Denso enlists Applied Controls to expand operations in the US

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Denso has enlisted Applied Controls to serve as one of the company’s key automation solution providers in the US. 

The contract enables Applied Controls to market and support Denso’s portfolio of robotics products as part of the robot-making giant’s expansion plans. 

Mark Anderson, Denso’s regional sales manager, says the Malvern, Pennsylvania distributor will have mid-Atlantic regional responsibility and will be making significant investments in training, personnel and demonstration hardware.  Continue reading Denso enlists Applied Controls to expand operations in the US

Airbus and Renishaw team up to develop ‘innovative design approach to meet future demand for new aircraft’

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Renishaw is contributing its additive manufacturing expertise to a new £17.7 million project, being led by Airbus in the UK, to develop an innovative way of designing and manufacturing aircraft wings, which will encourage a “right first time approach” and reduce development time. 

More than 30,000 new aircraft are expected to be required in the next 15-20 years, replacing existing in-service models and also to expand airlines’ fleets as the number of air travellers increases. 

The project, called Wing Design Methodology Validation – or Windy – has been made possible thanks to joint industry and UK government investment from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). It was one of a number of projects announced by BEIS during the Farnborough International Airshow.  Continue reading Airbus and Renishaw team up to develop ‘innovative design approach to meet future demand for new aircraft’

IMTS visitors offered free ride in Olli, the self-driving vehicle from Local Motors

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Visitors to this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will be offered a free ride in Olli, the first self-driving vehicle from Local Motors, developed in association with IBM. 

IMTS has partnered with Local Motors to offer the IMTS Ride Experience featuring the breakthrough technology in Olli, the first self-driving electric vehicle equipped with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Built by Local Motors, Olli can carry up to 12 riders and will navigate a track in the C Hall of the North Building at IMTS 2016, September 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago.  Continue reading IMTS visitors offered free ride in Olli, the self-driving vehicle from Local Motors

Zeiss to show the latest networking technologies at IMTS 2016

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Zeiss Industrial Metrology is planning to show its latest networking technologies for Industry 4.0 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

The latest developments of Zeiss PiWeb quality data management software and Zeiss Calypso measurement software, along with further enhancements of computer tomography and white light sensor technology will be highlighted.

Customers can explore CT images virtually, get up-close views of the robotic sensor display and learn about the latest specials, available only at IMTS.

Comau showcases products at prominent automotive exhibitions

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Robot-maker Comau will participate in two different important automotive events – Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing 2016 and Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2016. 

Both events take place in Detroit, Michigan, in the US. 

From August 17-18, Comau will participate in Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing (NGAM) 2016.

This event will assess the commercial benefits of implementing new robotics and automation technologies on production efficiency, cost and profitability.  Continue reading Comau showcases products at prominent automotive exhibitions

OR Lasertechnologie claims its additive manufacturing technique ‘extends life of sensors’

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An additive manufacturing technique called DMD (direct metal deposition) developed by OR Lasertechnologie in Dieburg, Germany is claimed to enable reliable protection of sensor elements by means of a hard alloy.

OR claims it makes it possible to significantly extend the lifetimes sensors, for example in pipelines of the oil and gas industry.

Industrial sensors are very sensitive components. They are deployed to precisely and reliably monitor temperatures, flow rates, and pressure over long periods of time, for example in oil and gas pipelines.  Continue reading OR Lasertechnologie claims its additive manufacturing technique ‘extends life of sensors’

Elsevier launches three publications about automotive engineering

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Elsevier has published three new books in the area of automotive engineering. 

On-Road Intelligent Vehicles: Motion Planning for Intelligent Transportation Systems by Rahul Kala

Tribological Processes in the Valve Train Systems with Lightweight Valves: New Research and Modelling by Krzysztof Jan Siczek

Lean Combustion: Technology and Control, 2nd Edition edited by Derek Dunn-Rankin and Peter Therkelsen

Here, the publisher provides an overview of each.  Continue reading Elsevier launches three publications about automotive engineering

Midea to spend billions on building industrial robots after buying Kuka

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Household appliance manufacturer Midea says it will spend 10 billion Chinese money (approximately $1.5 billion) on building new robots, according to a report in the South China Morning Post

Midea, a Chinese company which now owns 95 per cent of Germany-based industrial robot maker Kuka, will build a factory to produce 7,000 robots a year, says the report.

