The CC-Link Partner Association Proves it is Here to Stay as it Marks its 15th Anniversary

January is a significant milestone for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) in the Americas, as it marks exactly 15 years since the founding of the organization and the birth of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies. In these 15 years they have gone from dominating the Japanese market to becoming accepted global technologies.

RENCO Launches Redesigned Website To Benefit Rotary Encoder Users

RENCO encoders have a new home online with the launch of a redesigned website at www.renco.com .

Enhanced Thomson Website Saves Time with Easier Access To a Rich Library of Mechanical Motion Products And Solutions

Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has launched a new, multilingual website that improves access to its extensive library of mechanical motion product and application solutions.

Association for Advancing Automation Announces Keynote Addresses for A3 Business Forum

500+ Automation Executive Attendees Marks The Largest Forum to Date

Factory Automation Will Speed Forward with A.I., Says Bernstein

By Tiernan Ray for Barron's:  Bernstein Research’s Alberto Moel, who follows tech-industrial companies such as Corning(GLW) and AU Optronics (AUO), this afternoon offered up a thinks piece on robotics andfactory automation, arguing that some of the costs of automation beyond the basic cost of the robot are about to get dramatically cheaper, thanks in large part to artificial intelligence akin to what Alphabet (GOOGL) and others are doing. Moel notes that the basic components of factory robots are only falling by perhaps 6% per year, their cost reduction bounded by things such as casings and servomotors and reduction gears that don’t rapidly fall in cost. But, writes Moel, the cost to install and adjust these machines on a factory floor is ten times their component cost and that stuff can be reduced more dramatically: How much this integration costs varies widely. An often-cited rule of thumb is that a $50,000 robot will need $500,000 of integration costs before it is all said and done. Of course, these integration costs can be amortized over many robots, so perhaps a better estimate would be 3-5x the robot cost [...] But I do believe we are at an inflection pointthat will materially increase the capability of automation systems and substantially reduce programming, setup, and fixturing costs which are the largest cost element in most automation efforts. So instead of a measly 6% YoY cost reduction , we get 25-30% YoY declines, and automation Nirvana.   Cont'd.. .

Ethernet or EtherCAT for Motion Control Webinar: Choosing the Right Network for Your Applications

January 26th, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST

Fetch Robotics Expands Executive Team

Executives from Magellan and Willow Garage Leadership Join Logistics Pioneer

Patti Engineering Hires Lead for Business Development in Texas

Certified Mitsubishi and Siemens integrator addresses large demand for integration and engineering support among manufacturing companies with new hire

Most Popular Articles for 2015 - Did some of them predict the future?

Smart Homes, Robotics, Automation, Unmanned Vehicles, Solar and Wind Energy. Regardless of where you work or what you do, these topics are affecting your life and will continue to do so in the future.

ATX West - Tsugami/Rem Sales to Demonstrate LaserSwiss CNC Machine at MD&M West Show

Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami CNC machine tools, announced today that it will demonstrate its S206 LaserSwiss machine at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA in February.

Robotic Glove Invented by NUS Researchers Helps Patients Restore Hand Movements

Lightweight and soft, EsoGlove detects muscle signals and guides the hand to perform rehabilitation exercises

Allied Motion Technologies Announces Completion of Heidrive Acquisition

Allied Motion Technologies Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of motion control products, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Heidrive GmbH, a drive technology and engineering company for €20 million (approximately US$22 million). Allied Motion announced on December 23, 2015 that it had signed an agreement to purchase Heidrive.

Counting Photons…How Low Can You Go?

New program will plumb the fundamental limits of light detection to enable revolutionary new concepts, models and imaging devices

Motor vehicle construction benefiting from new laser joining processes

Lasers help when joining lightweight steel and aluminium structures / Laser welding profitable even with small batch sizes

ATX West - Digital Dynamics Announces SuperIOr® Controller for PLC Applications at ATX West 2016

Digital Dynamics, Inc., an industry leader in the design and manufacture of input/output (I/O) controllers for large industrial applications, today announced their PLC-programmable SuperIOr Controller, which can run various IEC 61131-3 programming languages such as ladder diagram (LD) or structured text (ST). AltaStream, Inc., experts in the field of industrial automation control systems, are partners in the project.

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BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow has offered a Camera Link frame grabbers for almost 15 years. This latest offering, our 6th generation combines the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0. Enabling a single or two camera system to operate at up to 850 MB/S per camera, the Axion-CL family is the best choice for CL frame grabber. Like the Cyton-CXP frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the new StreamSync system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing. There are two options available; Axion 1xE & Axion 2xE. The Axion 1xE is compatible with one base, medium, full or 80-bit camera offering PoCL, Power over Camera Link, on both connectors. The Axion 2xE is compatible with two base, medium, full or 80-bit cameras offering PoCL on both connectors for both cameras. The Axion-CL is a culmination of the continuous improvements and updates BitFlow has made to Camera Link frame grabbers.