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ADI buys motor-testing firm to boost condition-monitoring

31 October, 2019

Analog Devices (ADI), the global analogue technology company, is buying Test Motors, a Spanish company specialising in predictive maintenance technologies for electric motors and generators. The acquisition will expand ADI’s growing condition-based monitoring portfolio for identifying faults in equipment before downtime or catastrophic failures occur. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.


Robot-maker Toshiba Machine plans return to the Shibaura name

25 October, 2019

The Japanese robot-maker Toshiba Machine is changing its name to Shibaura Machine from 1 April 2020. The change reflects the company’s separation from the Toshiba Corporation in 2017, and is a return to the Shibaura Machine Tool name that it originally used when it was founded in 1938. The company is aiming for a seamless transition go the new name with no impact on business, customers or shareholders.


ABB and Microsoft help to found cyber-security alliance

23 October, 2019

A new global cyber-security alliance has been established to help companies address OT (operational technology) security risks that could threaten their operations and businesses. The 12 founder members of the Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) include ABB, Microsoft, SCADAFence and Wärtsilä.


UR’s owner adds AutoGuide to its robotics portfolio

22 October, 2019

The US robotics and test systems manufacturer Teradyne is buying the AMR (autonomous mobile robot) producer AutoGuide Mobile Robots for $165m – consisting of $58m net of cash acquired, plus $107m if certain performance targets are met.


Cloud-based service predicts when drives are likely to fail

21 October, 2019

ABB has launched a condition-based maintenance service for variable-speed drives (VSDs) that gives early warnings of abnormal conditions that might cause a premature failure. The service covers its ACS800 or ACS880 air-cooled drives being used in critical applications in the oil and gas, metals, water and paper industries, where it is vital to avoid costly, unplanned shutdowns.


SKF Motion Technologies gets a new name

21 October, 2019

One year after the venture capital company Triton Partners bought SKF Motion Technologies for $310m, it has relaunched the business with a new name and a new strategy. It will now be known as Ewellix: Makers in Motion. The new name is pronounced “Eve-Liks”.


€20m EU project will create digital twin platform for industry

18 October, 2019

Researchers across Europe have embarked on a €20m, three-year project to build a flexible platform for creating digital twins for industrial plants. Funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the IoTwins project will experiment with new technologies for digitising industrial processes and products, with 12 testbeds that will create “digital twins” – virtual copies of industrial processes that can be used to test plants and infrastructure management tools in advance.


Sumitomo buys Welsh drives-maker, Invertek, for £100m

27 September, 2019

Japan’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) is buying the Welsh driver-maker, Invertek Drives, for around £100m (13 billion Japanese Yen). SHI says it is planning “significant investment” to expand and develop Invertek, and intends to combine Invertek’s motor control products with the portfolio of industrial motors that it acquired when it bought the Italian motor-maker Lafert last year.


Robots sales likely to stagnate in 2019, after a record 2018

26 September, 2019

A new record number of 422,000 industrial robots were shipped globally during 2018 – 6% more than the previous year – according to new figures released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). But the organisation expects shipments to stagnate this year for the first time in many years as a result of the US-China tariff dispute and a downturn in key user industries.


Schaeffler enters motor-making with a portfolio for EVs

23 September, 2019

Schaeffler is entering electric motor manufacturing with a family of modular motors aimed at electric vehicle applications. The motors, in ratings from 20kW to more than 300kW, at voltages from 48 to 800V, are being designed for efficiency and a good price/performance ratios. Volume production is due to begin in 2021.


Integrated portfolio will help companies to go digital

23 September, 2019

Siemens has announced an integrated portfolio of software, services and an application development platform to help companies of all sizes to become digital enterprises. Called Xcelerator, the portfolio combines Siemens’ software for design, engineering and manufacturing, with an expanded version of its Mendix low-code, multi-experience application development platform, which now includes cloud and app services for digital engineering and Internet of Things (IoT), powered by Siemens’ MindSphere cloud-based, open IoT operating system.


Timken buys Beka to become automated lubrication number 2

16 September, 2019

The US-based Timken Company is buying the German automated lubrication specialist, Beka Lubrication, for around $165m. The acquisition will make Timken the world’s second-largest producer of industrial automatic lubrication systems.


Staff blamed for more than half of ICS cyber-incidents

11 September, 2019

More than half of all cybersecurity incidents involving industrial networks last year were caused by errors or unintentional actions by company employees, according to a new survey of 282 industrial organisations around the world. A report based on the survey blames this phenomenon on the growing complexity of industrial infrastructures, a shortage of professionals who understand how to detect threats, and low levels of awareness among employees.


Aerotech and Micronix form global partnership for motion control

27 August, 2019

Aerotech and Micronix USA have formed a global partnership under which they will offer complementary precision systems for industry and research – in particular, for precision nanopositioning. By working together, the companies hope to expand their core competencies, while advancing the development of new applications which need powerful, user-friendly nanopositioning technologies. They say that by cooperating, they will be able to offer a wider array of stepper motors, controllers, drives and software for positioning applications.


Cobot sales will top $11bn by 2030, taking 29% of the market

14 August, 2019

The market for collaborative robot (or cobot) arms will become increasingly mainstream over the next 10 years, with annual sales soaring from $711m in 2019 to reach $11.8bn by 2030, according to a new analysis by ABI Research. If revenues from related products such as end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) accessories and software are included, the cobot ecosystem will mushroom from just over $1bn in 2019, to $24bn by 2030 – a CAGR of 28.6%.


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