The announcement is said to confirm Midea’s ambition to become the leading robot maker in China. The country is estimated to have bought and installed almost 70,000 industrial robots last year.

Full story at South China Morning Post

Comau to play big role at conference about industrial robots in automotive manufacturing

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Comau is to play a leading role in an important event about robotics in the automotive industry, which is also supported by RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com.

On August 17-18, Comau, which is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, will participate in Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing (NGAM) 2016.

The event will assess the commercial benefits of implementing new robotics & automation technologies on production efficiency, cost and profitability.  Continue reading Comau to play big role at conference about industrial robots in automotive manufacturing

Robots planning to raid orchards: Abundant Robotics to automate apple harvests

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Agricultural technology startup company Abundant Robotics to launch a robot with a taste for apples 

SRI International, a technology research organisation, is to spin-out and launch Abundant Robotics, an agriculture technology company focused on helping make nutritious foods such as apples and other tree fruits more accessible.

Abundant will commercialize and build on several years of research initiatives in agricultural robotics at SRI.

Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant Robotics, says: “While orchard yields have significantly improved over the last two decades, labor productivity has not. Continue reading Robots planning to raid orchards: Abundant Robotics to automate apple harvests

Exclusive interview with Cisco Jasper’s IoT cloud exec

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A conversation with Theresa Bui, head of enterprise product marketing, IoT cloud at Cisco Jasper

Theresa Bui is an expert in cloud services as they apply to industry, in particular. Through Cisco, Bui’s work involves dealing with large, industrial conglomerates, such as General Electric, ABB and others.

With more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience, Bui is on the verge of helping make Cisco as important to the industrial sector as it is to the infrastructure of the internet.

In an interview with Robotics and Automation News, Bui provides an insight into Cisco’s approach to a range of new technologies, including industrial internet of things, robotics and automation.  Continue reading Exclusive interview with Cisco Jasper’s IoT cloud exec

Kuka reports record orders

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Kuka says it has generated record levels of business across its units, with almost €900 million worth of orders placed in the second quarter of 2016. The figure represents a 28 per cent increase on the previous year’s profits. 

In it robotics division, earnings increased to €25.5 million in the past quarter, says the company in a report.

Kuka, a Germany-based company established in 1898, is one of the world’s leading industrial robot manufacturers.

In recent weeks it has been the subject of a takeover bid by Chinese company Midea, which makes electrical appliances.

Midea says it currently has more than 80 per cent of Kuka’s shares, according to Bloomberg.com, which would seem to mean that Midea now owns Kuka.

 

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Pepperl+Fuchs launches new sensor for internet of things

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Sensorik 4.0: Cloud-based sensor for the internet of things 

Sensors are valuable sources of information and can also be used outside of conventional machine and plant engineering to optimize processes and conserve resources.

The Internet of Things opens up new possibilities for networking even sensors spread over long distances. Sensor signals can be provided at exactly the right time in the place where the information contained in the signals can be used profitably.

For example, the detection of filling levels using modern sensor technology is possible in most cases with lesser or greater ease. Where containers are spread over long distances, however, greater cost is often involved with the transmission of sensor signals. Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs launches new sensor for internet of things

Stainless steel belts in robotics applications showcased at M-Tech 2016

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2016 marks the third year Belt Technologies has attended the Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo.

The event, also referred to as “M-Tech”, is held annually each June at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan and is one of the world’s largest exhibitions of mechanical and processing technology.

Alan Wosky, president of Belt Technologies, says: “M-Tech has been a great experience each year that we’ve attended. Continue reading Stainless steel belts in robotics applications showcased at M-Tech 2016