China's Hunger for Robots Marks Significant Shift

By TIMOTHY AEPPEL and MARK MAGNIER for WSJ.com -  Having devoured many of the world’s factory jobs, China is now handing them over to robots. China already ranks as the world’s largest market for robotic machines. Sales last year grew 54% from a year earlier, and the boom shows every sign of increasing. China is projected to have more installed industrial robots than any other country by next year, according to the International Federation of Robotics. China’s emergence as an automation hub contradicts many assumptions about robots and the global economy. Economists often view automation as a way for advanced economies to keep industries that might otherwise move offshore, or even to win them back through reshoring, since the focus is on ways to reduce costly labor. That motivation hasn’t gone away. But increasingly, robots are taking over work in developing countries, reducing the potential job creation associated with building new factories in the frontier markets of Asia, Africa or Latin America.   Cont'd...

ABB wins $52 million robots order to boost manufacturing flexibility at Ford's newest China factory

ABB robots to be installed at Changan Fords new Harbin-based auto factory as part of its Body-in-White (BIW) welding process ABB robots have been used successfully across Changan Ford's major automobile production facilities in China since 2007

Barrett Technology Wins Grants to Fuel Innovations

"Barrett Technology is not only creating jobs in Newton and strengthening the local economy, but bringing products to market that will help revolutionize the global health care industry"

Lenze Sponsors Students from Germany and America in Inaugural International Coil Winding Challenge

International educational collaboration between students and companies results in two operable Lenze prototypes

Reaction Torquemeters Offer Digital And Analog Outputs

S. Himmelstein and Company announces new line of torque transducers. These new products are well-suited for a broad range of applications including both performance and endurance testing of pumps, motors, servo motors, gearboxes, actuators, etc. as well as calibration of torque tools.

Patti Engineering Announces Growing Demand for Expertise in Industrial Robotic Integration

Company with 24 year history in robotics, invests in advanced workforce training and tools to meet accelerated demand for industrial robotics programming and integration expertise in manufacturing.

Pro Mach Expands Sales and Support for Latin American Customers with a New Business and Facility in Mexico

The new Pro Mach Mexico Shared Services business will open a sales, technical support, equipment, and parts stocking facility in Monterrey, Mexico, this summer. See Pro Mach and 14 of its more than 20 brands at Expo Pack Mexico June 16-19.

Rockwell brings factory-automation tools to smartphones, tablets

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel:  The Texas facility that mass-produces State Fair corn dogs and Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick retooled itself recently as a hyper-automated smart factory. It installed 1,500 sensors to collect gigabytes of data on everything from raw meat inventories to wastewater and electrical usage. Then the Fort Worth factory took one extra step into the future of industrial technology: It added software that transmits all of that real-time data onto smartphones and tablets, making it possible for plant managers to monitor their production network from anywhere on the factory floor — and during coffee breaks or vacations, as well. If they choose — so far, most don't — this new breed of mobile managers can even operate factory equipment remotely, shutting off pumps or speeding up production lines. Technology has made that sort of operation as easy as playing a smartphone video game, but it can be reckless because a lot of equipment can interfere with or hurt those who are physically present. It's only a matter of time, some say, before factory controls migrate to Google Glass, the wearable displays mounted in eyeglass frames, or smart wristwatches. Cont'd...

Machine Automation under Scrutiny for High-Volume, High-Quality Manufacturing

Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security, and medical applications, NEXCOMs new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.

Banner Engineering Wireless Vibration and Temperature Sensor Provides Superior Machine Monitoring

Designed to effectively monitor machines for increases in vibration and temperature.

R.M. Hoffman Company designated official United States distributor for the Moenninghoff product line.

German-based Moenninghoff and R.M. Hoffman Company are introducing a new partnership that will bring Moenninghoff tooth clutch, high-precision voice coil actuator, and robust flexible coupling products to new markets.

Machine Automation Under Scrutiny for High-volume, High-Quality Manufacturing

Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security and medical applications, NEXCOMs new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.

New MU-8000V 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center Delivers Versatility and Superior Accuracy

Innovative 5-Axis VMC from Okuma has extensive CNC machining capacity for heavy-duty cutting.

Coldwater Machine Company Announces SpinMeld For Friction Welding of Dissimilar Materials

New joining system reduces cycle time and defects as compared to traditional welding techniques and can join a variety of materials, helping companies focused on lightweighting.

Glide-Line Introduces IMPACT Interactive Configuration System

"Powerful Tool to Optimize Designs." - DeWayne Merritt, Tool Design Engineer, Autoliv

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