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IFR Report: Korea hits record 300,000 industrial robots
December 12, 2019

IFR Report: Korea hits record 300,000 industrial robots

Within five years, the country has doubled its number of industrial robots. Following Japan and China, the country ranked third in 2018. But the dynamics of robot installations has decreased in recent years and for 2019 a continued decrease is expected.

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B&R and ABB announce integration of robotics and automation solutions
December 09, 2019

B&R and ABB announce integration of robotics and automation solutions

With the ability to offer machine flexibility and precision, merging robotics with machine control into one unified architecture will enable manufacturers to embrace the trend of mass customization and optimize their lot size one processes.

ST Robotics providing hands-on robotics training to university students
December 04, 2019

ST Robotics providing hands-on robotics training to university students

More than 30 other educational institutions have benefited from ST Robotics’ systems. These include: MIT, Cambridge University, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Lyon, Newcastle University Australia, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Antwerp, St Andrews University, and Queens University Belfast, and the University of Waterloo.

ABB robots help Bloomingdale's ring in holiday season
December 03, 2019

ABB robots help Bloomingdale's ring in holiday season

Twelve ABB robots are interacting with visitors to Bloomingdale’s holiday celebration at their 59th Street flagship store. ABB’s robots are the main attraction in three of Bloomingdale’s twelve holiday window displays on Lexington and Third Avenues

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VDMA Report: German robotics and automation sector expects 5 percent downturn in 2019
November 25, 2019

VDMA Report: German robotics and automation sector expects 5 percent downturn in 2019

The reasons for this downturn are a global economy that is losing momentum and saturation effects in important markets. For example, worldwide sales of smartphones are stagnating, which is also having an impact on investment in machinery.

Tompkins Robotics announces partnership with Bastian Solutions to expand delivery of t-Sort solution
November 21, 2019

Tompkins Robotics announces partnership with Bastian Solutions to expand delivery of t-Sort solution

Through the new partnership, Bastian Solutions will utilize Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort systems to help its clients optimize warehousing and fulfillment operations across a range of end customer applications and sites.

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MakerBot announces METHOD Materials Development Program
November 19, 2019

MakerBot announces METHOD Materials Development Program

A growing list of partners starting with Jabil, KIMYA, Polymaker, and Mitsubishi Chemical are working to qualify filament for use with the MakerBot METHOD platform.

Whatfix announces collaboration with Automation Anywhere to enhance robotic process automation platform
November 19, 2019

Whatfix announces collaboration with Automation Anywhere to enhance robotic process automation platform

Whatfix is collaborating with Automation Anywhere to streamline customer onboarding during trial and post-trial RPA deployments. The relationship between the two companies is also intended to help improve user engagement and internal sales productivity on Salesforce CRM applications.

Teradyne announces completion of acquisition of AutoGuide Mobile Robots
November 14, 2019

Teradyne announces completion of acquisition of AutoGuide Mobile Robots

AutoGuide’s products work to deliver deployment andefficiency of industrial and warehouse material-handling operations.

Festo announces distribution agreement with Magswitch
November 05, 2019

Festo announces distribution agreement with Magswitch

Magswitch offers single sided gripping systems featuring true on-and-off magnetic technology that can simplify complete automation systems in OEM assembled lines in such applications as robotic welding, pick-and-place, and body-in-white.

Madison College students win Industrial Robotics Competition at Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show
October 28, 2019

Madison College students win Industrial Robotics Competition at Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show

The contest tested robotic programming knowledge by challenging students to complete a set of tasks on a FANUC education robot in three hours. The objective included program planning, end of arm tool selection, robot programming and teamwork. A panel of experts judged the 23 teams on their ability to complete the assignment, efficiency, teamwork and robotics knowledge.

New Scale Robotics partners with Fuzehub Innovation Fund to award manufacturing grant to Finger Lakes Community College
October 25, 2019

New Scale Robotics partners with Fuzehub Innovation Fund to award manufacturing grant to Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) has been awarded a $50,000 manufacturing grant from the FuzeHub Innovation Fund to support its work with New Scale Robotics, accelerating development of New Scale’s precision measurement and gripping tools for a range of collaborative robots (cobots).

EUnited Robotics elects Wilfried Eberhardt as Chairman
October 25, 2019

EUnited Robotics elects Wilfried Eberhardt as Chairman

Wilfried Eberhardt succeeds Walter Zulauf, Director of Technology, Güdel Group AG, whose three-year term had ended. Walter Zulauf will continue his contributions to the board and was elected as Vice Chairman.

