ST Engineering, the Singaporean company which bought Aethon recently, says it is looking to grow its robotics division.
The company’s chief executive, Vincent Chong, says ST Engineering is hoping Aethon can help it pass through the 100-million-dollar barrier – Singaporean dollars that is, which equates to about $73 million in US currency.
As quoted on Nikkei, Chong says: “We want it [Aethon] to be a material business [with a revenue of] over 100 million Singapore dollars. How fast we get there, we don’t know yet.” Continue reading ST Engineering looks to Aethon robots to lead it to bigger markets
Locus Robotics has reached a deal with Supply Chain Services on the sales and marketing of its warehouse automation systems.
The “channel partnership” will see Supply Chain Services make Locus Robotics’ autonomous mobile robots available to Supply Chain Services’ network of more than 2,000 warehouse and distribution customers around the US.
The two companies will showcase the technologies in a joint exhibit at MinnPack, November 8-9, 2017 in Minneapolis. Continue reading Locus Robotics partners with Supply Chain Services on warehouse automation technologies
By Vincent Bamberger, Florent Nansé, Bernd Schreiber, and Michael Zintel, of Arthur D Little
In the past, legacy logistics players (LLPs) such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, UPS and Nippon Express operated in a stable world, where efficiency, standardization and low cost were the keys to success.
However, digitalization has changed this focus, transforming the market.
New, digital-native entrants are better able to adapt to emerging imperatives such as agility, customer centricity and the need to constantly innovate. Continue reading Logistics 4.0: Facing digitalization-driven disruption
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
DHL, the world’s largest logistics company, has unveiled an autonomous vehicle designed to carry letters and parcels and follow around the postal worker as he or she delivers mail items from door to door.
The robotic parcel carrier – called PostBot – could move along in tandem with the worker, saving time overall and energy on the part of the human.
DHL selected the a town called Bad Hersfeld to test the self-propelled electric robot. Bad Hersfeld is said to be a “smart city”. Continue reading DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries
General Motors has unveiled a new type of vehicle which the company says is flexible, autonomous and is powered by fuel cell technology – or electric.
GM says the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure – Surus, for short – delivers highly mobile autonomous capability and agility in unpredictable terrain.
This would make it suitable for military use, which is what GM is aiming at. But it could also find applications in the commercial logistics industry, another market GM has listed where Surus could find work. Continue reading General Motors reveals autonomous electric mobile platform
Kinova Robotics is set to offer consumers a new product line with the beta launch of Movo, a mobile manipulation platform designed to aid in the research and experimentation of mobile robotics.
Movo has been fully designed and developed using the Robot Operating System, along with MoveIt! and Gazebo, and offers an application programming interface that will provide researchers the most advanced functionality in all areas of robotics.
The new, feature-rich platform benefits from the low weight, low energy demand and compactness of Kinova’s world-renowned manipulators, combined with a powerful omnidirectional mobile system and fully integrated navigational system. Continue reading Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot
Comau has launched a new logistics robot which looks similar to the growing number of autonomous platforms currently making their way into warehouses the world over.
Comau’s machine is called Agile 1500, and the company says it is the first model within the Comau automated guided vehicles platform.
Comau says the Agile 1500 is based on the company’s “open automation” design approach. Continue reading Comau unveils logistics robot
IAM Robotics, a Pittsburgh startup that develops and sells autonomous material handling robots, has been awarded what the company says is a “key patent” relating to its robotics technology for logistics.
The patent will be issued on October 10, 2017 as US Patent No. 9,785,911.
IAM says the patent specifies “a system and method for piece-picking or put-away with a mobile manipulation robot”. Continue reading IAM Robotics awarded patent for warehouse robot
ThyssenKrupp is testing delivery robots as part of a research project.
The company’s huge elevator business division is evaluating TeleRetail delivery robots to make elevator maintenance safer and more efficient.
The robots were displayed from at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, where ThyssenKrupp participated as an application partner of TeleRetail. Continue reading ThyssenKrupp tests TeleRetail robots for elevator maintenance logistics
Alibaba is planning to invest $15 billion into developing a robotic logistics infrastructure, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Alibaba is said to be the world’s largest e-commerce company, mainly concentrating on the business-to-business sector rather than retail, but until now, it has relied on outside companies to provide its logistics.
Now, the company has invested an additional $801 million to buy a controlling stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics. Continue reading Alibaba to invest $15 billion into robotic logistics infrastructure
Yusen Logistics Singapore has unveiled a new robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog AutoStore automated storage and order picking system.
The Asian logistics giant has also broken ground to expand the facility to include a new warehouse. Continue reading Yusen Logistics launches robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog technology
Mitsubishi Electric is reportedly planning to invest almost $20 million into GreyOrange Robotics.
GreyOrange is a startup company developing robotics and automation systems for the logistics industry, particularly warehouse automation systems integrating robots, and has been growing fast, according to a story on EconomicTimes.com.
The investment would lead to a valuation for GreyOrange of an amount between $300 million and $500 million. Continue reading Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics
Kuka has launched an autonomous logistics robot in the form of a mobile platform which are by now quite familiar in the logistics industry.
The robot maker says its Kuka KMP 1500 navigates using the SLAM method, which stands for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, utilising laser scanners.
It adds that the robot is highly flexible, and features precise maneuverability and positioning using the omni-directional mecanum wheels and an accurate lifting mechanism. Continue reading Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics
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