US trade boss warns of oversupply of bad robots because of Chinese government subsidies

 

China’s appetite for industrial robots is big and growing. Already the largest buyer of the machines, domestic companies are being encouraged by the Chinese government to build more robots locally, not just import them from overseas. 

Such high-powered encouragement has led to the establishment of numerous robot manufacturers in the country, some of which take advantage of government subsidies.

This has prompted criticism from US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross (main picture), who grumbled about a range of issues, but singled out China’s burgeoning robotics industry, which he apparently believes is built mainly on government subsidies.  Continue reading US trade boss warns of oversupply of bad robots because of Chinese government subsidies

By 2020, 1.7 million new robots will be roaming the earth

 

The global robot population is growing at what some might say is an alarming rate. 

As well as the countless millions already tucked away in factories and homes everywhere, there could be another 2 million added to that number by the end of the decade, which may or may not coincide with the end of humanity’s control over the planet and a ceremonial transfer of power to the robots and artificial intelligence.

Purely ceremonial, since some people say they already rule over us anyway.  Continue reading By 2020, 1.7 million new robots will be roaming the earth

Hyundai creates separate industrial robotics division, aims for top 5 status

 

Hyundai Heavy Industries has established a robotics division and has a stated goal of becoming one of the top five industrial robot manufacturers in the world. 

Hyundai Robotics was established in 1984, and has been a division of Hyundai until now.

It is already said to be the largest manufacturer of industrial robots in South Korea, but now, as a standalone business, it wants to double its capacity and earn $440 million in revenue by 2021.  Continue reading Hyundai creates separate industrial robotics division, aims for top 5 status

Denso Robotics launches new scara robot

 

Denso Robotics has launched its latest HSR four-axis scara – selective compliant assembly robot arm – robot. 

The company says the new robot uses advanced vibration control, a newly designed, highly rigid lightweight arm and improved heat dissipation in the base unit to achieve new levels of continuous high-speed performance and repeatability.

Peter Cavallo, robotics sales manager, Denso products and services Americas, says: “Our new HSR robot represents the culmination of 50 years of experience in developing industrial robot arms to meet our own manufacturing needs in the highly competitive automotive sector.  Continue reading Denso Robotics launches new scara robot

ABB to showcase range of solutions at Pack Expo

 

ABB will feature a broad range of robotic and motion technologies for packaging and warehouse distribution applications at Pack Expo 2017, September 25-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (#C-5242).

The exhibit highlights the advanced level of collaboration, digitalization and simplification unique to ABB, which provides manufacturers the flexibility to efficiently adapt production and packaging as evolving consumer preferences require a shift from mass production to mass customization.

Collaboration comes in the form of YuMi, the industry’s first truly collaborative robot, and SafeMove2, the latest generation of ABB’s safety certified robot monitoring software, providing a new level of human-robot interaction that enhances both productivity and workplace safety.  Continue reading ABB to showcase range of solutions at Pack Expo

Universal Robots to exhibit new scalable solutions for fast-changing market at Pack Expo 2017

 

Universal Robots is showcasing a new cobot-assisted, mobile and modular tabletop system featuring vision-guided multiple part feeding and kitting with conveyor tracking and case loading/unloading at Pack Expo.

While most robotic cells and automated machinery in the market are stationary solutions designed to complete one task for their usable life, Universal Robots certified system integrator, Allied Technology, has taken a new approach.

“We believe a robot cell should be modular, flexible, and easy to use. The systems we design are scalable and allow for a company to easily make changes when production has new requirements or a new product to run,” says president of Allied Technology, Mike Halley.

Halley adds that Universal Robots has given Allied Technology a great advantage in a market where high mix/low volume is becoming the norm.  Continue reading Universal Robots to exhibit new scalable solutions for fast-changing market at Pack Expo 2017

Epson Robots launches ‘all-in-one’ Scara robot for simple applications

 

Epson says the new robot addresses the need for a ‘cost-effective and easy-to-use automation solution’

Epson Robots has showcased a new scara industrial robot at Pack Expo

Scara is the acronym for Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm.

