Harting to further expand US activities after Hannover Messe success

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The Harting family greeting the two heads of state, (from left to right): Margrit Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Dietmar Harting, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Philip Harting. (PRNewsFoto/HARTING KGaA)

Company makes announcement after receiving visit from Obama and Merkel  

German components manufacturer Harting is to further expand its activities in the US.

The company says it will supply intelligent connectors in collaboration with US automotive manufacturer.

Digitalisation offers tremendous growth potential, says Harting, which received a visit from US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Hannover Messe.  Continue reading Harting to further expand US activities after Hannover Messe success

UL joins the largest-ever US business delegation to Hannover Messe

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UL, a safety science company, is participating in Hannover Messe 2016 as part of the largest-ever US delegation to the event, the world’s foremost trade convention for industrial and manufacturing technologies, taking place April 25-29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany.

“While UL in Europe has been participating at Hannover Messe for more than 15 years, we are excited to join the US business delegation and are looking forward to welcoming visitors at our two booths this year,” said Gitte Schjotz, UL’s SVP and president for EMEA and Latin America.

“UL empowers the next industrial evolution through safe adoption of industrial automation, energy, digital factories, cybersecurity, industrial supply and technology.”  Continue reading UL joins the largest-ever US business delegation to Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe: Pepperl+Fuchs showcases its thin client for smart industry

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The Pepperl+Fuchs thin client for smart industry

Pepperl+Fuchs is showcasing its new thin client solution at Hannover Messe. 

The company is demonstrating its VisuNet RM GXP with new RM Shell 4.1.VisuNet GXP with RM Shell 4.1. The smart solution for applications will be available to view in Zone 1 and 21.

The goal is to offer users solutions that meet all the challenges of Industry 4.0, says Pepperl+Fuchs.  Continue reading Hannover Messe: Pepperl+Fuchs showcases its thin client for smart industry

Hannover Messe 2016: Global arena for the world of integrated industry

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening ceremony of Hannover Messe
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening ceremony of Hannover Messe

The curtains have gone up at Hannover Messe 2016, where leading industrial nations are vying for technological supremacy.

For example, 465 exhibitors from the USA are presenting innovations designed to take manufacturing to new digital heights.

They are sharing the arena with a host of German enterprises intent on making Industrie 4.0 a reality by means of cutting-edge mechanical and electrical engineering solutions.

So who’s going to come out on top? Or will the road ahead instead call for close collaboration?  Continue reading Hannover Messe 2016: Global arena for the world of integrated industry

Kuka robots perform a dance at Hannover Messe opening ceremony

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LBR iiwa lightweight robots did a dance at the Hannover Messe opening ceremony on Sunday 24 April.

In front of almost 3,000 guests including Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama, dancers and Kuka LBR iiw robots turned human-robot-collaboration into a staged performance.

Human-robot collaboration is a central topic for the factory of the future.

The grand opening of Hannover Messe 2016 on Sunday was based entirely on the topic of Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions.

In a spectacularly choreographed performance, seven LBR iiwa robots visually depicted the five flagship themes at Hannover Fair over five acts: Digital Factory, Industrial Supply, Industrial Automation, Research & Technology, Energy.

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ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

The 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics – ICINCO 2016 

The Thirteenth International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), will take place from 29 to 31 of July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), the purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of informatics to control, automation and robotics.  Continue reading ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer makes first appearance at Hannover Messe

Rethink Robotics’ Baxter and Sawyer collaborative robots
Rethink Robotics’ Baxter and Sawyer collaborative robots

Sawyer robots to demonstrate three different manufacturing tasks on the show floor

Rethink Robotics will showcase its high performance Sawyer robot at Hannover Messe 2016, providing the international audience an opportunity to see how smart, collaborative robots are changing the game in the global manufacturing marketplace.

Germany is a cornerstone market in Europe for Rethink Robotics’ continued global expansion, as manufacturers continue to deploy Sawyer robots to deliver on the promise of Industrie 4.0.  Continue reading Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer makes first appearance at Hannover Messe

Robotics and IoT to play central role at Taiwan technology exhibitions

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, viewing the ABB YuMi collaborative robot at a previous event
Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, viewing the ABB YuMi collaborative robot at a previous event

More than 1,600 companies have booked stands and are preparing to market their products at the Innovex and Smartex events in Taiwan. Robotics and the internet of things will be among the key attractions.

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The exhibitions are organised by Computex Taipei, a government-linked organisation started in 1981 to promote trade with the outside world.

China has been buying large numbers of industrial robots in recent years, and ABB is one of the companies which is looking to establish itself in the region.

The company is developing partnerships on Mainland China, and has decided to book a place at the Computex in Taiwan, which is something of a global hub for electronics manufacturing.  Continue reading Robotics and IoT to play central role at Taiwan technology exhibitions

Exploring the art of the possible: Engineering design experts host Dassault Systémes webinar

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Dassault Systèmes says its Simulia delivers realistic simulation applications that enable users to explore real-world behavior of product, nature and life

Product lifecycle management (PLM) expert Design Rule has teamed up engineering design software expert SSA Analysis to host an online webinar that explores best practice for users of Dassault Systémes design and simulation software.

The webinar will explore the benefits of two core Dassault software applications: CAD design product Catia V5 and engineering simulation software Simulia.

The webinar, entitled Simulia and the art of the possible, will take place on Friday, March 18, at 10.30 GMTContinue reading Exploring the art of the possible: Engineering design experts host Dassault Systémes webinar

‘2016 is the year of the robot’, says Institute for Robotic Process Automation

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The Institute for Robotic Process Automation (IRPA) has declared 2016 the “year of the robot”.

IRPA, an independent professional association for the robotic process automation (RPA) industry, says 2016 “promises to be a pivotal year for the sourcing marketplace as transformational digital and automation technology both disrupt and enable industries across the globe”.

It adds: “We are standing on the threshold – witnessing the move from hype to reality as advances in emerging technologies converge to create a suite of services and capabilities that has the potential to change business, accelerate business outcomes, reduce cost, create new revenue opportunities and completely redefine how work gets done.”

The US-based knowledge forum has scheduled a series of events, with the next one in 11 days’ time – Outsourcing, automation and innovation seminar series (OAISS), in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading ‘2016 is the year of the robot’, says Institute for Robotic Process Automation

Kuka palletising robot becomes art exhibit

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Paratissima art fair: the palletizing robot from Kuka gives an excellent performance, even as a work of art

After 14 years of continuous operation, a Kuka palletizing robot took up a new function recently, appearing as an art exhibit at the Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin.

The palletizing robot used to be in charge of keeping things orderly: untiring, meticulous and reliable, the KUKA robot spent 14 years sorting boxes of hinges used in furniture production.

In November 2015, it gave up its role as a diligent organizer, embracing creative chaos instead. For this, professional body painters applied their skills to transforming the robot into a work of art.

The Kuka robot was on display at the renowned Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin.

“The project was an unusual opportunity for us to share our modern robot technology with a group of people with whom we would otherwise rarely come into contact,” enthused Gian Luca Branca, CEO of Kuka Italy.

Chicago Auto Show: Robots rev up their engines in preparation for final victory over human drivers

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Chicago Auto Show

Autonomous cars have already taken over the world and are on the verge of making their final, decisive manoeuvre to eject humanity out of the driving seat. The machines have achieved their domination by using the humble and unsuspecting traditional car as their primary instrument of deception.

That’s according to David Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager, although he may not have put it in those exact words. Speaking to Chicago Sun-Times, Sloan says: “People might be surprised to know that most of the technology that will be used to make car autonomous in the future is already in cars today on our show floor.”

Surprised? Try shocked and terrified.

Sloan goes on to say: “All the safety technology that allows cars to automatically brake or park, even adaptive cruise control, is there. Vehicles are now safer, cleaner and more efficient than they have ever been and automakers are still able to make them perform really well. The technology is rapidly advancing, and we’re ready for it.”  Continue reading Chicago Auto Show: Robots rev up their engines in preparation for final victory over human drivers

Conference calls for experts in robotics and automation

Organisers of one of Europe’s most important conferences on robotics and automation are calling for papers and articles from experts in the field in the run-up to its conference in the middle of next year.

The 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics – organized by Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) – will take place from 29 to 31 of July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Also known as the ICINCO conference, this is the 13th time it has been held, and is organised by the INSTICC. Continue reading Conference calls for experts in robotics and automation