Global Manufacturers Investing Heavily To Take The Manufacturing Floor High-Tech: KPMG Survey

Many devoting significant R&D budget towards robotics; A quarter say they have already invested in AI and cognitive computing technologies

Wickeder Westfalenstahl enters transformer market with copper-clad aluminium wire

Growing demand for highly-efficient yet lightweight transformers has opened up a new application for Wickeder Westfalenstahl's proven cold-rolled cladding. When used in the coil winding, the company's copper-clad aluminium can dramatically reduce the weight of a transformer without compromising on performance.

New Online Configurator from Festo Slashes OEM Engineering Costs and Speeds Delivery for Cartesian Robots

Armed with basic application information, an engineer can specify a single axis, 2D, or 3D Cartesian robot in minutes and have a CAD drawing at the end of the process. By 2017 assembled modules will arrive at the OEM within three weeks, about half the current delivery time.

Turck's New ARGEE Technology Turns I/O Devices into Field Logic Controllers (FLCs) for Flexible, Cost-effective Control

The ARGEE environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing that is common with PLCs.

Axiomtek's Fanless Embedded System, Specifically Designed for IIoT Solutions - the eBOX560-300-FL

This embedded box PC is powered by the Intel® Mobile Pentium® N3710 quad core processor. The system is designed for reliable use in industrial environments with an IP40-rated enclosure and wide operating temperature range of -20°C to +55°C (-4°F to +131°F), making it an ideal Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution for smart factory automation as well as applications such as material management, digital signage/communications, video surveillance, kiosks and more.

Novotechnik - New Touchless In-Cylinder Sensors With 5 Output Versions

TH1 sensors have a rod that is easily mounted in-cylinder through one end and attached to the cylinder with either a threaded flange on the rod or a plug-in flange. Screw-plug hole is sized at 3/4 inch/M18 diameter and plug-in flange is 46 mm. A magnetic pick-up position marker is mounted on the application's piston rod.

China's Big Bid For Germany's Industry 4.0 Technology

Klaus E. Meyer for Forbes:  Midea, the Chinese household appliances (“white goods”) manufacturer just made what analysts called an ‘incredibly high’ bid for German robot maker Kuka. This acquisition would take the Chinese investor right to the heart of Industry 4.0 : Kuka is a leading manufacturer of multifunctional robots that represent an important building block for enterprises upgrading their factories with full automation, the latest human-machine interface functionality, and machine-to-machine communication. Midea want a 30% stake in Kuka and have offered €115 per share. Kuka’s shares traded at €84 the day before and had already increased 60% since the beginning of the year. This offer values Kuka at €4.6 billion, which means Midea’s 30% stake would be worth €1.4 billion – on par with Beijing Enterprise’s February 2016 takeover of recycling company EEW which was the largest Chinese acquisition of a German firm to-date. Midea’s takeover bid underscores Chinese interest in German Industry 4.0 technology; in January 2016, ChemChina paid €925 million for Munich-based KraussMaffei machine tools, in part because of their advances into Industry 4.0. Recent smaller Chinese acquisitions in the German machine tool industry, which include the partial acquisitions of H.Stoll by the ShangGong Group and of Manz by the Shanghai Electric Group are, in part, motivated by the objective to partake in the latest Industry 4.0 developments.   Cont'd...

New Microscan Smart Cameras Unveiled in Robotics Demo at The Vision Show 2016

Microscan along with distribution partner Axis New England, demonstrated flexible in-line inspection using the Universal Robots collaborative UR3 robotic arm and Microscan's latest machine vision smart camera platform at The Vision Show 2016 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, from May 3-5.

Manufacturing Professionals Make Magic Happen at the Prime Advantage Spring Conference

Award-winning conference brings together supply chain thought leaders to explore cost savings, create collaborative relationships and share best practices

VTT delivers world's first industrial internet solution for a printed electronics plant

New products and services with faster time-to-market

PostProcess Technologies Unveils Hybrid Series 3D Post-Printing System

Industry's First Automated Dual Function System That Performs Support Removal & Surface Finish

Proto Labs Selected by HP Inc. to Test New, Industrial-Grade 3D Printing Technology

Proto Labs is one of several companies HP is collaborating with as a part of the company's Early Customer Engagement Program, which conducts product testing and garners user feedback on the product to help accelerate and advance the technology.

Puris Introduces "Puris 5+™"

New Titanium Powder (Ti-6Al-4V) Optimized for Additive Manufacturing

RAPID - Type A Machines Introduces Absolute 3D Internal Structures, A New Paradigm for Defining Functional Internal Geometry of 3D Printed Objects

New methodology moves beyond 2D infill, empowering designers and engineers to create consistent, predictable, printed objects that leverage material and structural characteristics, while substantially reducing the time to final manufactured product

German manufacturers take aim at smart factories, mass customization

TOMOHISA TAKEI, Nikkei staff writer:  It has been five years since Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, was first unveiled at the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade fair in Germany.      Industry 4.0 was more of a conceptual model at that time. This year, however, the trade show witnessed an emerging trend toward "smart factories" that can provide mass customization.      On April 25, SEW-Eurodrive's booth at Hannover Messe drew crowds of visitors. The German industrial motor maker demonstrated its automated vehicles for next-generation assembly plants, what it calls the "Lean Smart Factory."      In SEW-Eurodrive's demonstration, about 10 such "smart vehicles" moved about as five workers assembled products. One vehicle approached its target worker, displayed a procedure on its screen and instructed the worker to do the assembly work. After the worker completed the task, the vehicle received the product and moved on to another worker in charge of the next process.      These smart vehicles were connected over a network and programmed at the company factory. But it looked as if the products themselves were driving the vehicles and moved to where the tasks needed to be done. SEW-Eurodrive has already introduced the system at its factory in the southwestern German town of Graben-Neudorf, intending to make individually tailored products in the future.   Cont'd...

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