The UK is deciding whether to stay in the European Union or not, which may or may not affect the manufacturing sector
The UK is currently in the midst of a national debate over whether or not to leave the European Union, with opinion polls suggesting that the so-called “Brexit” campaign has the public’s favour, although only marginally.
Those who are arguing against an exit from the EU say that the country’s economy will suffer if the majority of people vote to leave, and they produce figures to support their argument. But then, so does the other side.
Exclusive interview with Saagar Govil, chairman and CEO of Cemtrex
A lot’s happened since this website was introduced to Cemtrex a few weeks ago. The company’s been on a gigantic spending spree, buying up companies and restructuring its business for new markets as though it were in a hurry to get somewhere fast.
Where that somewhere is may be deduced from the acquisitions Cemtrex has made and the types of products and services in which the acquired companies specialise.
Last month, Cemtrex purchased an obscure German company called The Target, an electronics manufacturer which supplies top-level automakers.
Then, earlier this month, Cemtrex bought up and is synergising its operations with another German electronics manufacturer, Periscope. Not to be confused with Periscope the video streaming app, the Periscope Cemtrex bought is another supplier to major automotive companies.
By Abdul Razack, SVP and head of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys
Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the business and consumer landscape, but has it reached its full potential?
With the wide adoption of automation and machine learning among organisations, we’re closer than ever before. And in 2016, we will continue this momentum and see artificial intelligence redefine the future of work, deliver on the promise of big data, and even transform consumers’ lives.
Artificial intelligence will define the future of work
Professor Siegfried Russwurm, chief technology officer at Siemens, says digital transformation is opening up great opportunities
The world has never been as networked as it is now. Whether in gas turbines, trains, manufacturing facilities or medical imaging technologies, our reality is taking on a digital dimension.
Digital change is sounding the bell for a paradigm change – in business as well as private life. As one of the world’s leading companies in digitalization, Siemens is playing an active part in this development. We’ve set a clear focus and identified digitalization as one of the biggest growth drivers to carry us into a successful future.
General Motors says it has the largest number of connected vehicles in the world, with almost 3 million currently on the road – far more than any other automaker.
General Motors claims it “started the connected car revolution 20 years ago” with the launch of OnStar and continues to deliver innovative solutions at a scale unmatched by anyone in the industry.
OnStar is the enabler for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall to introduce new technology features across a broad range of drivers. Today, the blue button brand delivers services in four continents, 18 countries, 10 languages and 13 time zones, with more than a billion customer interactions.
Yaskawa, one of the world’s largest robot manufacturers with around 400,000 industrial robots installed worldwide, has introduced a free video training course.
The company says on its website: “These self-guided video training tutorial series are available at no charge and can be taken at any time without enrollment.”
Yaskawa adds that the training course includes opportunities for students to connect to a real Yaskawa automation product demonstration unit. The demonstration unit is based in the US, and connection is through the internet.
Robotiq is a company that mainly makes grippers for industrial robots, specialising in two-finger and three-finger robotic hands for the collaborative robots made by Universal Robots.
However, Robotiq also regularly publish much useful and timely information about the robotics industry, often technical information which only experts in the field – such as those who work at Robotiq – would be able to provide.
Exclusive interview with Seiko Epson president Minoru Usui
The president of Seiko Epson says he wants to increase the company’s total annual revenues by 70 per cent within 10 years, and believes industrial robots will be one of the fastest-growing business units, with a 500 per cent hike in that time.
In an exclusive interview with Robotics and Automation News, Minoru Usui says Seiko Epson is hoping to achieve a dramatic expansion of its robotics division in the next decade, and “take the company from being a 1-trillion-yen-a-year business to being a 1.7-trillion-yen-a-year business”.
Epson Robots is one of the top industrial robot manufacturers in the world, and Usui is keen to build on this success.
Some people say artificial intelligence will eventually take over the world, and make humans obsolete and useless in large parts of society, starting with firing us from all employment – low-skilled or high. Others say it’s already happened – that AI rules the world.
From artificially intelligent assistants which answer your emails and manage your diary, to artificially intelligent industrial robots that can custom manufacture products to individual customer specifications and that can tell you when they need a little maintenance, not to mention the AI in the latest cars of today which can brake and change lanes to avoid you having an accident because you fell asleep at the wheel, AI is everywhere.
Martyn Williams, managing director at Copa-Data UKexplains how implementing custom machinery and combining industrial equipment with intelligent automation software can help companies implement fully flexible manufacturing.
Increased demand for customised products and shrinking time-to-market expectations have contributed to the fundamental shift in how products are designed and created.
Penton’s TU-Automotive has announced the agenda and speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 (June 8-9, Nov, MI), the world’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to innovation in automotive technology, covering connected cars, autonomy and mobility.
At TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, the city’s automakers (Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) will join international OEMs such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to discuss their vision for how the car can become the leading “node” of the Internet of Things.
Leading technology disruptors such as Zipcar, Amazon, Via and Renovo Motors will also take center stage during discussions as the ecosystem widens to embrace new players.