UN lists technologies most likely to have the biggest global impact

 

The United Nations Global Compact has listed a number of technologies which it says are most likely to impact the global population.

Among the list are a number of technologies regularly featured on this website, including robotics, autonomous cars, drones, internet of things, digital agriculture, and additive manufacturing, among others.

Working with PA Consulting Group, the UN promoted what it describes as “breakthrough innovation and disruptive technologies” at a UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

Alan Middleton, CEO of PA Consulting Group, moderated the panel discussion at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, held in New York City.  Continue reading UN lists technologies most likely to have the biggest global impact

Delta launches new IIoT-enabling platforms for automation at Pack Expo

 

Delta, a provider of power and thermal management solutions, is launching three new internet of things platforms at Pack Expo. 

The three new platforms are:

  • the DIACloud platform;
  • EtherCAT machine control network platform; and
  • EtherNet/IP information connectivity network platform.

The IIoT platforms are designed to support the growing IIoT and Industry 4.0 initiatives of machine builders within the packaging industry.  Continue reading Delta launches new IIoT-enabling platforms for automation at Pack Expo

ABB to showcase range of solutions at Pack Expo

 

ABB will feature a broad range of robotic and motion technologies for packaging and warehouse distribution applications at Pack Expo 2017, September 25-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (#C-5242).

The exhibit highlights the advanced level of collaboration, digitalization and simplification unique to ABB, which provides manufacturers the flexibility to efficiently adapt production and packaging as evolving consumer preferences require a shift from mass production to mass customization.

Collaboration comes in the form of YuMi, the industry’s first truly collaborative robot, and SafeMove2, the latest generation of ABB’s safety certified robot monitoring software, providing a new level of human-robot interaction that enhances both productivity and workplace safety.  Continue reading ABB to showcase range of solutions at Pack Expo

Universal Robots to exhibit new scalable solutions for fast-changing market at Pack Expo 2017

 

Universal Robots is showcasing a new cobot-assisted, mobile and modular tabletop system featuring vision-guided multiple part feeding and kitting with conveyor tracking and case loading/unloading at Pack Expo.

While most robotic cells and automated machinery in the market are stationary solutions designed to complete one task for their usable life, Universal Robots certified system integrator, Allied Technology, has taken a new approach.

“We believe a robot cell should be modular, flexible, and easy to use. The systems we design are scalable and allow for a company to easily make changes when production has new requirements or a new product to run,” says president of Allied Technology, Mike Halley.

Halley adds that Universal Robots has given Allied Technology a great advantage in a market where high mix/low volume is becoming the norm.  Continue reading Universal Robots to exhibit new scalable solutions for fast-changing market at Pack Expo 2017

EMO Hannover opens to high-power audience

 

The annual showcase for metalworking, EMO Hannover, has been ceremonially opened by President FrankWalter Steinmeier. 

In his opening remarks, Steinmeier (main picture, centre) said: “An open society and prosperous economy rest on a foundation of communication and trust.

“Trade fairs like EMO embody this in a concrete and tangible way. Fortunately, this tradition continues to flourish, even in an age of digital catalogs, video conferences and just-in-time production.”  Continue reading EMO Hannover opens to high-power audience

Acer showcases its MixBot intelligent drinks robot solution

Acer has been showcasing its service-oriented and intelligent mixology robot solution, the MixBot, at the 2017 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition.

The Acer MixBot solution, which integrates a robotic arm and an autonomous guided vehicle, will demonstrate a complete bartending solution from order-taking, drink preparation, and table service to customers, along with a business intelligence system at the backend.

The MixBot shows how Acer can fully customize its robotic solutions for a variety of usage scenarios.  Continue reading Acer showcases its MixBot intelligent drinks robot solution

Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Delta Electronics has been demonstrating its high-flexibility multi-tasking smart production line at the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2017.

Delta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, has been promoting its theme of “Digitalization and Flexibility for Smart, Green Manufacturing” at the Taipei event.

The company featured its brand new smart production Line with a customer-centric, IIoT-based, fully-automated demo which integrates Delta’s manufacturing execution system, equipment management system, IIoT technology, industrial robots, and automation control solutions.  Continue reading Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

WesTec returns to Los Angeles with a focus on the future of manufacturing technology and the workforce

WesTec returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center September 12-14. 

WesTec is a manufacturing forum presenting the latest in advanced manufacturing technology including precision machining, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, software and digital technologies, advanced materials, tooling and more.

