• Theme: Automation

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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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    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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