Articles & News on Discrete Manufacturing & Machine Control

VDMA Machine Vision: New Board Elected, Mark Williamson Appointed Chairman

  • News

The members of the VDMA Machine Vision division elected a new board. Mark Williamson, managing director of STEMMER IMAGING Ltd. and member of the STEMMER IMAGING AG’s senior leadership team, was subsequently appointed Chairman by the newly elected VDMA Machine Vision Board.

No Industry is Robot-proof: OEMs Roll Out Smart Machines

  • by Chris Ehrlich
  • Feature

Robotic automation is coming—to everyone’s workplace.

Cobots Come to the Rescue in Packaging and Supply Chain Industries Struggling with Labor Shortages

  • News

As labor issues persist, Universal Robots, the pioneering leader of collaborative robotics, will show PACK EXPO attendees automated solutions for hard-to-staff tasks such as box erecting and palletizing. Powering many of these applications is the company’s most popular cobot, the UR10e, now able to lift 25% more.

Mujin Brings Production-Ready Intelligent Robotics Solutions to US Logistics Companies

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Award-winning Japanese industrial robotics company celebrates 10th anniversary with first U.S. office near Atlanta; showcases robotic palletizing with AMR pallet transport at Pack Expo, booth SU-7233.

Festo Simplified Motion Series Electric Motion Bridges the Gap Between Pneumatics and Servo Motion

  • News

Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while I/O-Link adds infinitely variable positioning along the axis.

Thomas H. Lee Partners to Acquire Automation Business from Brooks Automation for $3 Billion in Cash

  • News

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., a premier private equity firm investing in growth companies, today announced a definitive agreement with Brooks Automation, Inc. to acquire its Semiconductor Solutions Group business in a transaction valued at $3 billion.

Bright Machines Introduces Brightware Studio to Liberate Factory Automation

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New software offering to empower manufacturers to configure and optimize assembly automation quickly and easily.

The Impact of Industrial Automation on Worker Safety

  • by Bryan Christiansen
  • Feature

The value of human life is incalculable. Our industries and manufacturing facilities have not evolved to a stage where worker injuries are completely eliminated. But we have advanced significantly in worker safety compared to the first few epochs of the industrial revolution. This was made possible by a gradual improvement in mechanization and process automation.

How a Motion Control System Turned Edge Server

  • by Michael Reichlin
  • Feature

Technology that makes it possible to operate multiple virtual machines on a single hardware platform without impacting the controllers’ real-time core is the basis for new edge server systems. This article was originally published in the Automation 2021: Control Systems Ebook.