Tag Archives: automation

Advantech and BrainCreators announce an edge solution for visual inspection and observation

BrainCreators and Advantech have announced an edge solution for automating visual inspection and observation. The end-to-end solution will combine the edge computing technology of Advantech with the BrainMatter platform for intelligent automation based on AI. This allows BrainMatter to perform automated tasks on-the-edge of innovative Internet of Things (IoT) devices …

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Yaskawa and Phoenix Contact partner up for the PLCnext Technology open automation platform

The shared goal of Yaskawa, an industrial robotics and mechatronics manufacturer, and Phoenix Contact, a manufacturer of automation solutions, is to drive forward the transition away from proprietary solutions towards an open and future-proof ecosystem for industrial automation. Yaskawa, a leading company in this industry, has decided to use PLCnext Technology. …

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Mouser offers latest products and resources for home and building automation

Mouser Electronics is expanding its comprehensive range of building automation solutions from Silicon Labs, TE Connectivity (TE), and Littelfuse for the rapidly growing smart home and building automation sector. To support this, Mouser has also just unveiled a brand new smart home resource site working in conjunction with Silicon Labs …

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The role of workers in the robotics revolution

According to research by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, almost a third of food processing operations already use robotics in their facilities. What’s more, half of those surveyed said they will increase their level of automation in the next three to five years. However, not every food manufacturer …

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Virtual showcase for state-of-the-art positioning and motion control

With conferences and industry exhibitions currently on hold, Physik Instrumente (PI) has set up a virtual trade show that will inspire and inform anyone with precision positioning and motion control challenges, wherever they are in the world. Each application-focused stand – covering everything from 3D printing or photonic alignment to …

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Kyocera to acquire Japan-based Showa Optronics Co.

Kyocera has entered into a share transfer agreement with NEC Corporation to acquire all of NEC’s shares in Showa Optronics Co (SOC), an optical components manufacturer. After the share transfer is completed, Kyocera will own 93.53 per cent of SOC’s shares; SOC will begin operating as a subsidiary of Kyocera on 1 June …

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Softing Industrial Automation reinforces the Open Integration network

How can field instruments and components be easily integrated into automation systems? The answer to this question is becoming increasingly important as industrial production digitalisation progresses. The Endress+Hauser Open Integration partner program unites 13 manufacturers that want to ensure the streamlined interaction of their products. Softing Industrial Automation joined the …

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Automation could deliver time savings of up to 25 per cent says new study

The European 4.0 Transformation Center (E4TC) at Aachen University in Germany has investigated the strategic digitisation of design and control engineering and the technical layout of machines and plant systems. The study (which can be downloaded free of charge at discover.eplan.co.uk/engineering-4.0), evaluates the use of CAE software (such as the one …

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Calculating robot ROI

Google Trends data demonstrates that web searches for the phrase, “how much does a robot cost?” have doubled since 2009. Determining the total cost and return on investment (ROI) of a robot isn’t straightforward, as Nigel Smith, managing director of industrial robot supplier TM Robotics, explains. When you factor in the robot’s …

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