Automation & Robotics

Colin Wells, managing director of APPMA member Robotic Automation, takes a closer look at the historical challenges dogging the uptake of automatic guided vehicles and explains why modern technology is changing the game.

SMC Corporation has a rich heritage and an enviable track record, growing from humble beginnings in Tokyo to a global powerhouse in automation and pneumatics. Lindy Hughson visited the Australian headquarters and found out from MD Wayne Driver what makes the company tick.

ABB has broken ground on its new US$150m robotics manufacturing and research centre in Shanghai, expected to open in 2021.

APPMA member Romheld Automation is exclusively offering the mGrip modular grippers from Soft Robotics, which are aimed at food manufacturers plus packaging and processing technology businesses, 
in Australia and New Zealand.

Beverage giant Asahi has more than doubled productivity at its new Heathwood distribution centre in Brisbane with an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) from Dematic.

SMC has appointed Tim Keech as its new sales and marketing director for Australia and New Zealand.

APPMA member Omron has hosted a Sydney breakfast seminar to demonstrate the benefits of its collaborative robot (cobot) technology.

Robots are poised to move into new industries and applications that previously could not use robot technology, thanks to a number of advancements making them easier to use.

NORD Drivesystems has partnered with system integrator SAGE Automation, Nukon, and SA-based independent recycling depot Container Deposit Systems (CDS) to roll out new recycling technology across Queensland.

SMC has supplied a new wireless solution to boost palletising at a major rice company.

Toyota Australia will join forces with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management to launch autonomous Autopilot vehicles in its Altona warehouse next year.

SMC will bring a suite of food and beverage technologies to FoodTech Queensland in July, including a new robotic innovation.

Automation expert Peter Hern (pictured) has been appointed as country manager for Universal Robots in Australia and New Zealand.

Packaging Partners has purchased the assets and design IP of Adaptapack, the robotic case packing technology business developed by Walls Machinery, which went into administration late last year.

Japanese robotics and automation provider Omron has launched 12 new collaborative robots in its TM series, which it says will automate monotonous tasks and free up human workers for more creative applications.