Epson Robots, which claims to be the “number-one scara robot manufacturer in the world”, says the new model expands its line of industrial scara robots.  Continue reading Epson Robots launches ‘all-in-one’ Scara robot for simple applications

Comau partners with Siemens to digitalise robotics and automation in industry

 

Comau has partnered with Siemens to meet the growing interest in Industry 4.0 digitalization solutions.

The companies will combine their respective products and strengths to offer digitalisation solutions to enterprises.

Comau will use its wide range of robot arms, while Siemens will offer its smart solutions for handling and processing with robots.  Continue reading Comau partners with Siemens to digitalise robotics and automation in industry

Panasonic to launch new solution for high-speed robotic welding

 

Panasonic is planning to unveil a new solution for high-speed robotic welding at this year’s Schweissen and Schneiden, an event for the joining, cutting and surfacing trades. 

Panasonic says it is a new and innovative form of high-speed arc welding.

The company has scheduled Europe’s first live demonstrations of the newly developed welding solution for the event.  Continue reading Panasonic to launch new solution for high-speed robotic welding

Robotiq launches online monitoring tool for Universal Robots

 

Robotiq has launched an online tool which enables the monitoring of Universal Robots machines. 

The web application is called Insights and the company says it can measure a Universal Robots machine’s performance.

Insights also provides a real-time view of the robot’s key performance indicators in operation, says Robotiq.  Continue reading Robotiq launches online monitoring tool for Universal Robots

HRG launches industrial robotics tutorial platform

 

HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading manufacturer of robots, has launched an industrial robotics tutorial platform.

HRG says Haidu Academy is designed to help learners of different levels to improve their industrial robot-operating skills on various brands.

China is the largest and fastest-growing robot market in the world.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in the first seven months of 2017, 71,600 industrial robots were produced in China, accounting for more than 30 percent of global output during the period.

Statistics also suggest an increasing demand for skilled workers. The Ministry predicts that China will need 200,000 skilled workers to operate industrial robots as of 2020.

Continue reading HRG launches industrial robotics tutorial platform

ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

 

ABB has a significant lead in the industrial robotics and automation market in China, but it seems somewhat wary of Kuka. 

The company recently decided it would double its investment in its research and development facility in China, and effectively make it the company’s global R&D HQ.

ABB currently employs 17,000 people in 139 cities in China. Its robotics division, though huge by itself, is just one part of the Swiss multinational engineering company.

Speaking to Bloomberg, ABB CEO Ulrish Spiesshofer says: “ABB is ahead of Kuka globally, we are ahead of Kuka here in the market and our ambition is to stay so.”  Continue reading ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

Kawasaki planning to manufacture more robots, possibly a collaborative one

Kawasaki Robotics is planning to manufacture significantly more robots this year than it did in previous years, according to a report on Nikkei.com

The company is investing an extra $1 million in its Chonqing facility to increase robot production capacity.

The parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries employs around 35,000 people.  Continue reading Kawasaki planning to manufacture more robots, possibly a collaborative one

Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Delta Electronics has been demonstrating its high-flexibility multi-tasking smart production line at the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2017.

Delta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, has been promoting its theme of “Digitalization and Flexibility for Smart, Green Manufacturing” at the Taipei event.

The company featured its brand new smart production Line with a customer-centric, IIoT-based, fully-automated demo which integrates Delta’s manufacturing execution system, equipment management system, IIoT technology, industrial robots, and automation control solutions.  Continue reading Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Siasun becomes first Chinese company to join leading US robotics association

Siasun Robot & Automation has become the first Chinese company to join the US Robotic Industries Association

Siasun is said to be China’s largest robot supplier and integrator. By joining RIA, the company will gain greater access to the association’s members, partners and personnel.

It may also learn about new technologies and more support for any plans expansion in America.  Continue reading Siasun becomes first Chinese company to join leading US robotics association