Jim Lawton for Forbes: Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and in my experience there’s no industry where that wisdom holds more true than manufacturing. I’m not a hardened cynic, just a pragmatist, having spent the majority of my career bringing technology that disrupts the status quo – from inventory optimization and managing risk in the supply base to collaborative robots. Manufacturers are among the most skeptical buyers and for good reason – what they do is hard, complex and things are done the way they are done because it’s been proven to work. There are times though when the opportunity to transform the business is so compelling that – as Drucker said – executives need to spend whatever time is necessary to tear down the cultural barriers that are getting in the way of the strategy that capitalizes on the moment. In the category of robotics and industrial automation, now is one of those times. It’s been more than 50 years since Unimate went to work at a GM plant unloading heavy parts and welding them onto automobile frames. Manufacturing has changed a lot and today is on an evolutionary path toward the 4th industrial revolution. Unfortunately, while executives may be ready to move quickly toward the factories of the future for first mover advantage, many automation engineers remain entrenched in 20th century thinking about robots — when they were highly customized solutions, designed to perform one task over and over again, with a price tag to match. Cont'd...
Up to now, cooperation between the two companies has been limited to 3D cameras but it will now be expanded to include various sensors in the vision sector.
New Director brings expertise in project management, facilitation, communication
Latest Lumberg Automation Product Is Excellent for Harsh Environments
Belden's New Cordsets Deliver Greater Power and Performance Reliability in Confined Industrial Automation Settings
Industry-proven M8 technology from Lumberg Automation provides a robust solution for the most demanding network requirements
Belden's New Multiprotocol I/O Modules Boost Flexibility and Installation Convenience in Industrial Production Settings
Compact I/O modules from Lumberg Automation meet EtherNet/IP and PROFINET specifications, creating an all-in-one solution for high cost savings
Universal Robots to build architectural scale pavilion in direct collaboration with attendees at Autodesk University
The Autodesk University conference merges traditional craftsmanship with computational design and manufacturing processes as the Hive Pavilion takes shape during the three day event in Las Vegas December 1-3. The Pavilion will be designed and built with the collaborative Universal Robots working in tandem with attendees, showcasing the future of digital construction and human-robot collaboration.
Robotics Alley has brought back one of its most popular tracks from 2014, the Health Care and Medical Device Track. The conference takes place in Minneapolis, at the heart of one of the nation's largest medical device clusters.
The new events will incorporate 3D Printshow
Scott Jenkins has joined Yaskawa Motoman as Vice President of North American Sales & Marketing.
MIP Robotics Launches Its First Model of New Generation Industrial Robot "MIP Junior", Designed with Its Own Technology
After several years of R&D, MIP robots have a new gear reducer type suited for robotics, patented by the French start-up.
Mouser Electronics to Sponsor Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest for University Engineering Students
The contest is currently underway. It will end at 11:59 p.m. (CST) on May 27, 2016.
Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Robot Now Available Throughout Japan
Commercial operations veteran to lead data-driven optimization of sales, analysis and strategy
MIP robotics is a startup founded in 2015 and based on research conducted for many years. The company aims to provide accessible, industrial robots, especially for SMIs (small and medium industries). In other words, like 3D printing in recent years, MIP wants to democratize industrial robotics. The robots can be used to automate repetitive, arduous or dangerous tasks; indeed it is possible to set the standard gripper arms: suction cup, hook, screwdriver, blade etc. Application examples are numerous: storing goods in cartons, checking the tightening torque, making the automated cutting, removing non-compliant products etc. MIP allows its customers to increase their productivity (and hence margins) in order to improve the quality or reduce the hardship. The investment can be made profitable in only 6 month. The "Junior " is a robot called "SCARA" (that is to say a horizontal arm) operating on a range of 600mm and fixed on a vertical axis in a standard 400mm high. These dimensions can be adjusted on demand. Its speed reaches up to 250mm/s with an accuracy of 0.5mm and can move up to 5kg. Junior is also characterized by its ease of use: for instance you can teach the robot the movements to be carried out by manually moving the robotic arm. Finally, the robot stops in case of impact, enabling collaborative applications if all safety conditions are met. While prices often start around €20,000 on the market, Junior is available from €8000. Full Press Release:
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Factory Automation - Featured Product
Awe-inspiring power and superior flexibility is sheathed within the contoured casing of the HAWK MV-4000. This smart camera builds upon the previous generation by quadrupling processing power and achieving real-time trigger response using an FPGA. Its state-of-the-art algorithms make it an excellent tool for any industry, whether the requirement be code reading, code verification, inspection, guidance, gauging or a combination of all four.