25 Jul 2024

AUTOMATION FOR MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

Stellantis sells majority stake in its automation subsidiary Comau

The automotive giant Stellantis has sold a majority stake in its robotics and automation subsidiary Comau…

WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION

Ex-Tesla robot chief raises $78m for a new way to move materials

A US start-up has emerged from two years of stealth development to announce a new automated form of…

SMART FACTORIES

Korean giant enters smart factory market with multi-$bn target

The Korean electronics giant LG has entered the smart factory market, offering the expertise that it has gained…

US MANUFACTURING

Fanuc opens $110m automation campus in the US

The Japanese robotics and automation giant Fanuc has opened a $110m facility in the US which will provide…

INDUSTRIAL CODING

Coding errors cause shutdowns that can cost $126m

Industrial coding errors are resulting in manufacturing shutdowns that last 30 hours on average, cost $4.2m per hour,…

INDUSTRIAL CYBERSECURITY

Surging OT cybersecurity sales could outstrip IT

The global market to provide cybersecurity for industrial systems will more than double from US$12.75bn in 2023 to…

AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING

Government-backed fund invests £1m in aircraft robotics pioneer

A Nottingham-based robotics company aiming to revolutionise aircraft production and slash the cost of new planes has secured…

UK MANUFACTURING

UK manufacturing loses 34,000 jobs, but is still 64,000 short

The number manufacturing jobs in the UK dropped by 34,000 in the past year, but there are still…

APPOINTMENT

Norcliffe succeeds Conn as MD of B&R in UK and Ireland

B&R Industrial Automation has appointed Andrew Norcliffe as managing director for machine automation in the UK and…

UK MANUFACTURING

ABB invests £27m in production and R&D site in Nottingham

ABB is investing more than £27m ($35m) in a greenfield site in Nottingham, UK, to meet increased demand…

APPOINTMENTS

Ackerman succeeds Pickering as president of Nidec Drives

Miles Ackerman has been appointed interim president of Nidec Drives, succeeding Anthony Pickering who has been made…

NORTHERN IRELAND

Work starts on Ulster’s £100m Factory of the Future

Construction has started on the £100m Factory of the Future project in Northern Ireland, which is expected to…

INDUSTRIAL CYBERSECURITY

First security sensor embedded in PLCs will transform cybersecurity

The OT and IoT security specialist, Nozomi Networks, has announced the first OT and IoT security sensor…

ROBOT PROGRAMMING

US start-up claims it can program robots 20 times faster

An American robotics start-up has pioneered a new kind of AI-powered motion planning that needs 1,000 times less…

COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

‘Breakthrough’ restarts cobots automatically after shutdowns

A US company that specialises in workcell software for robot-driven manufacturing, has announced a “breakthrough” technology that will…

INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS

Universal control system will lead to ‘new era in automation’

A Chinese supplier of intelligent manufacturing systems, Supcon Technology, has announced a cloud-based Universal Control System (UCS)…

CIRCUIT BREAKERS

First biowaste-based circuit breaker cuts emissions

Siemens and BASF have announced the first electrical safety product to contain plastic components derived from recycled sources,…

MOBILE ROBOTICS

€4,970 mobile robot will be affordable for SME manufacturers

The German engineering plastics specialist, igus, has announced a low-cost mobile robot platform that could allow SME…

INDUSTRIAL GEARBOXES

Customised gearboxes can be configured in minutes

The German gearbox manufacturer Flender has added new power classes, sizes and designs to its range of…

MACHINE SAFETY

Easy-to-use safe key system expands, enhancing versatility

The German machine safety specialist Euchner has enhanced its EKS2 safe key system, making it easier…

ELECTRIC MOTORS

Sensor-less salient-pole motors challenge servomotors

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a series of salient-pole motors that deliver high-quality speed and position control without encoders.

PRODUCTION LINES

Smart alternative to conveyors moves heavier loads

Rockwell Automation has announced an electromagnetically-driven production-line transport system that has been optimised to carry loads of more…

MOTOR CONTROLS

Soft-starters enhance motor efficiency and reliability

Schneider Electric has launched a motor soft-starter designed to optimise machine designs and to reduce the need for…

ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

$170m investment delivers next-gen robot platform

ABB Robotics has announced a new-generation intelligent robotics automation platform that, it says, is faster, more precise and…

WAREHOUSE TRACKING

Can you track warehouse inventory in real time?

Tracking items accurately around warehouses in real time has big potential benefits in terms of saving time and…

WAREHOUSE CYBERSECURITY

Ensuring that your warehouse is cybersecure

Like all automated facilities, warehouses are potential targets for cyberattacks. Fleur Baars, business development and sales director, and…

MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT

Volvo turns to robots to improve workers lives

Using robots can boost productivity. What’s less well-known is that they can also help companies to improve their…

HUMANOID ROBOTS

Humanoid robots step towards industry

A flurry of recent announcements suggest that humanoid robots are starting to make the transition from laboratories to…

MACHINE VISION

3D cameras drive machine vision growth

The global market for 3D machine vision systems is growing more than twice as fast as the total…

ROBOTS

The IFR’s top five robot trends for 2024

There are now around about 3.9 million robots in use around the world. Marina Bill, president of the…

GEARBOXES

Gearing up for Europe’s biggest waterwheel generator

The biggest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe has been built on a farm in Dorset in the UK. An…

VIRTUALISATION

Audi virtualises factory with software PLCs

Audi has implemented virtual PLCs at one of its plants, with the aim of reducing the variety and…

ELECTRIC MOTORS

Flying high with British technology

Last summer, a British-designed, solar-powered aircraft flew for many hours at a height of 20km, establishing itself as…

MOTION CONTROL

Fast-moving telescope will capture cataclysmic events

A new automated telescope is set to shed light on rapidly-evolving astronomical events such as supernovae and gamma-ray…

PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING

Eight robots help to sterilise pharma containers

A Greek pharmaceutical manufacturer has installed eight robots to operate a sterilisation line around the clock, boosting throughput…

PRODUCTION LINES

Levitating food transport saves space and eases handling

A Swiss food machinery specialist has turned to a levitating technology to transport sliced foods and is reporting…

EEMODS 2024

The 13th international conference on Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems will take place over three days in…

PPMA Show

The UK’s largest event for processing equipment, packaging machinery, industrial robots and machine vision systems is expected to…

Advanced Engineering 2024

Advanced Engineering UK returns to the NEC, showcasing innovation from the UK’s manufacturing and engineering sector. More than…