ABB introduces the IRBT 2005, a flexible and compact medium track motion platform for both robot and transfer applications

Designed to accommodate rapid product changes, the new track provides greater accuracy and up to 50% shorter cycle times.

New Cryptosoft Release Provides Enterprises With a Reliable, Cost-Effective Security Solution for the Internet of Things

Announcing latest version of the Cryptosoft data-centric security platform: Version 4.0 provides the cost-effective enterprise security solution needed to enable the rapid growth of the Internet of Things

Festo Showcases Advanced Automation Solutions for High Throughput Screening Laboratory Devices at SLAS 2016

Festo modular automation systems help laboratory equipment manufacturers lower engineering costs and bring products to market faster. (Festo SLAS Booth #537)(Festo AquaJellies - the bionic artificial jellyfish - also at SLAS)

Laser-based micro processing on the road to success

Ultrashort pulse laser production systems on the advance / Manufacturers of laser production systems for micro material processing will demonstrate their competence at LASYS 2016

U.S. official sees more cyber attacks on industrial control systems

Jim Finkle for Reuters:  A U.S. government cyber security official warned that authorities have seen an increase in attacks that penetrate industrial control system networks over the past year, and said they are vulnerable because they are exposed to the Internet. Industrial control systems are computers that control operations of industrial processes, from energy plants and steel mills to cookie factories and breweries. “We see more and more that are gaining access to that control system layer," said Marty Edwards, who runs the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT. ICS-CERT helps U.S. firms investigate suspected cyber attacks on industrial control systems as well as corporate networks. Interest in critical infrastructure security has surged since late last month when Ukraine authorities blamed a power outage on a cyber attack from Russia, which would make it the first known power outage caused by a cyber attack.   Cont'd...

mPrest Raises $20M to Expand Industrial and Commercial IoT Solutions

GE Ventures and OurCrowd lead Series A investment in Iron Dome software provider

Delcam releases FeatureCAM 2016 R2 with improved multi-axis control

Delcam has added more five-axis machining functionality in the 2016 R2 release of its FeatureCAM CAM programming software. Other enhancements include improved control and simulation capabilities for multi-axis machines, plus options to reduce both programming and machining times.

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Announce Another Exciting Year of Empowering Innovation

Global distributor Mouser Electronics will continue its popular Empowering Innovation Together(TM) Program with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara in 2016. To learn more about the exciting topics, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Thoughts turn to revolution in Davos

By Matthew Allen for SWI:  Intelligent robots and drones, 3D printers, self-driving vehicles, data mountains, smart production lines, fintech and blockchain – the fourth industrial revolution is here. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Davos meeting will ponder the potential, limitations and societal impacts of “Industry 4.0”. Will the transformation of the workplace create jobs or unemployment? Will it close the gap between industrialised and developing economies, rich and poor - or widen it? For Swiss firms, can the new technological revolution ease the pressures of the strong franc? Speaking ahead of the annual meeting in Davos, WEF founder Klaus Schwab called on world leaders to revise policies to accommodate the coming changes. “We are not yet sufficiently prepared for this fourth industrial revolution that will come over us like a tsunami and will change whole systems,” he said. “My fear is that if we are not prepared we will create a world where particularly the middle class is frozen out. That would lead to a new problem of social exclusion that we absolutely have to avoid.”  Cont'd...

Ambienta buys Mikrotron

And takes a further step towards growing its European machine vision platform

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Unveils the Most Accurate ROMER Absolute Arm to Date

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence today announced its new, top-of-the-line addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) product line.

Ciiva Unveils New Intelligent Parts Data Analysis & Verification Technology at DesignCon 2016

Ciiva has unveiled a new intelligent parts data technology for PCB Design at DesignCon 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. This technology enables new tools for electronics designers to transform design intent into realizable design with intelligent data backed by the latest advances in data automation, analysis and verification technology.

Live Streaming Video Meets Crowdfunding

Kickstarter campaign by Makerthreads uses new streaming video service to allow people to meet and talk to inventors live.

Molex Debuts High-Speed Solutions, Processes and Partnership at DesignCon 2016

Focus is on Next-Gen Interconnect Solutions and a New Path to Development

The CC-Link Partner Association Proves it is Here to Stay as it Marks its 15th Anniversary

January is a significant milestone for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) in the Americas, as it marks exactly 15 years since the founding of the organization and the birth of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies.

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