Dekra takes over Lausitzring race track to turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing circuit

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The Lausitzring race track has been the venue for many races

A company called Dekra will take over the Lausitzring race track on November 1, 2017, and turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing ground.

Together with the Dekra Technology Center, in immediate proximity to the race track in Klettwitz, Brandenburg, since 2003, the site will be made into the innovation center for the testing of the mobility of the future.

It will become a central component of the international testing network for connected and automated driving, which Dekra is establishing in Europe and Asia, and will bring “new, high-quality jobs to the region”, says the company.  Continue reading Dekra takes over Lausitzring race track to turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing circuit

Denso opens new sales and training centre as it celebrates 50 years

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Denso Robotics has opened its latest and “most modern” sales, application and training center, located 40 minutes northeast of Cincinnati.

The Denso Robotics sales, application and training Center in West Chester, Ohio provides production operators, programmers and maintenance personnel training on the finer points of today’s cutting edge robotic arms, controllers and applications.

Staffed with experts in their field, the center is designed to serve Denso Robotics’ customers in the Midwest, East Coast and Southern regions of the country.  Continue reading Denso opens new sales and training centre as it celebrates 50 years

Sepro launches €11 million expansion of robot operations in France and the US

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The Sepro Group has embarked on an €11 million expansion plan which will accelerate its robot operations in France and the US.

Following four years of “record-setting sales growth”, Sepro says its three-phase, €11 million expansion plan will increase production capacity at the company’s headquarters facility in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, and launch a new global training facility nearby.

In the US, the plan will add large-robot assembly capabilities to the systems integration and service operations already in place at the Sepro America operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Continue reading Sepro launches €11 million expansion of robot operations in France and the US

ZF opens new technology centre in India

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ZF Friedrichshafen has opened a new €15 million technology centre in India which the company says reinforces the company’s global research and development network.

†he inauguration of the facility, located in Hyderabad, was attended by KT Rama Rao, India’s Minister for IT of the Telangana Government.

The ZF India Technology Center will focus on developing advanced electronics and software solutions for automotive and industrial applications.

As well as strengthening its global research and development network, ZF says it will expand local product development in India.  Continue reading ZF opens new technology centre in India

ZF opens European service center for industrial gearboxes in Witten, Germany

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ZF’s plant in Witten, Germany

All European service activities of ZF for industrial and large gearboxes will now be concentrated in one place

ZF, one of the world’s leading technology providers to the automotive trade, has been busy expanding its operations lately. 

The company has opened its first consolidated European service centre in Germany, as well as a new technology centre in India.

The opening of the ZF European Service Center in Witten, Germany proves ZF’s focus on service and customer orientation in the industrial drives business, according to the company.  Continue reading ZF opens European service center for industrial gearboxes in Witten, Germany

Swisslog signs ‘major contract’ with tire manufacturer Michelin

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Michelin, the tire manufacturer, has selected Swisslog warehouse and distribution solutions to automate a new distribution center in the US.

The order value of the automation project amounts to a high multimillion-dollar range and was booked in the second quarter of 2016.

The new distribution center will supply passenger and truck tires throughout North America, allowing the company to meet its ambitions for responsible logistics.  Continue reading Swisslog signs ‘major contract’ with tire manufacturer Michelin

Baumer invests in a new development and logistics center

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The sensor specialist Baumer is investing in its future with a new building in Stockach on Lake Constance, near to Constance, in southern Germany.

A new high-tech center for research and development and production is being built at the Stockach-Bodman-Ludwigshafen site, in addition to a central logistics center for Europe.

The investment volume is approximately €30 million. In doing so, the international family-owned company is intensifying its sustainable and long-term development of the Baumer Group.  Continue reading Baumer invests in a new development and logistics center

Pepperl+Fuchs to construct a 110,000-square-foot facility in Houston with an expanded engineering center

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The new engineering center will design, build and certify custom equipment on site in days

Pepperl+Fuchs, a provider of process automation and applications, is building a 110,000-square-foot facility in Katy, Texas, in the West Ten Business Park near Houston.

The new facility, which will replace an existing 20,000-square-foot space, will house an expanded Solutions Engineering Center, a customer training area, warehouse space and distribution facilities.

A quickly expanding service from Pepperl+Fuchs, the Solutions Engineering Center is staffed with a team of engineers, who design, build and certify customized solutions on site for process automation in hazardous locations, such as oil refineries, pharmaceutical facilities and other manufacturing facilities.  Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs to construct a 110,000-square-foot facility in Houston with an expanded engineering center

Carnegie Mellon robotics unit wins $11m in contracts

Profiler is a mine-mapping robot developed by NREC for Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies
Profiler is a mine-mapping robot developed by NREC for Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies. (Photo: NREC)

Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) has been selected as a prime contractor or subcontractor on four major new federal research projects totaling more than $11 million over the next three years. The projects range from research on a wheel that can transform into a track to automated stress testing for critical software.

Herman Herman, NREC director, said the center has hired 10 new technical staff members in the past six months and anticipates hiring another five-to-10 staff members in the coming months to augment its existing staff of about 100.

“For the past 20 years, NREC has been an important national resource, combining unique technical skills and testing capabilities to solve problems that other groups can’t,” said Martial Hebert, director of CMU’s Robotics Institute, which includes the NREC. “These new projects are a reminder that NREC continues to advance the art and science of robotics and that it remains a vital part of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.”  Continue reading Carnegie Mellon robotics unit wins $11m in contracts