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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.

Precision Drive Systems announces opening of Washington office
February 07, 2018

Precision Drive Systems announces opening of Washington office

The office is located in Arlington, WA, part of the Seattle Metropolitan area. PDS provides full service precision spindle sales and service for CNC routers, milling machines and robotic units.

ISA and Automation Federation celebrate kickoff of 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
January 25, 2018

ISA and Automation Federation celebrate kickoff of 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Once the students build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the global 158 regional and district events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. The competition culminates at the 2018 FIRST Championship, 18-21 April in Houston, Texas and 25-28 April in Detroit, Michigan.

Columbia Machine announces partnership with OTTO Motors
January 24, 2018

Columbia Machine announces partnership with OTTO Motors

As a Certified OTTO Motors Integration Partner, Columbia Machine is able to incorporate the OTTO 1500 Self Driving Vehicle (SDV) into current and future applications.

FANUC to introduce interactive education cart with CR-4iA collaborative robot
January 17, 2018

FANUC to introduce interactive education cart with CR-4iA collaborative robot

Designed for both industrial and educational settings, the cell highlights the CR-4iA robot’s capabilities to interact safely with a person while handling parts.

Dematic to help Nypro establish AGV system at Illinois facility
January 09, 2018

Dematic to help Nypro establish AGV system at Illinois facility

Nypro, a Jabil company, wanted to enhance safety and automate the process of transporting raw materials and finished goods from clean room manufacturing to deep lane storage and staging for shipping. The AGV system will transport raw materials packaging to manufacturing staging areas.

ABB announces business model change for EPC divisions
December 21, 2017

ABB announces business model change for EPC divisions

ABB announced actions across three divisions to complete the business model change for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as it ends its transition year 2017.

A3 Report: North American automation market shattering records in 2017
December 15, 2017

A3 Report: North American automation market shattering records in 2017

The fastest growing categories in the first nine months of 2017 were Motion Controllers (24% to $147m), Sensors & Feedback Devices (20% to $116m), AC Drives (15% to $295m), Actuators & Mechanical Systems (13% to $479m), and Motors (11% to $1b).

Autonomous Solutions partners with Enaex to develop semi-autonomous blasting functionality
December 06, 2017

Autonomous Solutions partners with Enaex to develop semi-autonomous blasting functionality

Enaex announced the joint robotic effort at a recent event highlighting Mine-iTruck, a “mobile manufacturing unit,” using teleoperation and autonomous features that operate the vehicle autonomously inside an open pit mine

International Federation of Robotics announces Junji Tsuda as new president
December 06, 2017

International Federation of Robotics announces Junji Tsuda as new president

Mr. Tsuda succeeds Joe Gemma (KUKA, USA), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term.

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IFR Report: Japan delivers 52 percent of global industrial robot supply
November 27, 2017

IFR Report: Japan delivers 52 percent of global industrial robot supply

The production capacity of the Japanese suppliers has reached 153,000 units in 2016 – the highest level ever recorded. Today, Japan´s manufacturers deliver 52 percent of the global supply.

HARTING Americas concludes fiscal year with annual Media Event
November 01, 2017

HARTING Americas concludes fiscal year with annual Media Event

This year’s event focused on a business update from the company and several key initiatives – including IIoT initiatives, a new campaign, and a special announcement from HARTING and the college.

Heartland Automation announces Robert Sullivan as Company President and CEO
October 20, 2017

Heartland Automation announces Robert Sullivan as Company President and CEO

Rob was the co-founder and former President, and Chief Development Officer of Symbotic, a mobile robotic company and brings 28 years of business leadership and product innovation to Heartland Automation

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HARTING works to aid Chinese manufacturing as founding member of Robotation Academy Foshan
October 12, 2017

HARTING works to aid Chinese manufacturing as founding member of Robotation Academy Foshan

The new Robotation Academy in Foshan will bring together 21 partner companies in the fields of robotics, automation and Industrie 4.0. The Academy sets its focus providing trainings, conferences and presentations on future technology trends for companies in the Guangdong region.

ABB to embed safety I/O's in robot controllers to enhance collaboration
October 09, 2017

ABB to embed safety I/O's in robot controllers to enhance collaboration

As the safety I/Os are controlled by the safety module inside the robot controller, there is no need for third party stand-alone safety PLCs to be used. It also reduces the time associated with the set-up and operation of robotic production cells.

Robotic Industries Association announces alliance with OSHA, NIOSH
October 06, 2017

Robotic Industries Association announces alliance with OSHA, NIOSH

The goals of the OSHA/NIOSH/RIA Alliance are enhancing technical expertise about robotics within OSHA and NIOSH; improving awareness of workplace hazards associated with traditional industrial robots and the emerging technology of human robot collaboration (HRC) installations and systems; and identifying research that may be needed to help reduce workplace hazards.

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