Chinese company launches new range of collaborative robots

A Chinese company called Han’s Robot has launched a new range of collaborative industrial robots. 

Han’s Robot is a subsidiary of Han’s Laser, also linked to Han’s Motors, and the new collaborative robot is called Elfin.

The robot is available in three variations according to payload – 3 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg.  Continue reading Chinese company launches new range of collaborative robots

Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

A Chinese startup company called Megvii has developed an industrial robot for Foxconn to use in its smartphone manufacturing operations. 

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, is the main supplier to Apple, making iPhones and iPads for the tech giant.

Foxconn is also said to be the world’s largest contract manufacturer, employing a massive 1.3 million people and generating revenues in excess of $136 billion a year.  Continue reading Chinese startup develops industrial robot for Foxconn for smartphone manufacturing

Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Fanuc America has demonstrated a new automotive spot welding robot at the recent Fabtech event.

The new seven-axis R-1000iA/120F-7B’s design is based on the R-1000iA robot series. (See pictures and video below.)

It has a payload of 120 kg and a maximum reach of 2,230 mm.  Continue reading Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Rethink Robotics launches new software for Sawyer industrial robot

Company says Sawyer will now be able to produce real-time robot performance and manufacturing data

Rethink Robotics has released Intera 5.2, an expansion of its “first-of-its-kind” Intera software platform which provides critical data insights about its Sawyer industrial robot to manufacturers in real time. 

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer gives operators and line managers valuable data at a glance, including metrics such as cycle time, part count, speed and force – data that has never before been available through a single collaborative robot vendor.

The new feature, Intera Insights, displays key performance indicators via a customizable dashboard on the robot’s on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor.  Continue reading Rethink Robotics launches new software for Sawyer industrial robot

Fanuc claims its new palletising robot is ‘fastest’ in its class

Fanuc has unveiled a new palletizing robot which it claims is the fastest in its class. 

Fanuc is believed the be the world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer, and debuted its new robot at Pack Expo a few days ago.

The company says the Fanuc M-410iC/110 is “capable of performing 2040 standard palletizing cycles an hour, making it the fastest palletizing robot in its class”.  Continue reading Fanuc claims its new palletising robot is ‘fastest’ in its class

P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

 

Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot Sawyer is being utilised by Spanish electronics manufacturer to achieve higher levels of consistency

P4Q, a Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, says it has increased production throughput by 25 percent by deploying smart, adaptable automation on the factory floor.

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is testing printed circuit boards and driving improvements in process consistency that are resulting in better part quality and overall production output, says the company.

P4Q has been looking to automate more of its factory for many years to improve efficiency and consistency, but traditional caged robots were unappealing due to high costs and employee safety concerns.  Continue reading P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

 

Emerson has launched what it claims is the industry’s first controller designed for automation versatility and industrial internet of things-enabled operations.

The Emerson DeltaV PK Controller simplifies capital projects and prepares organisations for the operational benefits of IIoT, says the company.

Emerson says the DeltaV PK Controller makes the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.  Continue reading Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

Yaskawa Motoman launches new software for robots and programmable logic controllers

 

Yaskawa Motoman has launched new software for robots and programmable logic controllers – the computing appliances connected to industrial robots.

The MLX300 software option is the newest generation of integration for Yaskawa robots and PLCs.

The MLX300 enables operators to control and program Yaskawa robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming language, says the company.  Continue reading Yaskawa Motoman launches new software for robots and programmable logic controllers

HRG launches industrial robotics tutorial platform

 

HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading manufacturer of robots, has launched an industrial robotics tutorial platform.

HRG says Haidu Academy is designed to help learners of different levels to improve their industrial robot-operating skills on various brands.

China is the largest and fastest-growing robot market in the world.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in the first seven months of 2017, 71,600 industrial robots were produced in China, accounting for more than 30 percent of global output during the period.

Statistics also suggest an increasing demand for skilled workers. The Ministry predicts that China will need 200,000 skilled workers to operate industrial robots as of 2020.

Continue reading HRG launches industrial robotics tutorial platform

Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

Kuka says it is working on innovations and improvements which will lead to the replacement of its entire Agilus range by the end of this year.

Kuka says the small robots of the KR Agilus series already feature “impressive speed, extreme agility in confined spaces, short cycle times and maximum precision”.

But Kuka has now further developed the KR Agilus sixx.  Continue reading Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

HMK claims new collaborative robot is world’s first to have integrated vision

Industrial automation company HMK has launched what it claims is the world’s first collaborative robot with integrated vision. 

UK-based HMK’s vision system is built into a robotic arm built by Techman Robot, a Taiwanese company.

HMK says its TM5 Cobot system “sets a new benchmark” in collaborative robotics because it merges systems that usually function separately in conventional robots.  Continue reading HMK claims new collaborative robot is world’s first to have integrated vision

TAL unveils welding solution involving its Brabo industrial robot

Indian company TAL Manufacturing Solutions is showcasing a new welding solution which features its own industrial robot, the Brabo

The company, which is part of the Tata Motors group, is exhibiting the robotic welding solution at the Automation Expo, currently taking place in Mumbai, India.

According to the Economic Times of India, the TAL Brabo robotic welding cell is priced at about $133,000 and is a “cost-effective” solution aimed at Tier 3 and 4 suppliers. The unit has a reach of 850 mm and a payload capacity of 6 kg.  Continue reading TAL unveils welding solution involving its Brabo industrial robot

Comau signs up new robotics and automation partners in Greece and Argentina

Comau has signed deals with two new partner companies in Greece and Argentina. 

In Greece, Comau has appointed the Nimac Group as its robotics distributor.

Nimac (pictured above) is located in Thessalonikki, and started the production of horizontal panel saws in 1977. It is now said to be one of the top manufacturers in the beam saws sector.

The newly created business line, Nimac Robotics, will bring the Comau’s robotics and automation products portfolio to the Greek market.  Continue reading Comau signs up new robotics and automation partners in Greece and Argentina