Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020

The market for collaborative industrial robotic arms in the Chinese industrial sector is forecast to grow to almost $200 million, according to a report on ChinaDaily.com

Quoting statistics in the Blue Paper of the Cobots Industry for 2017 – a report produced by Universal Robots and the Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research Consulting Company – China Daily says the total market size for collaborative robots will exceed $196 million.

Small and medium-size businesses are expected to drive much of the growth. In total, some 12,000 units are forecast to be sold in China by 2020 – although this might sound like an understimate to some.  Continue reading Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020

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

Universal Robots opens new repair center enabling overnight deliveries in North America

Universal Robots, which is believed to be the first and largest manufacturer of collaborative robots, has opened a new repair centre through which it will be able to deliver its machines and components overnight. 

The 400 square metre center is adjacent to Universal Robots’ Americas headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The company says it is now ready to cover North and South America with repair services, offering overnight delivery of spare parts in North America.  Continue reading Universal Robots opens new repair center enabling overnight deliveries in North America

HRG Robotics shows off its ‘smarter solutions’ at China International Industry Fair

HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading manufacturers of robots, has been showcasing its four feature products at the recent China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.

HRG Robotics has rolled out a wide variety of industrial robotics services and showcased its top products from HRG’s diversified portfolio, including industrial robotic core components, industrial robots, smart robotics solutions and industrial robotics educational systems.

Zhu Lei, vice president of HRG Robotics, says: “China is a huge market for industrial robots and has great potential. We’ll keep pushing forward the growth of the industry, and hope to cooperate with more international partners.”  Continue reading HRG Robotics shows off its ‘smarter solutions’ at China International Industry Fair

Solar power industry using robotics and automation to achieve productivity gains

The solar energy sector is seeing many advances both in the products it makes and in the way they are made. 

JinkoSolar, which claims to be the world’s largest solar photovoltaics manufacturer, says it has set a new record for solar cell efficiency.

And it has achieved this through “new applications of cutting-edge technology such as IoT devices, intelligent mobile devices, and mobile robots to its manufacturing process”.  Continue reading Solar power industry using robotics and automation to achieve productivity gains

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

Hanwha Techwin shows off its new collaborative robots

Hanwha has been showing off its new collaborative robot, which it may utilise in its various automation projects going forward.

The company recently won a contract to provide a logistics automation facility for the Nexen Tire company’s planned factory in the Czech Republic.

Hanwha says it has made inroads into robotics because it had anticipated its importance.  Continue reading Hanwha Techwin shows off its new collaborative robots

Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

Material handling refers to the movement of items within relatively small spaces, such as a warehouse. 

In that sense, it’s different from logistics, which refers to movement of goods over longer distances, from city to city or across countries and continents.

But material handling falls within logistics, obviously, and can sometimes be categorised within intralogistics – as in, movement of goods within a company’s network of warehouses and manufacturing facilities.  Continue reading Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

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

Doosan confirms entry into collaborative robotics market, shows off new cobot

South Korean industrial giant Doosan is expanding into the collaborative robot market, which it expects to grow “at a rapid rate on the back of the fourth industrial revolution”, and has revealed a new cobot which it has dubbed the M1013 (main picture).

The company established Doosan Robotics in 2015, and recruited what it says are the industry’s top researchers and developers to lead its research efforts.

In that time, Doosan Robotics has developed four collaborative robot models with its own in-house technology and exhibited them for the first time at Robot World 2017.  Continue reading Doosan confirms entry into collaborative robotics market, shows off new cobot

ABB opens new robotics plant in Thailand

ABB has opened a new robotics facility in Thailand. 

Officially called ABB Robotics Machine-Tending Limited, or RMT for short, the business unit is set to produce machine-tending robotics, in Rayong Province, Thailand.

The opening ceremony was attended by Staffan Herrström, Sweden’s ambassador to Thailand, and Sirichote Singsa, who oversees ABB’s robotics and motion division in Thailand.  Continue reading ABB opens new robotics plant in Thailand

Humanoid robot market to grow to $4 billion in five years

The market for humanoid robots is forecast to grow to $4 billion in about five years, according to a new report by ReportsnReports

The researcher values the current market at approximately $320 million in 2017. So that would mean annual growth of more than 50 per cent.

Humanoids include such robots as Pepper and Nao, which are owned by SoftBank Robotics, as well as Emiew, produced by Hitachi, and Honda’s famous Asimo, although that one is more of an exhibition robot.

The others, like Nao and Pepper, for example, are already finding many buyers. SoftBank says it has sold 10,000 units of Nao, and it releases batches of 1,000 at a time of the Pepper robot, and it sells out online within minutes.  Continue reading Humanoid robot market to grow to $4 billion in five years

Yaskawa to increase production capacity by 25 per cent in China

Overactive Chinese manufacturers of smartphones and computers have driven Yaskawa to the point of increasing production capacity by 25 per cent. 

Yaskawa says it will increase its monthly output from its current 1,200 units per month to 1,500 units per month to meet frenetically increasing demand from Chinese electronics manufacturers, according to a report on Nikkei.

The increase in capacity will be achieved at Yaskawa’s plant in Jiangsu Province, which is set for expansion towards the end of next year.  Continue reading Yaskawa to increase production capacity by 25 per cent in China

Rethink Robotics launches new software for Sawyer industrial robot

Company says Sawyer will now be able to produce real-time robot performance and manufacturing data

Rethink Robotics has released Intera 5.2, an expansion of its “first-of-its-kind” Intera software platform which provides critical data insights about its Sawyer industrial robot to manufacturers in real time. 

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer gives operators and line managers valuable data at a glance, including metrics such as cycle time, part count, speed and force – data that has never before been available through a single collaborative robot vendor.

The new feature, Intera Insights, displays key performance indicators via a customizable dashboard on the robot’s on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor.  Continue reading Rethink Robotics launches new software for Sawyer industrial robot

Fanuc limits sales as it struggles to deal with too many orders

Fanuc is struggling to cope with the number of orders it is receiving so it is placing some limits on sales, according to a report on Nikkei

The world’s largest robot maker is benefitting from the rapid growth in demand for robotics in automation systems worldwide, especially in China.

As a group, Fanuc is expecting profits to increase by 37 per cent in the current fiscal year, rising to $1.83 billion.  Continue reading Fanuc limits sales as it struggles to deal with too many orders