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Teradyne to acquire AutoGuide Mobile Robots
October 21, 2019

Teradyne to acquire AutoGuide Mobile Robots

Teradyne will acquire privately held AutoGuide for $165 million; $58 million net of cash acquired plus $107 million, if certain performance targets are met extending potentially through 2022. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

Doosan Robotics announce plans for first US office in Georgia
October 21, 2019

Doosan Robotics announce plans for first US office in Georgia

The Buford, Georgia office is planned to be opened by the end of 2019 to accelerate distribution efforts. The office will serve as the headquarters for sales, marketing, training, and customer service in the Americas.

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SIASUN announces cooperation with CENIT AG to create software for 3D laser machine
October 18, 2019

SIASUN announces cooperation with CENIT AG to create software for 3D laser machine

The development is based on CENIT’s FASTSUITE Edition 2 software, which will be customized to work in perfect synchronization with the newly built machine.

ABB announces opening of global healthcare research hub on Texas Medical Center campus
October 17, 2019

ABB announces opening of global healthcare research hub on Texas Medical Center campus

At TMC Innovation Institute, ABB will develop robots that are able to carry out repetitive, delicate and mundane processes, leaving medical and laboratory staff free to undertake more valuable roles and ultimately treat more patients.

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Festo's BionicOpter earns spot in Guinness Book of World Records
September 30, 2019

Festo's BionicOpter earns spot in Guinness Book of World Records

The BionicOpter, a flying object based on the dragonfly, was named there as the world record winner for biggest flying robotic insect.

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Columbia/Okura announces strategic alliance with Rocketfarm AS to develop specialized palletizing software
September 20, 2019

Columbia/Okura announces strategic alliance with Rocketfarm AS to develop specialized palletizing software

Columbia/Okura has been working on the development of a mobile, collaborative palletizing product solution for some time. Columbia/Okura intends to launch this software with their release of a product range of palletizing “cobots”.

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Columbia/Okura announces partnership with Universal Robots to develop collaborative palletizing applications
September 17, 2019

Columbia/Okura announces partnership with Universal Robots to develop collaborative palletizing applications

Columbia/Okura has been working on the development of miniPAL a mobile, collaborative palletizing product integrating Universal Robot’s UR10e for some time. Columbia/Okura intends to launch this product range of palletizing “cobots” immediately.

MaxGrip announces Cees Maaskant as CEO
September 13, 2019

MaxGrip announces Cees Maaskant as CEO

Former CEO Jakob Boelens will transfer to AVEVA as part of the acquisition of MaxGrip’s software portfolio by AVEVA earlier this year. Cees Maaskant will lead MaxGrip into a new chapter in which the company specializes exclusively in Asset Performance Management (APM) consultancy.

Mobile Industrial Robots announces opening of larger New York facility
September 11, 2019

Mobile Industrial Robots announces opening of larger New York facility

Mobile Industrial Robots opened a two-building, 7376 sq. ft. office in Holbrook, New York, replacing the Danish company’s first international office, opened in the same city in 2016. It also includes MiR’s first showroom outside of the company’s headerquarters in Odense, designed to showcase its range of mobile robots and the various applications.

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ESMERA announces second open call for European SMEs robotics applications funding
September 03, 2019

ESMERA announces second open call for European SMEs robotics applications funding

The challenges come from the areas of Manufacturing, Energy, Construction, Agriculture, Food Processing, Retail, Healthcare and Emergency Response. Until December 2nd, European SMEs can now apply to solve one or more of these challenges by developing a robotics application and receive funding of up to 200,000 Euros.

Sea Machines Robotics demonstrates autonomous systems to assist marine oil-spill response
August 26, 2019

Sea Machines Robotics demonstrates autonomous systems to assist marine oil-spill response

The on-water demonstrations took place aboard the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel – a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) – before a live audience of MARAD, government, naval, international, environmental and industry representatives.

inVia Robotics announces Ilya Kravchenko as senior director of engineering and Lauren Ziccardi as senior director of solutions.
August 23, 2019

inVia Robotics announces Ilya Kravchenko as senior director of engineering and Lauren Ziccardi as senior director of solutions.

Kravchenko will report directly to Randolph Voorhies, co-founder and chief technology officer and Ziccardi will report directly to Lior Elazary, co-founder and chief executive officer.

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Murata Machinery partners with Alert Innovation to enhance and support Alphabot material handling technology
August 19, 2019

Murata Machinery partners with Alert Innovation to enhance and support Alphabot material handling technology

Alphabot features robots that can navigate three-dimensional structures and is a scalable picking technology. It will power retail applications ranging from store-level micro-fulfillment systems to massive eCommerce fulfillment centers, and a large array of applications in factory automation and hospital automation.

