Ubisense and Bosch Rexroth launch real-time tracking solution for aerospace industry

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Ubisense, a provider of enterprise location intelligence solutions, and Bosch Rexroth, specialists in drive and control technologies, have joined forces to launch a new system for locating and tracking objects in realtime.

Developed specifically for aerospace assembly lines, the solution combines Bosch Rexroth’s Nexo Cordless Nutrunner and Ubisense’s Smart Factory solutions to offer real-time tracking of tools (Tool Location) and tightening operations (Tool Control).

Ubisense’s readers detect the precise location of tagged Bosch Rexroth tools on the assembly lines at all times, avoiding tools being lost or misplaced with the associated disruption and need to repurchase.  Continue reading Ubisense and Bosch Rexroth launch real-time tracking solution for aerospace industry

Industrial Vision Systems launches new automated vision inspection products

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Industrial Vision Systems (IVS) a supplier of machine vision systems to industry, has launched its new website along with a series of automated inspection products and machines.

The company, who provides vision systems to its blue chip clients in manufacturing sectors such as automotive, medical devices, electronics and packaging, comes with improved functionality, design, and navigation.

The series of new products, to be launched throughout the second half of 2016, enhances IVS’s reputation as a pioneer in the production of automated inspection machines utilising the very latest vision technology – the company already boasts affordable, precision inspection vision systems as well as robot inspection cells to aid inspection processes.  Continue reading Industrial Vision Systems launches new automated vision inspection products

Omron launches its first IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices

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Omron says its IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices will make production equipment smarter 

Omron is launching the IO-Link-compliant Photoelectric Sensors E3Z, Color Mark Photoelectric Sensors E3S-DC Series, Proximity Sensors E2E and E2EQ Series, and IO-Link Master Units GX and NX Series all at once as a first step of integrating sensors into the internet of things (IoT). 

The company says its new technologies are “ideal for use at manufacturing sites”.

Omron says the launch of the IO-Link-compliant sensors is a “big step” in making production equipment smarter to add various information and communication functions to over 100,000 specifications of control components for factory automation devices and achieve integration of factory automation and information and communications technology.  Continue reading Omron launches its first IO-Link-compliant factory automation devices

Tend claims ‘world’s first’ hardware-agnostic cloud platform for industrial robots

A startup company in the US, founded by a group of computer and artificial intelligence experts, claims to have launched the world’s first cloud robotics platform which can be made to work with any industrial robot or device. 

Tend.ai says its cloud environment – which is being offered as an online software-as-a-service, on a monthly subscription basis – can connect and work with any brand of robot and can also hook up such things as smartphones and other devices, such as webcams.

This means that any brand of robots can be made to do any number and variety of tasks – the data for which is stored in the cloud – without having to be tended to by a human. The group have demonstrated the system by programming the robots to perform 3D printing tasks.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, Mark Silliman, CEO, says the company has been in “stealth mode” for some time (possibly because of paranoia about security) and this information is only being released now.

Silliman says: “Tend.ai makes cloud robotics for machine tending a reality. It’s compatible with both Universal Robots and Rethink robots, as well as many more soon.”  Continue reading Tend claims ‘world’s first’ hardware-agnostic cloud platform for industrial robots

Apple robot plunders $40 million worth of gold from discarded iPhones

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The Apple Liam robot deconstructs iPhones and saves components and materials for recycling

An Apple master robot with 29 arms and modules has looted $40 million worth of gold from discarded iPhones, according to a report by CNN

The exverimental robot, named Liam, is reportedly able to disassemble an iPhone and recover all of the components and materials inside within 11 seconds.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, says Liam is designed to help recover and recycle material, as part of the company’s eco-friendly policies, or a “circular economy”, as Jackson calls it.

Apple is said to be using 100 per cent renewable power in 25 countries including the US and China.

Liam is currently operating in California and the Netherlands, and Apple plans to introduce the robot into other territories around the world.

Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

Robotiq, a maker of robotic grippers for industrial robots, has launched a vision-guidance system for pick and place robots

The company, which mainly makes 2-finger and 3-finger grippers for Universal Robots, says its camera can be set up in “five minutes and makes vision easy to integrate”.

The new camera component was developed as part of the URCaps, an app store and software and hardware developer program launched by Universal Robots.

Robotiq had made its vision system available to some of its customers, including Continental, known for making car tyres among other things.  Continue reading Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

‘Robotics and automation will play a key role for UK manufacturers,’ says Siemens

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Exclusive interview with Alan Norbury, industrial central technology officer at Siemens UK

German industrial giant Siemens employs approximately 15,000 people at some 30 locations across the UK. Globally, it employs around 350,000 and has annual revenues of more than €75 billion. It is said to be the largest engineering company in Europe. It’s also claimed to employ more computer programmers than does Microsoft. 

With the European Union referendum looming over the UK, the company’s senior executives have made their views clear, with the UK chief executive of the 165-year-old Siemens, Jurgen Maier, saying manufacturing jobs would be at risk if Britain left the EU.

The UK exports almost €150 billion of physical goods to the EU, and it is estimated that around 1 million jobs in the UK are linked to EU trade.

Moreover, some analysts say that for every one job created in manufacturing, several more jobs are created in other sectors, such as information technology, for example, especially now when the internet of things is spreading rapidly across all sectors of industry.  Continue reading ‘Robotics and automation will play a key role for UK manufacturers,’ says Siemens

‘Nobody understands me,’ moans Industry 4.0

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Only 8 per cent of UK manufacturers have a significant understanding of Industry 4.0 processes despite 59 per cent recognising that the fourth industrial revolution will have a big impact on the sector, according to a new report published today by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

As the increasing use of automation, data exchange, technology and wider supply chain communications driven by Industry 4.0 provides both huge opportunities and threats to UK manufacturing, there remains a “gaping hole” in the education and understanding of Industry 4.0, says the report.

