SSI Schaefer presents a new shuttle system for bins and cartons

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SSI Schaefer has unveiled a new shuttle system for bins and cartons in time for CeMAT

Schaefer has launched its Cuby shuttle system just in time for CeMAT 16, which takes place from 31 May to 3 June in Hannover, Germany.

Schaefer’s one-level shuttle system Cuby is designed for bins and cartons up to 35 kg, which rounds out their product range in this segment.  Continue reading SSI Schaefer presents a new shuttle system for bins and cartons

Logistics companies utilising robotics and automation at ports to optimise operations

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This season’s CeMAT Port Forum is themed Seaports as Opportunities for Logistics Chain Optimization and will feature high-power speakers from government, port companies and port customers.

Keynote topics this year include shippers’ rising expectations of the quality and punctuality of international and intermodal logistics chains and the growing capacity shortages in hinterland infrastructure, as well as robotics and automation. Intralogistics topics will also be on the agenda.

Port operators are increasingly meeting these challenges through ongoing investment in modern handling, warehousing and IT technology. Moreover, logistics companies are increasingly exploring new robotics and automation technology for ports and warehousing operations.  Continue reading Logistics companies utilising robotics and automation at ports to optimise operations

Logistics robots market set to grow more than 30 per cent in the next four years, says study

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The market for logistics robots is set to grow by more than 30 per cent by the end of this decade, according to a report by Big Market Research.

The analysts listed the prominent global logistics robots market players, business environment and industry scenario.

The most noteworthy factors assessed during the study includes market overview and top vendor offerings in the sector for 2016-2020.

“As the robotic sector experiences more competition than ever and new enterprises keep popping up worldwide, the report captures some key drivers, restraints as well as opportunities shaping the industry’s future,” the authors of the report.  Continue reading Logistics robots market set to grow more than 30 per cent in the next four years, says study

Actuators to improve weld quality and reduce costs

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According to progressiveautomations.com, which is a website that explains more about actuators, it is evident that there are several ways that actuators improve weld quality and reduce costs.

An actuator is a type of motor that is responsible for moving and controlling a mechanism or system. It is operated by a source of energy – typically, electric current, hydraulic fluid pressure, or pneumatic pressure – and converts that energy into motion.

Electric resistance welding actuators when welding opens their tips just enough to move to the next position which results in time-saving, so more welding is done using the same amount of energy, saving time and reducing costs and producing high quality.  Continue reading Actuators to improve weld quality and reduce costs

CeMAT 2016 puts spotlight on digitization and automation

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CeMAT, which describes itself as the world’s leading tradeshow for intralogistics and supply chain management, expects to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from around the globe 

Logistics is as complex as it sounds, and CeMAT, which takes place from31 May to 3 June, aims to explain all the latest developments.

Numerous individual elements come together in logistics to make a functioning whole, as increasingly dynamic production and logistics processes become ever more closely intertwined.

Anyone who wants to compete successfully in the logistics growth market needs to consistently update their own holistic concepts and systems for optimized material and information flows – with an emphasis on solutions.  Continue reading CeMAT 2016 puts spotlight on digitization and automation

Bodacious BlueBotics sells hundreds of Ant systems around the world

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A BlueBotics Cleanfix RA 660 Navi robot, seen here at a shopping centre

Autonomous logistics robotics and autonomous systems made by BlueBotics are totally selling well

Hollywood film star Keanu Reeves may not like to remember one of the phrases that made him famous, but for Dr Nicola Tomatis, it’s a phrase he seems to enjoy using.

“Excellent!”