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Epson Robots announces AutomateElite Authorized System Integrator Program
August 16, 2019

Epson Robots announces AutomateElite Authorized System Integrator Program

The authorized system integrators are hand-selected by Epson based on automation experience, technical competency, and Epson Robots portfolio expertise.

University of Surrey team announces applications filed for inventions generated solely by artificial intelligence
August 02, 2019

University of Surrey team announces applications filed for inventions generated solely by artificial intelligence

The AI inventor, named “DABUS” by its creator Stephen Thaler, relies upon a system of many neural networks generating new ideas by altering their interconnections. A second system of neural networks detects critical consequences of these potential ideas and reinforces them based upon predicted novelty and salience.

Demaurex SA to partner with Genesis Robotics and Motion Technologies to integrate direct drive motor technology
August 01, 2019

Demaurex SA to partner with Genesis Robotics and Motion Technologies to integrate direct drive motor technology

The JDA was signed at a signing ceremony at the Lausanne headquarters of Demaurex to begin what both companies hail as a milestone in the development of advanced robotics.

Digital Industry USA 2019 partners with Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, MESA International and NEMA for educational programming
August 01, 2019

Digital Industry USA 2019 partners with Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, MESA International and NEMA for educational programming

Digital Industry USA 2019 has partnered with top smart manufacturing industry associations to provide educational content for the trade show’s on-floor education sessions from Sept. 11-12 in Louisville, Ky.

Motlow State Community College announced as member of ABB Robotics Affiliate Education Program
July 26, 2019

Motlow State Community College announced as member of ABB Robotics Affiliate Education Program

In May 2019, ABB instructors began teaching certificate training classes at the recently built Automation & Robotic Training Center (ARTC) adjacent to the Motlow campus.

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ABB to introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories at Texas healthcare hub
July 19, 2019

ABB to introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories at Texas healthcare hub

A 20-strong team from ABB Robotics will work in the new 5,300 sq ft (500m2) research facility, which includes an automation laboratory and robot training facilities, as well as meeting spaces for co-developing solutions with innovation partners.

Cimcorp announces partnership with Conveyor Networks to reach U.K. market
July 10, 2019

Cimcorp announces partnership with Conveyor Networks to reach U.K. market

The cooperation with Conveyor Networks will focus on intralogistics solutions for the food retail and e-commerce markets.

Yaskawa Motoman announces Beistle Company as winner of “Win a MotoMini” contest
July 02, 2019

Yaskawa Motoman announces Beistle Company as winner of “Win a MotoMini” contest

The Smart Series suite of products, including the MotoMini robot, enables implementation of a robot system. Only weighing 7 kg, the MotoMini robot provides application flexibility in small part handling and assembly applications.

DENSO announces grants to 26 North American colleges and universities
June 28, 2019

DENSO announces grants to 26 North American colleges and universities

Grants will be used towards programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more.

DENSO announces Hirokatsu Yamashita president of DENSO Products and Services Americas
June 19, 2019

DENSO announces Hirokatsu Yamashita president of DENSO Products and Services Americas

Yamashita brings more than 26 years of experience with DENSO in its sales, business planning, and administrative operations to his new post. Over time, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the corporation’s overseas network, as well as DENSO headquarters in Japan.

IFR Report: UVD Robot by Blue Ocean Robotics earns IERA Award 2019
June 18, 2019

IFR Report: UVD Robot by Blue Ocean Robotics earns IERA Award 2019

The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate.

QComp Technologies announces expansion of Wisconsin production facility
June 13, 2019

QComp Technologies announces expansion of Wisconsin production facility

To meet current and future demand, QComp is continuing to add automation and applications engineers and electrical and installation technicians. QComp is a 100% employee owned ESOP company and currently has 40 team members.

Mobile Industrial Robots announces MiR Finance 'Robots as a Service' mobile robot leasing program
June 13, 2019

Mobile Industrial Robots announces MiR Finance 'Robots as a Service' mobile robot leasing program

With MiR Finance, customers get the chance to lease the “full package,” including the robots, integration and top modules for the robots.

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DENSO partners with Honeywell to develop hybrid-electric and fully-electric propulsion systems for urban air mobility
June 10, 2019

DENSO partners with Honeywell to develop hybrid-electric and fully-electric propulsion systems for urban air mobility

By converging their automotive and aerospace expertise, DENSO and Honeywell seek to create propulsion systems that make air travel cleaner, quieter, more efficient and easier to maintain.