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Universal Robots' UR5e cobot to ring closing bell for New York Stock Exchange
October 16, 2018

Universal Robots' UR5e cobot to ring closing bell for New York Stock Exchange

The bell ringer, Universal Robots’ UR5e, is a collaborative robot – or cobot – able to work alongside people with no safety guarding, giving watchers worldwide the opportunity to see just how cobots interact with humans.

VDMA Machine Vision group announces results of board elections
October 08, 2018

VDMA Machine Vision group announces results of board elections

At the members’ assembly of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, the VDMA Machine Vision sector group (VDMA MV) elected a new Board for a three-year term. Klaus-Henning Noffz, CEO of Silicon Software GmbH, Mannheim, was elected Chairman

VDMA Robotics + Automation Association announces Wilfried Eberhardt as Chairman
October 03, 2018

VDMA Robotics + Automation Association announces Wilfried Eberhardt as Chairman

Wilfried Eberhardt, Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Advisory Board of KUKA AG in Augsburg, Germany, has been elected Chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association for a three- year term. Wilfried Eberhardt succeeds Dr. Norbert Stein, Managing Director of VITRONIC GmbH, whose three-year term of office ended.

Falkonry announces launch of global partner program
September 26, 2018

Falkonry announces launch of global partner program

As part of this program, SCSK Corporation and KOLON BENIT have begun selling Falkonry LRS in Japan and South Korea respectively, and Falkonry is engaged with other OEMs, system integrators, distributors, resellers and referral partners around the globe who are expected to follow.

Process Solutions announces launch of Robotic Controls Division
September 19, 2018

Process Solutions announces launch of Robotic Controls Division

The division is being formed in response to customer and supplier demand, along with the Northwest region’s lack of service providers for robot-based automation.

HANNOVER MESSE announces "Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence" theme for 2019 event
September 17, 2018

HANNOVER MESSE announces "Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence" theme for 2019 event

The theme of HANNOVER MESSE 2019 underlines the growing importance of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the production and energy industries, including such areas as energy efficiency and use and autonomous production processes as well as challenges in terms of interfaces, protocols and security.

ABB announces UK Switch to Robots seminar
September 04, 2018

ABB announces UK Switch to Robots seminar

The seminar provides a step-by-step guide to the key issues around specifying, installing and operating a robot, including how to assess which processes can be automated and how to develop the right solution for specific needs.

OnRobot announces acquisition of Purple Robotics
August 31, 2018

OnRobot announces acquisition of Purple Robotics

The Purple Robotics dual vacuum gripper can, so to speak, give a robot arm two “hands” and thereby the ability to handle several items simultaneously and solving multiple tasks in one movement.

AISIN, ADVICS, JTEKT and DENSO announce joint venture to develop integrated ECU software for automated driving
August 29, 2018

AISIN, ADVICS, JTEKT and DENSO announce joint venture to develop integrated ECU software for automated driving

The integrated ECU software manages components, such as sensors, brakes, and steering, which are basic driving functions and critical for automated driving.

HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 announces Dell and Microsoft to join SAP at Digital Factory exhibition
August 21, 2018

HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 announces Dell and Microsoft to join SAP at Digital Factory exhibition

Digital Factory exhibitors will showcase breakthrough products and solutions focused on integrated processes and IT solutions for plant operations

FANUC America announces Michigan expansion plans
August 06, 2018

FANUC America announces Michigan expansion plans

FANUC America’s North Campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019; the company will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony later this year. The $51 million expansion, expected to create 100 jobs, received a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

Mitsubishi Electric announces acquisition of ASTES4 SA
August 06, 2018

Mitsubishi Electric announces acquisition of ASTES4 SA

With ASTES4 as a wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric will offer integrated solutions to the global market with ASTES4’s automated sorting systems embedded into Mitsubishi Electric’s high value-added sheet metal laser processing machines.

OnRobot's Gecko Gripper wins Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA) at the 50th International Symposium on Robotics
August 03, 2018

OnRobot's Gecko Gripper wins Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA) at the 50th International Symposium on Robotics

The technology offers an approach for collaborative industrial robotics and makes applications possible in areas such as sheet metal processing or in the fabrication of solar panels.

