This Factory Robot Learns a New Job Overnight

MIT Technology Review:   Fanuc’s robot uses a technique known as deep reinforcement learning to train itself, over time, how to learn a new task. It tries picking up objects while capturing video footage of the process. Each time it succeeds or fails, it remembers how the object looked, knowledge that is used to refine a deep learning model, or a large neural network, that controls its action. Deep learning has proved to be a powerful approach in pattern recognition over the past few years. “After eight hours or so it gets to 90 percent accuracy or above, which is almost the same as if an expert were to program it,” explains Shohei Hido, chief research officer at Preferred Networks, a Tokyo-based company specializing in machine learning. “It works overnight; the next morning it is tuned.”... ( full story )

Dorner's New Universal Drive Simplifies Motor and Mounting Package Options for 2200 Series Conveyors

This new drive technology, developed by Electric Torque Machines (ETM), along with Dorner's unique mount package is designed to integrate universally across the 2200 Series end drive conveyor line. An advantage the Universal Drive brings to operators is the ability to save time by reducing SKUs and stocked service items into one manageable part number.

Highly Dynamic XY Linear Motor Scanning Stage, Introduced by PI

The L-731 magnetic linear drive ensures high velocity and acceleration.

Snappii Offers 4 Customizable Manufacturing Apps at No Cost

Now every manufacturer can afford to use Mobile Apps to save time and increase productivity.

BinMaster & Device Solutions Announce Strategic Alliance and Launch of Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring IIoT Solutions

automates sensor data collection, dissemination and reporting for delivery, agriculture and other industries

2016: Six Trends Affecting Safety In The Workplace

Safety is a complex topic, but these six factors are helping to not only increase workplace safety this year but also efficiency, quality and employee well-being.

AIA Launches Startup Competition

AIA, the worlds largest trade association for advancing vision and imaging, announced today the call for companies looking to participate in its startup competition at The Vision Show.

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Interview Infineon's Adam White about the Future of Energy Management and Storage

Global distributor Mouser Electronics teams up with Infineon and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to present an exciting video spotlight interview on power management. To learn more, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation.

Global Manufacturers to Gather in Chicago for Inaugural Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit 2016

Manufacturing executives to showcase how global companies run mission-critical processes in the cloud

Eyelit Announces Record Third-Quarter Growth and Profit from its Manufacturing Execution (MES) and Quality Management (QMS) Software

Eyelits record quarter was fueled by a 60% increase in software license revenue

Harwin Partners with Festo to Achieve 'Most Ambitious' Gecko Connector Assembly Machine

Delivers on companys pledge of investing in new equipment and driving automation; Facilitates production of Harwins hi-rel 1.25mm pitch Gecko connector family

New Photonic & Fiber Alignment Engines Catalog, from PI

Solutions include the 2016 Prism Award Finalist Fast Multi-Channel Photonics Alignment Engine

Triple iF Design Awards for igus products

Three innovative motion plastic solutions from igus have been awarded with international design awards.

ABB to increase efficiency and productivity at SCA's expanded pulp mill

For the first time ever an integrated automation solution will manage end-to-end production in the pulp industry - from the woodyard to the baling line - from a single control room

Banner Engineering Next-Generation Touch Buttons Feature Smart Electric Field Sensing for Superior Immunity to False Triggering

Employing smart electric field sensing, the next-generation touch buttons provide superior immunity to false triggering caused by the buildup of detergents, oils and other foreign materials, as well as exposure to direct water spray.

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