According to the BDO/IMechE study, increased productivity, better data analysis, increased competitiveness and lower manufacturing costs are the top ways in which Industry 4.0 will affect UK manufacturing. Continue reading ‘Nobody understands me,’ moans Industry 4.0

Kuka robot constructs pavilion by sewing parts together

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Like an oversized sand dollar: the completed research pavilion at the University of Stuttgart. Photo: ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

Sewing may be one of the oldest technical activities of humankind but it’s not one that robots have yet fully mastered. 

The complexity of sewing, whether it’s sewing by hand or using a machine, is such that robots – or sophisticated sewing machines – can only perform some relatively simple stitches.

But those stitches that the robots or sewing machines can perform are actually very impressive and would be difficult – though not impossible for a human.

On the other hand, a lot of things a human can do – such as stitch together a sleeve and cuff or some other part of the garment, or even sew together the entire garment – is way beyond the realms of possibility for even the most sophisticated robots of today.

Nonetheless, the university in Stuttgart has used Kuka robots to perform a sewing job which can only be described as impressive. Perhaps weird as well, since they stitched together some wood – not a material usually associated with sewing.  Continue reading Kuka robot constructs pavilion by sewing parts together

Stratasys to launch universal design-to-3D print application

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Stratasys, a maker of 3D printers, has embarked on an ambitious plan to become more of a software company by launching a design application built using open source standards

Stratasys says GrabCAD Print is built on a proven, cloud-based SaaS platform and a “new business intelligence environment”, which will make designing and making 3D printing “easier, more intuitive and readily accessible”. 

Stratasys is known as 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company – it’s a hardware company. But the new software strategy is designed to make 3D printing significantly easier, more intuitive and highly accessible – which, in turn, will expand the company’s market into the software sector.

Stratasys’ application is powered by a new, open architecture “design-to-3D print” workflow application, GrabCAD Print – residing on the popular GrabCAD SaaS platform and supported by a community of more than 3 million designers, engineers and students.  Continue reading Stratasys to launch universal design-to-3D print application

Kuka synchronises several monster industrial robots to lift giant steel beams

Kuka synchronised several of its KR 1000 titan industrial robots for some co-ordinated heavy-lifting of some rather large steel beams 

A total of six Kuka heavy-duty robots were used for stacking heavy steel beams at Mannstædt ready for onward transportation. With a few exceptions, the use of robots in steel production had previously been uncharted territory. 

Mannstædt is a manufacturer of steel products. Based in Troisdorf in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the company produces what it calls “tailor-made special profiles”.

Used in the automotive industry and port construction, for example, the steel profiles can weigh up to 2.5 tonnes at a length of up to 26 meters.  Continue reading Kuka synchronises several monster industrial robots to lift giant steel beams

Schunk extends industrial toolholder range for micromachining

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Schunk Tribos-Mini and Tribos-RM precision toolholder

Schunk, a provider of clamping and gripping technology for robots among other industrial products, has extended its toolholder program for micromachining.

The company says the expansion of its Tribos toolholder series in such a way as to make them “available quicker and at a lower price.

For the medical technology, optics, micro-mold making and watch and jewelry industries to achieve accuracy in the sub-micron range, toolholders must have extreme balancing grades.

Schunk says it has simplified and standardised what was “previously only possible with great effort”.  Continue reading Schunk extends industrial toolholder range for micromachining

Cemtrex completes ‘synergistic’ acquisition of Periscope

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Cemtrex claims the acquisition makes it a top 15 company in the German electronics manufacturing services market

Cemtrex, an industrial and manufacturing solutions company, has completed the previously announced acquisition of a German electronics manufacturing company, Periscope, located in northern Germany.

Periscope is focused on electronic manufacturing services primarily for the major German automotive manufacturers, including Tier 1 suppliers in the industry, as well as for industries like telecommunications, industrial goods, luxury consumer products, display technology, and other industrial OEMs. Periscope has more than 35 years of industrial operating experience.  

Cemtrex already has a German subsidiary in the electronics manufacturing sector and with this acquisition, it will secure a broader base and larger market share in the Eurozone. With Periscope, Cemtrex becomes a leading EMS company in Germany, ranking among the top 15.  Continue reading Cemtrex completes ‘synergistic’ acquisition of Periscope

Pepperl+Fuchs to construct a 110,000-square-foot facility in Houston with an expanded engineering center

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The new engineering center will design, build and certify custom equipment on site in days

Pepperl+Fuchs, a provider of process automation and applications, is building a 110,000-square-foot facility in Katy, Texas, in the West Ten Business Park near Houston.

The new facility, which will replace an existing 20,000-square-foot space, will house an expanded Solutions Engineering Center, a customer training area, warehouse space and distribution facilities.

A quickly expanding service from Pepperl+Fuchs, the Solutions Engineering Center is staffed with a team of engineers, who design, build and certify customized solutions on site for process automation in hazardous locations, such as oil refineries, pharmaceutical facilities and other manufacturing facilities.  Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs to construct a 110,000-square-foot facility in Houston with an expanded engineering center

Manufacturers turn to industrial robots and 3D printing for growth

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Manufacturers are investing in artificial intelligence, 3D printing and robotics. Picture: Rolling Stone

Overall market expansion is limited, but manufacturers investing in robotics and automation to make the most of opportunities, says new report

Manufacturers are making the most robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in an attempt to make the most of limited overall market growth, according to a new report by KPMG. 

The business consultancy conducted a survey which asked which technologies manufacturers will turn to in the hope of increasing market share.  Continue reading Manufacturers turn to industrial robots and 3D printing for growth