Rise of the Robots

If manufacturers are going to flourish in America, they’ll need to buy a lot more robots. Here are six ways to play this hot trend. Jack Hough for Barron's:  For long-term investors, robots could be one key to securing healthy corporate profit growth, and stock returns, even as wages rise. There are specific opportunities, too. Japan’s Fanuc (ticker: 6954.Japan) is far and away the U.S. market leader in industrial robots, and it’s quickly ramping up production. Its shares have been outperforming, and they could offer 20% more upside over the next year. Germany’s Kuka (KU2.Germany), which sold a majority stake last year to China’s appliance giant, Midea Group (000333.China), has similar return potential. Other stocks with high exposure to industrial robotics and factory automation include Rockwell Automation (ROK), Switzerland’s ABB(ABB), and Yaskawa Electric (6506.Japan). And for one-stop shoppers, there’s the Robo Global Robotics & Automation Index exchange-traded fund (ROBO), which tracks 85 stocks, charges annual expenses of 0.95%, and has returned 37% over the past year.   Cont'd...

Universal Robots Keeps Delivering High Double-Digit Growth

Universal Robots has continued its rapid expansion worldwide with a growth rate of 62% from 2015 to 2016. The company that pioneered and commercialized collaborative robot (cobot) technology continues to leverage its first mover advantage and market leadership position.

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 31E Series

The sensors are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet that can be secured to an application's rotating shaft, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

Dorner Launches Next Generation 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyors

When applications call for precise movement of product, then Dorner's newly redesigned 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyor is the answer.

Embedded Solutions for Robotic Control Technology - Synapticon Presents New Modules and Encoders at Embedded World

Embedded Solutions for Robotic Control Technology

Stick-Slip Mini Motor Driver for OEM's

Inexpensive, versatile, compact: PI's E-872 stick-slip motor driver has it all for OEM applications.

Automate 2017 - Stäubli's New Collaborative Robots Headline Cutting-edge Products at Automate 2017

Innovative, efficient and safe solutions for robotics, electrical and fluid connectors will be on display

Hot Jobs Study Reports IT a Top Industry

For entry level manufacturing positions, higher education is not normally required. Instead, a personal and commercial driver's license, and special certifications such as an Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification, Food Safety Program education, and HAZM

Machine Covers & Way Protection

The close proximity of moving parts often excludes the feasibility of static protective enclosures. The machine tool may create an environment in which its parts must be protected from its work processes, yet need to move without obstruction.

New High-Strength, High-Gear Ratio Gearheads with Stainless Steel Shaft and IP66 rated

Oriental Motor Announces Release of Brushless DC Motor with High-Strength and High Gear Ratio Gearheads

Automate 2017 - KINGSTAR to Show How EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC Cuts Hardware Costs in Half at Automate 2017

KINGSTAR, the industry's leading provider of EtherCAT-enabled software PLCs and the most complete motion control platform on the market, will showcase its innovative machine automation solutions at booth 349 at Automate 2017, April 3-6, in Chicago, Illinois.

Universal Robotics Announces Expansion of Artificial Intelligence Robot Cells and a New Corporation, Universal Logic

Today Universal Robotics® announces the expansion of its labor replacement line of Neocortex® Goods to Robot (G2R) Cells. Responding to customer demand for a broader range of reach and load capability, the company has introduced two new pre-engineered sizes to join the first offering.

PMAT offers secure global grip in automation

Vacuum tooling system enables smaller, lighter and less expensive automation solutions.

Experienced Robotics Engineer Joins Motion Controls Robotics, Inc as North Central Regional Sales Manager

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc (MCRI) is excited to announce that Earl R. Wohlrab Jr. will be joining the sales team as a Regional Sales Manager.

Rethink Robotics Announces Distribution Agreement with Aldakin Automation in Spain

Aldakin Automation will distribute Rethink's Sawyer throughout the country

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KINGSTAR Soft PLC - Replace Your PLC with an EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC for Real-Time Motion Control and Machine Vision

KINGSTAR Soft PLC - Replace Your PLC with an EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC for Real-Time Motion Control and Machine Vision

The top machine builders are switching from proprietary hardware-based PLCs, like Allen-Bradley, TwinCAT, Mitsubishi and KEYENCE, to open standards-based EtherCAT-enabled software PLCs on IPCs. KINGSTAR provides a fully-featured and integrated software PLC based on an open and accessible RTOS. KINGSTAR Soft PLC also includes add-on or third-party components for motion control and machine vision that are managed by a rich user interface for C++ programmers and non-developers alike.