Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

 

Honeywell has launched a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers.

The devices are generally used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to capture critical data.

The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers.  Continue reading Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

Terabit Ethernet: Huawei and China Telecom complete ‘world’s first’ 400 gigabit ethernet test

 

The race towards Terabit Ethernet, or TbE, has apparently taken a great leap with the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s first test of a 400-gigabit ethernet network. 

The 400 GbE trial was conducted by Huawei with its partner, China Telecom, the state telecommunications infrastructure provider.

The companies say the results indicate their superfast 400 GbE network technology is ready for commercial utilisation.  Continue reading Terabit Ethernet: Huawei and China Telecom complete ‘world’s first’ 400 gigabit ethernet test

Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

 

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  Continue reading Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

 

Continental, a developer of advanced driver assistance systems, has developed a new human-machine interface which places the control of a vehicle at the user’s fingertips, says the company.

The HMI – which is designed to be integrated into a vehicle dashboard (as pictured above) – provides a central input device for maneuver control in the center console as an element of the holistic human-machine dialogue, says the company.

Continental says the input element increases the mode awareness when moving from manual to automated driving mode.  Continue reading Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

 

There’s not many things more fascinating in today’s high-tech world than subsea cables.

In and of themselves, in principle, they’re just cables. But also in and of themselves they are highly sophisticated and powerful pieces of equipment.

And the sheer magnitude of the engineering involved in laying them undersea across oceans and connecting continents is arguably a wonder of the modern world.  Continue reading Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

 

Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing.  Continue reading Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

 

New machine vision cameras represent a breakthrough in performance and flexibility, says company

The next-generation IVS-NCGi range of digital cameras from Industrial Vision Systems provides a breakthrough in flexibility, performance and ease of use for machine vision, according to the company.

With heightened resolution options for more precision and faster frame rates, the cameras are designed for integration into modern production processes.

Its compact form factor also easily fits into space constrained manufacturing lines and cells.  Continue reading Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

 

Back in the old days, everybody would buy newspapers and magazines. Some would buy dailies, others would buy weeklies, while millions more would buy monthlies. And no one would quibble about having to pay for them, probably because most people sense that a physical, tangible object has a greater intrinsic value than a digital one. 

That old print media reading culture has all but gone now, thanks largely to the internet and the worldwide web making all manner of information available largely free of charge. No one expects, or wants, to pay for news and content any more, probably because most people think digital media should be free because they know how easy it is to make copies of digital files.

There are still many printed publications doing very well and selling in large quantities, and a list of some of the top 10 is offered below, but even the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun – which holds the world record at 13 million copies sold in one day – has lost huge numbers of readers.  Continue reading Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

From the biggest to the smallest: Hitachi takes first nimble steps in robotics market

 

Exclusive interview with Dong Li, research engineer at Hitachi R&D Europe, about the company’s new humanoid robot, Emiew

At street level, the Barbican area of London, England has the strange quality of looking like a small underground city. But it’s actually not.

True, it has an Underground railway station, but the rest of the commercial and cultural district – with its museums and office blocks – is mostly above ground.

It may be because the buildings are so imposing that they overshadow the often narrow streets and block out the sun in some places. The bridges overhead connecting one set of buildings to another, or one side of the road to the other, and the tunnels that go underneath the building complexes themselves, exacerbate the feeling of being underground.  Continue reading From the biggest to the smallest: Hitachi takes first nimble steps in robotics market

Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

 

Teradyne, the industrial giant which owns Universal Robots, has standardized its simulation tasks using technology from Cadence Design Systems.

Teradyne’s standardization uses Cadence’s Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulator, which is claimed will accelerate the development of application-specific integrated circuits.

Teradyne uses ASICs for delivery of its automation equipment for test and industrial applications.  Continue reading Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

 

Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot Sawyer is being utilised by Spanish electronics manufacturer to achieve higher levels of consistency

P4Q, a Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, says it has increased production throughput by 25 percent by deploying smart, adaptable automation on the factory floor.

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is testing printed circuit boards and driving improvements in process consistency that are resulting in better part quality and overall production output, says the company.

P4Q has been looking to automate more of its factory for many years to improve efficiency and consistency, but traditional caged robots were unappealing due to high costs and employee safety concerns.  Continue reading P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

The growing importance of software in the manufacturing sector

 

It’s not just manufacturing – it applies to all industries. But manufacturing is the sector that outside observers might expect to be the least affected by the digital world. 

Nothing could be further from the truth of course, especially now.

Some people might think that everything in a factory is entirely mechanical, and maybe just has some electrical components – with a chip or two for the industrial robots.

But increasingly, factories are becoming a hive of hi-tech activity, and the new buzz is almost entirely about the software.  Continue reading The growing importance of software in the manufacturing sector

Lufthansa Technik unveils robot that can scan and fix a plane’s outer layer tiles

 

Lufthansa Technik has demonstrated a robot which can scan the outer later of aeroplanes and work at odd angles to help with any necessary maintenance and repair jobs. 

Lufthansa Technik generally fixes planes for its parent company Lufthansa, one of the world’s largest airlines, and undertakes work for a variety of aerospace companies.

The new robot is part of the Caire project – short for Composite Adaptable Inspection and Repair – which includes airline industry companies such as Airbus and Lufthansa Technik. Continue reading Lufthansa Technik unveils robot that can scan and fix a plane’s outer layer tiles

Nvidia reveals new computing platform for ‘fully autonomous robotaxis’

 

Nvidia has revealed a new computing platform which it says is being used by more than 25 companies to develop “fully autonomous robotaxis”. 

The new Nvidia Drive PX Pegasus is said to be the world’s first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotic taxis.

Experts say autonomous robotic taxis are the next step for globally popular ride-sharing apps such as Uber and many others.  Continue reading Nvidia reveals new computing platform for ‘fully autonomous robotaxis’

Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

 

Rockwell Automation has launched a new line of open architecture industrial computers and thin clients.

Thin clients are lightweight computers used to connect to a server from a remote location.

Rockwell says its new VersaView 5000 portfolio provides a “modern visualization solution for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients