IEEE experts ‘driven by unconventional inspiration’ to help humanity

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The IEEE says its experts are “driven by unconventional inspiration” to advance technologies and help humanity

Members within the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, are incorporating outside technologies and ideas to drive innovation in a range of robotic fields such as disaster response, medical and biomechanical engineering. 

In this article, the IEE provides some areas its innovators are looking into.  Continue reading IEEE experts ‘driven by unconventional inspiration’ to help humanity


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Omron develops new industrial computing platform

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Company says will make production sites integrated and intelligent

Omron is planning to release its new Industrial PC (IPC) platform in August. The company says the system will “innovate manufacturing through IoT utilization and high-speed, high-precision automation”.

The IPC is a PC architecture-based platform that meets strict quality standards required for factory automation devices and can be supplied stably on a long-term basis.

Omron assists manufacturers to make production equipment smarter by utilizing IoT and big data through the IPC.  Continue reading Omron develops new industrial computing platform


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Daimler using deep learning to teach autonomous cars to drive themselves

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German auto giant Daimler is using deep learning techniques to teach its autonomous cars how to drive, and is boasting it has produced the smartest car in its market. 

The company is also working with Bosch and others on developing a smart car parking system, whereby human customers can simply pick up or drop off their cars in a designated area, perhaps at the entrance of a car park, and the car will go and park itself, or will come to the customer, depending on what’s required.

Daimler owns the Mercedes brand, among others, such as Benz, which is named after Carl Benz, who is credited with inventing the first motor vehicle 125 years ago. The original vehicle has been a celebrated museum piece for many decades.  Continue reading Daimler using deep learning to teach autonomous cars to drive themselves


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A brief history of smart factories and new gadgets available to today’s manufacturers

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Jay Cadman, of Ubisense, talks about the history of smart factories and the new products today that are enabling many more businesses to realise the benefits of real-time location systems 

While the phrase “smart factory” is relatively recent, first coined at The Hanover Fair in 2011, the concept has been talked about in various forms for the past 30 years. And at Ubisense we’ve been creating smart factories for some of the world’s leading manufacturers in the automotive and discrete industries for more than a decade.

Ubisense’s Smart Factory product was originally designed to specifically help vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) tackle the challenges of managing ever increasing levels of complexity in assembly lines brought about by mass-customisation.

By placing ultra-wideband (UWB) tags on tools and mounting networked UWB sensors around the factory, we can locate and make sense of thousands of objects in a factory in real-time.  Continue reading A brief history of smart factories and new gadgets available to today’s manufacturers


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Aethon ‘dramatically outpacing growth of robotics industry’

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Aethon says it has continued its strong performance, growing first half bookings 160 per cent compared to the same period last year. 

Aethon’s growth was driven by strong sales of TUG autonomous mobile robots, selling a record 102 robots in the first half of 2016.

Aethon claims the TUG autonomous mobile robot is “the world-leading solution for autonomous material transport and delivery”.  Continue reading Aethon ‘dramatically outpacing growth of robotics industry’


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Kuka and Boll shorten production times for Daimler

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The Kuka KR Quantec robot and the Binspect vision system from Boll Automation optimize the unloading of tubes for axle production at Daimler. Photo: Kuka

Solution integrating Kuka robots and Boll Automation technology at Daimler shortens cycle times and eliminates downtimes and set-up times

Boll Automation has developed an automation solution for the commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler.

In the solution, a Kuka KR Quantec robot cooperates with the Binspect vision system from Boll Automation in a bin picking system to optimize the unloading of tubes for the production of axles.  Continue reading Kuka and Boll shorten production times for Daimler


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Nachi-Fujikoshi launches ‘new category’ of robot

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Nachi-Fujikoshi has launched what it says is a new category robot, called Wing Slicer, of the type EZ series. 

The company says the new machine represents an expansion of the compact robot market.

Efforts to automate have been increasing with the objectives of improving productivity, reducing costs, and improving quality through the introduction of compact robots for automotive and industrial machinery applications.  Continue reading Nachi-Fujikoshi launches ‘new category’ of robot


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Murata launches new converter series

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Murata has launched the MGJ1 1 Watt DC-DC converter series manufactured by Murata Power Solutions.

These compact devices are ideal for driving high and low-side gate circuits such as those using IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs for optimal efficiency.

