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Machine Learning on Exhibit at Hannover Messe

Today machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are helping to solve some of the biggest problems facing companies across the industrial spectrum. Combined with other advanced technologies such as the IoT, this is helping manufacturers gain a foothold in today’s Industry 4.0 revolution. Emphasising this trend, the theme of this year’s Hannover Messe is “Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate”. For Marc Siemering, Senior Vice President for trade show organiser Deutsche Messe AG,

Connectivity is critical to new business models, such as the increasing number now benefitting from the application of ML and  AI.



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Today machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are helping solve some of the biggest problems facing companies across the industrial spectrum. Boosting efficiency and production output in areas such as predictive maintenance and repair, defect detection and the optimization of supply chains, they are...

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Human-robot collaboration is fast becoming a norm in automation, particularly among smaller manufacturers. With the collaborative robot offering flexibility and affordability, the industrial world has embraced the concept of a “cobotic” future.   Mark Gray, area sales manager in the UK and Northern Ireland for...


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Fizyr is a start-up specialized in deep learning for logistics solutions. The company’s precursor, Delft Robotics, came first in the Amazon Picking Challenge...

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Festo, the automation leader known for its work on animal-inspired robotics, revealed a new creation on March 27: the BionicFlyingFox. In the past they...

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    What makes a good cobot? Cobots that can be used for a very specific process with one particular tool can be beneficial, but are very restricted. The most efficient use of cobots would be to able to use them for a range of tasks as needed. PIAB tackles this question with Kenos, its new compact vacuum gripper. Kenos is designed so that different grippers can be changed easily and it is able to pick up products of many different shapes. This means the same cobot can perform a variety of different tasks.

    Kenos’ system is made up of a modular vacuum generation injection and a gripper unit which are integrated into a separate pump unit. They are connected by a quick-change system. With the right adapter (included in the package) the unit can be used with all common cobot models. Both units have an edgeless design with a technical foam surface and rounded sides making them safe for work alongside humans.

    The pump unit uses powerful COAX®SX vacuum technology and the pump itself is a small, lightweight piCHIP unit that is almost silent, making it adapted for operation in rooms with human workers. The piCHIP ensures performance even with low or fluctuating supply pressure as for the same air consumption, COAX® ejectors are up to twice as fast as other conventional ejectors for three times more flow.

    The cobot also has configurable suction cups that can be used to handle most materials and fit on most machines.

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    French start-up 2B1st Consulting introduced at Hannover Messe a collaborative digital tool designed to help companies implement industry 4.0 solutions. The...

    B2B software editor Cartesiam partnered with electronic services company éolane to develop Bob, a predictive maintenance assistant with embedded AI features...

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    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…

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    Mike Farish is a UK-based journalist with experience of writing about manufacturing industry, technology, design and the application of new materials in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

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