Automation & Robotics

OnRobot has launched a new vision system for robotics called Eyes. The 2.5D vision can give robotic arms depth perception and parts recognition abilities.

ABB’s robotics and discrete automation business has made key software services available free of charge to its customers until the end of this year.

In a recent international success story, Universal Robots (UR) helped global healthcare brand Sanofi to free up time where it was needed most.

Industry 4.0 started off slowly since its inception in 2011 but has since then gained momentum, disrupting the industry as we know it, writes Jozef Ceh, digital transformation and Industry 4.0 manager at SMC Corporation ANZ.

Global industrial automation company Omron has appointed Henry Zhou as managing director for its operations in the Oceania Region.

Universal Robots (UR) has launched a new collaborative robot (cobot) leasing programme, in collaboration with vendor finance company DLL.

Pneumatics and automation specialist SMC has partnered with the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) for a seminar series on ethernet for control automation technology (Ethercat).

Some 25 years ago, Coopers Brewery in Adelaide commenced a journey from mechanisation to automation – which has resulted in outstanding productivity improvements. Hartley Henderson writes.

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.