Tomatis is CEO of BlueBotics, a Switzerland-based maker of autonomous vehicles for industrial applications, such as logistics. We didn’t ask him if he was aware of Bill and Ted’s Excellent AdventureContinue reading Bodacious BlueBotics sells hundreds of Ant systems around the world

Exclusive: Barclays Bank manufacturing boss urges more support for robots

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In this exclusive interview, Mike Rigby, Barclays’ head of manufacturing, talks about how robotics and automation technology can help UK companies compete with the rest of the world – even those in the Far East

It’s a generally accepted notion that when it comes to computer technology, what happens in the US this year is likely to happen in the UK the following year, and then on mainland Europe the year after that. Meaning, Germany is a bit behind the leaders when it comes to IT. That’s the perception some people in the tech industry have anyway.

The wider public’s perception of Germany as a tech leader is predicated on the country’s prowess in engineering, specifically its expertise in auto-making, and, by extension, manufacturing. And crucial to manufacturing is the technology of robotics and automation, which is also an area in which Germans are thought to be strong.

But while that’s the general perception, it’s not one that some people like to perpetuate or overblow, especially if it means a relative diminution of other competitor countries, such as the UK.  Continue reading Exclusive: Barclays Bank manufacturing boss urges more support for robots

Clearpath to provide GE Healthcare repair center with self-driving vehicles

The Clearpath Otto logistics robot
The Clearpath Otto logistics robot

A fleet of Otto self-driving vehicles will automate just-in-time parts delivery within Milwaukee facility 

Clearpath, the developer of Otto – a self-driving vehicle designed for material transport, has been selected to automate just-in-time parts delivery in a GE Healthcare repair facility being expanded near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“The Otto fleet will optimize GE Healthcare’s just-in-time manufacturing process to help enable repair cells to operate at full capacity,” said Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath Robotics.  Continue reading Clearpath to provide GE Healthcare repair center with self-driving vehicles

DHL opens supersize logistics centre featuring 130 robotic shuttles

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DHL’s new robotics center features $14 million worth of advanced robotics and automation technologies

Company plans to use more robots and automation technologies across its global operations

Logistics giant DHL has opened what it calls an “Advanced Regional Center” in Singapore.

The $120 million, 90,000 sq m facility features a $14 million multi-customer automation system featuring advanced robotics.

DHL has been on a mission to roboticize and automate its entire global supply chain. The company claims to be the largest logistics company in the world.  Continue reading DHL opens supersize logistics centre featuring 130 robotic shuttles

Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to build new industrial robot for logistics

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Yaskawa and Clearpath to develop logistics robot that moves around, picks stuff up and then puts them down again 

Yaskawa, one of the world’s biggest makers of industrial robots, is teaming up with Clearpath to build a new type of robot that combines two disctinct technologies.

Yaskawa, founded in 1915, is known for the industrial robot arm, particularly its Motoman range.  Continue reading Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to build new industrial robot for logistics

Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse
PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse

Company targets logistics because it’s a fast-growing market for robotics and automation 

Swisslog has acquired Power Automation Systems (PAS), a company which specialises in pallet shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems – mostly used in logistics.

Now with offerings ranging from advanced robotics to fast case shuttles and pallet shuttles, together with Kuka, Swisslog says it continues building the “automation powerhouse chain offering clients compelling solutions”.  Continue reading Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant
A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant

Car giant completes tests of autonomous logistics robot at its Ingolstadt plant

German automaker Audi is to increase the productivity of robots working within its logistics operations.

The company has been conducting tests involving autonomous robots it calls “Ray” for more than a year.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, Audi’s project manager for driverless transport, Christine Widbiller said: “Currently we have four Rays working at the logistics department and they are fully integrated in the transporting process.”  Continue reading Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

Locus Robotics prepares to transform logistics industry with new automation system

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Automation in logistics is not new, having first emerged some 30 years ago, but back then it wasn’t as widely utilised as one might imagine, probably because of the large investment required.

But even if you could afford it back then, nowadays with the new robotics and automation technologies available, what can be done with a logistics centre is way beyond what was possible in the past.

Estimates vary on how much more efficient an intelligent warehouse can be, but it’s generally accepted that the savings in costs and time which can be achieved by using robots and automated systems are significant. Continue reading Locus Robotics prepares to transform logistics industry with new automation system