RE2 delivers two-armed robot to US Army

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RE2 Robotics has delivered a two-arm Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) to the US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) under an Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II extension contract. 

Robotic systems for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) typically include a single manipulator to perform critical tasks such as inspection, detection, and neutralization of explosive devices. These manipulators are often limited in their dexterity, reach and lifting capacity.  Continue reading RE2 delivers two-armed robot to US Army

Denso, eSol, and NEC form joint venture for connected cars

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Denso is teaming up with eSol and NEC to develop superfast networks for connected cars. 

The three companies will form a joint venture to develop basic software that can support high-speed data communication, high-quality security, and high-performance microcomputers, in order to advance in-vehicle systems used for automated driving and other control actions.

The joint venture will provide easy-to-use basic software to help automakers and electronic control unit suppliers increase their quality and efficiency when developing products.  Continue reading Denso, eSol, and NEC form joint venture for connected cars

Clearpath to provide GE Healthcare repair center with self-driving vehicles

The Clearpath Otto logistics robot
The Clearpath Otto logistics robot

A fleet of Otto self-driving vehicles will automate just-in-time parts delivery within Milwaukee facility 

Clearpath, the developer of Otto – a self-driving vehicle designed for material transport, has been selected to automate just-in-time parts delivery in a GE Healthcare repair facility being expanded near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“The Otto fleet will optimize GE Healthcare’s just-in-time manufacturing process to help enable repair cells to operate at full capacity,” said Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath Robotics.  Continue reading Clearpath to provide GE Healthcare repair center with self-driving vehicles

Jaguar XFL: hand-built by 300 robots and featuring driverless car technology

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Jaguar is rolling out its ‘all-new’ XFL model and says it features the latest in autonomous technology 

The new Jaguar XFL is to feature a range of autonomous technologies that the automaker says bring “unparalleled luxury and technology to the business segment”.

The XFL will feature a host of advanced and autonomous technologies including adaptive full-LED headlights, a laser head-up display, all surface progress control, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, lane keep-assist, reverse traffic detection and park-assist.  Continue reading Jaguar XFL: hand-built by 300 robots and featuring driverless car technology

Microsoft adds OPC support to IIoT applications

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Company to support Open Platform Communications standard across IoT offerings 

Microsoft says it is working with the Open Platform Communications Foundation to enable almost any industrial internet of things network through interoperability between the millions of applications and industrial equipment compliant with the OPC Unified Architecture standard.

Microsoft will further enable its IIoT customers to connect a broad range of manufacturing equipment and software that can span decades of investment with extended support of the OPC UA open source software stack.

Interoperability between devices and assets is critical for today’s factories, which are increasingly bringing new and legacy systems online and modernizing their plants and facilities.  Continue reading Microsoft adds OPC support to IIoT applications

Yaskawa releases new line of drive servos and amplifiers

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Yaskawa has launched a new line of rotary, linear and direct drive servos and amplifiers that the company says “bring a new level of operating efficiency to automated equipment”.

Yaskawa, one of the world’s biggest industrial robot manufacturers, says its Sigma-7 has bandwidth and resolution improvements.

Yaskawa says system designers and automation end users will benefit from the speed, precision and efficiency improvements in Sigma-7, adding that it is “the most technologically advanced servo systems ever created” by the company.  Continue reading Yaskawa releases new line of drive servos and amplifiers

Applied Controls wins large contract from Siemens

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Siemens has appointed Applied Controls as a distributor in the US.

Applied Controls will expand Siemen’s authorized territory to include Maryland, Washington DC, and five counties of Northern Virginia.

Applied is now considered a Siemens “high value partner and automation solution provider”.

Applied Controls will market and support Siemens’ portfolio of factory automation products including PLCs, HMIs, intelligent motion control, industrial computers, SCADA and networking products.  Continue reading Applied Controls wins large contract from Siemens

Harting to further expand US activities after Hannover Messe success

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The Harting family greeting the two heads of state, (from left to right): Margrit Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Dietmar Harting, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Philip Harting. (PRNewsFoto/HARTING KGaA)

Company makes announcement after receiving visit from Obama and Merkel  

German components manufacturer Harting is to further expand its activities in the US.

