Festo Showcases Innovation Integrated Solutions for Semiconductor and Solar Energy OEMs at Semicon West 2015

Safety, clean room, process control, and handling and gripping are among the integrated systems featured. The company is also displaying a number of new products, including the SBSI low cost, versatile, vision sensor. (Festo Semicon West Booth # 1129)

EXOR and NEXCOM Extend Partnership to Fulfill Industry 4.0's Vision for Smart Manufacturing

The partnership of EXOR and NEXCOM will leverage the synergy of the two companies to enlarge and improve the quality of global offerings to the IoT automation market.

Midwest Engineered Systems is Offering 10% Discount on Service & Parts

Midwest Engineered Systems will be offering a 10% discount on all preventative maintenance services from July 13- August 24, 2015.

Industry 4.0 Ready: Vacuum Solutions for the Intelligent Factory

The gripper spider for fiber composite components is a great example how significant this contribution to the intelligent factory can be in practice.

Adept Technology Introduces New High-Speed Packaging Robot

Hornet 565 to Debut at CiROS Tradeshow in Shanghai July 8-11, 2015

High Performance Drive in a Small Package

Maxon sets new standards in micro drives.

Diversified Machine Systems Partner, Fagor Automation, Announces CNC Control Upgrades

Fagor Automation, strategic partner of Diversified Machine Systems, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of DMS CNC Routers, announces technology upgrades to the Fagor 8055 control system.

How Does the Accident in Germany Affect Industrial Robot Safety?

by Patrick Davison, Director of Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association:  Last week, an unfortunate fatality involving an industrial robot and a worker occurred at a Volkswagen plant in Baunatal, Germany.  The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and its member companies express its deepest sympathies to the victim’s family, friends, and colleagues.
According to news sources, the worker was part of a contracting crew responsible for setting up the robot, and was working inside the safeguarded space when the incident occurred.  A second member of the contracting crew was standing outside of the safeguarded space and was not harmed.
The international media response to the incident was aggressive, swift, and expounded on topics that were not relevant to the incident.  AWashington Post article referenced the dangers of Artificial Intelligence and posed the question, “Should the world kill killer robots before it’s too late?”  In another story, a Financial Times journalist with a name similar to a popular character in The Terminator franchise started a social media frenzy with a tweet.  A video from Ireland expounds on random tweets regarding the incident with backdrop footage of the Honda ASIMO robot and manual automotive operations.  Also, according to this article on an automotive news and gossip site, a Times of India article posted a photo of a gun-wielding toy robot beside the story.  Cont'd...

NEXCOM's C1D2 Certified Panel PC Ensures Safe Operation for Hazardous Environments

The ignition and explosion proof IPPC 1560TE provides safe operations in hazardous environments including oil and gas, petrochemical manufacturing, steel, and chemical industries.

China's Hunger for Robots Marks Significant Shift

By TIMOTHY AEPPEL and MARK MAGNIER for WSJ.com - Having devoured many of the world’s factory jobs, China is now handing them over to robots.

China already ranks as the world’s largest market for robotic machines. Sales last year grew 54% from a year earlier, and the boom shows every sign of increasing. China is projected to have more installed industrial robots than any other country by next year, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

China’s emergence as an automation hub contradicts many assumptions about robots and the global economy.

Economists often view automation as a way for advanced economies to keep industries that might otherwise move offshore, or even to win them back through reshoring, since the focus is on ways to reduce costly labor. That motivation hasn’t gone away. But increasingly, robots are taking over work in developing countries, reducing the potential job creation associated with building new factories in the frontier markets of Asia, Africa or Latin America.  Cont'd...

The future of machine vision industry in Russia was discussed at VISION Russia Pavilion & Conference 2015

VISION Russia Pavilion & Conference brought together technical experts and guests interested in using machine vision technologies for their business and industrial goals.

ABB wins $52 million robots order to boost manufacturing flexibility at Ford's newest China factory

ABB robots to be installed at Changan Ford's new Harbin-based auto factory as part of its Body-in-White (BIW) welding process ABB robots have been used successfully across Changan Ford's major automobile production facilities in China since 2007

Barrett Technology Wins Grants to Fuel Innovations

"Barrett Technology is not only creating jobs in Newton and strengthening the local economy, but bringing products to market that will help revolutionize the global health care industry"

2015 Festo Bionic Learning Network Developments Run the Gamut from Robotic Ants to a Flexible Gripper Inspired by a Chameleon's Tongue

Natural models provide fresh inspiration in automation technology

Microscan Demonstrates World's Smallest Devices for Embedded Barcode Reading and Inspection at Clinical Lab Expo 2015

Microscan announces that it will demonstrate micro-sized OEM solutions for clinical instruments from Booth #4349 at the 2015 AACC Clinical Lab Expo, July 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

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