Panasonic opens arc and laser welding technical centers in Michigan and Ohio

 

Panasonic has opened technical centers for arc and laser welding technologies in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Hilliard, near Columbus, Ohio.

Opening ceremonies were recently held in both locations for over 50 executives from the automotive and related industries.

Attendees experienced hands-on technology demonstrations, learned about future new product and technology introductions, and attended welding technology seminars during the course of the celebratory events.  Continue reading Panasonic opens arc and laser welding technical centers in Michigan and Ohio

Panasonic to launch new solution for high-speed robotic welding

 

Panasonic is planning to unveil a new solution for high-speed robotic welding at this year’s Schweissen and Schneiden, an event for the joining, cutting and surfacing trades. 

Panasonic says it is a new and innovative form of high-speed arc welding.

The company has scheduled Europe’s first live demonstrations of the newly developed welding solution for the event.  Continue reading Panasonic to launch new solution for high-speed robotic welding

Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic to test self-driving car tech in Colorado

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Panasonic’s Gebhardt making the presentation at CES

lockElectronics and industrial components giant Panasonic is planning to test its autonomous car technology in the state of Colorado, in the US. 

The company has been making some significant moves in the automotive space, and this week revealed some of its ideas at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Tom Gebhardt, president of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, made a presentation at CES in which he said the company’s “smart mobility” plan starts with energy.  Continue reading Panasonic to test self-driving car tech in Colorado

Panasonic releases ‘improved’ Grid-Eye infrared array sensors

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New sensors have lower NETD, high accuracy and increased detection distance, says Panasonic

Panasonic  has released the much improved and accurate second generation of its Grid-EYE infrared array sensors.

The new high gain types (AMG8833 and AMG8834) and low gain types (AMG8853 and AMG8854) of Grid-Eye 2nd Generation now benefit from an improved Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (NETD) of 0.16°C at 10Hz and of 0.05°C at 1 Hz.

For all Grid-Eye 2nd Generation models the detection distance has improved from 5m up to 7m.  Continue reading Panasonic releases ‘improved’ Grid-Eye infrared array sensors

Panasonic showcases industrial products including power-assist robots

Panasonic’s “Power Assist Device” supports air hammer forging process in Makoto Industries
Panasonic’s “power assist device” supports human worker at air hammer forging at processing plant in Makoto Industries

Panasonic demonstrated its robotic exoskeleton – which it calls power assist devices or suits – and its latest solutions for industrial power electronics applications at PCIM Europe 2016

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has showcased its technology lineup, highlighting innovations such as passive components, semiconductors and thermal management solutions, as well as its robotic exoskeletons.

The company says its products provide “increased efficiency and reliability for a wide range of applications”.  Continue reading Panasonic showcases industrial products including power-assist robots

Panasonic launches relay for programmable logic controllers in industrial settings

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Panasonic has launched the PA-N Relay suitable for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used in industrial equipment. 

Panasonic says the PA-N Relay will help PLC manufacturers to develop products that meet new safety standards, adding that the new relay “will contribute to improved safety and reliability of industrial equipment”.

The PA-N Relay has been developed to comply with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and is certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards for programmable logic controllers used to control production facilities at factories. Continue reading Panasonic launches relay for programmable logic controllers in industrial settings

Panasonic to turn industrial workers and elderly into robots

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Panasonic exoskeletons – or ‘power suits’ – for industrial workers

Company launches exoskeletons and personal care robots, and calls for ‘smiling faces and laughter’ from old people

Panasonic has shown off a range of newly developed exoskeletons and personal care robots. Some are designed to be worn by industrial workers to help them lift objects with less effort. Others are programmed to make old people laugh, says the company.

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The “power assist suits”, as the company calls them, were developed by Activelink, one of Panasonic’s in-house venture companies, and are aimed at industrial workers.

Hiromichi Fujimoto, president of Activelink, suggests the suits could help people become more like robots, which, he implies, would make the world a better place. Continue reading Panasonic to turn industrial workers and elderly into robots