FABTECH 2015 Brings Roaring 3D Scanning Event to Art Institute of Chicago

Beloved lion scanned by Exact Metrology; 3D replicas to be printed by Met-L-Flo Inc. for display at FABTECH 2015

NEXCOM Industrial Firewall Secures Plant Operations with Strengthened Endpoint Protection

NEXCOM's latest industrial firewall platform helps manage security risks associated with Industrial Internet of Things.

PACK EXPO - Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Robot Set for Global Deployment

Rethink Robotics' new high-performance collaborative robot is now available and being deployed in factories around the world

Intelligrated appoints Dave Schmit as senior vice president, corporate intellectual property

Accomplished legal advisor to lead protection of intellectual property

RoboSAM Can Assess Its Situation and Call a Human for Help When It Needs Assistance

If the robot is not sure whether it can complete the task-for example if the part is "buried" within the bin-it takes pictures of its situation and calls a remotely located human (the "human on call") for help.

Pack Expo - Yaskawa Motoman, R/X Automation Solutions and Universal Robotics Announce Strategic Partnership

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), R/X Automation Solutions (RXAS) and Universal Robotics have formed a strategic partnership to deliver robotic pharmacy order fulfillment systems that will provide complete verification of National Drug Code bar codes and validation of robotically placed patient labels for pharmacy unit of use items. The system will automatically handle an extensive variety of items from bottles to boxes and odd-shaped products with an ROI projected to be less than one year.

Robotiq Releases a New Adaptive Robot Gripper with Wide Stroke and Advanced Control

Ideal for high-mix pick and place applications in many diverse industries

NX-Series Safety Control Units - New Stand-Alone, Expandable Solution From Omron Connects Directly to Any Safety Device

The NX-series Safety Control Unit's inputs support direct connectivity to any kind of safety device.

Pack Expo - Roberts PolyPro Introduces a New High Speed Series of Robotic Bottle Handle Applicators - Up to 60 Cases per Minute - at Pack Expo 2015

Roberts PolyPro is offering two models of the new series rated at 30 or 60 cases per minute with a compact footprint (Roberts PolyPro Pack Expo Booth C-2814)

Pack Expo - Pro Mach Brings a Flexible Packaging Emporium of Solutions to Pack Expo 2015

Two years ago, Pro Mach established its Flexible Packaging Group to be a one-stop shop for flexible packaging. Today with strong annual growth and solutions from filling through palletizing, the group is more than realizing its promise (Pro Mach Flexible Packaging Group Booths C-3221, 3223, and 3323)

Pack Expo - Shuttleworth's Booth at Pack Expo 2015 Is a One-Stop-Shop for State-of-the-Art Conveying Solutions

Shuttleworth engineered two comprehensive, modular active demonstrations that showcase a wide range of conveying solutions for every shape, size, and composition of products from cartons and cases to delicate baked goods (Shuttleworth Pack Expo Booth C-3623)

AutonomouStuff to bring PolySync Demonstration Kit to RoboBusiness

RoboBusiness 2015, September 23-24 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Pack Expo - Lenze Americas Announces Sponsorship of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015

As sponsor of PMMI exhibitor, hospitality lounges and golf tournament, Lenze supports packaging industry and showcases motion control solutions

Eliminate vacuum related downtime in your production

piCOMPACT23 revolutionizes the air driven vacuum pump market

Technology gap gives foreign firms the edge in China robot wars

BY GERRY SHIH for Reuters:  In a cavernous showroom on the outskirts of this port city in northeastern China, softly whirring lathes and svelte robot arms represent Dalian Machine Tools Group's (DMTG) vision of an automated future for Chinese manufacturing.

On closer inspection, however, most of the machines' control panels bear the logos of Japan's FANUC Corp or the German conglomerate Siemens.

The imported control systems in DMTG's products – used in the assembly of everything from smartphones to cement trucks – are symbolic of the technology gap between Chinese and foreign industrial automation firms, just one of several challenges facing China's ambition to nurture a national robotics industry.

Chinese robotics firms are also grappling with a weakening economy and slumping automotive sector, and industry insiders already predict a market bubble just three years after the central government issued policies to spur robotics development.

"Last year everybody thought they could produce a robot," said Alan Lee, director of Asia sales and business development at Boston-based Rethink Robotics. "When you have market saturation you'll have filtering and M&A. These guys will be the first layer to suffer." 

It is a storyline familiar from other new industries such as solar panels: Beijing's policies and subsides trigger a wave of low-margin, low-cost contenders to rush into the market, where, with no meaningful technology of their own, they struggle to compete on price alone.  Cont'd...

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