Kuka demonstrates cloud-connected robotic machining cell

Kuka has demonstrated a cloud-connected robotic work cell which it says represents “the next step towards the production of the future”.

Kuka recently showcased many of its technologies at the China International Industry Fair for the first time since joining the Midea group.

The company is promoting what it calls its “ready2_use packages”, which the company says offers “preconfigured, coordinated application packages that can be integrated quickly and easily into an existing production facility”.  Continue reading Kuka demonstrates cloud-connected robotic machining cell

Softing to showcase solutions for digital data exchange in networked production

Softing is planning to showcase its latest products and solutions for digital data exchange in networked production at this year’s SPS IPC Drives event.

Softing says it wants to present itself as a “competent partner for the realization of networked automation”.

The company says it wants to close the gaps between operation technology and information technology, and create the conditions for “seamless exchange of digital data in Industry 4.0 applications”.  Continue reading Softing to showcase solutions for digital data exchange in networked production

Pepperl+Fuchs launches device for precise detection of absolute position of actuators

Pepperl+Fuchs has launched a device for the precise detection of the position of actuators. 

The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system can “precisely detect the absolute position of one actuator as well as the distance between two”, says Pepperl+Fuchs.

The company says the system has “comprehensive communication functionality and is equipped for Industry 4.0 applications”, through IO-Link technology.  Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs launches device for precise detection of absolute position of actuators

HMS integrates support for OPC UA and MQTT into its Anybus CompactCom networking solutions

HMS Industrial Networks has integrated support for the IoT protocols OPC UA and MQTT within its Anybus CompactCom range of embedded networking solutions. 

HMS says that, with OPC UA and MQTT in the portfolio, device and machine manufacturers who use CompactCom are offered “a straight-forward path to providing secure data to the IIoT factories of tomorrow – already today”.

To achieve the vision of Industrial Internet of Things, device and machine manufacturers are required not only to connect their hardware to different industrial networks on operational technology, but also to provide data to IT systems and IoT software.  Continue reading HMS integrates support for OPC UA and MQTT into its Anybus CompactCom networking solutions

Kuka launches mobile app for monitoring its robots

Kuka has launched a mobile app for monitoring its robots. 

The app – called Kuka Connect – is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

The company says the app features push notifications, which enables real-time fault discovery and the automation of routine maintenance scheduling.  Continue reading Kuka launches mobile app for monitoring its robots

IT + OT = IIoT: Cisco Jasper’s formula for the industrial internet

In this exclusive interview, Theresa Bui, IoT product marketing and strategy, Cisco Jasper, lays out the company’s solution for bringing together OT and IT 

In the past couple of years, networking giant Cisco has made a big push into the industrial sector to ride the wave of Industry 4.0 or the industrial internet of things or whatever you want to call the trend of connecting machines that previously operated mostly in isolation.

Computer networking equipment, which is generally to be found within the category of “information technology”, is quickly becoming a critical part of the traditional industrial company, alongside what is increasingly referred to as “operation technology”, referring to the machines and robots and such.

Industrial companies have been attaching tens of millions of sensors to equipment and components in all areas of their operation in order to make the data they collect available to IT.  Continue reading IT + OT = IIoT: Cisco Jasper’s formula for the industrial internet

Enabling Industry 4.0: Baumüller at SPS IPC Drives 2017

Industrial automation specialist Baumüller is presenting its exhibits for its main theme “Enabling Industry 4.0” at SPS IPC Drives in hall 1 at booth 560 from November 28 to 30, 2017.

The trade fair visitors will be able to see how Baumüller makes the smart digitization and networking of machines and systems possible for its customers with intelligent components and solutions, creating the connections and interfaces for Industry 4.0.

At the trade fair stand, Baumüller will show how Industry 4.0 generates added benefits through increased efficiency for the mechanical engineer in every phase of the value added chain.  Continue reading Enabling Industry 4.0: Baumüller at SPS IPC Drives 2017

Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Asian country’s government-backed investment organisation talks up ‘Thailand 4.0’, highlighting the industrial robot manufacturing sector, where sales are forecast to increase by 133 per cent from 2,131 units in 2013 to 7,500 units in 2018 – and it’s offering huge tax breaks to achieve it 

Thailand has been doing well as a result of globalisation, but with increasing attention to, and investment in robotics, the country is looking to further accelerate its development. 

Authorities in the country have launched something they call “Thailand 4.0” – based on Industry 4.0 – which essentially refers to the greater levels of internet connectivity in the industrial sector.

And even if the country’s industrial sector has been doing well, greater levels of connectivity would elevate operations to a higher level, or create value, as the authorities see it.  Continue reading Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

The tiny country of Luxembourg is claimed to be “leading the way towards the fourth industrial revolution”.

Luxembourg may have one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world but it’s more a city than a country.

It has a landmass of about 2,500 square kilometres and a population of just over half a million.  Continue reading Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Advantech, a provider of industrial computers and related technologies, has received an award from from ROI Management Consulting, in China.

The award is for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory.

The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai in recognition of its “Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of real-time equipment and resource monitoring”.  Continue reading Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Industrial sector ‘still in early stages’ of IoT, says report

The industrial sector is “still in the early stages” of internet of things adoption, according to a new report, although it says the vast majority have made a start.

Bsquare’s 2017 Annual IIoT Maturity Study reveals 86 percent of industrial organizations have adopted IoT but “fewer than half” are using advanced analytics and only a quarter have taken steps to automate the application of insights

Bsquare is a provider of industrial IoT solutions, and its report explores the current IoT adoption progress of business buyers in the sectors of manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas.  Continue reading Industrial sector ‘still in early stages’ of IoT, says report

Rockwell Automation invests in artificial intelligence for industrial automation

Rockwell Automation has invested in The Hive, a Silicon Valley innovation fund and co-creation studio, although the company did not say exactly how much it has invested. 

The company says the investment is design to provide access to an ecosystem of innovators and technology start-ups with a focus on applications of artificial intelligence to industrial automation.

As industrial companies use more software in their operations, there are many new opportunities to introduce AI into the sector.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation invests in artificial intelligence for industrial automation

Yamaha to develop remote management systems for industrial robots

Yamaha is bringing together different parts of its global business in an effort to develop remote management system packages for industrial robots.  

Yamaha Motor and Yamaha Corporation say they have utilized the technology and experience of both to develop the packages, which are scheduled to be released in fiscal 2018.

This alliance enables Yamaha Motor to make what it describes as a “full-scale entry” into the IoT business in the factory automation field, say the companies.  Continue reading Yamaha to develop remote management systems for industrial robots

Yokogawa Electric launches new industrial automation and control solution

Yokogawa Electric, a Japanese industrial equipment company with about $3.5 billion revenue a year, has launched a new automation and control solution.

Yokogawa says its new Synaptic Business Automation system is a new industrial automation and control business concept that “expresses the company’s commitment to working with its customers to sustain their creation of corporate value”.

Based on the ideals expressed in the Synaptic Business Automation concept, Yokogawa says it will help companies achieve a transformation in how they conduct their business.  Continue reading Yokogawa Electric launches new industrial automation and control solution

70 per cent of Fortune 100 companies use the industrial internet, says report

Seven out of 10 Fortune 100 companies now offer industrial internet products, services, or initiatives, according to new research published by InField Clipboard.

Although the Internet of Things is popular in consumer applications, most IoT developments are being made for major companies like General Electric, Rolls Royce, AT&T and Google.

The world of IoT is constantly growing. In 2006, there were only 2 billion objects connected to the Internet of Things.  Continue reading 70 per cent of Fortune 100 companies use the industrial internet, says report