Worldwide spending on robotics to exceed $230 billion in 2021, says IDC

A new update to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide forecasts worldwide purchases of robotics, including drones and robotics-related hardware, software and services, will total $97.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 17.9 per cent over 2016.

IDC expects robotics spending to accelerate over the five-year forecast period, reaching $230.7 billion in 2021 with a compound annual growth rate compound annual growth rate of 22.8 per cent.

“The convergence of robotics and artificial intelligence & machine learning are driving the development of the next generation of intelligent robots for industrial, commercial, and consumer applications,” said Dr Jing Bing Zhang, research director, robotics at IDC manufacturing insights.  Continue reading Worldwide spending on robotics to exceed $230 billion in 2021, says IDC

From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Painting was one of the first applications for industrial robots, but it didn’t start well. 

When they were first introduced in the 1980s at General Motors’ Michigan plant, the robots initially painted each other, according to an article on industrial robot history, published on Robots.com.

The complexity of painting is probably under-estimated because humans can do such tasks with relative ease.  Continue reading From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

The recent EMO 2017 exhibition in Hanover, Germany provided a platform for NSK to showcase a number of innovations for the machine tool market.

Principal among them was the Robust series of angular contact ball bearings, which features NSK’s new SurSave cages that have been developed specifically to match the application profile of main spindle drives.

Robust bearings with SurSave cages create the condition for spindles to achieve high rotational accuracy, thus facilitating high-precision machining even at very high speeds.  Continue reading Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

Chinese companies set to spend $12 billion a year on semiconductor manufacturing equipment

 

Chinese semiconductor manufacturers are on course to spend $12 billion on fabrication equipment annually, according to a new report.

Semi, the industry association and provider of electronics market research, says the opportunities in China’s integrated circuits market are “expanding dramatically”.

Semi’s new China IC Industry Outlook Report also notes that China has an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain.  Continue reading Chinese companies set to spend $12 billion a year on semiconductor manufacturing equipment

Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

 

Honeywell has launched a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers.

The devices are generally used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to capture critical data.

The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers.  Continue reading Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

 

Altizon and Cross Company have formed a partnership that they say will help accelerate the adoption of internet of things and digital transformation technology for the industrial enterprise.

Altizon is an IIoT platform company, while Cross is a systems integrator specializing in critical industrial controls and data solutions.

The companies say Cross’ information services group will utilise Altizon’s Datonis platform for smart manufacturing.  Continue reading Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

 

The race towards Terabit Ethernet, or TbE, has apparently taken a great leap with the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s first test of a 400-gigabit ethernet network. 

The 400 GbE trial was conducted by Huawei with its partner, China Telecom, the state telecommunications infrastructure provider.

The companies say the results indicate their superfast 400 GbE network technology is ready for commercial utilisation.  Continue reading Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  Continue reading Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

New business model allows companies of various sizes to buy or lease robots, says Ready Robotics

Arnold Automation, a newly created division of Arnold Packaging, says it has signed the first-ever distribution deal with Ready Robotics to distribute the TaskMate, Ready Robotics’ flexible automation platform.

The TaskMate can be quickly deployed in a wide variety of manufacturing environments and easily programmed to perform repetitive tasks.  Continue reading Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

 

Company says the new high torque brushless DC motor offers improved thermal characteristics and reliability for orthopedic large bone applications

Portescap has launched its newest surgical motor solution for large bone orthopedic powered hand tools. 

The company says this new size 12 (31.5 mm diameter) mini motor is available in 9.6V, 12V and 14.4V versions with cannulated and non-cannulated options, these motors can deliver peak torques of up to 1,720 mNm in a compact envelope.  Continue reading Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

 

Continental, a developer of advanced driver assistance systems, has developed a new human-machine interface which places the control of a vehicle at the user’s fingertips, says the company.

The HMI – which is designed to be integrated into a vehicle dashboard (as pictured above) – provides a central input device for maneuver control in the center console as an element of the holistic human-machine dialogue, says the company.

Continental says the input element increases the mode awareness when moving from manual to automated driving mode.  Continue reading Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

 

There’s not many things more fascinating in today’s high-tech world than subsea cables.

In and of themselves, in principle, they’re just cables. But also in and of themselves they are highly sophisticated and powerful pieces of equipment.

And the sheer magnitude of the engineering involved in laying them undersea across oceans and connecting continents is arguably a wonder of the modern world.  Continue reading Microsoft and partners lay superfast subsea cable across Atlantic

Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

 

Swiss company MEquadrat builds test systems with decentralized servo technology from Kollmorgen, and the servo motors from the Kollmorgen AKM series also travel along on the rotary indexing table, as Martin Zimmermann explains

Materials with optoelectronic functions are an indispensable part of electrical components today.

Users need to know the material’s precise internal molecular structure before the components are installed so that these then work reliably in the application.

MEquadrat (ME2) builds test systems for this purpose that are designed as a rotary indexing table.  Continue reading Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

 

CeMAT Russia, one of the country’s leading trade shows for materials handling, warehousing equipment and logistics, featured 180 companies from 20 countries during its recent run at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow.

Display area totalled 8,000 square meters, a 25 percent increase compared to the 2016 show.

Exhibiting companies presented products ranging from cranes, forklifts and packaging systems to conveyors, hoisting devices and logistics IT.  Continue reading Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

 

Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing.  Continue reading Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces