Automation & Robotics

To meet the demand for faster and more efficient production, ABB Robotics has added two new members to its OmniCore controller family, available for a range of robots across ABB’s portfolio.

New high-speed pick-and-place sidebot, Wyzo is now available, programmed to work safely side-by-side with humans without protective barriers or performance compromises.

The megatrend automation has gathered momentum during the pandemic, and pick-and-place robots have become the fastest-growing robotics segment.

Brad Yager, director of strategy for industry automation at Schneider Electric, takes a look at how food and beverage companies can drive end-to-end visibility and efficient operations through digitalisation.

Fibre King has developed a turnkey end of line packaging system for Nestle, including a cobot palletiser, for a range of Nescafe stand-up coffee pouches packed in tray and hood cases

Misconceptions continue to linger as workers still view advanced automation as a threat to their employment, however, Universal Robots believes that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

ABB Robotics has signed an agreement to supply its robotic cells for Zume to help upscale its production of sustainable packaging alternatives on a global scale.

Beauty and wellness company BWX has expanded its Melbourne operations with a new manufacturing plant in south-east Clayton, including a new automated warehouse system supplied by Dematic.

Universal Robots has released its Q3 results and has reported a record quarterly revenue of US$78m, which is up 46% on last year’s Q3 revenue, and up 31% from its pre-pandemic Q3 revenue in 2019.

Universal Robots hosted the largest virtual collaborative robot (cobot) expo and seminar in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region on 9 and 10 November 2021, with some of the top minds in this sector sharing their views.

New Zealand-based global food processing technology company MHM Automation has set ambitious growth targets, looking to double revenue, and treble profitability, in the next three years.

Lactalis has invested in an additional Dematic AGV to join its fleet of four existing AGVs at its Lidcombe Milk Site in NSW, as the company seeks to boost warehouse-wide efficiency.

Australia and New Zealand have been earmarked by Universal Robots as a key region for investment, with two new senior staff being appointed in ANZ by the company.

As the ‘new kid on the block’ in the automation world, cobots have become a hot talking point for industry as it looks to increase flexibility and efficiency in manufacturing plants.

A study by researchers at Texas A&M University explores human-robot collaboration in the manufacturing sector, and examines the possibility of combating fatigue through autonomy.

With electric cylinders being in such high demand due to its flexibility and ease of use and precision, SMC is answering the call for electric solutions with its latest series of AC servo motor drivers.