• Theme: Automation

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    After years existing on supercomputers, cognitive computing platforms are being made available on the cloud. The consequences for embedded systems and the Industrial Internet of Things could be huge.   The cloud has been making raw computing power available in virtual environments for some years, but how about on-tap...

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    Rockwell Automation is in the midst of a global deployment of its smart manufacturing systems. The company shared insight into the two first examples of what it calls the Connected Enterprise, in Ohio and Mexico.   A New Architecture in Mexico In 2007, Rockwell Automation began building two greenfield plants in...

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    At this year’s GreenTec Awards at IFAT, the laureate in the Automobility category went to Germany’s Schaeffler and LuK GmbH & Co. KG, for its E-Clutch. Markus Kneissler, head of development, automated clutches, talked to DirectIndustry e-magazine about the automatized clutch, which takes over from the driver as...

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    Drones are increasingly replacing humans in industrial settings. They can access hard-to-reach areas and even perform inspections in dangerous zones. Airobotics, an Israeli company, wants to go further by automating industrial drones, reducing even more the need for human involvement. And it has raised $28.5 million...

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    Since last summer’s hack of a connected Jeep, auto cyber-security has become a red-hot issue, one that automakers cannot avoid. And with connected cars expected to be a durable trend, the need for over-the-air software and updates that cannot be hacked is crucial. Semiconductor company Rambus has developed a new...

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    Watch our exclusive report. The low-cost war is raging in cobotics! At Hannover Messe, new players presented cobots at unbeatable prices. Competition is getting tough, especially for those who first introduced inexpensive cobots.

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    Watch our exclusive report. Last year, during our special coverage of Hannover Messe, we titled one of our stories “The Rise of Cobotics.” What’s the situation a year later? Are cobots still invading the factory floor? Are they still a hot topic in the industry? The answer is yes, and the technology keeps improving....

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    Humanoid factory hand workerbot3 from pi4_robotics scooped up second place in the Robotics Awards at Hannover Messe this year. pi4_robotics GmbH, which manufactures machine vision systems, automatic inspection systems and robots, designed a cobot that can operate in varied settings, carrying out production operations,...

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    At Hannover Messe, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with Dominik Boesl, Corporate Innovation Manager at KUKA, to talk about the major challenges facing robotics in coming years. From the four robotic revolutions to “robotic governance,” what will be tomorrow’s robotics?   DirectIndustry e-magazine: You’ve called cobotics...

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    OPC UA is turning into the de facto standard for M2M communication. A good example of this trend is Festo’s announcement that it will now “use OPC UA as the communication interface for new products.” The company has embedded OPC UA in the latest version of its CPX automation platform. As Festo Product Manager...

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