Foxconn reaches 40,000 robots of original 1 million robot automation goal

From Next Big Future:  In 2011, Foxconn had announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next 3-5 years. 
Foxconn is the company that builds Apple's iPhone and iPad hardware and many of the android smartphones as well.
Foxconn, has so far installed 40,000 production robots across China as it looks to minimize the number of people it employs.
With the exception of some components like servo motors and speed reducers, the robots are being built entirely in-house, Foxconn's Dai Chia-peng told Taiwan's Central News Agency, as quoted by DigiTimes. It's unclear how many of the so-called "Foxbots" are being used to manufacture Apple products.
The machines are, however, said to be operating an industrial facility in Zhengzhou, a tablet plant in Chengdu, and computer/peripherals plants in Kunshan and Jiashan.   Cont'd...

Ethernet/IP Marquees connect directly to the Rockwell Ethernet/IP Network

The Ethernet IP Marquee revolutionizes the industrial market on how a marquee sign should connect and communicate on the Rockwell Ethernet/IP network. The Ethernet IP Marquee has a built in WEB server, eliminating the need to install software to program the marquee sign.

Machine Communication Forum scored with a wide range of subjects and networking opportunities

Users and providers from the machine and plant engineering sector, as well as equipment and automation manufacturers attended this event and were particularly enthused by the wide range of subjects and the opportunities to network.

Rethink Robotics Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Hunan Cothink in China

Hunan Cothink will distribute Sawyer, Baxter robots throughout the country

PACK Expo - Pro Mach Introduces at Pack Expo Its New Shrink Systems Group - A Single Source for All End of Line Shrink Wrapping Needs

Pack Expo attendees will experience a comprehensive range of custom and standard model Texwrap shrink wrapping and Tekkra bundling solutions located in a combined booth exhibit. (Shrink Systems Booth Texwrap and Tekkra #S-3748)

FABTECH - OCTOPUZ at FABTECH 2016

This coming November OCTOPUZ will be exhibiting at FABTECH, the continent's largest event for metal forming, fabrication, welding, and finishing.

ROBUST SMALL ROBOT FROM KUKA OPTIMALLY UTILIZES THE CAPACITY OF THE TOOL GRINDING MACHINE

While smoothly loading the grinding center of type UW I F at SAACKE, the KUKA small robot KR AGILUS WP (waterproof) ensures fast and precise transfer and unloading of workpieces.

SEWING TECHNOLOGIES IN INDUSTRY: KUKA INDUSTRIAL ROBOT MANUFACTURES RESEARCH PAVILION

The university in Stuttgart combines bionic investigations with innovative robotic manufacturing methods.

KR 1000 TITAN: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FROM KUKA

A total of six KUKA heavy-duty robots are used for stacking heavy steel beams at Mannstaedt GmbH ready for onward transportation. With a few exceptions, the use of robots in steel production had previously been uncharted territory.

KUKA ROBOTS WELD RELIABLY IN MINI ROBOTIC CELL

A mini robotic cell developed by integrator Paul von der Bank GmbH is in operation at Brüninghaus & Drissner in Hilden. In the confined space of this "Welding To Go" (WTG) 1200 cell, a KUKA KR 6 R 700 sixx robot from the AGILUS series reliably performs welding tasks.

PACK Expo - Shuttleworth to Showcase Innovative Collaborative Conveyor with Fenceless Technology at Pack Expo 2016

The Fanuc LR Mate 200iD is a 6-axis articulated robot featuring fenceless technology which safely monitors the position or speed of the robot and shuts down motor power when the defined safety parameters are exceeded.

maxon motors - Configure high-speed drives from your sofa

Never before has it been this simple to put together a customized, high-end drive, at work or at home, using maxon motor's online configurator. A variety of brushless, high-speed motors and gearheads are now available.

PACK Expo - Universal Robots to exhibit new packaging and palletizing applications at PACK EXPO 2016

Pioneer of collaborative robots showcases new cobot-assisted, mobile packaging applications featuring vision-guided kitting and parts inspection.

Machine vision up close: MVTec at VISION 2016

 Presentation of product highlights from HALCON 13 and MERLIC  Expert presentations and demonstrations on exciting machine vision issues  Features and topics: IIoT, texture inspection, 3D, OCR, deep learning

As China Invests in Robotics, iRobot and Other Companies Eye Deals

Jeff Engel for Xconomy:  China emerged as a manufacturing powerhouse over the past few decades, thanks in large part to a deep pool of cheap labor. Now, the country is investing heavily in factory automation, and Boston-area robotics companies and their allies smell opportunity.

Executives from 11 New England robotics firms will travel to several cities in China later this month on a trade mission aimed at sparking business deals and more technology collaboration between the U.S. and China.

The trip is being organized by InTeahouse, along with local nonprofit robotics support group MassRobotics.   Cont'd...

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