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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.