Dassault Systèmes launches Global Entrepreneur Program

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Dassault Systèmes has launched a Global Entrepreneur Program to accelerate the development of breakthrough innovations by startups, entrepreneurs and makers.

The program, which leverages Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, applications, expertise, and community of mentors and services, delivers a full portfolio of tailored solutions and different types of engagement to accompany innovators at every step of their development, from seed to late stage.

More than 1,000 startups, entrepreneurs and makers have already embarked with Dassault Systèmes on digitally developing real-world products and experiences.

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Yaskawa Motoman sells 60,000 more robots since last count

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Yaskawa has sold 60,000 Motoman industrial robots since Robotics and Automation News last did a count. 

The company has been commenting on its tremendous success in recent months, saying that in China it has received so many orders it is having to expand its facilities.

Yaskawa, which is a Japan-headquartered company, says it is increasing its production capacity by 25 per cent in China.   Continue reading Yaskawa Motoman sells 60,000 more robots since last count


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Astounding growth at Universal Robots sees company sell 20,000 industrial robots

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Universal Robots, one of the first companies to launch a collaborative industrial robot, says it has sold 10,000 more units since Robotics and Automation News last did a count. 

In a statement to the website, a spokesperson for the company says while Robotics and Automation News has been reporting that it has so far sold 10,000 units, the actual, most recent figure is in fact 20,000.

This means that if each robot is sold for between $23,000 and $45,000 then the company has generated additional revenues of between $230 million and $450 million since last count.  Continue reading Astounding growth at Universal Robots sees company sell 20,000 industrial robots


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Seat shows off intralogistics robots at Spain factory

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Automaker Seat, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, has been showing off its autonomous and collaborative intralogistics robots at its factory in Martorell, in Spain. 

The company uses 125 automated guided vehicles at the Martorell facility, and the robots share the workspace with 7,000 human employees.

As such, Seat – and others – call these vehicles collaborative robots, because they work alongside humans (video below).

The internal logistics robots were manufactured by a company called Kivnon. Other robotic and autonomous logistics vehicles at the Martorell plant are from Aristeril and Rari.

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ABB to sponsor Formula E championship

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Industrial giant ABB has agreed a deal to sponsor the Formula E racing tournament.

ABB and Formula E call it a “ground-breaking partnership to champion e-mobility for a sustainable future”.

Since its first race in Beijing in September 2014, Formula E has established itself as the number one all-electric international motor sport.  Continue reading ABB to sponsor Formula E championship


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New CEO at Vecna Robotics

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Vecna Robotics, a provider of robotic material handling autonomous ground vehicles, has appointed Dr Daniel Patt as its CEO.

Dr Patt served as Deputy Director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO) prior to his new position.

“Dan’s proven leadership abilities and diverse technology experience will further drive our rapid progression to becoming the automated logistics leader, building upon our position delivering superior materials handling solutions in unstructured warehouse environments,” said Daniel Theobald, co-founder and chief innovation officer of Vecna Robotics.

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Maxim collaborates with Nvidia on autonomous driving

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Maxim Integrated has collaborated with Nvidia to support the industry’s first Level 5 full-autonomy system, the Nvidia Drive Pegasus platform, as well as Nvidia Drive Xavier for Level 4 driving.

Maxim’s Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) solutions and high-performance analog integration, which include next-generation gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) serializer and deserializer (SerDes) technology, as well as a power system monitoring solution, provide the flexible foundation necessary to meet functional safety requirements for Nvidia’s autonomous driving platform, says the company.

To address consumer concerns about driver safety in autonomous vehicles, automakers have increased their focus on safety requirements for ADAS applications. Safety-critical systems, which require redundancy and fault diagnostics, have stringent ASIL requirements.

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Ilife launches all-new A8 robot vacuum at CES

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Robot vacuum manufacturer Ilife has unveiled its flagship robot vacuum A8 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Ilife also showcased its classic robot vacuum collection, displaying the company’s latest achievements in robotic cleaning technology.

Among the models, the all-new A8, a robot vacuum equipped with a 360 degree live-vision camera navigation system, has drawn the most attention from the public and the media with its aesthetic design and superior automation, says the company.

Robot vacuum cleaners have been introduced into homes and offices as a cleaning tool requiring no human assistance. In general, robot vacuums perform random or planned cleaning. Random cleaning models have dominated the market with their competitive price range.

