Rockwell Automation launches infrastructure-as-a-service to simplify setting up industrial networks

Rockwell Automation has launched an infrastructure-as-a-service which the company says simplifies and accelerates networks.

The new service bundles networking products and remote-monitoring support into one contract.

Rockwell says a secure and robust network infrastructure is essential to improving overall competitiveness in a connected enterprise, but designing, deploying and maintaining this infrastructure can be complex and time consuming for many companies, and is often too costly for their capital budgets.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation launches infrastructure-as-a-service to simplify setting up industrial networks

Robots in the cosmetics industry: Complex tasks for sophisticated machines

Like most business sectors, the cosmetics industry is a growing market for industrial robotics and automation suppliers. 

At the moment, it’s a relatively small market compared to automotive, electronics, and other sectors, but according to a study by Alltake Market Research, unit shipments in the sector will grow more than 20 per cent by 2022.

However, Alltake combines cosmetics and pharmaceutical into one category for its projections.  Continue reading Robots in the cosmetics industry: Complex tasks for sophisticated machines

Epson to demonstrate newly launched T3 all-in-one SCARA robot at the Assembly Show

 

Epson Robots will be showcasing its newly launched T3 All-in-One SCARA robot at the manufacturing industry event The Assembly Show.

Epson says that as well as the T3, it will also showcase its “revolutionary” Flexion N2 6-Axis robot, as well as a selection of its leading 6-Axis and SCARA robots.

Additionally, Epson will lead a discussion on how to get started in robotics and automation.  Continue reading Epson to demonstrate newly launched T3 all-in-one SCARA robot at the Assembly Show

Japanese companies prepare to bring forward new generation of humanoid collaborative robots capable of a variety of industrial work

 

There was a time when Japanese electronics companies were the Apples and Googles of the world, with everyone buying their products and talking about them in the media.

Many of those same formerly pre-eminent names today play second fiddle to the Silicon Valley tech giants.

But while they may not be discussed as much as they were in the past – and their products not as ubiquitous in the consumer market – Japanese companies still loom large in the industrial sector.  Continue reading Japanese companies prepare to bring forward new generation of humanoid collaborative robots capable of a variety of industrial work

ABB robot hatches 30 per cent more eggs for Singapore egg farm

 

Growing demand for locally-farmed eggs prompted Seng Choon Farm, to turn to automation in an effort to increase its production capacity

In April this year, ABB installed and commissioned a robotic palletizing system at Seng Choon Farm’s 36 acre site in north-west Singapore, to support increased production output as well as the company’s future expansion plans.

Since then, the robotic palletizing system, that stacks heavy boxes and baskets of eggs onto pallets, has raised the farm’s productivity by 30 per cent.

Before the robotic system was installed, workers would manually stack the cartons and baskets of eggs onto the pallets, with a single worker lifting about 15 tons of eggs a day.  Continue reading ABB robot hatches 30 per cent more eggs for Singapore egg farm

General Electric deepening its interest in the software business

 

General Electric claims it was the first company to have launched an industrial internet of things platform when it released Predix last year.

The company’s software business unit, GE Digital, has been generating revenues of more than $4 billion a year, and looks like it’s strongly influencing the future direction of the overall business.

Another of the big ideas at GE is the “Brilliant Factory” concept, which is essentially the digitalisation of anything and everything that can be digitised in a manufacturing or industrial process.  Continue reading General Electric deepening its interest in the software business

Sony returns to robotics market after 12 years away

 

Japanese electronics giant Sony is returning to the robotics market after more than a decade away, according to a report on Nikkei

The company is reportedly planning to bring back together the team which produced Aibo (pictured below), the robotic pet dog for the home, which proved popular many years ago.

Sony was at one time the most talked-about electronics company in the world, the Apple of its day.  Continue reading Sony returns to robotics market after 12 years away

Toyota investing $400 million to manufacture hybrid powertrain in the US

 

Toyota is to build hybrid powertrains at plants in the US for the first time.

The company claims it has “just upped the stakes” to remain the top manufacturer of hybrid vehicles worldwide.

Its investment in the US will total $373.8 million, spread across five US manufacturing plants.  Continue reading Toyota investing $400 million to manufacture hybrid powertrain in the US

Cyberdyne launches new version of its exoskeleton

 

Cyberdyne has launched the latest version of its HAL exoskeleton.

HAL, short for hybrid assistive limb, has been mostly marketed to the health sector.

The new version, HAL Lumbar, is similar to previous versions in that it reads bio-electrical signals of the wearer.  Continue reading Cyberdyne launches new version of its exoskeleton

Taiwan launches its first satellite into space

 

Taiwan has launched its first domestically designed satellite into space. The satellite will be used for Earth observation. 

The Danish National Space Institute supplied equipment for the satellite and DTU Space representative Professor John Leif Jørgensen says this enables it to have “a very high degree of precision and flexibility for satellite navigation”.

The satellite itself is named FormoSat-5 and is approximately 500 kg in weight.  Continue reading Taiwan launches its first satellite into space

Chinese search giant Baidu launches $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car tech

 

Baidu – China’s equivalent of Google – has launched a $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car technology.

The company’s newly established Apollo Fund will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects in the next three years.

Meanwhile, Baidu has unveiled the latest iteration of its Apollo open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo 1.5. The Apollo platform has gathered 70 partner companies so far. Continue reading Chinese search giant Baidu launches $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car tech

Hitachi combines several business units to create $4 billion digital company

Industrial giant Hitachi is best known for making electronics gadgets and heavy machinery. Its annual turnover is just under $17 billion and it employs 335,000 people worldwide. 

But the 107-year-old company is apparently taking a leaf out of its industrial rival General Electric’s book and creating a new digital business.

GE Digital is now one of the world’s top 10 software companies, and its industrial internet of things platform, Predix, has become ubiquitious.  Continue reading Hitachi combines several business units to create $4 billion digital company

Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

 

Mitsubishi Electric is reportedly planning to invest almost $20 million into GreyOrange Robotics.

GreyOrange is a startup company developing robotics and automation systems for the logistics industry, particularly warehouse automation systems integrating robots, and has been growing fast, according to a story on EconomicTimes.com.

The investment would lead to a valuation for GreyOrange of an amount between $300 million and $500 million.  Continue reading Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

 

ABB has a significant lead in the industrial robotics and automation market in China, but it seems somewhat wary of Kuka. 

The company recently decided it would double its investment in its research and development facility in China, and effectively make it the company’s global R&D HQ.

ABB currently employs 17,000 people in 139 cities in China. Its robotics division, though huge by itself, is just one part of the Swiss multinational engineering company.

Speaking to Bloomberg, ABB CEO Ulrish Spiesshofer says: “ABB is ahead of Kuka globally, we are ahead of Kuka here in the market and our ambition is to stay so.”  Continue reading ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

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.  Continue reading Kawasaki planning to manufacture more robots, possibly a collaborative one