Piab - Optional added features offer optimal vacuum

piCOMPACT®23 is now available with a range of unique and patented added features

NEXCOM EtherCAT Master Controllers Bring Advanced Control to Industrial Machines

Combining easy-to-integrate software and hardware designs, NEXCOM NET controllers reduce development efforts for machine makers, hastening the rollout of next generation industrial machines which can coordinate with other industrial systems and connect to the cloud.

China's Midea buys nearly half of German robotics firm Kuka

The Star:  Chinese appliances giant Midea moved a step closer to fulfilling its ambition to acquire German industrial robotics firm Kuka with two weekend deals raising its stake to nearly a majority. 

Two of Kuka’s biggest German shareholders – technology company Voith and entrepreneur Friedhelm Loh – said they had decided to take up Midea’s offer of €115 (RM512) per share and sell their stakes. 

German news agency DPA reported that Voith had agreed to sell its stake of 25.1% for €1.2bil (RM5.34bil). 

And Loh told the business daily Handelsblatt he had decided to sell his stake of 10% for nearly €500mil (RM2.22bil). 

Combined with its existing holding of 13.5% in Kuka, the two purchases mean Midea now holds 48.5%, or not far from the outright majority, in the Augsburg-based robot builder.   Cont'd...

Subaru's Manufacturing Engineer Provides Insight Into Robotics

In the run up to the Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Conference - www.next-generation-automotive-automation.com - we have recently conducted an interview with Subaru in which they discussed how next-gen automation technologies and collaborative robotics can improve safety and productivity. A link to the interview can be found below: Steven Eakins, Manufacturing Engineer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive - http://www.next-generation-automotive-automation.com/media/downloads/4-speaker-interview-with-steven-eakins-of-subaru.pdf

Robots, Jobs and Productivity in the Manufacturing Industry

Industrial robotics is changing the U.S. manufacturing industry portrait.

ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop July 14-15

ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop will take place in Singapore July 14th and 15th. We are excited to bring the ROS-I workshop to Asia for the first time! Please visit the ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop Website for updates and event details.

RIA Announces National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop

The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016, followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop October 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Westin Hotel according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

OMRON Introduces Its First IO-Link-Compliant FA Devices: Integration of FA and ICT to Make Production Equipment Smarter

OMRON Corporation will introduce on July 1, 2016, the IO-Link-compliant Photoelectric Sensors E3Z, Color Mark Photoelectric Sensors E3S-DC Series, Proximity Sensors E2E and E2EQ Series, and IO-Link Master Units GX and NX Series all at once as a first step of integrating sensors into the IoT (Internet of things), ideal for use at manufacturing sites. This launch of the IO-Link-compliant sensors is a big step in making production equipment smarter to add various information and communication functions to over 100,000 specifications of control components for factory automation (FA devices) and achieve integration of FA and ICT (information and communications technology).

Microscan Announces the Release of WebLink 1.1 and New Features for MicroHAWK Barcode Readers

The latest release of WebLink, the world's first web-based barcode reader setup and control interface, supports new flexible settings for focus, speed, decoder, and more on Microscan's MicroHAWK Barcode Reader platform.

New Protocols Enable Robots to Cooperate with One Another on Complex Jobs Using Body Language

Sometimes all it takes to get help from someone is to wave at them, or point. Now the same is true for robots. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have completed work on an EU project aimed at enabling robots to cooperate with one another on complex jobs, by using body language.

ABB expands collaborative portfolio with the introduction of SafeMove2, its latest generation robot monitoring system

The new safety certified software delivers greater flexibility, space savings and cutting edge commissioning tools for greater productivity at a lower total investment cost.

Robotiq Brings Plug and Play Vision to Universal Robots with New Camera

New Robotiq wrist camera and vision system breaks down barriers to vision integration

New Plug and Play Motion System at IMTS

Visit Rollon at in the East Building at booth E-4528

Universal Robots Opens New West Coast Headquarters in Irvine

The Danish pioneer of collaborative robots has chosen Irvine to headquarter its new Western division. The offices, located at 101 Pacifica in Irvine, will also feature a training and demonstration center for clients and partners. A large open house event is planned for July 13, 2016.

Oriental Motor Introduces New 200 W (1/4 HP) & 400 W (1/2 HP) BMU Series Brushless Motor and Drive Package

Our Popular Easy to Use Brushless Motor Just Received a Boost in Power and Performance

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Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter

Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter

The Omron Adept Lynx Cart Transporter is an Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed to attach to movable carts and transport them from a pickup location to a drop off location. Applications include line-side inventory replenishment, moving flow racks, transporting Work in Progress (WIP) between process steps, and moving finished goods to the warehouse. The Lynx Cart transporter leverages Natural Feature Navigation to autonomously find a path through the facility without the need for any facility modifications necessary.