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ESMERA announces first call for experiment proposals
August 03, 2018

ESMERA announces first call for experiment proposals

SMEs developing robotic technologies may now apply for providing solutions to predefined real-life challenges. The respective challenge winners will receive direct financial support through a cascade funding mechanism of up to 200.000 euros each.

Falkonry releases machine learning infographic
July 27, 2018

Falkonry releases machine learning infographic

This infographic provides an overview of operational machine learning and how it is improving production throughput, uptime, quality and safety across many industries and applications.

IFR announces winners of 2018 IERA Award for Robotics and Automation
July 06, 2018

IFR announces winners of 2018 IERA Award for Robotics and Automation

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products.

Vuzix Corporation announces Vice Presidents of Operations and Engineering
June 19, 2018

Vuzix Corporation announces Vice Presidents of Operations and Engineering

Vuzix Corporation, a supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, announced that the Company has appointed Zach Stone as Vice President of Operations and Shane Porzio as Vice President of Engineering.

Perception Robotics, OptoForce and On Robot announce merger into OnRobot
June 11, 2018

Perception Robotics, OptoForce and On Robot announce merger into OnRobot

The new company combines U.S.-based Perception Robotics, Hungary-based OptoForce, and Denmark-based On Robot to become OnRobot, which aims to drive innovation for robotic end-of-arm tooling. OnRobot's headquarters will be located in Denmark under Iversen’s management, and the three entities will continue their individual operations and development as well.

IFR Study: Robots to double worldwide by 2020
May 30, 2018

IFR Study: Robots to double worldwide by 2020

According to the International Federation of Robotics, more than 3 million industrial robots will be in use in factories around the world by 2020. This means that the operational stock will more than double within seven years

Robotic Industries Association announces winners of 2018 Engelberger Robotics Awards
May 23, 2018

Robotic Industries Association announces winners of 2018 Engelberger Robotics Awards

The 2018 awards will be presented to Gudrun Litzenberger, the General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), and Esben Østergaard, CTO and Cofounder of Universal Robots.

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HANNOVER MESSE 2018 After Show Report: Man, machine and fist bumps
May 03, 2018

HANNOVER MESSE 2018 After Show Report: Man, machine and fist bumps

A total of 210,000 visitors explored the innovations on display. A total of 5 800 exhibitors were present at HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT. Topics like machine learning, artificial intelligence, industrial IT platforms, the expansion of power grids for eMobility, the use of robots and autonomous systems in production and intralogistics, and the role of workers in the integrated factory were the subject of intense debate at the stands of exhibitors at the event.

Teradyne announces acquisition of Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)
April 26, 2018

Teradyne announces acquisition of Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)

MiR is a supplier of collaborative autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for industrial applications. The AMR market is an emerging category within the approximately $1.1 billion logistics systems segment of the professional services robot market and is expected to grow rapidly in the years ahead.

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SICK to focus on continued growth, digitalization in 2018
April 23, 2018

SICK to focus on continued growth, digitalization in 2018

The R&D activities of the last fiscal year reflect the company’s ambition to maintain its position among sensor producers in response to the changes in the market triggered by digitalization and Industry 4.0.

Voith announces strategic partnership with Franka Emika to create Voith Robotics
April 20, 2018

Voith announces strategic partnership with Franka Emika to create Voith Robotics

Voith Robotics will offer self-teaching robots made by Franka Emika, along with software solutions, apps, services and process consulting, to customers in various industries and markets throughout the world.

Tompkins Robotics partners with RightHand Robotics to combine t-sort and RightPick robotic systems
April 13, 2018

Tompkins Robotics partners with RightHand Robotics to combine t-sort and RightPick robotic systems

Tompkins Robotics, a division of Tompkins International, and RightHand Robotics announced a collaboration that will combine the portable, automated sortation system, t-Sort, with RightPick, robotic piece-picking systems.

Tompkins Robotics announces partnership with SI Systems to create t-Sort parcel sortation system
April 09, 2018

Tompkins Robotics announces partnership with SI Systems to create t-Sort parcel sortation system

Tompkins Robotics announced its partnership with SI Systems, a global provider of the picking robots for order fulfillment and kitting. The partnership was formed to create faster, space optimized ''no pick labor required'' solutions.

