Servosila launches robotic arm for mobile market

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Servosila, a robotics technology company, has launched a new line of robotic arm manipulators specifically targeted at mobile robotics market.

Gary Silver, chief marketing officer for Servosila, says: “Servosila robotic arms are the first manipulators specifically designed for mobile robots. It is very easy to retrofit any existing robotic chassis or a torso with a Servosila robotic arm.”

Servosila robotic arms are attachable payload modules for mobile service robots or other robotic platforms. Servosila robotic arms are typically mounted on a chassis or a torso of a mobile robot and be powered by an on-board power supply system of the host robotic platform.  Continue reading Servosila launches robotic arm for mobile market

Universal Robots says it has 10,000 collaborative robots installed around the world

Universal Robots says it has shipped 10,000 of its collaborative industrial robots worldwide so far.

The company, which is believed to be the first robot manufacturer to have launched a collaborative industrial robot model, made the announcement through a Twitter post.

More as we get it…

Exclusive: Comau has eyes on massive Asian market

 

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Exclusive interview with Maurizio Cremonini, head of marketing at Comau

As many readers of Robotics and Automation News will know, Comau (Consorzio Macchine Utensili) is the Italian manufacturer of industrial robotic arms utilised by all the leading automakers in the world. 

One of those automakers is the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, which happens to own Comau, as well as the famous Ferrari brand of supercars.

So, in a way, Comau could claim to be the Ferrari of industrial robot makers. If I were the company’s marketing boss, I would certainly make more of the Ferrari connection. Having said that, Comau robots do echo the beauty of Ferrari cars, both in their colour and their shapes, using a similar red to the classic body paint on a Ferrari such as the one pictured above, and lately using a silver/grey/brushed steel and black combination with curves perhaps borrowed from Ferrari cars.

Maurizio Cremonini is head of marketing at Comau, and he has made time to give Robotics and Automation News this exclusive, extensive and deep insight into Comau.  Continue reading Exclusive: Comau has eyes on massive Asian market

Tag Team Manufacturing says using Rethink Robotics machines has improved performance by 25 per cent

Tag Team Manufacturing, a specialist in precision production runs and prototype work for original equipment manufacturers, says deploying Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer for large production jobs at its facility in Parker, Colorado, has led to significant improvements in its productivity.

Tag Team uses Sawyer in an effort to help decrease client costs while shortening the delivery times to market. Sawyer enabled Tag Team to work 24 hours per day, seven days per week to meet the condensed delivery window that otherwise would have required an addition of five machinists in a very tight labor market.

Within weeks of deployment, Sawyer bolstered Tag Team’s production figures by 25 percent, says the company. Sawyer operates a Tag Team computer numerical control (CNC) mill, constantly executing replicable tasks.  Continue reading Tag Team Manufacturing says using Rethink Robotics machines has improved performance by 25 per cent

Robotiq launches community for robotics professionals

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Robotiq has launched an open community – called DoF – where industrial automation professionals can share their know-how and get answers to accelerate their robotics projects. 

DoF, which stands for degrees of freedom, is meant as a medium for sharing ideas and solving automation problems, says Robotiq.

Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq, says: “We realized that the know-how is locked in the head of automation engineers who can’t talk to each other because they are far apart, focused on making their factory run.

“This is why we created this online community, to bring industrial automation pros together so they can help each other with their automation projects and stop reinventing the wheel on their own.”  Continue reading Robotiq launches community for robotics professionals

Metal belts are driving robotics industry growth, says metal belts company

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Belt Technologies, which claims to be the leading provider of stainless steel belts, drive tapes, and conveyor systems, says metal belts are driving the growth in the robotics industry.

Recently, the company says it has seen an increase in the number of OEMS in the robotics industry seeking metal drive tapes and belts for their automated equipment.

Belt Technology’s president, Alan Wosky, says: “Robotic technology typically requires a high level of precision and cleanliness.  Continue reading Metal belts are driving robotics industry growth, says metal belts company

Comau has installed 30,000 industrial robots worldwide

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Comau says it currently has 30,000 robots installed worldwide. This puts the Italian robot manufacturer in our Top 10 list of industrial robot makers

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, a senior executive at the Italian company provided the statistic as part of an extended interview.