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Sector spotlight: Record growth of semiconductor market good sign for industrial robot manufacturers

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The global semiconductor market is growing at a phenomenal rate, evidence of which can be seen by anyone who cares to look around them.

Almost everyone on Earth either directly or indirectly uses some sort of device or machine which contains semiconductor technology.

And in some ways, this is just the beginning of the semiconductor revolution.

As Kawasaki Robotics notes on its website: “In the space of a generation, the semiconductor industry has evolved from a niche specialty to a fundamental driver of the global economy.”  Continue reading Sector spotlight: Record growth of semiconductor market good sign for industrial robot manufacturers


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Toyota Motor Europe and Dassault Systèmes collaborate on ‘next-generation digital marketing’ system

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Dassault Systèmes and Toyota Motor Europe have signed a three-year contract to collaborate on an optimised digital production process to create next-generation digital marketing solutions for all new car launches in Europe.

These solutions will feature localised and personalised content targeting consumers seeking new, customised experiences in the car buying journey.

With Dassault Systèmes’ “Virtual Garage” industry solution experience, Toyota Motor Europe can leverage 3DExcite high-end visualisation applications for automated and integrated digital marketing asset production processes.  Continue reading Toyota Motor Europe and Dassault Systèmes collaborate on ‘next-generation digital marketing’ system


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Omron to showcase wide range of factory automation, AI and sensor technologies at CES

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Omron Corporation is showcasing its latest advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, automation and sensing and control at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Omron inaugural booth at CES focuses on the harmony that can be achieved between humans and machines with interactive demonstrations showing how technological innovation can effectively meet business and societal challenges.

Exhibits at the Omron CES booth include a mobility demo for automotive driver safety, a sustainable platform for efficient energy consumption, and the US debut of Forpheus – the world’s first AI-equipped table tennis tutor.  Continue reading Omron to showcase wide range of factory automation, AI and sensor technologies at CES


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STMicroelectronics’ sensors to provide data for new Qeexo machine learning products

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Qeexo, a developer of machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions for sensor data, and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor company, are partnering to further accelerate integration of Qeexo’s FingerSense technology by original equipment manufacturers.

Already, Qeexo’s FingerSense platform, which can differentiate between fingertip, knuckle, nail, and stylus-based touches, has been deployed on over 100 million devices worldwide.

FingerSense’s proprietary machine learning algorithms utilize sensor data from STMicroelectronics’ FingerTip multi-touch screen-control and MEMS sensor products to dramatically enhance the user experience of mobile devices.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics’ sensors to provide data for new Qeexo machine learning products


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Semtech launches new solution for ‘next-generation’ LoRa platform

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Semtech, a supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has launched its “next-generation” LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency (RF) technology (LoRa Technology) chipsets enabling innovative LPWAN use cases for consumers with its advanced technology.

Addressing the need for cost-effective and reliable sensor-to-cloud connectivity in any type of RF environment, the new features and capabilities will significantly improve the performance and capability of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor applications that demand ultra-low power, small form factor and long range wireless connectivity with a shortened product development cycle.

The next generation LoRa radios extends Semtech’s industry leading link budget by 20 per cent with a 50 per cent reduction in receiver current (4.5 mA) and a high power +22 dBm option.  Continue reading Semtech launches new solution for ‘next-generation’ LoRa platform


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Panasonic to establish new company to strengthen factory solutions business in North America

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Panasonic has established a new company for its North America operations.

Panasonic Corporation today announced the establishment of Panasonic System Solutions North America Company as a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic’s Newark, New Jersey-based subsidiary.

The new company will be formally established on April 1, 2018.  Continue reading Panasonic to establish new company to strengthen factory solutions business in North America


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Samsung reveals new Drvline platform for autonomous driving

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Samsung Electronics has introduced its new Samsung Drvline platform, positioning itself as the go-to partner for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers in the autonomous driving market.

The Drvline platform is an open, modular, and scalable hardware and software-based platform, which is a valuable solution for automakers because it can integrate best-in-class technology into new vehicles, while also building a foundation for fleets of the future.

“The cars of tomorrow won’t just change how we get around, they’ll transform our streets and society. They’ll bring mobility to people who need it, make our roads safer, and revolutionise our communities,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board at Harman.  Continue reading Samsung reveals new Drvline platform for autonomous driving


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