FANUC Robotics Integrator Remtec Automation Supports Soldier for Life Initiative at Fort Sill

Remtec Automation will attend the one-year anniversary of The Soldier for Life program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in support of the FANUC CNC Certification program that facilitates successful reintegration of soldiers into civilian careers in advanced manufacturing technology.

Rise in Robotics Requires New Tax Approach, EU Report Warns

Linda A. Thompson for Bloomberg:  European lawmakers warn that the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence may cause job losses across the continent, threatening to result in plummeting tax revenues if current tax frameworks aren't revised to account for the rise of the robotic workforce. Practitioners told Bloomberg BNA that taxing robots as “electronic persons,” as the EU contemplates in a recent report, would hinder innovation and that other ways of taxing the value that robotics create should be explored. The recent European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs draft reportrecommends the European Commission adopt a resolution to require companies to report on “the extent and proportion of the contribution of robotics and AI to the economic results of a company for the purpose of taxation and social security contributions.” Its first paragraph references Frankenstein, and comes amid mounting concerns that the rise in automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace will fundamentally alter economies, destroy jobs and jeopardize social welfare programs such as social security.   Cont'd...

ConXtech Announces Membership in Fiatech™ Consortium of Capital Project Stakeholders

ConXtech, manufacturer of the modular, prefabricated ConX® structural steel building system, announces it is now a member of Fiatech™. Fiatech is a global nonprofit consortium of industry stakeholders chartered with identifying, developing and adopting new technologies and practices that can improve field safety, increase quality, accelerate schedules and reduce costs in the construction of large industrial and commercial projects.

Alcoa Opens 3D Printing Metal Powder Plant

State-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility located at Alcoa's Technology Center outside Pittsburgh, PA Alcoa will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printing aerospace parts Builds on more than a century of experience in metal alloy development and metal powder production

GM-NASA Space Robot Partnership Brings 'Power' Glove to Life

RoboGlove licensed to Swedish Medtech company Bioservo Technologies

Piab - Optional added features offer optimal vacuum

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

DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR TECHNOLOGY REDUCES ENERGY COSTS

SME Announces Winners of the 2016 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SME created the additive manufacturing contest to attract students to the new, exciting, emerging technologies and tools involved. These technologies are already very relevant to industry and companies are looking for a workforce with additive manufacturing/3D printing experience and ability.

Okuma Welcomes TombStoneCity to Partners in THINC

Manufacturer supplies innovative workholding solutions for CNC machine tools.

TPC Wire & Cable Introduces Trex-Onics® Servo Motor Cables

Result is a high-performance solution for OEM replacement

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, TCT Asia 2017 (Show dates: 8-10 March, 2017) is moving to Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), a larger and better equipped exhibition space for continued expansion.

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.. .

NUM AND FENG CHIA UNIVERSITY JOINTLY DEVELOP INTELLIGENT CNC GEAR HOBBING MACHINE

advanced precision electronic gearbox provides major productivity enhancements

Subaru's Manufacturing Engineer Provides Insight Into Automation Technologies

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

Understanding Industry 4.0

Process and device will become inseparable. This is the direction we're heading in and it is all powered by the capabilities of Industry 4.0.

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MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

Space, or the lack of it, can be a challenge when placing barcodes or Data Matrix symbols on components. However, readable barcodes are critical to component traceability, time/date stamping, work in progress (WIP) tracking, and recall management. MicroHAWK UHD smart cameras can decode very small and difficult-to-read barcodes, including Data Matrix two-dimensional (2D) symbols and direct part marks (DPM). Users can rely on the MicroHAWK UHD to read symbols with an x-dimension almost invisible to the naked eye!