Genuine Parts Company subsidiaries make acquisitions in industrial and automotive sectors

Two subsidiaries of Genuine Parts Company are making acquisitions in the industrial and automotive sectors. 

GPC has a market capitalisation of approximately $13 billion, employs almost 40,000 people, and owns at least four subsidiary companies.  Continue reading Genuine Parts Company subsidiaries make acquisitions in industrial and automotive sectors

Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

 

New machine vision cameras represent a breakthrough in performance and flexibility, says company

The next-generation IVS-NCGi range of digital cameras from Industrial Vision Systems provides a breakthrough in flexibility, performance and ease of use for machine vision, according to the company.

With heightened resolution options for more precision and faster frame rates, the cameras are designed for integration into modern production processes.

Its compact form factor also easily fits into space constrained manufacturing lines and cells.  Continue reading Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range

Elmo launches new Gold Twitter 80 A servo drive

 

Elmo, a supplier of motion control technology, has expanded its Gold Twitter of servo drives.

The company says it aims to empower motion applications with high intelligence servo drives and multi-axis motion controllers.

Elmo says its motion control solutions “effectively answer the needs for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Elmo launches new Gold Twitter 80 A servo drive

HMS launches new device to connect to CIP Safety with IXXAT Safe T100

 

The IXXAT Safe T100 safety module from HMS now supports the CIP Safety protocol according to CIP Volume 5 V2.14.

Previously available for PROFIsafe, the new IXXAT Safe T100/CS, enables easy, module-based implementation of secure IOs for CIP Safety.

IXXAT Safe T100 is an all-in-one safety solution allowing users to implement configurable, safe inputs and outputs in applications up to SIL 3 and PLe Cat.4.  Continue reading HMS launches new device to connect to CIP Safety with IXXAT Safe T100

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

Omron to launch 144 products in two categories for factory automation

 

Omron is preparing to launch 144 models in two categories of factory automation.

The new products will be formally released on October 2, 2017.

The company says this is the fourth wave of factory automation control devices built on a common design platform for unified product specifications, designed for innovation in control panel building.  Continue reading Omron to launch 144 products in two categories for factory automation

Columbia University develops soft actuator three times stronger than human muscle to make robots more lifelike

 

Columbia University says it has developed a self-contained soft actuator that is three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externals.

The researchers say the development means robotic motion will be more lifelike, and that it signals a breakthrough in soft robotics.

The creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems have been a long-standing issue, and the scientists at Columbia Engineering say they have solved it.  Continue reading Columbia University develops soft actuator three times stronger than human muscle to make robots more lifelike

Baumüller develops new drive concepts for large mobile machinery

Baumüller is preparing to showcase individual drive concepts and industry-specific components for mobile working machines at Agritechnica 2017, to be held in Hannover, Germany from November 12-18, 2017. 

The Nuremberg- based drive and automation specialist will present its motors and systems in hall 17 at booth H05.

Experts at the trade fair will present their services for the design, engineering and development of individual drive solutions for agricultural technology.  Continue reading Baumüller develops new drive concepts for large mobile machinery

Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Denso creates consortium for network and computing infrastructure of automotive big data

Denso, the main supplier of automotive components to Toyota, is part of a new consortium which will develop infrastructure for driving data.

As well as Denso, other companies in the consortium are Ericsson, Intel, NTT, NTT Docomo, Toyota InfoTechnology, and Toyota Motor.

Together, the companies have initiated the formation of the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium.  Continue reading Denso creates consortium for network and computing infrastructure of automotive big data

Omron to acquire Microscan Systems

Industrial automation company Omron has agreed to acquire Microscan Systems, a provider of code scanning and decoding technology for industrial applications.

Omron says it is planning to further advance the control of manufacturing equipment and production lines, using internet of things to “connect virtually all objects on a manufacturing floor”, including components and machines.

The completion of the acquisition is scheduled for early October of 2017.  Continue reading Omron to acquire Microscan Systems

Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Torc Robotics is partnering with NXP Semiconductors to integrate next-generation radar into its self-driving vehicle fleet.

NXP is one of the world’s largest chip suppliers to the automotive industry, for advanced driver assistance systems.

Torc CEO Michael Fleming says: “For over a decade, Torc has been working with partners across multiple industries to make the world a safer place through the commercialization of our autonomous technology.

“Combining our end-to-end software stack with NXP’s innovative radar hardware is another step towards reaching that goal.”  Continue reading Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Clearpath Robotics’ partners with Cepton 3D on lidar solutions for autonomous robots

Cepton Technologies, a provider of 3D sensing solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, is partnering with Clearpath Robotics, a global provider of mobile robots for research and development.

The partnership extends the availability of Cepton’s HR80 Series lidar – light detection and radar – sensors to Clearpath Robotics’ online store.

Availability on the Clearpath online store provides professionals and researchers a means to augment their unmanned robotic vehicle purchases with 3D sensing capabilities. High-volume orders are available directly through Cepton.  Continue reading Clearpath Robotics’ partners with Cepton 3D on lidar solutions for autonomous robots

Bimba launches multi-axis electric linear robot actuator

Bimba, a supplier of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, has introduced IntelliAxis multi-axis electric linear robot actuators for either X-Z or X-Y motion applications.

Employing what the company says is “a one-of-a-kind two-axis system”, the unit features a single continuous belt that serpentines around the two axes eliminating the need for a motor in the Z- or Y-axis while driving a pair of coordinated motors in the X-axis.

These configurations, known as T-bot and H-bot within the industry, permit synchronized control for complex motion movement profiles such as circles, ellipses and sine waves.  Continue reading Bimba launches multi-axis electric linear robot actuator

Omron releases two new barometric sensors for mobile devices

Two new MEMS-based barometric pressure sensors from Omron Electronic Components Europe are specifically designed to support height and pressure measurement in drones, smartphones, pedometers and other battery powered mobile systems.

The new Omron 2SMPB-02B and 2SMPB-02E sensors provide stable and reliable height and pressure measurements, says the company, allowing changes in elevation of as little as 2 metres to be reliably recorded.

Developed as an evolution of the successful blood pressure gauge, the new sensors have been specifically remodelled for mobile applications and are smaller at just 2.0 x 2.5 x 0.85mm in size.  Continue reading Omron releases two new barometric sensors for mobile devices