Rewired appoints Gleb Chuvpilo as managing partner as it opens new Switzerland office

Rewired, the $100 million robotics-focused venture studio and fund, has appointed Silicon Valley technology investment veteran Gleb Chuvpilo as managing partner. 

Chuvpilo had previously served as a venture partner with Rewired, helping identify, validate, and collaborate with the firm’s growing list of portfolio companies working with applied science technologies to develop what Rewired calls “the next generation of robotics”.

Chuvpilo brings both venture experience and deep technical expertise, with a master’s degree from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Continue reading Rewired appoints Gleb Chuvpilo as managing partner as it opens new Switzerland office

Robots and artificial intelligence are coming soon to your work, home, and cars

Article contributed by John Hawthorne, Industrial Quick Search Directory

We are becoming more accustomed to jaw-dropping video game technology, Amazon’s Alexa speakers, and nifty Android and iOS apps that seem to let us do just about anything.

While commercial technology continues to make leaps and bounds each year, what role does artificial intelligence play in all this, and how will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

The following is an overview of several way that AI and robots are helping us through algorithms and physical functioning at work, in our homes, and in the way we move around.   Continue reading Robots and artificial intelligence are coming soon to your work, home, and cars

Berkeley spin-off Embodied Intelligence raises $7 million to build ‘teachable’ robots

Leading researchers in artificial intelligence, deep learning, and reinforcement learning from OpenAI and UC Berkeley assemble to launch an ambitious new project

Embodied Intelligence, a startup established by AI researchers from the University of California Berkeley, and their partners at OpenAI, has raised $7 million in seed funding. 

The company says it is “striving to democratize robotics” by enabling anyone to teach a robot new skills.

The funding round was led by Amplify Partners with participation from Lux Capital, SV Angels, FreeS, 11.2 Capital and A.Capital.  Continue reading Berkeley spin-off Embodied Intelligence raises $7 million to build ‘teachable’ robots

Dorna Robotics launches ‘industrial grade’ robotic arm on Kickstarter

A startup called Dorna Robotics has launched what it says is an “industrial grade” robotic arm. 

The company says the 5-axis robot is capable of automating many tasks, although it looks to be mainly aimed at artisans and the consumer market rather than factory managers or the industrial sector.

Dorna says the robot provides “a perfect solution” for business owners, makers, researchers, artists and anyone who wants to get serious in robotics.  Continue reading Dorna Robotics launches ‘industrial grade’ robotic arm on Kickstarter

Midea’s new robots could replace 400,000 pharmacists in China

Midea, the Chinese giant manufacturing giant which makes household appliances such as washing machines and refridgerators, is launching robot pharmacists which would put 400,000 humans out of work. 

That may sound unlikely in the short term, but market analysts quoted by Bloomberg estimate that robots will account for 20 per cent of all pharmaceuticals sales by 2020.

Moreover, Midea chairman and CEO Paul Fang acknowledges the potential revolution the company’s robots could start.  Continue reading Midea’s new robots could replace 400,000 pharmacists in China

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

Mitsubishi Electric and Bimba Manufacturing partner to provide motion solutions

Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Bimba Manufacturing have agreed a collaboration that will combine Mitsubishi Electric’s industrial automation technology with Bimba’s motion control solutions.

The arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric’s servo motors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators.

The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s presence in the industrial marketplace, providing customers with the opportunity to acquire electric motion solutions from a single source.  Continue reading Mitsubishi Electric and Bimba Manufacturing partner to provide motion solutions

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

RIA partners with OSHA and NIOSH to create unpronounceable robot group

 

The Robotics Industries Association is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to create a new standards body for robotics and other relevant industries. 

RIA is the main industrial robotics association in the US and was established in 1974.

OSHA and NIOSH are both government agencies – OSHA is under the Department of Labour, and NIOSH is under the Department of Health and Human Services.  Continue reading RIA partners with OSHA and NIOSH to create unpronounceable robot group

Red Lion Controls launches new generation of human machine interfaces for factory automation

 

Red Lion Controls has launched its newest generation of human machine interfaces, the CR1000 and CR3000.

Red Lion specialises in communication, monitoring and control technologies for industrial automation and networking.

The company says both the new products employ its new Crimson 3.1 software to provide more engaging interfaces with advanced design capabilities in addition to protocol conversion, data logging and web server for remote monitoring and control.  Continue reading Red Lion Controls launches new generation of human machine interfaces for factory automation

Markets update: Investments in robotics and related technologies

 

By investment analysts at Market News Updates

The robotics sector has experienced record growth in the US, partly as a result of the government’s a policy of discouraging manufacturers from leaving the country.

As a result, American businesses have turned towards robotics and automation technologies to cope with rising labor costs.

Because of this, investors positioned in companies pursuing robotics, retail automation and artificial intelligence technologies are rewarded with new 52-week highs.  Continue reading Markets update: Investments in robotics and related technologies

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

Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots

Globetouch and CloudMinds Technology have formed a partnership to provide connectivity for robots and other artificial intelligence initiatives.

Both companies are making the announcement during Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, a conference and expo bringing together industry leaders to meet and explore new business models in mobile technology.

Globetouch provides connectivity services and IoT platforms for the connected vehicle and the Internet of Things market.  Continue reading Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots