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

Korea Smart Factory Foundation prepares for growth

Organisers of the Smart Factory Expo 2018 and Korea Smart Manufacturing Industry Association, along with venue providers Coex, say they are preparing for record attendance and participation at next year’s event.

Their forecasts are based on the general trend in the industrial sector in South Korea as well as this year’s event.

The organisers say there was a record number of exhibitors at this year’s event, with a total of 1,193 booths occupied by 397 companies this year – the “highest in history”, they say.  Continue reading Korea Smart Factory Foundation prepares for growth

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

More than $5 billion being invested in IoT in Dresden, Germany

International technology groups have invested more than $5 billion in high-tech hub Dresden, one of the facts highlighted by the organisers of the Semicon Europa event.

Dresden is strengthening its position as a centre for internet of things solutions.

Over the next several years, international technology groups and research institutions such as Globalfoundries, Infineon, Bosch, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Aerospace Center will be investing some €4.5 billion in Europe’s leading address for semiconductors.  Continue reading More than $5 billion being invested in IoT in Dresden, Germany

HRG Robotics shows off its ‘smarter solutions’ at China International Industry Fair

HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading manufacturers of robots, has been showcasing its four feature products at the recent China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.

HRG Robotics has rolled out a wide variety of industrial robotics services and showcased its top products from HRG’s diversified portfolio, including industrial robotic core components, industrial robots, smart robotics solutions and industrial robotics educational systems.

Zhu Lei, vice president of HRG Robotics, says: “China is a huge market for industrial robots and has great potential. We’ll keep pushing forward the growth of the industry, and hope to cooperate with more international partners.”  Continue reading HRG Robotics shows off its ‘smarter solutions’ at China International Industry Fair

South-east Asian nations partner to create robotics ecosystem

Several south-eastern Asian nations have entered into a partnership to create what’s being described as a “robotics ecosystem” for the region. 

The basic idea is to increase the use of robotics, automation, and related technologies to improve their industrial sector.

Industry associations from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to sign a deal which was outlined by trade minister Dr Koh Poh, at the ongoing Singapore International Robo ExpoContinue reading South-east Asian nations partner to create robotics ecosystem

Cloos and Baumüller find increased efficiency in automated welding technology

Cloos and Baumüller say they have found efficiencies in the new robotic welding system they have implemented. 

The two companies introduced a platform-independent and scalable control solution last year.

The aim was to achieve the highest level of precision with accelerated dynamics.  Continue reading Cloos and Baumüller find increased efficiency in automated welding technology

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