Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

 

Altizon and Cross Company have formed a partnership that they say will help accelerate the adoption of internet of things and digital transformation technology for the industrial enterprise.

Altizon is an IIoT platform company, while Cross is a systems integrator specializing in critical industrial controls and data solutions.

The companies say Cross’ information services group will utilise Altizon’s Datonis platform for smart manufacturing.  Continue reading Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

 

There’s not many things more fascinating in today’s high-tech world than subsea cables.

In and of themselves, in principle, they’re just cables. But also in and of themselves they are highly sophisticated and powerful pieces of equipment.

And the sheer magnitude of the engineering involved in laying them undersea across oceans and connecting continents is arguably a wonder of the modern world.  Continue reading Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

 

Swiss company MEquadrat builds test systems with decentralized servo technology from Kollmorgen, and the servo motors from the Kollmorgen AKM series also travel along on the rotary indexing table, as Martin Zimmermann explains

Materials with optoelectronic functions are an indispensable part of electrical components today.

Users need to know the material’s precise internal molecular structure before the components are installed so that these then work reliably in the application.

MEquadrat (ME2) builds test systems for this purpose that are designed as a rotary indexing table.  Continue reading Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

 

CeMAT Russia, one of the country’s leading trade shows for materials handling, warehousing equipment and logistics, featured 180 companies from 20 countries during its recent run at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow.

Display area totalled 8,000 square meters, a 25 percent increase compared to the 2016 show.

Exhibiting companies presented products ranging from cranes, forklifts and packaging systems to conveyors, hoisting devices and logistics IT.  Continue reading Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

 

Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing.  Continue reading Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

Adidas launches first trainers made at its advanced manufacturing plant SpeedFactory

 

Adidas has launched the first major project to be created at its SpeedFactory facility in Ansbach, Germany.

The SpeedFactory features high levels of robotics and automation technology combined with 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing methods.

Adidas says the launch of the AM4 series heralds a “significant moment” for the brand in terms of the future of manufacturing, with SpeedFactory being a facility that will allow Adidas to explore, test and co-create with consumers, as well as constantly invent and reinvent design and define the future of how the brand creates.  Continue reading Adidas launches first trainers made at its advanced manufacturing plant SpeedFactory

vPersonalize launches ‘first’ integrated 3D design and manufacturing automation software for one-off, small batch and on-demand manufacturing

 

vPersonalize – which is backed by venture capital company Accel – says its patented 3D design-to-manufacturing automation software enables mass adoption of a new way of manufacturing

A US company called vPersonalize is claiming to have become the first company to launch a unified design-to-manufacturing software solution. 

The company says the new application is aimed at brands, designers and manufacturers to enhance operational efficiency, optimize product development, and help bring innovative products to market quickly.

Utilising a portfolio of patented technologies, vPersonalize says it has delivered “the only design to manufacturing automation solution that makes small batch and custom manufacturing viable at regular price points”.  Continue reading vPersonalize launches ‘first’ integrated 3D design and manufacturing automation software for one-off, small batch and on-demand manufacturing

Software in manufacturing: A list of the most well known

 

Software Advice, a business unit of Gartner, has produced a list of manufacturing software applications which would be worth perusing if you’re on the market for such things. 

Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s worth noting that the manufacturing sector is gradually being digitised, or digitalised. It’s increasingly about how well you know

Nowadays, it’s increasingly about how well you know software. Having said that, making things remains the fundamental activity, of course.  Continue reading Software in manufacturing: A list of the most well known

Samsung releases limited edition robotic vacuum cleaner that looks like Darth Vader

 

Would you want Darth Vader to vacuum your house? 

Samsung has released a limited edition of its robotic vacuum cleaner which looks like the dark lord from the Star Wars movies.

So if you want the evil one to terrify you while cleaning your home, you can buy one now from Samsung’s website for $799.  Continue reading Samsung releases limited edition robotic vacuum cleaner that looks like Darth Vader

Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

 

Rockwell Automation has launched a new line of open architecture industrial computers and thin clients.

Thin clients are lightweight computers used to connect to a server from a remote location.

Rockwell says its new VersaView 5000 portfolio provides a “modern visualization solution for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

Zume Pizza raises $48 million funding for robotic pizza production system

 

A company which is developing robotic pizza production systems has raised $48 million in funding, according to a report on ZDNet.com

The new funding for Zume Pizza follows a previous round, in December, which raised $23 million.

ZDNet says Zume’s system could increase speed and freshness at the same time as reducing labour costs.

(Main picture courtesy of ZDNet.)

Market analysis: Semiconductor stocks

 

According to on Global Times, the Taiwan Semiconductor Association estimated that the output value of the global Semiconductor market in 2017 is expected to grow by 9.8 per cent compared to 2016.

In this market analysis, DailyStockTracker.com takes a closer look at four companies in the semiconductor equipment and materials category – Cree, Oclaro, Synopsys, and United Microelectronics.  Continue reading Market analysis: Semiconductor stocks

Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

 

The new Model 3 saloon car from Tesla is way too popular for its own good and the company is struggling to cope with the number of orders it’s being asked to deliver. 

Despite the “bottlenecks” in manufacturing, the electric carmaker says it is on course to sell 100,000 vehicles this year for the first time in its 14-year history.

And if things go to CEO Elon Musk’s forecasts, Tesla will be manufacturing 500,000 vehicles a year by the end of next year, according to Business InsiderContinue reading Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

Google’s new products intensify competition in home automation market, says IHS Markit

 

New Google Home Mini and Max deepen battle with Amazon at both ends of smart speaker market while Apple’s HomePod faces increasingly competitive environment 

Two new smart speakers were announced at Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone launch event, closing the gap with Amazon in terms of market-penetrating low-end affordability of its smart speakers. 

The first speaker, the $49 Google Home Mini, features a small, rounded, design-neutral form factor, and three color choices.

The device incorporates far-field voice recognition, and inherits the same slate of Google Assistant, Chromecast Built-in, and calling capabilities as its larger Google Home stablemate.  Continue reading Google’s new products intensify competition in home automation market, says IHS Markit

Yujin Robot awarded patent for system of recognising locations and positions for robotic vacuum cleaner

 

South Korean robotics and automation company Yujin Robot has been awarded a patent relating to technology that enables mobile robots to pinpoint the locations and positions. 

Awareness of its own precise location within an environment and the location of other objects close by is obviously a crucial requirement of a mobile robot.

Yujin says the new technology in the patent “has the effect of reducing the position error caused by tilting or sliding of mobile robots, and enables stable position recognition”.  Continue reading Yujin Robot awarded patent for system of recognising locations and positions for robotic vacuum cleaner