Tag Archives: automation

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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Rockwell Automation acquires ASEM

Rockwell Automation has signed an agreement to acquire Italy-based ASEM, a leading provider of digital automation technologies. ASEM provides a complete range of Industrial PCs (IPCs), Human-Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software, remote access capabilities, and secure Industrial IoT gateway solutions. ASEM’s high-performance automation solutions enable The Connected Enterprise with smarter …

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Renesas and MinebeaMitsumi collaborate on development of stepping motor solutions for robots, OA equipment, and medical/nursing equipment

Renesas and MinebeaMitsumi today announced the joint development of resolver-based (angle sensor) stepping motor and motor control solutions optimised for use in robots, office automation (OA) equipment, and medical/nursing care equipment. These applications require motors with higher precision motor control, miniaturised form factors, and improved resistance to environmental influences. Working …

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ABB and B&R launch first fully integrated Machine-Centric Robotics solution

B&R, a unit of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business, announced the integration of ABB robots into its automation portfolio. With the ability to offer unprecedented levels of machine flexibility and precision, merging robotics with machine control into one unified architecture will enable manufacturers to embrace the trend of mass …

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Panasonic Industry Europe and Siemens Factory Automation sign global agreement

Panasonic Factory Solutions, a division of Panasonic Industry Europe, and Siemens Factory Automation Services have entered into a partnership in the field of assembly machines and factory automation solutions. The factory automation products and solutions from Panasonic Factory Solutions were able to convince after thorough testing and Panasonic Industry Europe was …

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Festo BionicOpter is a robot record breaker

A bionic dragonfly from Festo has been recognised as a record breaker in the latest edition of the Guinness World Records, published by Ravensberger on 5 September 2019. The chapter “Robots” presents the most amazing records from the world of super robots and artificial intelligence. The BionicOpter, an ultra-light flying object based on …

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Phoenix Contact is an official member of the BACnet International association

In building automation networks, the open and neutral BACnet (Building Automation and Control Networks) communication protocol creates the option for exchange among the sensors, actuators, and management systems of different manufacturers. The BACnet International industry association supports the successful, global application of the BACnet protocol. Phoenix Contact is now an …

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