Ready Robotics’ TaskMate system being used by Stanley Black & Decker

Company claims Stanley Black & Decker set up its TaskMate system “in one day”

Ready Robotics’ ready-made automation system – which it says can be set up made operational within a day – is being utilised by Stanley Black & Decker.

Ready Robotics says the solution is “the first fully-integrated robotic system capable of being deployed in hours”.

The unit incorporates an “enterprise-ready” hardware and software platform that makes it dramatically easier for large-scale factories to deploy robotic automation in one day, says Ready Robotics. Continue reading Ready Robotics’ TaskMate system being used by Stanley Black & Decker

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

Camille Bauer Metrawatt launches new product which combines measurement device with programmable logic controller

Camille Bauer Metrawatt says it has combined the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller.

The company claims this is the first time such a device – the Centrax CU5000 – has been launched.

With this solution, closely coupled automation tasks can be carried out directly and flexibly by programmable logic, says CBM.  Continue reading Camille Bauer Metrawatt launches new product which combines measurement device with programmable logic controller

Mitsubishi Electric and Bimba Manufacturing partner to provide motion solutions

Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Bimba Manufacturing have agreed a collaboration that will combine Mitsubishi Electric’s industrial automation technology with Bimba’s motion control solutions.

The arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric’s servo motors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators.

The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s presence in the industrial marketplace, providing customers with the opportunity to acquire electric motion solutions from a single source.  Continue reading Mitsubishi Electric and Bimba Manufacturing partner to provide motion solutions

Chinese companies bought 80 per cent more robots from Japan this year, says report

Chinese companies bought 80 per cent more industrial robots in the period from July to September 2017 than they did in the same period last year. 

This is according to the Japan Robot Association, which released a range of statistics which suggest that Chinese manufacturers of smartphones and other electronics products are turning to Japanese companies for their automation requirements.

JRA has yet to release the full report for the period, but Nikkei reports that the association’s members shipped robots valued at a total of $1.72 billion.  Continue reading Chinese companies bought 80 per cent more robots from Japan this year, says report

ABB to showcase ‘broad range’ of welding technologies at FabTech 2017

ABB says it will feature “a broad range of advanced robotic welding technology designed to enhance safety, quality and productivity” at FabTech 2017

Metal Fabricators of all sizes are adopting robotic automation to maximize throughput, reduce costs and remove people from repetitive tasks and challenging environments.

The exhibit highlights the elevated level of collaboration, digitalization and simplification unique to ABB, which helps achieve these goals while providing fabricators the flexibility to efficiently adapt production as manufacturing continues to trend from mass production to mass customization.

Collaboration comes in the form of YuMi, ABB’s dual-arm collaborative robot that can operate very closely with humans due to its “inherently safe construction”, according to ABB, and is specifically designed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of small parts assembly and material handling applications.  Continue reading ABB to showcase ‘broad range’ of welding technologies at FabTech 2017

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

UPS using automation to move more parcels with same number of people, says boss

The chief executive of logistics giant UPS says the company is using automation technologies to move a greater number of parcels with the same number of people. 

In comments to Yahoo Finance, UPS CEO David Abney says: “Last year we hired about the same number of people and we’re doing it this year with an extra 5 per cent of packages and it is because of automation.” 

The company’s busiest periods are the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holidays, and Cyber Week, which is a week after that.  Continue reading UPS using automation to move more parcels with same number of people, says boss

Volvo testing driverless refuse collection trucks

Volvo Trucks is currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient refuse handling and create a better working environment for drivers. 

The company is partnering with Swedish waste management company Renova on the project. 

The automated systems being tested are in principle the same as those fitted to the autonomous Volvo truck operating in the Kristineberg Mine in northern Sweden since autumn last year.  Continue reading Volvo testing driverless refuse collection trucks