Thailand prioritises robotics, aerospace, and auto industries as it looks to increase competitiveness

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Pictures from BMW’s factory in Thailand

Managing an economy today is not easy. But managing it for tomorrow? Now that’s a real challenge. It’s one that the government in Thailand is tackling head on, with a raft of new policies aimed at future-proofing its workforce and industry, particularly in the automotive, robotics, and aerospace sectors.

The measures, known collectively as Thailand 4.0, are centered on incentivizing foreign direct investment and nurturing innovation for 10 key future-focused industries.

The goal is to foster an ecosystem that promotes emerging technology, innovation, and creativity within each of these sectors.  Continue reading Thailand prioritises robotics, aerospace, and auto industries as it looks to increase competitiveness

Epson showcases new Flexion industrial robot and printer built using SCARA robot

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Epson’s Flexion 6-axis industrial robot

Epson Robots is showcasing a range of new technologies for a wide variety of applications in factory automation at the Automation Technology show, ATX East.

ATX is currently under way, running from June 13-15, and is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, in the US. Epson’s booth is number 2405.

Epson’s showcase will feature the new and “revolutionary” Flexion N2 6-Axis robot as well as an assembly demo of an Epson Point of Sale printer built with a high precision SCARA robot and a compact 6-Axis robot.  Continue reading Epson showcases new Flexion industrial robot and printer built using SCARA robot

SAP logistics boss says ‘robotics and automation are the future’


The head of logistics at software giant SAP says the future of the digital supply chain is robotics and automation. 

SAP is one of the world’s largest software companies in any sector, with more than 300,000 clients in around 190 countries, and its logistics division has customers such as luxury automaker Porsche, and large transport operations such as Trenitalia.

In an interview with, Hans Thalbauer, SVP of extended supply chain and IoT at SAP, says industries are becoming smarter because of these technologies.

However, Thalbauer adds that robotics and automation needs to be effectively integrated into the overall business processes, otherwise they won’t work.  Continue reading SAP logistics boss says ‘robotics and automation are the future’

Industrial robot revenue will triple by 2025, says report

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ABI Research forecasts revenues will reach nearly $45 billion in 2025, fueled by Chinese demand

ABI Research forecasts that industrial robot shipments will exhibit an average year-over-year growth rate of 16 per cent by 2021.

As industrial robots continue to infiltrate the workforce to increase production efficiencies, this will result in annual revenue exceeding $30 billion in 2020 and nearly $45 billion in 2025.

The automotive sector will remain the leading acquirer of industrial systems, even as it loses share to other growing industry verticals, including the electrical and electronics, rubber, and plastics industries.  Continue reading Industrial robot revenue will triple by 2025, says report

US manufacturing growing at ‘fastest rate in two years’


The US manufacturing sector is growing at the fastest rate it has in more than two years, according to calculations produced by the Institute for Supply Management and published in Forbes, among other media. 

The Manufacturing ISM Report on Business figures show December was the best month for manufacturers in 2016. More components and parts were ordered this month than previous ones.

The ISM report is a survey sent out to a “manufacturing committee”, and collating the responses revealed that “of the 18 manufacturing industries, 11 are reporting growth in December”, according to ISM.

The ISM adds: “Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December, and the overall economy grew for the 91st consecutive month.”

More details at ISM’s website

Genuine Parts buys Braas

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Genuine Parts says its subsidiary, Motion Industries, has acquired Braas.

Braas is a multi-regional distributor of products and services for industrial automation and control, specializing in pneumatics, motion control, industrial networking, machine safety, robotics and related industrial parts.

Founded in 1961, Braas is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and serves thousands of customers throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States from a network of five sales offices and three warehouses.  Continue reading Genuine Parts buys Braas

Rockwell Automation buys Maverick Technologies


Maverick Technologies has been acquired by Rockwell Automation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Columbia, Illinois, Maverick is the largest independent systems integrator in North America and is a global leader in industrial automation, enterprise integration and strategic manufacturing solutions for clients across a wide range of manufacturing and process industries.

Leveraging its unique enterprise-wide perspective, the Company identifies suboptimal operations and improves performance for greater safety, efficiency and overall profitability. Continue reading Rockwell Automation buys Maverick Technologies

Universal Robots launches in Sri Lanka

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The pristine island of Sri Lanka with its serene Buddhist culture will make way for a technology pit-stop for one of the world leaders in the concept of collaborative robotics.

Universal Robots, which claims to have pioneered collaborative robots or “cobots” as they are sometimes called, has launched its machines into the Sri Lankan market and talked about the availability of this technology to various industries.

The event was attended by the key stakeholders that define this technology, including the general manager of the company in the India and Sri Lanka region, and a host of other dignitaries representing the government and customers.  Continue reading Universal Robots launches in Sri Lanka

Yaskawa to showcase new customer machines at IMTS

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Giant robot maker to provide platform to innovators using Yaskawa technology in their solutions

The banners and graphics of Yaskawa booth E-4154 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will clearly display the logo of Yaskawa America, but the most notable features of the company’s 2016 exhibit will not be operating under the Yaskawa name.

The focus will be on two machines from companies that are doing a particularly impressive job of putting the features of Yaskawa motion automation components to use.

MachMotion of Newburg, Missouri will be showing an engraver that makes use of Yaskawa’s new Sigma-7 servo systems and the latest MP3300iec motion controller.  Continue reading Yaskawa to showcase new customer machines at IMTS

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

Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST

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