Every Friday we give you a snap shot of the week’s robo and AI news; some we’re covered, some we’re about to cover and some we just don’t want you to miss.
The week got off to a dramatic start with the news that Elon Musk and fellow experts wrote to the UN warning them about the potential rise of killer robots. We featured the letter in our blog. The experts don’t want to open Pandora’s box, although I reckoned that was opened some time ago!
We also heard from factory automation solutions provider FANUC. It has chosen systems integrator Cyber-Weld Ltd as its preferred arc welding partner in the UK. To mark the deal was the presentation by Cyber-Weld to FANUC of a robotically welded nuclear waste container welded by FANUC robots by Lancashire-based Graham Engineering. A nice touch.
If you are on the lookout for some powerful grippers, then check out the offering from On Robot. It has launched a flexible and energy-efficient gripper for cobots tasked with handling objects of various sizes.
Also, check out this interesting report from Hampleton Partners, an international mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory firm for technology companies. They reckon that technology M&A activity has cooled down in the first half, but they suggest we look deeper and consider the nuances. The firm issued 11 technology M&A market reports for 2H 2017 in the key business segments of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), automotive technology, cybersecurity, digital marketing, e-commerce, enterprise software, financial technology, internet of things (IoT), IT services, and SaaS & cloud services.
The Association for Advancing Automation also revealed that the North American robotics market had its best opening half ever to begin 2017, setting new records in all four statistical categories (order units, order revenue, shipment units, and shipment revenue).
Specim Imaging (Oulu, Finland), a global pioneer in hyperspectral imaging technology and related products, some of which are used as key components in state-of-the-art waste sorting robotics, has received a €3.5m investment from Bocap SME Achievers Fund II Ky.
The hope is that Specim get double its current €10m revenues by 2020. The company’s products are used industrial, environmental and security applications. It’s solutions serve mining industries in drill core scanning and producing mineral maps, agriculture to screen the crops for disease and infestation.
Founded in 2012, Bocap is an independent private equity company founded in 2012 and dedicated to established, entrepreneur-led, high growth SMEs. It prefers the role of active minority investor and champions its portfolio companies into successful growth. It is funded by mainly Nordic institutional investors such as life and pension insurance companies, foundations, pension funds and selected private investors.
Specim’s products also help with the authenticity inspection of artwork, detection of explosives, and forensic investigation.
Stäubli (Duncan, SC, US) told us that they will showcase a variety of industry-defining products, including its new TX2 line of collaborative robots, at the PACK Expo trade show (booth #S5956) in Las Vegas September 25 – 27. Stäubli Robotics will simulate a highly realistic Smart Factory in which different TX2 models in multiple interlinked cells will prove their Industry 4.0 compatibility, as well as their collaborative skills.
Roger Varin, CEO, Stäubli North America, said: “Our complete range of robots allows manufacturers to introduce automation into their production processes in new and exciting ways. Our new TX2 line is redefining performance by allowing for true collaboration between man and machine.”
Stäubli will have robotic demos from the TX90 HE, TP80 Round and the TP80 with a Smart Factory demonstration from the TX2 series. The new TX2 line is offered in six model series: TX2-40, TX2-60, TX2-60L, TX2-90, TX2-90L and TX2-90XL, and is capable of handling loads between two and up to 15 kilos with a reach between 515 and 1,450 millimeters.
Yale Materials Handling earned a spot on the Inbound Logistics annual list of top 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) for the seventh consecutive year thanks to its lithium-ion and hydrogen fuel cell power systems and telemetry solution.
And don’t forget to check out our sister site MVPro Magazine. So that’s it for now, have a great weekend and see you soon.