• Theme: Robotics - Automation - Industrial IT

    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...

    Samsung, Sony and Google have filed patents for smart contact lenses that take still pictures and video, or record and display information. The camera trigger is a light sensor that detects eyelid movement. In some versions, an embedded antenna sends images wirelessly to a smartphone for processing. The Samsung lens...

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    A new type of malware, dubbed Industroyer, has poked its nasty nose into the news. It was detected and analyzed by security firms ESET and Dragos after an attack last December tripped circuit breakers at a Ukrainian high-tension station, cutting power to the neighborhood. Designed to attack electrical distribution...

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    A Rafale breaks the sound barrier above the head of the new French president. We’re at the Paris Air Show, the must-be-there event in international aeronautics. Every two years, exhibitors introduce and demonstrate the latest in heavenly speedsters. One of this year’s themes is more evident inside the exhibition halls...

    Dancing laser beams opened PTC’s 2017 edition of LiveWorx that took place in late May at the Boston Exhibition Center. Clients, partners and even Barack Obama’s CTO, Aneesh Chopra, made it to New England for  the launch of ThingWorx 8, the software editor ’s new version of its IoT platform. ThingWorx enables customers...

    Yaskawa Motoman will introduce its YRC 1000 robot controller at São Paulo’s FEIMAFE 2017 tradeshow this month. The new model can control up to eight robots at a time, is more compact and has a faster processor. The company proposes custom solutions to respond to specific client needs. CEO Icaru Sakuyoshi said the...

    Mobile and collaborative robots, virtual assembly lines, digital manufacturing. It’s not science fiction, but the fourth industrial revolution. Whether it’s Germany’s Industry 4.0, Made in China 2025, or France’s Creative Industry, the goal is the same—build tomorrow’s factory. The nature of international competition...

    Last month, more than 126,000 people in more than 100 countries were victim of a massive worldwide ransomeware attack, a form of hacking designed to encrypt the target’s data pending payment of a ransom. The WannaCry cyberattack infected U.K. National Health System, Spanish Telcommunication company Telefonica, French...

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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.

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