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FABTECH Expo Q&A with OCTOPUZ Inc.

Visit the OCTOPUZ team at FABTECH 2019 in Booth B23113 to be the first to see what’s new with the industry-defining OCTOPUZ Offline Robot Programming Software! In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to our social media networks and website for more information.

Continuous operation excellence

Food and beverage production is becoming continuous to keep up with rising demands. To maintain the flow of products and to make sure there are low levels of waste, spoilage or contamination inside a continuous system, automation must be integrated into the production line.

Slotless Brushless Servo Motors Improve Machine Performance.

From the outside it looks just like any other industrial brushless servo motor but inside it utilized advanced manufacturing techniques to provide higher torque, higher speed, smoother operation, higher efficiency, and better inertial matching in a smaller package.

Smart Gripper for Small Collaborative Robots

With the growth and proliferation of collaborative robots, there has become an increased need for a wide variety of grippers and end effectors in general. One of the more challenging applications is for automated gauging and measurement of small parts.

Rapid Launches and Strategic Acquisitions Propel Growth of Warehouse Robotics

The warehouse robotics have offered a more efficient, reliable, and accurate way of handling demand and supply equation by letting robots perform functions such as pick-place, packaging, transportation, and palletizing.

5 Methods How Artificial Intelligence May Drastically Change Logistics

AI is everywhere. Today it helps you find something faster using your smartphone and voice assistant. Besides that, many other sectors use AI and machine learning to improve their working processes and make them smarter.

Automate for Accident Reduction

Box opening robots, while on a smaller scale, can eliminate the need for workers to handle blades. Unfortunately, box opening robots are not as common as the more traditional six-axis or SCARA robot models.

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Detecting New Solutions: How Intelligent Sensors Can Support Industry 4.0

Innovation Stage Q&A with SICK Inc. - To explore the impact of I4.0 and sensors in automated pharmaceutical manufacturing, we spoke with Ron Stuver, director of business consulting at SICK, Inc. (Booth LS-6419), a leading provider of manufacturing sensors.

Building a Sustainable Future with Today's Packaging Solutions

Packaging Professionals Address Innovation Stage Topics set for PACK EXPO Las Vegas. By: Sean Riley, senior director, media and industry communications, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Robot End-Effector Market to Reach US$ 6.5 Bn by 2025

The food & beverage industry will provide attractive growth potential to the market. The Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) or Automated mobile Robots (AMR) are highly suitable for materials shifting operations in the food manufacturing companies.

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Shopify Completes Acquisition of 6 River Systems

With this acquisition, Shopify is changing the fulfillment industry. The transaction adds 6 River Systems' cloud-based software and fleet of collaborative mobile robots called "Chuck" to the Shopify Fulfillment Network, accelerating its growth.

Festo Launches Two New Product Lines at Assembly 2019

Simplified Motion cost effectively applies electrics to basic motion. CPX-AP-I improves the performance of mixed valve terminal and I/O systems. Festo Booth #721.

The Future of Work - Are Robots the key to reducing unemployment?

With the rise of robots, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), the employees of today are in panic mode about the state of their future career prospects. Will they have a job in 20 years' time… 10 years' time… or even next year?

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Pleora Technologies - Edge Processing and Smart Devices for Industry 4.0
Pleora Technologies - Edge Processing and Smart Devices for Industry 4.0

Pleora Technologies - Edge Processing and Smart Devices for Industry 4.0

Smart devices and edge processing are considerable assets to vision as it continues to progress towards Industry 4.0. Through these compact, lightweight, lower cost devices, alongside cloud-based processing, machine learning and AI capabilities are becoming more and more prominent in the industrial automation market.

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maxon

maxon is a leading supplier of high-precision DC brush and brushless servo motors and drives. These motors range in size from 4 - 90 mm and are available up to 500 watts. We combine electric motors, gears and DC motor controls into high-precision, intelligent drive systems that can be custom-made to fit the specific needs of customer applications.