The company says it will supply intelligent connectors in collaboration with US automotive manufacturer.

Digitalisation offers tremendous growth potential, says Harting, which received a visit from US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Hannover Messe.  Continue reading Harting to further expand US activities after Hannover Messe success

Audi opens research facility to study bees with a robot

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The robot arm in the Smart Hobos high-tech beehive is fitted with state-of-the-art camera systems: 3D sensors as well as infrared and heat-sensitive cameras record the bees and their activities

Audi is using robots to help bees from going extinct 

Bees pollinate about 80 percent of our agricultural plants and wild vegetation, so life without bees is almost impossible.

Too little pollination would have severe consequences – both environmental and economic. With the worldwide unique “Smart Hobos” (HoneyBee Online Studies) project, the Audi Stiftung für Umwelt (Audi Environmental Foundation) and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg are working to protect these vital and fascinating insects.

Audi today opened a research station at its production site in Münchsmünster. The first bees will soon move into their new home. Continue reading Audi opens research facility to study bees with a robot

Infineon supplies CERN with sensors to detect dark matter

The giant atom-smashing machine at CERN
The giant atom-smashing machine at CERN

Dark matter is the mysterious and elusive target for the world’s scientists now

Ninety-five percent of the universe is still considered unexplored. Scientists at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research center, located in Geneva, are working on solving these mysteries.

In May 2012, researchers there discovered the so-called Higgs Boson, whose prediction won Peter Higgs and François Englert the Nobel prize in physics.

One of the things CERN scientists are researching at the moment is dark matter: Although it may well have five times the mass of visible matter in the universe, this extent can only be indirectly proved. With a bit of luck, CERN will also succeed in generating dark matter.  Continue reading Infineon supplies CERN with sensors to detect dark matter

Fanuc developing industrial internet of everything

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Manufacturers are automating their production facility with Fanuc robots and factory automation to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve product quality, says the company

Fanuc is developing a machine-to-machine network that will connect just about every piece of equipment in a manufacturing plant. 

The Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (Field) system is an industrial internet of things network that will be aimed at automakers.

Fanuc already provides General Motors with a global IIoT platform to manage and maintain the automakers’ robots.  Continue reading Fanuc developing industrial internet of everything

Applied Robotics launches new line of tool changers with lifetime guarantee

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Applied Robotics has launched its first comprehensive family of tool changers. 

The Epsilon family of tool changers incorporates the best features and benefits of three previous generations of ARI tool changers with added functionality and enhancements.

The Epsilon Tool Changers are available in a wide range of payloads from 10 kg to 1,500 kg.  Continue reading Applied Robotics launches new line of tool changers with lifetime guarantee

Google gives TensorFlow distributed computing support

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Google is running TensorFlow across hundreds of machines, and now you can run it on as many machines as you want in your office 

Google has introduced distributed computing support to the latest version of its machine learning software TensorFlow.

TensorFlow 0.8 can now be run on small clusters of machines in your office using Google’s new Inception image classification neural network.  Continue reading Google gives TensorFlow distributed computing support

Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

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Company adds more than 100 enhancements during ‘highly successful’ beta tests 

Onshape, the ground-breaking cloud-based 3D design software, has launched commercially, after many months of beta testing.

The company last year raised around $150 million in total funding to start the business and now looks set to repay its investors.

Onshape says its beta test has been “highly successful”, and included 400,000 user hours in more than 150 countries. Continue reading Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

Industrial robot maker Rethink Robotics signs up new distributors

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Sawyer robot to be distributed by automation providers in France, UK and Israel 

Rethink Robotics is continuing its global expansion with new distribution partnerships with four separate automation providers three different countries.

In France, Rethink has signed up Humarobotics; in the UK, two companies – Active8 Robots and Cobotix; and iCobots in Israel.

Rethink says its new distribution partners will “help manufacturers gain flexibility and improve production processes by deploying Rethink’s smart, collaborative Sawyer robot”.  Continue reading Industrial robot maker Rethink Robotics signs up new distributors