FANUC America Appoints Mike Cicco President & CEO

"I am excited and honored to take on this role, and I look forward to working with Rick and our talented senior leadership team to achieve our future growth objectives," said Cicco.

Gudel - TrackMotion Floor Track for Heavy Weight Robots

The TMF-5 is the only standard linear motion product available on the market that can move an articulated robot with a payload over six metric tons. The TMF-5 is specially designed for the latest generation of heavy weight robots from FANUC, ABB and KUKA.

Piab - Optional added features offer optimal vacuum

piCOMPACT®23 is now available with a range of unique and patented added features

ARxIUM Selects Wael Pharmacy as Distributor of RIVA Automated Compounding System in Bahrain

Country's leading healthcare equipment distributor to market the unmatched IV compounding capabilities of RIVA

Robolliance Introduces Inaugural Slate of Technology Sponsors

Sharp Electronics Corporation, founding sponsor of Robolliance, announces a top-tier alliance of corporations that have teamed together with sales channel and industry experts around autonomous robotics for security and surveillance.

NEXCOM EtherCAT Master Controllers Bring Advanced Control to Industrial Machines

Combining easy-to-integrate software and hardware designs, NEXCOM NET controllers reduce development efforts for machine makers, hastening the rollout of next generation industrial machines which can coordinate with other industrial systems and connect to the cloud.

China's Midea buys nearly half of German robotics firm Kuka

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.. .

Subaru's Manufacturing Engineer Provides Insight Into Robotics

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

Robots, Jobs and Productivity in the Manufacturing Industry

Industrial robotics is changing the U.S. manufacturing industry portrait.

TCT Asia 2016 Success Sets up Growth and Relocation for 2017 Edition

Following a hugely successful debut edition of TCT Asia in March 2015 and strong growth at the 2016 event (110 exhibitors, 10,521 visitors, 41 speakers, 530 conference delegates and a 45% increase in stand space) TCT Asia 2017 is moving to a larger and better equipped exhibition space for continued expansion.

ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop July 14-15

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.

Honeywell to acquire Intelligrated, a leader in supply chain and warehouse automation technologies

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RIA Announces National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop

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).

Boston Dynamics posts video of one of the quietest robots ever being built

John DiPietro for NHVoice:  Lately, Boston Dynamics has released a new video of its robot called Mini Spot. In the video, the robot is seen running around outside, planning around objects in a home and climbing up stairs. The best part of the video is how delicately the robot picks up a wine glass and puts into the dishwasher. The wine-glass act has been highlight as it could be judged as to how much skilled is the robot in handling delicate things. For robots to safely operate around humans they need to be able to sense their environment and capable of knowing how mighty they are. Mini Spot weighs 55 lbs and is all electric and runs for around 90 minutes on a charge depending on what is it doing. The robot is having many sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro and proprioception sensors in its limbs.   Cont'd...

Flexible Feeding - Greater Speed

The system has been designed to enable the picking surface to be changed very quickly.

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