Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Announce Another Exciting Year of Empowering Innovation

Global distributor Mouser Electronics will continue its popular Empowering Innovation Together(TM) Program with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara in 2016. To learn more about the exciting topics, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Ambienta buys Mikrotron

And takes a further step towards growing its European machine vision platform

MODEX 2016: Smart Technologies from Swisslog for Fully Automated Light Goods Handling

Visitors to MODEX 2016 in Atlanta, GA from April 4-7, will experience first-hand the latest warehouse automation innovations from intralogistics specialist Swisslog. The company will demonstrate new picking technologies integrated with advanced robotics.

Six Research Teams to Develop Innovative Solutions with KUKA Lightweight Robot LBR iiwa

Six research teams from around the world will be developing innovative solutions with the KUKA lightweight robot LBR iiwa between now and Hannover Messe 2016

VadaTech Launches the Industry's Highest Performance FPGA AMC

VadaTech announced the AMC595, an Advanced Mezzanine Card or AdvancedMC (AMC) based on the Xilinx® Virtex® UltraScale™ XCVU440 FPGA, arguably the highest performance FPGA available today.

VadaTech Announces Plan for Industry's Largest Portfolio of COTS VPX Products

VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, today announced a major new initiative to bring its existing commercially-developed designs to the 3U VPX form factor.

ATX West - America's Most Comprehensive Design & Manufacturing Event Welcomes Prolific Futurist, Legendary Disney Animator and Philanthropic Innovator to its Keynote Stage

Leading U.S. Event Hosts Expert Talks, Technology-Packed Exhibition Hall, and Unmatched Networking Opportunities

Balluff Recognized for "Leadership in Automation" Award for Discrete Sensing

For the fourth year in a row, Balluff has been recognized as a First Team category leader in the 2015 Leadership in Automation Program from Automation World Magazine in the Discrete Sensing category.

ROBOTIQ BRINGS A SENSE OF TOUCH TO UNIVERSAL ROBOTS WITH NEW 6-AXIS FORCE TORQUE SENSOR

Robotiq launches its newest Force Torque Sensor: the FT 300, bringing a sense of touch to robots. With plug and play integration on all Universal Robots, the Force Torque Sensor FT 300 makes automation of high precision tasks such as product testing, assembly and precise part insertion easy and fast to setup.

Toshiba Imaging Introduces Full-HD 3CMOS 1080p Camera - Rated for Medical Applications

• New IK-HD5UM HD video camera meets IEC 60601-1 Medical Design Standards, 3rd edition, requirements for medical and surgical imaging

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.. .

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Next Generation of Precision Motion Controllers - V3.0

MICROMO launches the new MC3/MCS motion control family. The new high performance, intelligent controllers are optimized for use with FAULHABER motors, offer electronics for simple operation with state-of-the-art interfaces for multi-axis applications, and provide a motion control system solution with the most compact integration into industrial grade housing.