Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

Volkswagen’s new concept autonomous and electric car, Sedric
Volkswagen self-driving concept car, which it calls Sedric

The Volkswagen Group is researching ways in which robots can be used in the future when cars become more electrified and computerised as a result of increasing demand for clean and autonomous vehicles. 

The German automaker, which owns the Audi, Bentley, Seat, Porsche and Lamborghini brands among others, is working one of the world’s largest industrial robotics and automation providers, Kuka, to research and develop a number of ideas.

The current area of interest for the strategic partnership between Kuka and Volkswagen is the area of service concepts for vehicles of the future, and the two companies have agreed a contract to jointly develop robot-based innovation concepts for vehicles of the future.  Continue reading Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

Kuka to build personal assistance robot business with Midea

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Some of the products Midea manufactures

Kuka, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robotic arms, is planning to expand into the area of personal assistance robotics. 

This is according to an article on FT.com, which quotes Kuka chief executive Till Reuter.

Reuter told the FT that he sees potential for using Midea’s reach into the household appliances market to develop more complex, intelligent machines which can help with household tasks.  Continue reading Kuka to build personal assistance robot business with Midea

Siemens, Strata and Etihad team up to create 3D printed interiors for planes

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Siemens, Strata and Etihad Airways have signed an agreement to work together to develop the first 3D-printed parts for aircraft interiors in the Middle East and North Africa.

The partnership aims to “revolutionize” the aerospace industry, leveraging additive manufacturing, known as 3D printing, to help airlines to improve their designs, including making complex parts on demand and manufacturing discontinued parts.

Under the partnership, a pilot project will develop 3D printing solutions for aircraft cabin interior products for Etihad, the UAE’s national carrier.  Continue reading Siemens, Strata and Etihad team up to create 3D printed interiors for planes

Lucas presents Comau to France

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Robotics and automation distributor Lucas is presenting Comau robots to its French market at an event this week.

Lucas signed a deal with Comau as an official distributor of its robots in France. Lucas, is a long-established French company based in Bazas, and has been active for over 50 years in manufacturing and supplying linear axis and Cartesian robots.

Lucas organized an open house October 12 and 13 in order to present the new partnership with Comau, and a series of products and active robot cells to the market and French media.  Continue reading Lucas presents Comau to France

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Toyota teams up with Uber with a view to driverless taxi future

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Toyota and Uber have entered a partnership with a view to developing driverless taxis of the future, although the initial developments will be in ridesharing services. 

The two companies say they will explore collaboration, starting with trials, in the world of ridesharing in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions, and customer needs.

As part of the partnership, Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership are making a strategic investment in Uber.  Continue reading Toyota teams up with Uber with a view to driverless taxi future

Yaskawa teams up with Sepro to build new 6-axis industrial robot

Manfred Stern, general director and president of Yaskawa Europe, shaking hands with Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro Group; Xavier Lucas, president of Yaskawa France, and Jocelyn Lucas, director of Proxinnov
From right: Manfred Stern, general director and president of Yaskawa Europe, shaking hands with Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro Group; Xavier Lucas, president of Yaskawa France, and Jocelyn Lucas, director of Proxinnov

The two companies developed partnership through industry association Proxinnov 

Industrial robot giant Yaskawa has entered into a business partnership with industrial automation company Sepro to build a new 6-axis robot for larger moulding jobs.

Both companies are members of Proxinnov, an industry association which advises on how companies can become more competitive using robotics and automation technologies.  Continue reading Yaskawa teams up with Sepro to build new 6-axis industrial robot