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

Zeiss launches new electron microscope

Zeiss, which claims most of the world’s microchips are manufactured using its optical technologies, has launched the new generation of its scanning electron microscope system.

The company says the new instruments in the Zeiss EVO product family feature various improvements in terms of usability, image quality and seamless integration into multimodal work processes.

With the variety of options available, the Zeiss EVO family of devices can be precisely tailored to life science, materials science or routine industrial quality assurance requirements.  Continue reading Zeiss launches new electron microscope

Calian’s systems engineering division wins contract from DCT Delta

Calian’s systems engineering division has been awarded a contract by DCT Delta.

Under the contract, Calian will design and develop a cable network DocSis 3.0/3.1 Remote PHY hardware module for DCT Delta’s family of industry-leading hybrid fiber coax-based fibre node products.

While the contract is not financially material to Calian, it represents a key win in the evolution of its communication products business.  Continue reading Calian’s systems engineering division wins contract from DCT Delta

Dassault Systèmes strengthens systems engineering software with No Magic acquisition

Dassault Systèmes has reached an agreement to acquire its partner No Magic, a provider of model-based systems engineering and architecture modeling for software, and system of systems.

No Magic is headquartered in Allen, Texas and has offices in Lithuania and Thailand.

The acquisition of No Magic strengthens Dassault Systèmes’ industry solution experiences based on the 3DExperience platform by generalizing systems engineering for developing the “Internet of Experiences” – the smart and autonomous experiences that are digitally connecting products, nature and life in the physical world.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes strengthens systems engineering software with No Magic acquisition

Foundational insights: Exclusive interview with Deloitte’s manufacturing leader

Some sectors of technology change so fast it can be bewildering for people whose jobs and livelihoods depend on keeping up with new innovations and developments which can mean the difference between profit and loss, success and failure. 

Traditionally, larger companies have been wary of the threat of smaller, more nimble and more flexible competitors launching more innovative products and services faster and at a lower price point and taking away their market share.

It doesn’t always happen, but it does sometimes. Corporate history is littered with many stories of successful companies which went from being the dominant market leader to being an also-ran, or worse.  Continue reading Foundational insights: Exclusive interview with Deloitte’s manufacturing leader

Industrial consolidation: Emerson Electric tries to buy Rockwell Automation for $27 billion

Emerson Electric, a company with a market capitalisation of more than $40 billion, is trying to buy Rockwell Automation, which has a market cap of about $26 billion. 

Emerson has reportedly offered more than $27 billion for Rockwell, but has been rejected.

Not apparently because of the money, but because Rockwell is said to be “fiercely independent” by CNBC, which says the acquisition bid was met with a “terse rejection”.  Continue reading Industrial consolidation: Emerson Electric tries to buy Rockwell Automation for $27 billion

Smart manufacturing to play central role at China International Industry Fair

The concept of smart manufacturing is to play a central role at this year’s China Industrial Industry Fair.

Smart manufacturing is a term used to mean any manufacturing system which uses advanced technologies – such as robotics, automation and network connectivity.

Other related terms are Industry 4.0, intelligent manufacturing, and lights-out manufacturing.  Continue reading Smart manufacturing to play central role at China International Industry Fair

Wal-Mart using robots to wander around the shelves and scan products

Wal-Mart has hired a number of robots to wander around the aisles of its stores and check if products are in stock and displayed correctly. 

The company is said to be rolling out the robot shopkeeping assistant at 50 locations around the US, according to a report on ArkansasOnline.com.

The robots themselves are from a company called Bossa Nova Robotics, which we previously reported had developed an automated planogram compliance system in partnership with software developer DigimarcContinue reading Wal-Mart using robots to wander around the shelves and scan products