Exclusive interview with Cisco Jasper’s IoT cloud exec

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A conversation with Theresa Bui, head of enterprise product marketing, IoT cloud at Cisco Jasper

Theresa Bui is an expert in cloud services as they apply to industry, in particular. Through Cisco, Bui’s work involves dealing with large, industrial conglomerates, such as General Electric, ABB and others.

With more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience, Bui is on the verge of helping make Cisco as important to the industrial sector as it is to the infrastructure of the internet.

In an interview with Robotics and Automation News, Bui provides an insight into Cisco’s approach to a range of new technologies, including industrial internet of things, robotics and automation.  Continue reading Exclusive interview with Cisco Jasper’s IoT cloud exec


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RS Components adds Testo testers to testing range

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RS Components is extending its portfolio of high-quality electrical test and measurement devices with five innovative product ranges from Testo.

The devices offer measurement capabilities for a diverse variety of electrical systems and appliances, including for use by electrical installation contractors and engineers working in HVAC design and maintenance.

The Testo 760 is the industry’s first automatic digital multimeter range and provides functionality for all electrical measuring tasks, including function keys that replace the traditional dial for easier operation and greater reliability.  Continue reading RS Components adds Testo testers to testing range


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National Instruments launches new version of LabView

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Latest version of LabView features 500+ new supported instruments, five new 64-bit add-ons, supports improved Python integration

National Instruments, a provider of platform-based testing systems that enable engineers and scientists, has launched LabView 2016 system design software.

NI says it empowers engineers to simplify development and effectively integrate software from the ecosystem into their systems.

The latest version of LabView introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication between parallel sections of code. Available on both desktop and real-time versions of LabView, the channel wire method helps improve code readability and reduces development time.  Continue reading National Instruments launches new version of LabView


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Free report: What is artificial intelligence?

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By Mike Loukides, Ben Lorica

Explore the state of artificial intelligence and where we’re headed with examples from Google’s AlphaGo, self-driving cars, and facial recognition.

Learn about “general intelligence” flexible enough for AI systems to learn without supervision, the differences between autonomous and assistive AI systems that augment our intelligence, as well as successful systems such as machine learning and computer vision.

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Kuka reports record orders

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Kuka says it has generated record levels of business across its units, with almost €900 million worth of orders placed in the second quarter of 2016. The figure represents a 28 per cent increase on the previous year’s profits. 

In it robotics division, earnings increased to €25.5 million in the past quarter, says the company in a report.

Kuka, a Germany-based company established in 1898, is one of the world’s leading industrial robot manufacturers.

In recent weeks it has been the subject of a takeover bid by Chinese company Midea, which makes electrical appliances.

Midea says it currently has more than 80 per cent of Kuka’s shares, according to Bloomberg.com, which would seem to mean that Midea now owns Kuka.

 


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Save millions of dollars with our discount code

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Take the first step towards saving your company millions of dollars through the optimal use of robotics and automation technologies in your automotive manufacturing operation.

All you have to do is click on this link – to the American Business Conferences page for the Next-Generation Collaborative Robots  & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing 2016 event – and use the Promo Code ROBOAUTO15 and it’s as good as putting money in the bank.

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Energy and the IoT: Future-proofing Britain’s energy infrastructure

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Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial automation software expert Copa-Data UK, discusses the role the Internet of Things plays in the energy sector 

Few companies can afford to have their operations halted by unexpected downtime, but for the energy grid potential power failures could plunge parts of, or entire, countries into darkness.

The cost of ensuring that Britain can switch its lights back on, following a failure, has grown by £12 million in the past year alone.

Naturally, developed economies are not at high risk of power blackouts, apart from in the most extreme of circumstances. Continue reading Energy and the IoT: Future-proofing Britain’s energy infrastructure


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Are Britain’s small firms ready for robotics and automation?

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The Ero robot, designed at Umeå Institute of Design

New research from AXA suggests small firms in the UK are sceptical about the prospects of next-gen tech – from 3D printing, and smart homes, to robotics and driverless cars – reaching their workplaces.

While more than 40 per cent of small businesses don’t yet have a website, the study found that most of them do plan to move online in the next twelve months. If these plans are fulfilled, only 7 per cent of UK businesses will remain offline by this time next year. Few are ready to plunge deeper into the digital revolution, however.

Just one in five plan to migrate to the Cloud in the coming years, and only six per cent of business owners say they expect to adopt smart technologies. Driverless cars, which are set to hit UK roads as early as 2020, have an equally low resonance, as just 8 per cent of business owners expect they will drive one.  Continue reading Are Britain’s small firms ready for robotics and automation?


