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Hitachi announces contract to acquire JR Automation
April 24, 2019

Hitachi announces contract to acquire JR Automation

The acquisition is expected to be executed by the end of 2019, subject to the satisfaction of certain regulatory and other customary closing conditions.

ABB announces Peter Voser as interim CEO as Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down
April 17, 2019

ABB announces Peter Voser as interim CEO as Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down

The Board of Directors of ABB and its CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer (55) have mutually agreed for him to step down from his role, which he has held since 2013.

April 16, 2019

Robert Gordon University to host Scottish MATE ROV competition

The Scottish MATE ROV competition, coordinated and hosted by RGU, will see 11 school teams from around the country face off as they put their robots through a series of underwater missions for a place in the international final.

Emerson announces final deadline for 2019 ASCO Engineering Scholarship program
April 09, 2019

Emerson announces final deadline for 2019 ASCO Engineering Scholarship program

The program rewards students who have the potential for leadership and contributions to the engineering profession. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to two U.S. engineering students, along with $1,000 grants to their colleges’ engineering departments.

Kyocera Corporation announces construction of Japanese smart factory for automated equipment production
April 09, 2019

Kyocera Corporation announces construction of Japanese smart factory for automated equipment production

The facility will develop and produce Kyocera’s automated production equipment, enabling the company to strengthen its use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 3 at the site.

ZYFRA Group becomes member of The Industrial Internet Consortium
March 29, 2019

ZYFRA Group becomes member of The Industrial Internet Consortium

Zyfra focuses on the introduction of IIoT technologies, that is, connecting to the internet machines, industrial robots and units to create a single information space at the enterprise

AIA Report: Machine vision market hits record numbers for sixth straight year
March 28, 2019

AIA Report: Machine vision market hits record numbers for sixth straight year

North American sales of machine vision components and systems that provide vision intelligence to robots and other machines reached $2.874 billion in 2018, an increase of 9.2 percent over 2017

Automate 2019 announces Automation Works! Day to help fill open manufacturing jobs
March 20, 2019

Automate 2019 announces Automation Works! Day to help fill open manufacturing jobs

Activities on April 11, the last day of the event, will include theater sessions focused on working in automation, culminating in a networking session from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., for job seekers to connect with exhibitors who are specifically looking for new employees. Registration for the show floor and the Automation Works! day activities is free.

Automate announces seven Launch Pad Startup Competition finalists
March 13, 2019

Automate announces seven Launch Pad Startup Competition finalists

On April 10 at 3 p.m. in the “Win the Future” theater, the seven finalists will have five minutes to pitch their technology solution to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and investors.

TM Robotics report: Majority of automation distributors believe collaborative robot performance is lacking
March 11, 2019

TM Robotics report: Majority of automation distributors believe collaborative robot performance is lacking

The report states that over 55 per cent of automation distributors do not believe collaborative robot technology is advanced enough to deliver the performance demands of manufacturing or packaging industries. This coincides with over 80 per cent of distributors witnessing no decline in industrial robot sales since the dawn of the cobot.

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019
March 06, 2019

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019

TM Robotics will exhibit a range of Toshiba Machine’s robots, including the THL500 SCARA, which will be creating free artist impressions of visitors at booth number 6763.

RIA announces 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award Winners  Catherine Morris and Dr. Howie Choset
March 06, 2019

RIA announces 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award Winners Catherine Morris and Dr. Howie Choset

RIA will honor Catherine Morris, group leader and director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation and long-time RIA board member and former chairperson; and Dr. Howie Choset, robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute.

Nord Modules announces company launch in the US
March 06, 2019

Nord Modules announces company launch in the US

The Nord Modules product line includes the Top Mover that mounts on MiR100 and MiR200 robots to deliver material to and from Nord Modules’ gates installed at production lines, storage systems or conveyors.

HARTING Biel announces customized 3-D-MID solutions
March 05, 2019

HARTING Biel announces customized 3-D-MID solutions

In cooperation with Shadow Robot Company Ltd, HARTING AG will use the Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17, 2019) to demonstrate how to achieve greater safety by integrating 3D-MID components/smart surface inside the vehicle, for example via the recognition of driver vital signs.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) issues call for proposals for eight topic areas
March 05, 2019

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) issues call for proposals for eight topic areas

ARM is a collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation, focused on increasing U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness by progressing robotics innovation and the availability of skilled workers. ARM’s 189 members participate in project calls.

Integro partners with Industrial Eye to enhance machine vision solutions
February 19, 2019

Integro partners with Industrial Eye to enhance machine vision solutions

Industrial Eye and the Integro team are joining forces to provide vision solution applications to a wide array of industries.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) announces selection of 11 robotics projects
February 01, 2019

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) announces selection of 11 robotics projects

ARM projects work to strengthen U.S. manufacturing by addressing critical gaps in industrial and collaborative robot deployment and skills development to support plant automation.

RIA announces strategic partnership with Pittsburgh Robotics Network to elevate robotics awareness
January 24, 2019

RIA announces strategic partnership with Pittsburgh Robotics Network to elevate robotics awareness

The partnership will provide PRN and its partners access to the A3 network of more than 1,200 automation-focused companies in the robotics, vision and motion control sectors across North America as well as leading system integrators, distributors, and users of these technologies.

Object Management Group issues two RFPs to create new standards
January 17, 2019

Object Management Group issues two RFPs to create new standards

Organizations interested in submitting must send a letter of intent (LOI) by the LOI deadline indicated in the RFP document. Submitting a LOI is not legally binding and does not commit an organization to being part of a submission team.

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show
December 10, 2018

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show

As a complement to HANNOVER MESSE USA in the odd-years, Digital Industry USA will take place from September 10-12, 2019 at the completely renovated Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.

Universal Robots hires 20 Rethink Robotics employees, merges Boston office locations
November 13, 2018

Universal Robots hires 20 Rethink Robotics employees, merges Boston office locations

These personnel bring collaborative robotics experience in engineering, product development, and customer applications, which will combine with UR’s expertise to continue to drive new collaborative robotics solutions.

IFS Study: Double-digit increases in industrial IoT sophistication this year
November 09, 2018

IFS Study: Double-digit increases in industrial IoT sophistication this year

Executives at respondent companies, ranging from manufacturers to trade contractors and oil and gas companies, are collecting more data from connected devices, integrating it with other systems in new ways, and making IoT more central to their businesses.

Phoenix Contact launches yearlong STEM curriculum for Harrisburg School District
November 01, 2018

Phoenix Contact launches yearlong STEM curriculum for Harrisburg School District

Approximately 100 students visited Phoenix Contact’s U.S. headquarters in Middletown, Pa., on Monday, October 29, to kick off the second annual “Think BIG!” program. The partnership with Harrisburg School District is a yearlong curriculum designed to get elementary-age students excited about STEM careers.

Dematic to help Australian grocery retailer install robotic order fulfillment system
October 31, 2018

Dematic to help Australian grocery retailer install robotic order fulfillment system

The robotic system will be used to piece pick inventory items for retail store replenishment using a “goods-to-robot” configuration. The order fulfillment system will support replenishment of approximately 50 retail stores and is scheduled to start up during the 2nd quarter of 2019 in a new distribution center building.

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.