· New AI-enabled navigation technology allows AMRs to make intelligent decisions in dynamic and challenging environments · Technology reduces commissioning time by up to 20 percent, requiring less calibration and no change to infrastructure ·Increases flexibility for fast-changing intralogistics requirements in production, logistics, healthcare, and retail ABB Robotics has transformed its Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)…
Motion Ai launches new website
Motion Industries (Motion), a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Motion Ai website, ai.motion.com. Announced in February 2022, the Motion Ai business group unifies acquired technical companies, including Applied Machine and Motion Control (AMMC), Axis…
ABB partners with start-up Sevensense to drive next generation autonomous mobile robots
ABB is entering into a partnership with Swiss-based start-up Sevensense, founded in 2018 as a spin-off from ETH Zurich, to enhance ABB’s new autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) offering with artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D vision mapping technology. The technology will offer customers unprecedented levels of flexibility as mobile robots will be able to navigate autonomously…
AI analytics for manufacturers
by Brian McCarson, Vice President and Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is moving into broader adoption. Influenced by open-source communities, the AI domain is making advances quickly – moving from invention to mass replication in just weeks. To unlock potential AI…
Lanner releases Edge AI Starter Kit for Industrial Automation
Lanner Electronics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of intelligent edge computing appliances, announced its collaboration with Intel to launch the Edge AI Starter Kit for industrial automation. Combining Lanner’s Edge AI Appliance with Intel Edge Insights for Industrial, the Lanner Edge AI Starter Kit aims to deliver an all-in-one platform composed of a…
Teledyne DALSA releases suite of image processing and artificial intelligence software
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies [NYSE:TDY] company and global leader in machine vision, is pleased to announce Sapera Vision Software Edition 2020-09 is now available. The latest Sapera Vision Software suite includes Sapera Processing and the new Astrocyte graphical application for artificial intelligence (AI). The software suite offers field-proven image processing and artificial intelligence functions…
Part 6: IDE and other software for connectivity and IoT design work
As mentioned in Part 5 and at the top of this series, software that unifies various aspects of automation development is key to IIoT connectivity. Such software typically provides what’s called a universal engineering environment or more commonly an integrated development environment (IDE) to let engineers connect machinery with IT and other facility architectures. In […]
A solution for the visual inspection data problem — less is more
The problem with data at the factory floor is that conditions constantly change. Sparse Modeling, an AI approach recently evolved from the academic space, may solve this problem as it needs only a small data set. One benefit—it works on ultra-low power embedded computing platforms. By Dan Demers, Director, Sales & Marketing, congatec Americas Artificial…
Innovative EEG device helps you visualize mental activity and control IoT devices with brain waves
Backed by powerful software, the nūrio EEG device gives one an in-depth look at the activity of the mind anytime, anywhere. It uses AI algorithms that let users transform thoughts into commands to control things, such as IoT devices connected to the nūrio cloud. The proprietary architecture allows Brain-Computer Interfaces to control most devices with…
Parametric modeling: Still going strong thirty-one years on
To get to parametric modeling and to the newer direct modeling, CAD has undergone such radical changes as to make the early systems look unrecognizable to today’s engineers. Here’s a quick review. Jean Thilmany, Senior Editor Last year, parametric modeling turned thirty. “Parametric modeling made solid modeling practical for the first time and was a […]
Trelleborg launches electrically conductive PTFE sealing materials
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches Turcon MC1 and Turcon MC2 materials, the only polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based electrically conductive materials suited for use in spring and elastomer-energized seals. Engineered for dynamic applications, seals, and bearings from the materials will provide reliable electric connection between moving parts. Konrad Saur, Vice President Innovation & Technology for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, […]
FarmWise raises $14.5M Series A for sustainable robotic farming
FarmWise, which is developing robots to precisely care for crops, has raised Series A funding and plans to grow its engineering and operations teams.
Robot taxes, universal basic income, and the future of work up for debate
In the Democratic race for U.S. president, Bill de Blasio has proposed robot taxes, while Andrew Yang offers universal basic income. Did uncertainty around automation and jobs contribute to Donald Trump’s election?
Cartica and Moodify join Toyota AI Ventures’ investment portfolio
Toyota AI Ventures has invested in Cartica AI, which is developing a perception platform for autonomous vehicles, and Moodify, which applies scents to affect drivers’ moods.
Sensors and the future of food tech
Scientists and research engineers are developing technologies to boost food yield economically and efficiently in order to feed the world’s growing population. New ideas continue to emerge as the scientific community devotes time and energy in solving this problem. One futuristic approach involves creating an ideal environment for growing food in the air without soil, […]
XAIN brings blockchain, data privacy to Porsche vehicles
XAIN is applying FedML, or federated machine learning, to its ANDY system for protecting privacy while analyzing data from vehicles including self-driving cars.
Shopify acquires 6 River Systems for $450M
6 River Systems, a Waltham, Mass.-based warehouse automation startup best known for its Chuck autonomous mobile robot (AMR), was acquired by Shopify for $450 million. Shopify, the Canadian e-commerce giant, paid 60% in cash and 40% in shares for the deal, which is slated to close in Q4 2019. Shopify launched in June 2019 its…
Robotics investments recap: August 2019
Automation transactions in August 2019 included a major surgical robotics acquisitions, as well as funding for welding robots, cleaning drones, AI, and autonomous trucks.
What ancient myths can teach us about today’s technology
Miles Budimir • Senior Editor As our editorial team was preparing this year’s Motion Systems Handbook, covering the basics of motion technologies as well as their ongoing evolution, I began to wonder about the origins of the technology we cover. This got me thinking about the idea of control systems and automation more generally. This […]
Mobile picking partnership to demonstrate end-to-end solution
6 River Systems, which makes the Chuck AMRs and Mobile Sort smart kiosks, and Soft Robotics, which makes compliant grippers and the SuperPick system, have integrated their offerings for mobile picking.
Labor and robotics needed for the future of manufacturing, says KUKA exec
Labor and automation aren’t forces in opposition, notes KUKA CRO Joe Gemma. He says that industry needs to understand the benefits of robotics, and academia and government need to work more closely together.
CAD and AI: making design better, faster, and easier
AI has the potential to allow engineers to design products faster than before while meeting design specifications, sometimes in new and unique ways. Jean Thilmany, Senior Editor Artificial intelligence could be said to be the new hot buzzword, as it seems to be making inroads into all types of software. “We don’t see a lot […]
‘Roboats’ from MIT can now autonomously change configurations
MIT researchers have added capabilities to ‘roboats,’ allowing them to form pop-up bridges, stages, and other structures.
KBR revs up with AWS, NASA for fully autonomous vehicle race
KBR, a provider of technology and services to the government and energy industry, worked with Amazon Web Services and NASA to stage a race of fully autonomous vehicles.
Ringfeder Market Talk 5/19: EMO exhibition, digitalization, and more
EMO Hannover 2019: The whole world of metal working Things get hard at the EMO Hannover: or more precisely, it is all about metal working. From September 16 to 21, 2019, more than 2,200 exhibitors will showcase their product solutions to about 130,000 professional visitors from all around the world – seizing the opportunity to […]