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PcVue introduces mobile solution for intelligent buildings

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ARC Informatique takes PcVue into new market with mobile monitoring system for intelligent buildings 

PcVue Solutions are now entering an uncharted market to provide an innovative mobile offering for SCADA in intelligent buildings.

Proximity-based services enabled by micro-geolocation for Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) are growing quickly, says the company, and it apparently wants a share of the market.

PcVue is ARC Informatique’s core product, the company is an independent provider in HMI/SCADA software. It has been contributing to the evolution of the automation industry for 30 years by providing a flexible solution for supervising building management systems, industrial processes, utilities, and infrastructure.

Continue reading PcVue introduces mobile solution for intelligent buildings


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Pepperl+Fuchs launches new sensor for internet of things

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Sensorik 4.0: Cloud-based sensor for the internet of things 

Sensors are valuable sources of information and can also be used outside of conventional machine and plant engineering to optimize processes and conserve resources.

The Internet of Things opens up new possibilities for networking even sensors spread over long distances. Sensor signals can be provided at exactly the right time in the place where the information contained in the signals can be used profitably.

For example, the detection of filling levels using modern sensor technology is possible in most cases with lesser or greater ease. Where containers are spread over long distances, however, greater cost is often involved with the transmission of sensor signals. Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs launches new sensor for internet of things


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Stainless steel belts in robotics applications showcased at M-Tech 2016

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2016 marks the third year Belt Technologies has attended the Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo.

The event, also referred to as “M-Tech”, is held annually each June at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan and is one of the world’s largest exhibitions of mechanical and processing technology.

Alan Wosky, president of Belt Technologies, says: “M-Tech has been a great experience each year that we’ve attended. Continue reading Stainless steel belts in robotics applications showcased at M-Tech 2016


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Innovation launches RxCollect robotic prescription collation system

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Automated collation system streamlines high volume workflow and increases prescription throughput

Innovation, makers of PharmAssist pharmacy automation solutions, has launched RxCollect, a robotic prescription collation technology that automates the collection of patient-specific group and multi-vial orders in central fill and mail order pharmacies employing single piece flow processing.

Tom Boyer, COO, Innovation, says: “When it comes to increasing efficiency and reducing waste in high-volume prescription environments, lean manufacturing’s single piece flow typically wins out over filling prescriptions in batch mode.

“With that in mind, we invented RxCollect as a downstream automated collation solution for high-volume pharmacies filling patient orders in a continuous, single piece flow mode of operation.  Continue reading Innovation launches RxCollect robotic prescription collation system


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Yaskawa Motoman introduces specialised workcell for pharmaceutical sector

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Yaskawa Motoman has introduced the RX Unit Pick Workcell, which it says is a fully automated robotic pharmacy order fulfillment system capable of handling thousands of different kinds of pre-packaged medicine with 100 per cent verification for mail order delivery direct to customers or to central fill locations.

Developed jointly by the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, R/X Automation Solutions (RXAS) and Universal Robotics, the RX Unit Pick Workcell recognizes each item, verifies the unique National Drug Code (NDC) and prepares it for automatic patient labeling.

Its compact design enables it to be integrated into existing order fulfillment processes either as a stand-alone solution or added to other RXAS automation equipment.  Continue reading Yaskawa Motoman introduces specialised workcell for pharmaceutical sector


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Mercedes autonomous bus takes passengers towards a future of ‘spectacular’ smart cities

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Mercedes has launched an autonomous bus with a view to the future of integrated intelligent transport systems for smart cities. 

The company unveiled its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot, which it says is “a milestone on the way to the autonomous city bus, and a revolutionary mobility system for the future”.

Some of the key features of the new Mercedes technology are:

  • CityPilot: a software platform for autonomous driving in urban public transport
  • Mercedes-Benz Future Bus: autonomous vehicle with a “trailblazing” design

Continue reading Mercedes autonomous bus takes passengers towards a future of ‘spectacular’ smart cities


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Yamaha launches new autonomous boat

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The Yamaha Breeze, an autonomous unmanned compact electric survey craft

Company says the Breeze 10 unmanned boat is an electric craft for dam lake bed sediment surveying

Yamaha has developed the Breeze 10 autonomous unmanned compact electric survey craft.

The company designed the new product to support sounding work such as measuring the sediment levels of dams, and will commence business rentals principally aimed at commercial surveyors in August 2016.

Breeze 10 is an electric FRP craft approximately three meters in length, developed to enable easy mounting of measurement equipment such as narrow multibeam sonar, which is increasingly popular in measurement work, including domestic dam silt level measurement.  Continue reading Yamaha launches new autonomous boat


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