
Industrial automation is a large area set for tremendous growth going forward, with many more smart factories using industrial internet of things networks. This report looks at a variety of markets and technologies.
Researcher: Market Research Future
Report price: $4,450

 

Progress in sensors present a ‘huge opportunity’ to advance automotive market, says Osram Opto Semiconductors

More reliable sensor technology will increase the speed to market for semi-autonomous vehicles, and provide a more comfortable and safe journey for drivers, says Osram Opto Semiconductors

Today’s automotive market is a showcase of some of the most important next-generation technologies, as vehicle manufacturers are among the first to adopt the latest technology developments, including the use of visible and invisible light for state of the art sensor technology, to create the ultimate driving and passenger experience.

Therefore, the work from leading companies like Osram Opto Semiconductors plays an important role to realise real-life applications for sensors in safety, security and comfort.  Continue reading Progress in sensors present a ‘huge opportunity’ to advance automotive market, says Osram Opto Semiconductors

Zenplace employs telepresence robots to show customers round real estate properties

Zenplace, the service that enables landlords and property owners to quickly rent and manage their rental property online, now shows properties to tenants through robots with smart guided property showings.

Zenplace bosses say the robot has helped accelerate the rate at which they have been able to accommodate customers. (See video below.)

Rahul Mewawalla, CEO of Zenplace and former head of US’ technology program in Silicon Valley with the White House, says: “We set out to change the property management and rental experience by providing property owners and tenants a faster and easier way to rent and lease.  Continue reading Zenplace employs telepresence robots to show customers round real estate properties

Kepware launches new version of its industrial connectivity platform

Kepware has launched the new version of its industrial connectivity platform.

KepServerEX version 6.4 includes new data collection capabilities, improved data access, and seamless integration with both traditional and industrial internet of things systems, enabling users to easily manage and monitor their plant floor.

Kepware says the new MQTT client driver is a key component of the KepServerEX version 6.4 release.  Continue reading Kepware launches new version of its industrial connectivity platform

Maxim introduces isolated controller area network transceivers with ‘robust communications for industrial systems’

Maxim Integrated has launched new isolated controller area network transceivers which the company claims ensures “robust communications for industrial systems”. 

The MAX14878/79/80 increases uptime with ±54V fault protection and industry-leading ±15kV ESD, claims Maxim.

Maxim says designers can ensure robust communication and improve uptime for industrial systems with the MAX14878, MAX14879, and MAX14880 2.75kV and 5kV family of isolated CAN transceivers.  Continue reading Maxim introduces isolated controller area network transceivers with ‘robust communications for industrial systems’

Hillcrest Labs launches new sensor node for augmented and virtual reality

Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, has launched the latest expansion of its sensor node product line.

The BNO085, a 9-Axis System in Package (SiP), features an enhanced sensor fusion algorithm tuned specifically for use in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 3D audio applications.

VR systems that use BNO085 benefit from more accurate alignment between the controllers and headset even when the controllers are outside the field of view of the systems’ cameras.  Continue reading Hillcrest Labs launches new sensor node for augmented and virtual reality

Aromyx and Rewired partner to give robots a sense of smell

Aromyx is partnering with Rewired to develop technologies that will enable robots to smell things around them just like the average human can. 

Aromyx makes something called the EssenceChip, which it describes as “the digital platform for measuring taste and scent”.

The company has agreed a strategic partnership with Rewired, the robotics-focused venture studio and fund based in London and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Aromyx and Rewired say they will work together to explore novel applications of taste and smell for smart robots.  Continue reading Aromyx and Rewired partner to give robots a sense of smell