Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

A Chinese startup company called Megvii has developed an industrial robot for Foxconn to use in its smartphone manufacturing operations. 

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, is the main supplier to Apple, making iPhones and iPads for the tech giant.

Foxconn is also said to be the world’s largest contract manufacturer, employing a massive 1.3 million people and generating revenues in excess of $136 billion a year.  Continue reading Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

Nord DriveSystems is showcasing its new innovations in drive electronics at the ongoing SPS IPC Drives exhibition.

The new NordAC Link series of field distribution systems, designed for networked intralogistics facilities with many drive axes, provides an especially good user experience.

These frequency inverters and motor starters enable flexible configuration of features and functions to perfectly suit application requirements.  Continue reading Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

ABB unveils newest product in the YuMi industrial robot range – this one has a single arm

ABB Robotics has unveiled a new single-arm collaborative robot at the International Robotics Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo.

The company says it is building on the success of YuMi, the dual-arm industrial robot which ABB describes as “the world’s first truly collaborative”.

ABB says the new single-arm collaborative robot “combines industry-leading capabilities with a much smaller footprint” (see video below).  Continue reading ABB unveils newest product in the YuMi industrial robot range – this one has a single arm

Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview

Contributed by MRO Electric, an independent factory automation distributor 

Fanuc Alarm keys: These keys are located on the machine panel that displays alarm intelligence for the machine panel. MRO Electric has several Fanuc part numbers starting with A06B, A20B, and A16B in-stock here. These keys differ from the alarm keys correlated with the control panel.

Fanuc Auto key: This is the key on the CNC machine (including the A16B, A17B & A20B product line) that reshapes the operation mode to automatic. Automatic mode authorizes an operator to contact and execute a part program stored in memory. Automatic mode is called memory mode on some CNC controls at times.

A safety function that determines if the tool has moved beyond its set boundaries. Forbidden zones can be programmed to specify areas where the tool can and cannot enter.  Continue reading Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview

Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

Siemens makes latest version of its industrial internet of things platform MindSphere available on Amazon Web Services

Research conducted by Siemens suggests that many of the new demands faced by industrial companies can only be met with increasing computerisation of traditional industry. 

Siemens says increasing demands by consumers for individual, high-quality products at favourable prices are posing new challenges for industrial enterprises which can only be resolved by digitalisation.

Siemens, which offers a wide range of digitalisation solutions for industry, suggests it now has a portfolio – collectively called Digital Enterprise Suite – that conforms to Industry 4.0 expectations.  Continue reading Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

ABB partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to bring IoT intelligence to industrial plants

Companies say the new partnership will provide “actionable insights across industrial plants, cloud and on-premises data centers for higher productivity and innovation” 

ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have agreed a strategic global partnership that combines ABB’s digital offerings, through ABB Ability, with HPE’s hybrid information technology solutions.

The companies say the partnership will provide customers with solutions that “generate actionable insights from vast amounts of industrial data” to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their operations and create competitive advantage.

The companies say they will combined ABB’s “deep domain expertise” in operations technologies and HPE’s expertise in information technology to provide an integrated OT-IT solution to customers.  Continue reading ABB partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to bring IoT intelligence to industrial plants

Kyocera breaks ground on new manufacturing plant

Kyocera has ceremonially broken ground on a new manufacturing plant for ceramic structural components in Kagoshima, Japan. 

The new facility will produce durable, high-precision components for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing equipment, says the company.

Kyocera held a groundbreaking ceremony last week, attended by the company’s president, Hideo Tanimoto.  Continue reading Kyocera breaks ground on new manufacturing plant

Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Industrial robotics and automation company Comau has signed up a range of new partners companies in South America. 

In Brazil, Comau has signed up system integrator Mabru Automation.

The Brazilian company was founded 10 years ago and is located in São Paulo.  Continue reading Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

Continue reading Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Universal Robots puts on a show in Singapore for people interested in its technologies

The Singapore business unit of Universal Robots has put on what it called a “roadshow” for people interested in its collaborative robots and associated technologies.

Established a couple of years ago as Universal’s Asia-Pacific headquarters, the Singapore branch has been enthusiastic in its work in promoting the company’s machines to the local market.

The Universal Robots Ecosystem Roadshow was held a few days ago at the posh Fullerton Hotel in the city-state.  Continue reading Universal Robots puts on a show in Singapore for people interested in its technologies

Denso and Symbio to establish technology innovation center in Finland

Denso, one of the world’s largest suppliers of robotics and automation technologies, is partnering with software company Symbio to establish a technology innovation centre in Finland.

Denso, the main supplier to Toyota and one of the leading automotive component manufacturers in general, says the innovation center in Finland is a joint enterprise based at Symbio’s premises in Espoo, Finland.

Symbio is a technology research and development company with expertise in robotics, automation and internet of things systems.

It’s likely that the first products to emerge from the collaboration will relate to connected, autonomous and electric cars and other vehicles.  Continue reading Denso and Symbio to establish technology innovation center in Finland

Techman Robot looking for distributors in Japan for its collaborative robots

The Techman Robot company is inviting Japanese companies to apply to become distributors for its robotics and automation products. 

The company will be displaying its technologies at the forthcoming International Robot Exhibition in Japan.

Techman is making no secret of the fact that it would like to find local distributors in Japan.  Continue reading Techman Robot looking for distributors in Japan for its collaborative robots

ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

Two industrial titans – one from Europe and the other from Asia – have agreed a partnership relating to the development of collaborative robot automation.

The two companies – ABB and Kawasaki – are both industrial giants with wide-ranging business activities, and collaborative robots are actually a relatively small part of their respective operations.

However, it’s probably a sign of how important a technology collaborative robots represent that both are now combining their resources to build an automation ecosystem.  Continue reading ABB and Kawasaki to partner on collaborative robot automation

SPS at the nexus of IT and OT convergence

There seems to be more interest in the SPS IPC Drives event this year than there was last year. 

It’s noticeable to us here at the website because we have received many more press releases and articles talking about the event.

But there could also be another reason. It’s very likely that the trend of connecting machinery to the internet and computerising production processes is the real reason behind the growing interest in the event.  Continue reading SPS at the nexus of IT and OT convergence

BRM Aero uses Dassault Systèmes technology to more efficiently design its Bristell airplanes

Fast, secure cloud access to advanced product development capabilities is creating opportunities for innovative smaller business to improve productivity with minimal IT overhead. 

Generally speaking, experts say, the resurgence of aerospace innovation requires more comprehensive, sophisticated technology.

Specifically, they need digital solutions that can connect the enterprise across all its departments, employees and data.  Continue reading BRM Aero uses Dassault Systèmes technology to more efficiently design its Bristell airplanes