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Güdel-TSC becomes first member of A3 Mexico
April 09, 2018

Güdel-TSC becomes first member of A3 Mexico

Membership in the organization will allow Güdel-TSC to expand its reach and make strategic business connections through access to automation trade shows, conferences, other networking events, market research, consensus standards and certification programs.

ISA to promote automation careers at 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition
April 05, 2018

ISA to promote automation careers at 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

The annual championship—which celebrates excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), innovative thinking and teamwork—takes place 18-21 April in Houston, Texas and 25-28 April in Detroit, Michigan.

TM Robotics' SCARA robot helps ASG earn RIA Certified Robot Integrator status
April 05, 2018

TM Robotics' SCARA robot helps ASG earn RIA Certified Robot Integrator status

The RIA Certified Robot Integrator program was established in 2012. The program was designed to set standards for the industry and identify a quality benchmark for robot integrators to meet.

Sensai announces launch of United States pilot program
March 29, 2018

Sensai announces launch of United States pilot program

Sensai works to increase throughput and decrease downtime with AI technology that enables manufacturing operations teams to monitor machinery, diagnose problems and implement solutions.

DENSO announces Israeli R&D satellite team
March 29, 2018

DENSO announces Israeli R&D satellite team

Starting in April, DENSO’s R&D satellite will begin collaborating with local startups to pioneer new technologies. DENSO will tap into Israel’s technology strengths to develop more technologies, both internally and through collaborative research with local companies and universities.

HANNOVER MESSE announces Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) as part of IMTS
March 21, 2018

HANNOVER MESSE announces Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) as part of IMTS

Discussions during the one-day conference on Wednesday, September 12 will focus on cybersecurity, maintenance and robotics. GAMS kicks off with a networking luncheon and keynote address followed by four educational sessions led by top industry experts.

Unity Scientific earns Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Award
March 20, 2018

Unity Scientific earns Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Award

Unity Scientific was recognized outstanding achievement in the Engineering and Production Technology Leadership category, for applying 3D printing and electronic alignment technologies in the manufacturing process.

Insects inspire University of Lincoln's ULTRACEPT project for anti-collision technology for autonomous vehicles
March 15, 2018

Insects inspire University of Lincoln's ULTRACEPT project for anti-collision technology for autonomous vehicles

Funded by a €1.8 million grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the project will develop a miniature, trustworthy collision detection sensor system that could drastically improve the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Eckhart announces opening of Advanced Technology Center in Michigan
March 14, 2018

Eckhart announces opening of Advanced Technology Center in Michigan

This will serve as the company’s technology showcase, including engineering and assembly of the Autocraft Autonomous Guided Vehicles, as well as an additive manufacturing (3D printing) laboratory.

Alstef and BA Robotic Systems announce merger into B2A Technology
March 05, 2018

Alstef and BA Robotic Systems announce merger into B2A Technology

The project is backed by Future French Champions, the partnership between CDC International Capital and Qatar Investment Authority, which will own 32% of B2A Technology’s share capital alongside key executives, managers and employees.

Electromate announces two Robotic Symposiums
March 02, 2018

Electromate announces two Robotic Symposiums

Technical Presentations related to the design of Robotic Systems including: Collaborative/Assistive Robots, SCARA Robots, Cartesian Robots and Delta Robots. Presentations will focus on the electromechanical, mechanical, electrical and control component design, sizing and selection.

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Sea Machines Robotics announces Chris Sotzing as director of engineering
February 28, 2018

Sea Machines Robotics announces Chris Sotzing as director of engineering

Sotzing has primary responsibility for ensuring the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team.

ADAS iiT Consortium earns National Instruments' 2018 Technical Innovation Award
February 12, 2018

ADAS iiT Consortium earns National Instruments' 2018 Technical Innovation Award

The four partner companies in the ADAS iiT Consortium have pooled their expertise to create a unique one-stop solution for simulating and validating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for autonomously operated vehicles.

IFR Report: Robot Density Rises Globally
February 07, 2018

IFR Report: Robot Density Rises Globally

74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units. The top 10 most automated countries in the world are: South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.