• Theme: Automation

    Fully embracing Industry 4.0 is vital to the aerospace industry. That means accepting a cultural change as well as investing in technology. Jeegar Kakkad is chief economist and director of policy at ADS, a trade organization for companies in the UK aerospace, defense, security and space sectors. He believes the...

    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is studying the possibility of pilotless airliners, and plans to test certain aspects of the idea in 2018. Today’s drones demonstrate the feasibility of the concept and feature at least some of the required technology. Modern flight computers already allow the current generation of...

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    A regular exhibitor at Hannover Messe, German leader Festo presented new potential uses for its superconductivity technology. We met with Susanne Krichel, portfolio manager at Festo. Watch our video interview.

    Sigfox, Qowisio, LoRa by Objenious, Matooma, RPMA by Ingenu. These IoT networks are engaged in a tech battle. With the IoT sector expected to reach 21 billion connected objects in 2020 according to IT research firm Gartner, the need for efficient connectivity is huge. But between narrow-band, spread spectrum and...

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    Various smart technologies are being developed to increase farming efficiency, with heavy focus on automated machines and GPS guidance.   Autonomous Farming Case IH, which provides innovative solutions for agribusiness, recently introduced an automated concept tractor in the US. The prototype driverless tractor was...

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    Festo announced innovative application concepts for its superconductor technology at SPS. Georg Berner, Project Coordinator for the SupraMotion future concepts, talked to DirectIndustry e-magazine about SupraGripper and SupraMotion.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: What is the technology behind SupraGripper? Georg Berner:...

    Mitsubishi Electric has presented a spectrum of integrated automation components and services, described as an “e factory” for the journey toward Industry 4.0. Unveiled at the SPS IPC Drives Expo 2016, it was developed to help companies explore new solutions for the automation and digitalization of industrial...

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    littleBits is an electronic building block company that wants to democratize hardware. From a burglar alarm to a smart doorbell, littleBits empowers people to create their own electronic devices by sticking different modules together. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Paul Rothman, Director of R&D.   DirectIndustry...

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    U.K.-based Ross Robotics develops and commercializes the modular Robosynthesis. Director of research and development Philip Norman talked to Directindustry e-magazine about the robotic platform, which is resilient enough for deployment in places such as Chernobyl.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: Robotics is ubiquitous and...

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    As the technology in robotics continues to advance, mobility has become a hot topic, especially for industry. Manufacturers are expressing increasing interest in robots that optimize production by navigating autonomously and working alongside employees safely.   Martin Hägele is head of department Robot and Assistive...

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