CNC, Motion Control
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 10% whereas those from abroad were down by 27%. Courtesy: VDW
CNC, Motion Control May 23, 2019

Machine tool industry orders expected to drop in 2019

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year due to a cooling global economy and other challenges.

By VDW
Siemens' Sinumerik 828D CNC has been upgrading with version 4.8 of the operating system, which offers an array of hardware and software solutions to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory. Courtesy: Siemens
CNC, Motion Control April 27, 2019

CNC with software upgrade

Siemens' Sinumerik 828D CNC has been upgrading with version 4.8 of the operating system, which offers an array of hardware and software solutions to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Cornell researchers have discovered a simple, low-cost method that allows autonomous cars to detect 3-D objects with high accuracy. Courtesy: Cornell University
CNC, Motion Control April 26, 2019

Stereo cameras help self-driving cars ‘see’

Cornell researchers use two inexpensive cameras on either side of the windshield to detect objects with high accuracy and a low cost. See link to video for more information.

By Chris Vavra
Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control April 20, 2019

Three collaborative robot innovations

Collaborative robots have come a long way in the last several years and recent innovations such as embedded vision and machine learning have allowed them to do more.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control April 16, 2019

Benefits of collaborative robots for CNC machine tending applications

Collaborative robots are useful for CNC machine tending applications because they can be deployed quickly and can improve productivity on the plant floor.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
At the recent Festo global media conference, Frank Melzer, director of product and technology management and member of the management board of Festo AG & Co. KG, suggested that industrial AI applications will become among the important digital transformation trends for manufacturing and Industrie 4.0. Courtesy: Control Engineering China, Festo
CNC, Motion Control April 6, 2019

Digital innovations, AI advance Industrie 4.0

International: Industrial artificial intelligence (AI) technology applications are among the important trends in digital transformation for manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 advancements.

By Aileen Jin
Through an iterative process of testing and verification supported by diagnostic tools and 3-D graphics, the model is refined continually as components are sized. Courtesy: B&R Automation
CNC, Motion Control April 2, 2019

Plug and model simulation tools for automation software development suites

Simulation, modeling, and virtual commissioning are becoming easier to apply on different levels in automation. Interfaces to third-party simulation tools may be built into your software development suite already.

By John Kowal
IO-Link provides connectivity at the device and sensor level and allows even the smallest field devices and smart sensors to communicate their diagnostic data for analysis to understand functional and system status. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
CNC, Motion Control April 2, 2019

IIoT-ready technologies improve machine controls

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have the potential to improve user benefits through diagnostics, prognostics and predictive maintenance.

By Steven Fales
An Omron Adept robot is part of and interactive pick-n-place factory of the future demonstration at the 2019 Automate show in Chicago. It includes a personalized laser marking demo. Courtesy: Omron
CNC, Motion Control March 31, 2019

Don’t ignore these automation trends

Think Again: No one wants to miss the next big thing. What if the next big thing in automation for your applications has been here all along, and you haven’t noticed?

By Mark T. Hoske
Researchers have developed computationally simple robots, called particles, that cluster and form a single “particle robot” that moves around, transports objects, and completes other tasks. The work hails from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Columbia University, and elsewhere. Courtesy: Felice Frankel, MIT
CNC, Motion Control March 29, 2019

Particle robots designed to work as a cluster

Researchers from MIT, Columbia University, and other research institutes have developed robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects, and complete other tasks.

By Rob Matheson