DirectIndustry e-Magazine - INDUSTRY NEWS JUNE 2019 - DirectIndustry e-Magazine

#52/ JUNE 2019

#52/ JUNE 2019


New smart, industrial, social, mobile and service robots are invading the factory floor. Explore our top articles on the latest trends and innovations in robotics in this edition.


Also, read about the future of humanity with artificial intelligence.


And don’t miss our story on how the IoT is helping traceability in the food & beverage industry.

Find the best of our articles on robotics trends.

While making the most of machine learning to become more self-sufficient, the industrial robots of tomorrow will also brush up on their interpersonal skills so they can work more closely with their human colleagues. The global industrial robotics market share is booming, now accounting for more than 50 percent of the...

Advances in artificial intelligence and situational awareness are set to underpin the next generation of collaborative robots, designed to safely work side by side with humans in industrial environments.   The industrial robotics market is expected to grow by 175% over the next decade, according to Loup Ventures...

A giant robotic braider, capable of creating complex composite preforms for widespread lightweight applications, is up and running in the UK.   The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) bought the equipment, which is the largest in the country, to enhance its cutting-edge collection for...

Mobile robotics is a new mega-trend. Either autonomous or on a platform, mobile robots represent the third robotics revolution…one that opens a new era of cyber-physical production. Last April, at Hannover Messe, we talked to KUKA and Stäubli and met with their new models. More flexible, their robots can navigate...

In June 2018, a small research team at the Wyss Institute of Harvard University made media headlines across the world as global aerospace firm Rolls-Royce publicized their joint research in building tiny robots capable of inspecting the insides of jet engines. Our reporter Lindsay Clark caught up with former Wyss...

Rather than simply taking jobs on production lines, the new generation of service robots is finding its place alongside humans, boosting both productivity and safety.   Industrial robots began life as hefty mechanical arms that could spot-weld cars faster than human workers. But today’s robots have developed a delicate...

Courtesy: SoftBank Robotics

The biggest challenge for social robots finding their place in the world isn’t conquering technological challenges, but rather mastering the intricacies of interpersonal skills.   Unlike a robot in a factory or laboratory, social robots are designed to interact with the general public. They’re beginning to appear in...

Laurence Devillers is a researcher in engineering sciences for the CNRS, a member of the CERNA (Committee for the Study of Research Ethics in Digital Sciences and Technologies) and a specialist in man-machine interactions. She wrote Robots and Humans (Des Robots et des Hommes, Ed. Plon 2017), a book in which she...

Jean-Michel Besnier is a French philosopher who teaches at the Sorbonne University in Paris. His research focuses on the philosophical and ethical impact of science and technology on individual and collective representations and imagination. We met him to talk about artificial intelligence.   DirectIndustry...

Traceability is now such a major issue for food manufacturers.

Most people like chocolate, but a growing band of consumers are aware of the damage the production of palm oil, a common ingredient in popular chocolate brands, can do to the environment. There are palm oil-free brands, of course, but how do they offer that guarantee when food supply chains are so complex?...

Your shopping habits are about to change! New trends are shaking up the retail sector. From hands-free voice commerce from home to pop-up stores, discover how you will shop in the future.   Amazon’s net sales reached $72.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $60.5 billion for the same period in 2017....

Courtesy of VoiceSense

An Israeli provider of voice-based technology has recently launched an innovative new tool. The Voicesense application analyzes speech in real time and uses AI algorithms to provide an instant profile of the individual’s behavior.   Yoav Degani, founder and CEO, explains the technology can be employed to predict a...


Camille Rustici

Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark is a freelance journalist specializing in computing. He has won industry awards as news editor at Computer Weekly. He has also written for newspapers including The Guardian, The Financial Times…

Chris O’Brien

Chris O’Brien is based in France and is European Correspondent for VentureBeat and a freelance writer. Before moving to France, he spent 15 years in Silicon Valley covering technology for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times.

Sole Møller

Sole Møller is a Danish freelance journalist based in San Fransisco. He writes about new technologies and contributes to several publications including DirectIndustry e-magazine.

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

Hicham Dhouibi

Hicham Dhouibi is a mechanical and process engineer and writer with years of experience in automotive, plastic processing and telecom industries.

Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is our copy-editor and our in-house DirectIndustry English translator.

Abigail Saltmarsh

Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

Adam Turner

Adam Turner is an award-winning Australian freelance technology journalist with more than 15 years of experiences in business and consumer technology in media like the Sydney Morning Herald.

Erin Tallman

Erin Tallman is an American writer and Deputy Editor of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She writes novels and contributes to several online magazines like DirectIndustry e-magazine.

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