BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

 

BMW is to integrated Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence into its in-car systems.

Amazon Alexa will be available in BMW and Mini vehicles starting in mid-2018.

Users can ask Alexa in-car to get directions, call a business, play music or Audible content, control your smart home, check the news, and so on – without downloading a separate app.  Continue reading BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

Dassault Systèmes launches SolidWorks 2018

 

Dassault Systèmes has launched the latest version of its SolidWorks 3D design and engineering application. 

The company says SolidWorks 2018 features an integrated, end-to-end solution for the design to manufacturing process that enables businesses of any size to rethink their approach to how parts and products are made and quickly bring innovative ideas to market in today’s experience economy.

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, which is probably a product lifecycle platform, SolidWorks 2018 is said to support a business’ complete design through manufacturing strategy with solutions that simplify the interactions between disciplines across the product development workflow.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes launches SolidWorks 2018

Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

 

Renesas Electronics India, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Singapore, has showcased its latest solutions for the automotive and smart cities segments at Electronica India.

Sunil Dhar, president, Renesas Electronics India, says: “The Indian market is rapidly adopting new technologies and we will be unveiling exciting additions to our portfolio at electronica India.

“Our solutions reduce the time spent on developing embedded systems software and accelerate the development process, allowing internet of things and automotive system developers to focus on creating differentiated products.”  Continue reading Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

Siemens buys Infolytica to further expand its product lifecycle management offering

Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Montreal, Canada-based Infolytica, expanding the company’s simulation suite into electromagnetics.

Infolytica is said to be one of the original pioneers in the field of simulating low-frequency electromagnetics and its market-leading simulation software is used by manufacturers worldwide to predict electromagnetic and thermal performance.

This accelerates the development of reliable and optimized solutions for electric and electromagnetic devices such as electric machines – including motors, generators and transformers – as well as sensors, induction heating, magnetic resonance imaging, and shielding.  Continue reading Siemens buys Infolytica to further expand its product lifecycle management offering

Red Lion Controls launches new generation of human machine interfaces for factory automation

 

Red Lion Controls has launched its newest generation of human machine interfaces, the CR1000 and CR3000.

Red Lion specialises in communication, monitoring and control technologies for industrial automation and networking.

The company says both the new products employ its new Crimson 3.1 software to provide more engaging interfaces with advanced design capabilities in addition to protocol conversion, data logging and web server for remote monitoring and control.  Continue reading Red Lion Controls launches new generation of human machine interfaces for factory automation

Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

 

Toyota Research Institute has been demonstrating its progress in the development of automated driving technology and other project work to the investor community this week.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, says: “In the last few months, we have rapidly accelerated our pace in advancing Toyota’s automated driving capabilities with a vision of saving lives, expanding access to mobility, and making driving more fun and convenient.

“Our research teams have also been evolving machine intelligence that can support further development of robots for in-home support of people.” Continue reading Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

Aerotech releases multi-axis robotic controller

 

Aerotech has released its HEX RC, a 6-axis motion controller which it says is ideal for controlling robotic systems like hexapods.

The HEX RC is 4U rack-mountable and compatible with the Automation 3200 (A3200) motion platform.  Continue reading Aerotech releases multi-axis robotic controller

Robotics investment fund grows to $450 million since launch one year ago

 

Global X Funds, the New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds, today celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global X Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ).

The company says Botz has received considerable interest from investors in its first year, having surpassed $450 million in assets under management.

Botz launched on September 12, 2016 and tracks the Indxx Global Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic IndexContinue reading Robotics investment fund grows to $450 million since launch one year ago

Interview with Ubuntu boss: A rich ecosystem for robotics and automation systems

Exclusive interview with Mike Bell from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu

There’s a lot of talk about the Robot Operating System. Understandably so. But the most widely used operating system in robotics and automation systems development is actually Ubuntu. 

In fact, ROS is not actually an operating system at all – it’s a set of software frameworks, or a software development kit, to be installed into an operating system like Ubuntu.

As Mike Bell, executive vice president of internet of things and devices at Canonical, explains in an exclusive interview: “It’s a bit confusing because it’s called Robot Operating System, but the reason is because if you’re developing robot applications, you don’t need to worry about the fact that it’s running on Ubuntu.

“You just write your application to interface into a ROS SDK and then deploy on Ubuntu.”  Continue reading Interview with Ubuntu boss: A rich ecosystem for robotics and automation systems

Quest Global partners with Siemens to develop digital manufacturing solutions

Quest Global and Siemens have reached an agreement to build and deliver a suite of digital manufacturing solutions for customers across verticals.

By adding the Siemens digital twin offerings, Quest – which likes to write its name as QuEST – says it can now showcase a complete range of connected manufacturing solutions.

This will be further bolstered by the establishment of two Digital Factory Innovation Labs, in Bengaluru and Belgaum, India.  Continue reading Quest Global partners with Siemens to develop digital manufacturing solutions

Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

Industrial and internet of things hardware manufacturer Logic Supply has launched the MC850 small form factor, GPU-capable computer, featuring Intel Kaby Lake processing.

The industrial PC offers compatibility with the latest generation 10-Series Nvidia graphics cards, and an integrated power supply.

Logic Supply says its MC850 Series is ideal for high-end image processing applications like machine vision, virtual reality, fog computing, edge devices, industrial IoT and interactive digital signage.  Continue reading Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

Riftek launches automated software for robotic weld seam tracking and measurement

Riftek, the optoelectronic measurement and systems manufacturer, has released a new multifunctional software application that utilises its RF625 series 2D laser scanners for automated seam tracking and measurement with welding robots.

Available with full support in the in the UK and Ireland from Ixthus Instrumentation, Riftek’s exclusive distributor, the Riftek Lamia software is intended for recognizing, tracking and measuring geometric parameters of objects such as weld seams in accordance with a selected maths algorithm which is derived from a template.

The PC based software interfaces to the client robot controller to transmit results and includes data visualisation and the setting and control of the RF625 laser scanner’s parameters.  Continue reading Riftek launches automated software for robotic weld seam tracking and measurement

GE Ventures and Silver Lake invest $40 million into Aras product lifecycle management

GE Ventures and Silver Lake have invested $40 million into Aras, a provider of enterprise product lifecycle management software.

The investment round was led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a fund of Silver Lake, with participation from GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric.

Aras says it will use this minority investment to drive growth, expand operations – including Aras’ service and support – and further extend Aras’ technology leadership through development and acquisitions.  Continue reading GE Ventures and Silver Lake invest $40 million into Aras product lifecycle management

B&R gives its industrial PC more power with Intel Xeon processor

B&R’s Automation PC 910 is now optionally available with an Intel Xeon processor to make it more powerful, says the company.

The new microarchitecture provides a “50 per cent increase in performance” compared to the previous high-performance Core i processors, adds B&R, which was recently acquired by industrial giant ABB.

This level of performance allows effective handling of all applications that require fast analysis of large amounts of data, such as machine vision, data preparation for cloud applications and data mining for collection and analysis of quality data.  Continue reading B&R gives its industrial PC more power with Intel Xeon processor

PTC’s product lifecycle management bookings double over last four quarters

PTC says bookings for its product lifecycle management software-as-a-service solution have doubled over the last four quarters.

This expansion complements PTC’s new subscription model and aligns with the recent findings of a cloud PLM study conducted by CIMdata, an independent global strategic management consulting and research authority focused on the PLM market.

According to CIMdata, 95 percent of current and prospective cloud PLM customers surveyed plan to purchase PLM Cloud in the next 24 months, while 72 percent plan to in just 13 months.  Continue reading PTC’s product lifecycle management bookings double over last four quarters