Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

General Electric has reached a partnership agreement with Apple to develop industrial apps for iOS devices – iPhone and iPad, according to a report on 9to5Mac.com

The website says Apple has been “looking to the enterprise sector as a key market for growing iPad sales which have slipped in recent years”.

Apple and GE said they will deliver “powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial internet of things platform, to iPhone and iPad”.  Continue reading Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

Worldwide spending on robotics to exceed $230 billion in 2021, says IDC

A new update to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide forecasts worldwide purchases of robotics, including drones and robotics-related hardware, software and services, will total $97.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 17.9 per cent over 2016.

IDC expects robotics spending to accelerate over the five-year forecast period, reaching $230.7 billion in 2021 with a compound annual growth rate compound annual growth rate of 22.8 per cent.

“The convergence of robotics and artificial intelligence & machine learning are driving the development of the next generation of intelligent robots for industrial, commercial, and consumer applications,” said Dr Jing Bing Zhang, research director, robotics at IDC manufacturing insights.  Continue reading Worldwide spending on robotics to exceed $230 billion in 2021, says IDC

From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Painting was one of the first applications for industrial robots, but it didn’t start well. 

When they were first introduced in the 1980s at General Motors’ Michigan plant, the robots initially painted each other, according to an article on industrial robot history, published on Robots.com.

The complexity of painting is probably under-estimated because humans can do such tasks with relative ease.  Continue reading From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

 

The race towards Terabit Ethernet, or TbE, has apparently taken a great leap with the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s first test of a 400-gigabit ethernet network. 

The 400 GbE trial was conducted by Huawei with its partner, China Telecom, the state telecommunications infrastructure provider.

The companies say the results indicate their superfast 400 GbE network technology is ready for commercial utilisation.  Continue reading Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  Continue reading Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

New business model allows companies of various sizes to buy or lease robots, says Ready Robotics

Arnold Automation, a newly created division of Arnold Packaging, says it has signed the first-ever distribution deal with Ready Robotics to distribute the TaskMate, Ready Robotics’ flexible automation platform.

The TaskMate can be quickly deployed in a wide variety of manufacturing environments and easily programmed to perform repetitive tasks.  Continue reading Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

 

Company says the new high torque brushless DC motor offers improved thermal characteristics and reliability for orthopedic large bone applications

Portescap has launched its newest surgical motor solution for large bone orthopedic powered hand tools. 

The company says this new size 12 (31.5 mm diameter) mini motor is available in 9.6V, 12V and 14.4V versions with cannulated and non-cannulated options, these motors can deliver peak torques of up to 1,720 mNm in a compact envelope.  Continue reading Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

 

Continental, a developer of advanced driver assistance systems, has developed a new human-machine interface which places the control of a vehicle at the user’s fingertips, says the company.

The HMI – which is designed to be integrated into a vehicle dashboard (as pictured above) – provides a central input device for maneuver control in the center console as an element of the holistic human-machine dialogue, says the company.

Continental says the input element increases the mode awareness when moving from manual to automated driving mode.  Continue reading Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

 

New machine vision cameras represent a breakthrough in performance and flexibility, says company

The next-generation IVS-NCGi range of digital cameras from Industrial Vision Systems provides a breakthrough in flexibility, performance and ease of use for machine vision, according to the company.

With heightened resolution options for more precision and faster frame rates, the cameras are designed for integration into modern production processes.

Its compact form factor also easily fits into space constrained manufacturing lines and cells.  Continue reading Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

 

Back in the old days, everybody would buy newspapers and magazines. Some would buy dailies, others would buy weeklies, while millions more would buy monthlies. And no one would quibble about having to pay for them, probably because most people sense that a physical, tangible object has a greater intrinsic value than a digital one. 

That old print media reading culture has all but gone now, thanks largely to the internet and the worldwide web making all manner of information available largely free of charge. No one expects, or wants, to pay for news and content any more, probably because most people think digital media should be free because they know how easy it is to make copies of digital files.

There are still many printed publications doing very well and selling in large quantities, and a list of some of the top 10 is offered below, but even the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun – which holds the world record at 13 million copies sold in one day – has lost huge numbers of readers.  Continue reading Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

Valmet goes digital with Dassault Systèmes to improve its engineering and sales for paper and pulp

 

Valmet, a manufacturer of large-scale paper and pulp production machinery and automation systems, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform to digitalise its operations.

3DExperience is a digital platform which includes many features that can typically be found in product lifecycle management software suites.

Valmet says the implementation of 3DExperience is helping the company to provide more innovative customer-oriented experiences at each service and sales opportunity.  Continue reading Valmet goes digital with Dassault Systèmes to improve its engineering and sales for paper and pulp

Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

 

Teradyne, the industrial giant which owns Universal Robots, has standardized its simulation tasks using technology from Cadence Design Systems.

Teradyne’s standardization uses Cadence’s Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulator, which is claimed will accelerate the development of application-specific integrated circuits.

Teradyne uses ASICs for delivery of its automation equipment for test and industrial applications.  Continue reading Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

B&R to present condition monitoring solution at Agritechnica

 

Automation company B&R is planning to showcase its condition monitoring solution for mobile automation, designed specifically for the agricultural sector.

B&R will be presenting the solution at this year’s Agritechnica exhibition – scheduled for November 12-18 in Hanover. B&R will be in hall A05, at booth 15.

Visitors will be able to see how advanced automation solutions can be implemented based on a comprehensive hardware portfolio, ready-made software components and a powerful engineering tool, says B&R.  Continue reading B&R to present condition monitoring solution at Agritechnica

iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

 

iRobot, the US company which makes consumer robots such as the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner range, has closed the previously announced acquisition of Robopolis, a French company.

The preliminary purchase price of $141 million is subject to normal purchase price adjustments and is expected to be finalized no later than the first quarter of 2018.

Europe is a key strategic region for iRobot and provides “an excellent opportunity for further growth”, says the company.  Continue reading iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters

 

Chinese firms including the Jiangsu Hagong Intelligent Robot Company are planning to make a bid to buy German industrial giant FFT, according to a report on Reuters.com

Other companies said to be interested include state-owned Shanghai Electric and equity firm AGIC Capital, says Reuters.

FFT, which builds manufacturing facilities for automakers and other industrial companies, is said to be valued at around $712 million.

FFT is owned by an equity investment company called Aton, and any deal is not likely to cause any political controversies, according to people Reuters quotes.  Continue reading Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters