Fetch Robotics raises $25 million in investment round led by Sway Ventures

Fetch Robotics, a provider of a range of warehouse automation and logistics robot solutions, has raised $25 million in Series B funding.

The round was led by Sway Ventures with participation from existing investors O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Shasta Ventures and SoftBank Group US.

The Series B round brings Fetch Robotics’ total funding to date to $48 million.  Continue reading Fetch Robotics raises $25 million in investment round led by Sway Ventures

Book preview: New academic study on the subject of robots with legs

Bioinspired Legged Locomotion: Models, Concepts, Control and Applications
By Maziar Sharbafi and André Seyfarth

Elsevier has released a book which may be of interest to roboticists. Here’s a preview.

The book explores the universe of legged robots, bringing in perspectives from engineering, biology, motion science, and medicine to provide a comprehensive overview of the field.

With comprehensive coverage, each chapter brings outlines, and an abstract, introduction, new developments, and a summary.  Continue reading Book preview: New academic study on the subject of robots with legs

Robotics and automation to replace 800 million human workers by 2030, says new report

The global effects of robotics and automation technologies is forecast to include the removal of as many as 800 million people from their jobs by 2030, according to a new report. Seventy million of them will be in the US. 

McKinsey, the consultancy firm which conducted the research, says the development of automation technologies is “sparked much public concern”.

In its report, Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation, McKinsey Global Institute says that, while automation is not a new phenomenon and fears surrounding its effects date back centuries, the situation seems different now.  Continue reading Robotics and automation to replace 800 million human workers by 2030, says new report

Mipi Alliance releases new specification to streamline integration of image sensors

The Mipi Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, has released a new specification that provides a standardized way to integrate image sensors in mobile-connected devices.

The new specification, Mipi Camera Command Set v1.0 (MIPI CCS v1.0), defines a standard set of functionalities for implementing and controlling image sensors.

The specification is offered for use with Mipi Camera Serial Interface 2 v2.0 (MIPI CSI-2 v2.0) and is now available for download.  Continue reading Mipi Alliance releases new specification to streamline integration of image sensors

Midea goes from home appliance giant to Fortune 500 company

Midea is evolving from a home appliance manufacturing giant into one of the world’s top 500 technology companies

The 2017 Fortune Global Forum will be held in Guangzhou, China from December 6-8.

Attended by leaders and CEOs of the world’s top companies, the event is in its 22nd year and is deemed one of the most influential economic development forums in the world.

Midea, which in recent months emerged as a “dark horse” due to its impressive transformation into a global technology group, will be partnering the Fortune Global Forum for the very first time.  Continue reading Midea goes from home appliance giant to Fortune 500 company

Swarm Technology to be awarded second patent for IoT and robotics applications

Swarm Technology says the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a “notice of allowance” in connection with its patent application 14/340,332 relating to “intent-based automation” within the fields of internet of things, networking and robotics.

Alfonso Iniguez, the company’s founder and CEO, says: “We are thrilled to receive this Notice of Allowance from the USPTO.

“With respect to robotics, our technology enables adaptive collective behavior. We are currently developing swarm robots for autonomous landmine detection. Continue reading Swarm Technology to be awarded second patent for IoT and robotics applications

Japan responsible for robots taking over the world, says IFR

Japan is the world’s predominant industrial robot manufacturer, according to new analysis by the International Federation of Robotics.

The production capacity of the Japanese suppliers reached 153,000 units in 2016 – the highest level ever recorded, says the IFR.

“Today, Japan’s manufacturers deliver 52 percent of the global supply,” adds the IFR.  Continue reading Japan responsible for robots taking over the world, says IFR

New study: Industrial cameras, technical features, and market

Each year, in cooperation with the trade journals Vision Systems Design and Inspect, industrial imaging company Framos identifies technical and commercial trends in the industry based on users’ and manufacturers’ views.

For this 10th market study, 90 manufacturers and users from 22 countries responded to questions about the status quo of the imaging market, and its ongoing development.

In the age of automation and the smart factory, classic machine vision is the cornerstone of success for the Imaging industry.

CMOS technology and fast processing are enabling real-time precision, while cognitive vision solutions using artificial intelligence are the bases for further growth.  Continue reading New study: Industrial cameras, technical features, and market

Market research reports roundup: Teach pendants; Cutting and deburring; Collaborative robots

Another three reports making the headlines on the web

ReportGlobal Collaborative Robots Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2023
Company: Energias Market Research
Our comment: Collaborative robots are of massive interest at the moment, and this report values the market at $177 million in 2016, and says it will rise to $4.238 billion in 2023. That’s a hefty increase of more than 57 per cent a year.

Report: Robot Teach Pendant Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017-2025
Company: Transparency Market Research
Our comment: This company doesn’t reveal any figures for market size and growth in its press release, but it mentions leading companies, such as ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman and so on.

Report: Global Robotic Cutting, Deburring, and Finishing Market 2017-2021
Company: 360 Market Updates
Our comment: Another report which doesn’t release any headlines figures, but makes the observation that accuracy and productivity are driving this market.

Report: Sensors for Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets
Company: BCC Research
Our comment: Global market for robotics sensors is said to be around $510 million this year, and is forecast to reach .approximately $840 million by 2022.

Market research reports: A roundup of the latest surveys about the robotics and automation industry

There seems to be an increasing number of reports about the robotics and automation market, each looking at different segments, often in a different way. 

It’s difficult to keep track of them all, let alone look too deeply into them and evaluate the data contained within.

So, it seems best to list all the reports currently making the headlines, and maybe readers can decide which ones are relevant and useful to them.  Continue reading Market research reports: A roundup of the latest surveys about the robotics and automation industry

Prime Healthcare expands partnership with Omnicell to serve ‘majority of facilities within health system’

Prime Healthcare has expanded its existing partnership with Omnicell to serve what the companies claims is “a majority of facilities within the health system” in the US.

Prime Healthcare, a 45-hospital network serving 14 states, is implementing Omnicell’s new XT Series automated medication dispensing systems in seven hospitals, expanding Omnicell’s presence to over half of the facilities within its health system.

Prime Healthcare is also adding anesthesia and supply offerings to the suite of Omnicell solutions used in select sites.  Continue reading Prime Healthcare expands partnership with Omnicell to serve ‘majority of facilities within health system’

Ridecell buys Auro Robotics and launches ‘first complete’ autonomous mobility platform

Ridecell, which provides a platform for carsharing and ridesharing operators, has acquired Auro Robotics, a California-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction.

Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform which has successfully been used in autonomous pilot programs.

With these two initiatives, Ridecell says it now offers “the industry’s first complete autonomous new mobility solution that enables on-demand autonomous shuttle mobility service in low-speed, private-road settings”.  Continue reading Ridecell buys Auro Robotics and launches ‘first complete’ autonomous mobility platform

Mitsubishi Fuso launches E-Fuso electric truck and plans to electrify all its vehicles

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, part of Daimler Trucks, have strengthened the commitment of their Fuso brand towards alternative drivetrains.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, MFTBC announced it will electrify its complete range of trucks and buses in upcoming years.

At this occasion, MFTBC unveiled E-Fuso as the first original equipment manufacturer to launch a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric mobility of trucks and buses.

As further proof of this strategic move, MFTBC celebrated the world-premiere of its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept with a range of up to 350 kilometers. Continue reading Mitsubishi Fuso launches E-Fuso electric truck and plans to electrify all its vehicles

ManageEngine brings enterprise service management to its cloud-based service desk software

ServiceDesk Plus extends IT service management capabilities to business functions beyond IT; evolves into a rapid-start enterprise service desk

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is bringing a unified approach to enterprise service management with an update to the cloud version of its flagship ITSM product, ServiceDesk Plus.

With the ability to launch and manage multiple service desk instances on the go, organisations can now leverage proven IT service management best practices to streamline business functions for non-IT departments, including HR, facilities and finance.

Available immediately, the ServiceDesk Plus cloud version comes loaded with built-in templates unique to various business processes, giving users the flexibility to perform codeless customisations for quick and easy deployment of business services.  Continue reading ManageEngine brings enterprise service management to its cloud-based service desk software

Siemens to showcase wide range of digitalization applications for machine and plant builders at SPS IPC Drives

Siemens says it will be exhibiting a wide array of applications and examples of how machine and plant builders can “sharpen their competitive edge with digitalization” at SPS IPC Drives 2017.

Exhibiting under the banner “Discover the Value of the Digital Enterprise” in Hall 11 across an impressive 4,400 square meter exhibition space, the company will be presenting the latest additions to its digital enterprise portfolio.

Innovations featured range from new software versions for more efficient engineering through digital drive systems to the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere, which Siemens says “opens up scope” for new business models to machine and plant builders.  Continue reading Siemens to showcase wide range of digitalization applications for machine and plant builders at SPS IPC Drives