Produced by SME and the Association For Manufacturing Technology, WesTec will showcase and provide hands-on interaction with the latest cutting-edge technologies, global industry leaders addressing the hottest topics and major manufacturing companies bringing their best products, technology and services.  Continue reading WesTec returns to Los Angeles with a focus on the future of manufacturing technology and the workforce

Epson showcases new Flexion industrial robot and printer built using SCARA robot

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Epson’s Flexion 6-axis industrial robot

Epson Robots is showcasing a range of new technologies for a wide variety of applications in factory automation at the Automation Technology show, ATX East.

ATX is currently under way, running from June 13-15, and is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, in the US. Epson’s booth is number 2405.

Epson’s showcase will feature the new and “revolutionary” Flexion N2 6-Axis robot as well as an assembly demo of an Epson Point of Sale printer built with a high precision SCARA robot and a compact 6-Axis robot.  Continue reading Epson showcases new Flexion industrial robot and printer built using SCARA robot

Universal Robots and partners to demonstrate ‘next generation’ collaborative robot technology at ATX East

 

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Universal Robots is planning to showcase a range of new technologies and partnerships at ATX East, said to the largest annual design and manufacturing event on the US East Coast.

This year, the keynote speaker at the event will be Steve “Woz” Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and currently chief scientist at Primary Data.

Attendees at UBM’s ATX East in New York City, June 13-15, will be greeted by three collaborative robots from Universal Robots at the expo entrance.  Continue reading Universal Robots and partners to demonstrate ‘next generation’ collaborative robot technology at ATX East

Opinion: North America and its chief robotics officers will drive ‘Industry 5.0’

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By Matt Rendall, CEO and co-founder of Otto Motors, and host of the forthcoming Drive Manufacturing Summit

Manufacturers in North American know robotics and automation; they have studied and put into practice the Ford Production System and the Toyota Production System to continuously improve operations, with much of those improvements made by the use and integration of automation.

As such, the sector has traditionally been one of the first industries to grab hold of burgeoning robotics technologies and incorporate them into process.

This said, something has changed in the last 10 years – while manufacturers have focused on continuous improvement within their space, the technology sector has also been making leaps and bounds in innovation, with new capabilities spanning cloud computing, big data, and mobile computing.  Continue reading Opinion: North America and its chief robotics officers will drive ‘Industry 5.0’

Microtechnology exhibition to showcase innovations in watchmaking and medicine

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It’s not one of the most famous exhibitions in the world, and not the biggest, but that’s probably appropriate for EPHJ, because it’s all about small things, or – more accurately – what’s called the “microtechnology” sector. 

Microtechnology includes such things as watchmaking, jewellery making, and precision instrumentation for medicine, all of which are relatively large business sectors in Switzerland, where EPHJ is being held, on 20-23 June 2017 – Geneva, to be exact.

Now in its 16th year, the event is described as “an unmissable event for high-precision manufacturers, with exhibitors from the worlds of watchmaking and jewellery, microtechnology and medtech”.  Continue reading Microtechnology exhibition to showcase innovations in watchmaking and medicine

Delta presents its latest innovations in industrial automation at SPS IPC Drives Italia

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Delta, a provider of power and thermal management solutions and industrial automation solutions, is showcasing its complete portfolio of next-generation industrial automation products and solutions at SPS IPC Drives Italia 2017.

The company says its solutions are designed to augment the productivity of manufacturing and industrial processes in a broad spectrum of applications.

These include the new compact modular mid-range PLC AS series, featuring slim and modular design with max. 1,024 I/O and remarkable program capacity of 128K steps for multi-axis control to support advance automation machinery, as well as the new ASDA-A3 servo system, boasting a high performance motor with 6,000rpm and a vibration suppression function to enhance the operation integrity of advanced machines.  Continue reading Delta presents its latest innovations in industrial automation at SPS IPC Drives Italia

Video: Massive growth in collaborative robots market could strengthen Universal

The market for collaborative robots is growing at a phenomenal rate, with some estimates suggesting it will go from $150 million a year now to more than $3 billion in five years.

The market leader in the cobots sector is currently Universal Robots, and this video is an interview with Helmut Schmid, the company’s general manager, with responsibility for a number of countries in Europe.

RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com spoke to Schmid at this year’s Hannover Messe, held in Germany recently.  Continue reading Video: Massive growth in collaborative robots market could strengthen Universal

Video: Hannover Messe 2017 review

This is a collection of excerpts from interviews conducted with exhibitors at the recent Hannover Messe industrial trades show, in Germany.

For extended versions of the interviews, please visit our website over the next few weeks and check to see if they are published. Or contact us to find out.

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Robotics and Automation News was represented by our editor, Abdul Montaqim, at the event, and was there for the whole week-long engineering extravaganza.

Read our overview article of the event:
Hannover Messe: Global software update