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.. .
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
Industrial robotics is changing the U.S. manufacturing industry portrait.
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.
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).
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.
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.
New Robotiq wrist camera and vision system breaks down barriers to vision integration
Visit Rollon at in the East Building at booth E-4528
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
Cleanrooms and other controlled environments provide management of airborne particulate contamination to appropriate levels for accomplishing contamination-sensitive activities.
DENSO Foundation gives more than $1 million in grants to 24 colleges and universities to advance engineering and skilled trades education
Text books can only take you so far. But complement a student's textbook knowledge with hands-on problem solving, troubleshooting, teamwork and technical work - now you have an engineer or technical expert ready to develop, improve and build technologies that will help our society.
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EPC is excited to announce our NEW online 3D Configurator. This new tool makes it even easier to configure EPC's products exactly how you need them for your application. The 3D Configurator interface is intuitive and works in any web browser for both desktop and mobile. It'll only take you a moment to learn your way around the program. Careful, though: it's so fun to play with, you may spend a whole afternoon on it!