Maurizio Cremonini, Comau head of marketing, says: “We have produced and installed around 30,000 robots all over the world so far.”

Full interview to be published soon. 

North American industry buys record numbers of robots

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The North American automation industry has set new records to begin 2016, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the industry’s trade group.

The advent of more automation in North American manufacturing promises increased efficiencies in production and the ability to compete globally, says A3.

A total of 14,583 robots valued at approximately $817 million were ordered from North American companies during the first half of 2016.  Continue reading North American industry buys record numbers of robots

Kawasaki signs up AV Birch Automation to its integrator program

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Robotics giant Kawasaki has signed up AV Birch Automation to its exclusive integration program as a preferred specialist.

The partnership, announced on August 12th, means that AV Birch Automation have access to the expertise, training and software tools of the Japanese manufacturer.

The comprehensive range of robots and machine loaders manufactured by Kawasaki already feature in some of AV Birch Automation client facilities and the new relationship creates an even tighter bond between end user and manufacturer. Continue reading Kawasaki signs up AV Birch Automation to its integrator program

Protecting connected manufacturing: Three steps to industrial internet security

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Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial automation software supplier, Copa-Data UK, discusses three steps manufacturers should take to stay safe in the cloud

You wouldn’t allow an intruder to spend 229 days in your house undetected, so why would you do that with your manufacturing facility?

As incredible as that sounds, the average time between a cyber security breach and its detection is 229 days. Manufacturing facilities are leading the list of potential targets for cyber espionage, denial of service (DoS) and web-application attacks.

As the manufacturing sector moves towards industrial automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, the number and nature of cyber threats is also growing. A decade ago, user security was the IT department’s responsibility.  Continue reading Protecting connected manufacturing: Three steps to industrial internet security

Denso enlists Applied Controls to expand operations in the US

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Denso has enlisted Applied Controls to serve as one of the company’s key automation solution providers in the US. 

The contract enables Applied Controls to market and support Denso’s portfolio of robotics products as part of the robot-making giant’s expansion plans. 

Mark Anderson, Denso’s regional sales manager, says the Malvern, Pennsylvania distributor will have mid-Atlantic regional responsibility and will be making significant investments in training, personnel and demonstration hardware.  Continue reading Denso enlists Applied Controls to expand operations in the US

Comau showcases products at prominent automotive exhibitions

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Robot-maker Comau will participate in two different important automotive events – Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing 2016 and Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2016. 

Both events take place in Detroit, Michigan, in the US. 

From August 17-18, Comau will participate in Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing (NGAM) 2016.

This event will assess the commercial benefits of implementing new robotics and automation technologies on production efficiency, cost and profitability.  Continue reading Comau showcases products at prominent automotive exhibitions

Midea to spend billions on building industrial robots after buying Kuka

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Household appliance manufacturer Midea says it will spend 10 billion Chinese money (approximately $1.5 billion) on building new robots, according to a report in the South China Morning Post

Midea, a Chinese company which now owns 95 per cent of Germany-based industrial robot maker Kuka, will build a factory to produce 7,000 robots a year, says the report.

The announcement is said to confirm Midea’s ambition to become the leading robot maker in China. The country is estimated to have bought and installed almost 70,000 industrial robots last year.

Full story at South China Morning Post

Comau to play big role at conference about industrial robots in automotive manufacturing

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Comau is to play a leading role in an important event about robotics in the automotive industry, which is also supported by RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com.

On August 17-18, Comau, which is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, will participate in Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing (NGAM) 2016.

The event will assess the commercial benefits of implementing new robotics & automation technologies on production efficiency, cost and profitability.  Continue reading Comau to play big role at conference about industrial robots in automotive manufacturing

Kuka reports record orders

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Kuka says it has generated record levels of business across its units, with almost €900 million worth of orders placed in the second quarter of 2016. The figure represents a 28 per cent increase on the previous year’s profits. 

In it robotics division, earnings increased to €25.5 million in the past quarter, says the company in a report.

Kuka, a Germany-based company established in 1898, is one of the world’s leading industrial robot manufacturers.

In recent weeks it has been the subject of a takeover bid by Chinese company Midea, which makes electrical appliances.

Midea says it currently has more than 80 per cent of Kuka’s shares, according to Bloomberg.com, which would seem to mean that Midea now owns Kuka.