Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

It probably would have been a good merger or takeover, but it didn’t happen. 

Emerson Electric’s initial $27 billion bid to buy Rockwell Automation was rejected by the latter company’s board, as was the former’s subsequent, raised bid of $29 billion.

Some business analysts said combining strengths would be a good move for both companies, but Rockwell seems to have plans of its own which do not include a takeover or merger.  Continue reading Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

General Electric to shed 12,000 jobs as electric future opens up

General Electric’s recent decision to reduce its employee numbers by 12,000 globally indicate how important it thinks the trend of electric power will become, or perhaps has already become. 

The significant job losses will come from the GE Power division. GE says the decision is part of its overall restructuring.

The company acknowledges that the growth in renewables is part of the reason for the cost-cutting measures.  Continue reading General Electric to shed 12,000 jobs as electric future opens up

PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

A startup company called PerceptIn has raised a total of $11 million in funding, and has launched a new robotics vision system. 

The funding came from Samsung Ventures, among others.

The vision system is called Ironsides, and PerceptIn claims it to be “the first full robotics vision system to combine both hardware and software for real-time tracking, mapping, and path planning for autonomous robots”.  Continue reading PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

As many people – including us – have said many times, Boston Dynamics makes the scariest robots in the world (see video below). 

Not only do they look terrifying, they move in such a realistic way that you wonder if the makers have done something horrible to achieve such life-like motion.

Like transplanting an actual human brain into the humanoids or a dog’s brain into the canines to achieve such expert movement skills.  Continue reading Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

As well as being a globally well-known automaker, Honda is the maker of what is probably the most recognizable humanoid robot in the world – the famous Asimo – it’s the one that looks like an astronaut and runs in a funny way. 

But the company hasn’t really made many headlines in recent times for its ongoing work in robotics. Now it’s in the spotlight again.

Honda Robotics is preparing to unveil what it calls its “3E – Empower, Experience, Empathy – Robotics Concept at CES 2018, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, US, from January 9th to 12th. (See video below.) Continue reading Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

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Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

The makers of a mopping robot have raised 4,000 per cent more money than they asked for on crowd-funding site Indiegogo

The developers of EveryBot RS700 have raised a total of $25,500 which is currently 4,200 per cent more than they asked for.

Although we’re talking about relatively small numbers, the success of EveryBot is an indication of how popular new robots can be both as a simple product purchase and as an investment.  Continue reading Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

The Chinese way: From ‘teaching’ to ‘teaching and learning’

By Edward Tse, Gao Feng Advisory

A few weeks ago, I had a meeting with the APAC head of a major Fortune 500 company at his office in Shanghai.

He told me that he had arrived in China around six months ago and was sent from headquarters to run their Asia business with a particular focus on China.

He said he thought he would come to China to “teach”.  Continue reading The Chinese way: From ‘teaching’ to ‘teaching and learning’

How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

As many machine automation professionals know, deciding on which programmable logic controller to work with can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make when organizing your control system.

There is no one size fits all equation, so are here are some guidelines I use.  Continue reading How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of its remote access solution, eWon eCatcher.

eWon eCatcher is the software that eWon users utilize to establish a remote connection via an eWon router to their machine.

HMS Industrial Networks’ mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution is called eWon eCatcher Mobile.  Continue reading HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

STMicroelectronics has launched a miniature two-axis MEMS gyroscope which the company says offers more stability. 

Smaller, thinner smartphone camera modules can provide pin-sharp image stabilization and make extra space for new devices.

The device type STMicroelectronics has in mind are smartphones. The company says the new L20G20IS miniature 2-axis MEMS gyroscope can enable handsets to have features such as increased performance and advanced vibration immunity.

As the newest member of ST’s highly integrated optical image stabilization device family, the L20G20IS measures just 2.0mm x 2.0mm x 0.7mm, liberating an extra 1.29mm2 of board space (compared to the previous 2.3mm x 2.3mm L2G2IS) to help shrink camera-module size and simplify circuit design.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Stanley Black & Decker is planning to open an advanced manufacturing training centre in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, near the north-eastern coast of the US.

The company says the “centre of excellence” to accelerate its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative.

Called “Manufactory 4.0” – after the original Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843 – the 23,000-square-foot center will be located at One Constitution Plaza and will employ approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals.  Continue reading Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Lantronix launches tiny but ‘advanced’ wireless embedded IoT gateways

Lantronix, a provider of secure data access and management solutions for the industrial internet of things, has launched its xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways.

Measuring “less than the size of a postage stamp”, Lantronix says the compact xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways deliver “robust Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, enterprise-grade security, and integrated manageability features that are ideal for industrial IoT applications”.

Shahram Mehraban, Lantronix vice president of marketing, says: “Today’s advanced IoT applications require more than just simple connectivity.  Continue reading Lantronix launches tiny but ‘advanced’ wireless embedded IoT gateways

Book preview: New academic study on the subject of robots with legs

Bioinspired Legged Locomotion: Models, Concepts, Control and Applications
By Maziar Sharbafi and André Seyfarth

Elsevier has released a book which may be of interest to roboticists. Here’s a preview.

The book explores the universe of legged robots, bringing in perspectives from engineering, biology, motion science, and medicine to provide a comprehensive overview of the field.

With comprehensive coverage, each chapter brings outlines, and an abstract, introduction, new developments, and a summary.  Continue reading Book preview: New academic study on the subject of robots with legs

Logic Supply launches fanless industrial computer with latest Intel Dawson Canyon motherboard

Logic Supply has launched a new industrial computer which the company says “brings seventh generation Kaby Lake processing to pocket-sized computing”. 

The new ML100G-31 is Logic Supply’s fanless “Next Unit of Computing” motherboard. NUC is a small-form-factor computer designed by Intel. 

Logic Supply has been developing computer hardware for a variety of markets for 14 years, and claims to have pioneered the use of Intel’s NUC motherboard within industrial PCs.  Continue reading Logic Supply launches fanless industrial computer with latest Intel Dawson Canyon motherboard