With high isolation characteristics, up to 5.2 kVDC, the MGJ1 offers the popular nominal output voltage combinations of +15 / -5, +15 / -9, or +19 / -5 VDC. The series also offers a choice of +5, +12, or +24 VDC input.  Continue reading Murata launches new converter series


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Toyota develops TransLog telematics service for fleet contractors

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Toyota Motor Corporation and Aioi Nissay Dowa will launch a discounted insurance fee service based on the Translog telematics service.

This will be targeted at fleet contractors with 10 vehicles or more, and who implement the Accident Reduction Program that utilizes the TransLog telematics service.

Launched in January this year, TransLog is a Toyota Rent a Car telematics service for corporate car lease users. It aims to contribute to cost reductions, road traffic accident prevention, and the optimization of operational management.  Continue reading Toyota develops TransLog telematics service for fleet contractors


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Panasonic releases ‘improved’ Grid-Eye infrared array sensors

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New sensors have lower NETD, high accuracy and increased detection distance, says Panasonic

Panasonic  has released the much improved and accurate second generation of its Grid-EYE infrared array sensors.

The new high gain types (AMG8833 and AMG8834) and low gain types (AMG8853 and AMG8854) of Grid-Eye 2nd Generation now benefit from an improved Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (NETD) of 0.16°C at 10Hz and of 0.05°C at 1 Hz.

For all Grid-Eye 2nd Generation models the detection distance has improved from 5m up to 7m.  Continue reading Panasonic releases ‘improved’ Grid-Eye infrared array sensors


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Pepper lands a job on luxury cruise liner

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Costa Cruises is bringing five of the latest generation of Pepper robots on board the flagship of the fleet, to entertain guests during their vacations

Costa Diadema, flagship of the Costa Cruises fleet, has introduced Pepper, the first robot in the world able to recognize main human emotions and proactively interact with the surrounding environment.

Five Pepper robots will be operative on all seven-day cruises of the Costa’s flagship in the Western Mediterranean: their task will be to entertain cruise passengers, making their on board experience even more unique and unforgettable.

This innovation, unique in the cruise industry, is the result of an agreement signed between the Italian cruise company and SoftBank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran), part of SoftBank Group, announced late last year.  Continue reading Pepper lands a job on luxury cruise liner


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Liquid Robotics ocean robot swims 3,000 miles to protect fish in Hawaii

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Liquid Robotics says its Wave Glider ocean robot swam 2,808 nautical miles (5,200 km) to the Big Island of Hawaii after successfully completing a four-month patrol mission of the Pitcairn Island Marine Sanctuary.

This achievement represents a fundamental enabling capability for unmanned systems as it proves the feasibility and flexibility of autonomous mission deployment.

Using the Wave Glider platform, Liquid Robotics’ customers are able to deploy sensors in the most remote marine locations without sending a large ship for recovery.  Continue reading Liquid Robotics ocean robot swims 3,000 miles to protect fish in Hawaii


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Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST

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Dassault Systèmes has entered into an agreement to acquire Computer Simulation Technology, a provider of electromagnetic and electronics simulation, for approximately €220 million. 

With the acquisition of CST, based near Frankfurt, Germany, Dassault Systèmes will complement its industry solution experiences for realistic multiphysics simulation on the 3DExperience platform with full spectrum electromagnetic simulation.

CST’s Studio Suite software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 leading companies in the high-tech, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defense, and energy industries to evaluate all types of electromagnetic effects during every stage of electronic system design processes.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST


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Prescriptive Data chooses MongoDB for Nantum smart building system

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Prescriptive Data, a subsidiary of leading real estate developer Rudin Management, has opted for Nantum for its smart building solutions.

Nantum is a cloud-based smart building platform and control panel built on MongoDB, the database for giant ideas.

Designed to function as the “brain” of a building, Nantum integrates existing sensor data from disparate building systems to provide a holistic view of how a building is operating.

It can then prescriptively recommend real-time system adjustments, identify operational inefficiencies, target preventative maintenance and provide 24/7, 365 building re-commissioning in real time.  Continue reading Prescriptive Data chooses MongoDB for Nantum smart building system


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Faro launches factory robotic 3D imager

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Faro Technologies has launched its Factory Robo-Imager product line, a system that combines the Faro Factory Array Imager with a collaborative-robot to provide adaptable, safe and automated in- and near-line inspection solutions.

Faro is a provider of 3D measurement and imaging with solutions in metrology, factory automation, product design, public safety and building information modelling.

Faro’s Early Adopter (EA) Program provides leading edge products to qualified customers for limited product introductions.

The Faro Factory Robo-Imager Mobile is an automated inspection station designed for the shop floor.  Continue reading Faro launches factory robotic 3D imager


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