Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

Exclusive interview with Ram Ramachander, chief commercial officer for social innovation in the EMEA region, Hitachi 

Hitachi is one of the largest companies in the world, employing more than 300,000 people globally and generating revenues of more than $80 billion a year across all its many business units.

Classed as a conglomerate, Hitachi has interests in a huge variety of markets, including, of course, heavy industry.

The areas Hitachi has been particularly interested in lately could be summed up as smart cities and transportation, which the company tends to group under “social infrastructure and industrial systems”.  Continue reading Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

Fanuc launches new SCARA robots

Fanuc has launched a new range of SCARA robots. (See pictures and video below.)

Fanuc says its new SCARA robots represent the next level of speed and precision for assembly and material handling applications.

Fanuc, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation introduced the new SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

Fanuc’s new SCARA robots feature high-speed, precise operation for pick and place, assembly, testing / inspection and packaging processes in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, auto component, plastics, food and beverage, lab automation, appliances and medical device manufacturing.  Continue reading Fanuc launches new SCARA robots

Fanuc marks production of 500,000th industrial robot

Fanuc has produced half a million robots, and plans to nearly double its robot production capacity in 2018

Fanuc, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation has announced the production of its 500,000th robot.

Mike Cicco, president and CEO, Fanuc America, says: “Automation and robotics are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness.

“More companies are using automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share.  Continue reading Fanuc marks production of 500,000th industrial robot

Chinese company launches new range of collaborative robots

A Chinese company called Han’s Robot has launched a new range of collaborative industrial robots. 

Han’s Robot is a subsidiary of Han’s Laser, also linked to Han’s Motors, and the new collaborative robot is called Elfin.

The robot is available in three variations according to payload – 3 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg.  Continue reading Chinese company launches new range of collaborative robots

Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

A Chinese startup company called Megvii has developed an industrial robot for Foxconn to use in its smartphone manufacturing operations. 

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, is the main supplier to Apple, making iPhones and iPads for the tech giant.

Foxconn is also said to be the world’s largest contract manufacturer, employing a massive 1.3 million people and generating revenues in excess of $136 billion a year.  Continue reading Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

ABB unveils newest product in the YuMi industrial robot range – this one has a single arm

ABB Robotics has unveiled a new single-arm collaborative robot at the International Robotics Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo.

The company says it is building on the success of YuMi, the dual-arm industrial robot which ABB describes as “the world’s first truly collaborative”.

ABB says the new single-arm collaborative robot “combines industry-leading capabilities with a much smaller footprint” (see video below).  Continue reading ABB unveils newest product in the YuMi industrial robot range – this one has a single arm

Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Industrial robotics and automation company Comau has signed up a range of new partners companies in South America. 

In Brazil, Comau has signed up system integrator Mabru Automation.

The Brazilian company was founded 10 years ago and is located in São Paulo.  Continue reading Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Universal Robots puts on a show in Singapore for people interested in its technologies

The Singapore business unit of Universal Robots has put on what it called a “roadshow” for people interested in its collaborative robots and associated technologies.

Established a couple of years ago as Universal’s Asia-Pacific headquarters, the Singapore branch has been enthusiastic in its work in promoting the company’s machines to the local market.

The Universal Robots Ecosystem Roadshow was held a few days ago at the posh Fullerton Hotel in the city-state.  Continue reading Universal Robots puts on a show in Singapore for people interested in its technologies

Techman Robot looking for distributors in Japan for its collaborative robots

The Techman Robot company is inviting Japanese companies to apply to become distributors for its robotics and automation products. 

The company will be displaying its technologies at the forthcoming International Robot Exhibition in Japan.

Techman is making no secret of the fact that it would like to find local distributors in Japan.  Continue reading Techman Robot looking for distributors in Japan for its collaborative robots

ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

Two industrial titans – one from Europe and the other from Asia – have agreed a partnership relating to the development of collaborative robot automation.

The two companies – ABB and Kawasaki – are both industrial giants with wide-ranging business activities, and collaborative robots are actually a relatively small part of their respective operations.

However, it’s probably a sign of how important a technology collaborative robots represent that both are now combining their resources to build an automation ecosystem.  Continue reading ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

Robotiq launches ‘10 times more sensitive’ force torque sensor

Robotiq has launched what it says is “10 times more sensitive” version of its FT 300 Force Torque Sensor.

The component comes with Plug + Play integration on all Universal Robots.

Robotiq says the FT 300 performs highly repeatable precision force control tasks such as finishing, product testing, assembly and precise part insertion.  Continue reading Robotiq launches ‘10 times more sensitive’ force torque sensor

Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Fanuc America has demonstrated a new automotive spot welding robot at the recent Fabtech event.

The new seven-axis R-1000iA/120F-7B’s design is based on the R-1000iA robot series. (See pictures and video below.)

It has a payload of 120 kg and a maximum reach of 2,230 mm.  Continue reading Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Epson to launch ‘WorkSense’ autonomous dual-arm industrial robot for industrial applications

Epson has commercialized what it calls a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot that the company says “will expand the scope of automated production”.

Epson says it will roll out the new robot, named the WorkSense W-01 (main picture and video below), in stages beginning this coming winter.

The company says that, in recent years, manufacturers’ needs have grown more diverse with demand for products fluctuating sharply and a growing necessity to flexibly accommodate small-lot production and just-in-time production.  Continue reading Epson to launch ‘WorkSense’ autonomous dual-arm industrial robot for industrial 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

Chinese collaborative robot maker Aubo Robotics raises $9 million in funding

A Chinese collaborative robot manufacturing startup company called Aubo has raised $9 million in funding from Fosun

Fosun is a conglomerate based in China with a widely diversified investment portfolio.

Fosun has previously invested in Aubo and believes the cobot maker has the potential to become a “unicorn”, a startup with a valuation of $1 billion or above.  Continue reading Chinese collaborative robot maker Aubo Robotics raises $9 million in funding