At Pittcon 2016, Festo Showcases Automation Enabling Technology for High Speed Laboratory Devices

Festo modular automation systems help laboratory equipment manufacturers lower engineering costs, improve equipment performance, and bring products to market faster. (Festo Pittcon Booth #3923) Festo features at Pittcon 2016, March 6-10 in Atlanta, the company's automation subassemblies for state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

ABB wins large robot order from Valmet Automotive to produce new Mercedes SUV

ABB's flexible and intelligent manufacturing technologies will help Valmet Automotive reduce investment costs, increase productivity and respond quickly to market demands.

Introducing Akribis Systems' Voice Coil Motors & Voice Coil Position Actuators

Voice coil actuators, or non-commutated DC linear actuators, consist of a permanent magnetic field assembly (permanent magnets and ferrous steel) and a coil assembly. The current flowing through the coil assembly interacts with the permanent magnetic field and generates a force vector perpendicular to the direction of the current. The force vector can be reversed by changing the polarity of current flowing through the coil.

Comau is Awarded the "Volvo Quality Excellence Award"

This important recognition was made at - Volvohallen in Torslanda (Gothenburg), Thursday, January 28th. The award was given for a project related to the provisioning of production facilities for the XC90, S90 and V90 cars, in which Comau developed the commodities "framing" using the geometric transportation system VersaPallet (a system made by Comau). The technological core of the plant consists of a framing station, where 10 robots simultaneously assembly the body of the three different models.

L-509 Linear Translation Stage Combines Precision with Affordability, Newly Released by PI

The L-509 delivers precise linear motion, performance, and reliability.

2016FLEX Features Innovative Manufacturing Trends, New Products and a Bright Industry Future

Exceptionally strong attendance for the 15th annual conference and exhibition on flexible electronics

Annual Smart Manufacturing summit, 14-15 April 2016

Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit will provide a platform for the key decision makers of the manufacturing industry in order to discuss new technologies, manufacturing automation, expansion of robotics and intelligence in manufacturing. It will give a great chance to exchange knowledge and ideas on how the use of advances in manufacturing can increase productivity, improve quality and reduce costs and discuss current challenges and dynamics of this field. The purpose of the summit is to create a perfect atmosphere conducive to developing strategies for future success and achieving real results as well as active networking.

RZT Now an Official Reseller of OCTOPUZ in China

In-House Solutions is pleased to announce that Shenzhen Runzhi Advanced Technology Co, Ltd. (referred to as RZT) has signed on as an official reseller of OCTOPUZ software in China.

Intelligrated to showcase automated solutions at MODEX 2016

Lineup features innovative solutions to optimize distribution and order fulfillment

Five Robots Travel Around the World - Centralized unitizing robots prove reliable and flexible

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc (MCRI) helps a large pulp and paper company relocate and expand their current robotic unitizing system.

PI's New High Performance Multi-Channel Digital Piezo Controller is Cost-Effective Too

The E-727 controller integrates a wide range of piezo-based nanopositioning products and piezo actuators.

Increase Sanitation and Pocket Capacity with the New Staggered Sidewall Belt from Dorner Mfg.

It's a staggered sidewall belt that's unlike anything you've seen before.

Rising Media's Inside 3D Printing New York Announces Agenda and Keynotes with Focus on Business, Manufacturing, Medical, and Metal; April 10-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center

Now in its fourth edition in New York City, Inside 3D Printing is the leading professional 3D printing event worldwide.

Universal Robots: Denmark's largest robot manufacturer delivers 91% growth in revenue

Universal Robots' recently published financial statements leave no doubt as to the enormous growth potential of the robot industry. With revenue reaching 418 million DKK in 2015, the Odense-based company achieved 91% growth compared to 2014, while delivering a brilliant bottom line performance: a profit of 65.4 million DKK before tax.

Mercedes Boots Robots From the Production Line:

By Elisabeth Behrmann & Christoph Rauwald for Bloomberg Business:  “Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today,” Markus Schaefer, the German automaker’s head of production, said at its factory in Sindelfingen, the anchor of the Daimler AG unit’s global manufacturing network. “We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.”

Mercedes’s Sindelfingen plant, the manufacturer’s biggest, is an unlikely place to question the benefits of automation. While the factory makes elite models such as the GT sports car and the ultra-luxury S-Class Maybach sedan, the 101-year-old site is far from a boutique assembly shop. The complex processes 1,500 tons of steel a day and churns out more than 400,000 vehicles a year.

That makes efficient, streamlined production as important at Sindelfingen as at any other automotive plant. But the age of individualization is forcing changes to the manufacturing methods that made cars and other goods accessible to the masses. The impetus for the shift is versatility. While robots are good at reliably and repeatedly performing defined tasks, they’re not good at adapting. That’s increasingly in demand amid a broader offering of models, each with more and more features.  Cont'd...

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