AM-Flow raises $4M to deliver full end-to-end automation to the Additive Manufacturing industry

AM-Flow - AM-Flow, the Amsterdam and Brainport Eindhoven-based industrial automation company for Additive Manufacturing factories, has announced the completion of a $4 million series A investment round. AM-Flow will use the investment to accelerate and support the 3D-printing industry by providing step-change automation, heading for the Lights Out Factory of the future.

Shining a light on Europe's most sustainable transport mode and its challenges

European Committee of the Regions (CoR) - The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted in its October plenary an opinion on the "European Year of Rail 2021", calling for an EU-wide strategy to encourage investment and reduce disparities and gaps in rail systems. Rapporteur Jarosław Stawiarski will present the suggestions in a workshop, which will bring together top representatives of the European rail sector on 20 October as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

New High-precision CT System

VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions - VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions was able to present further new developments this summer. After the in-house development was completed, a standardized high-precision CT system was quickly completed and delivered in two different configurations in August. A customer in Israel received one variant with a granite manipulator, the other with a high-precision steel manipulator went to France.

Green Transformation Summit: Automotive Regions - crucial to success!

CoRAI - The political leaders from Automotive Regions (CoRAI) met with the European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn, members of the European Committee of the Regions' commission for territorial cohesion (COTER) and automotive industry representatives to discuss the role automotive regions play in achieving a successful green transformation. The event took place on 14 October in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Ford experiments with four-legged robots to scout factories

Ford - These four-legged dog-like robots can sit, shake hands and roll over. They also can perform 360-degree camera scans, handle 30-degree grades and climb stairs for hours at a time. That’s because they are actually 70-pound quadruped robots with distinctly dog-like mobility. They’re part of a Ford manufacturing pilot program designed to save time, reduce cost and increase efficiency.

New radar antenna for level measurement

Siemens - Siemens presents Sitrans LR250 PLA (polypropylene lens antenna) radar level measurement transmitter, a field-proven device delivering reliable level readings for inventory management or critical process control. This high performing horn and lens design is a perfect fit for corrosive chemicals level measurement with a nominal pressure and temperature environment.

AGVs keep the PPE moving

BlueBotics - The COVID-19 crisis has focussed attention on the role that hospitals and healthcare professionals play in treating those infected by the virus. Working within strict social distancing guidelines and limited staff has strained the resources of some of the support staff including internal logistics suppliers. This is why an increasing number of hospitals around the world are reaping the benefits of investment in automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

Great strides into the digital future

Festo - Digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI) are mega trends that are also opening up the potential for savings in all phases of a plant's lifecycle in process automation. A digital field device, the Festo Motion Terminal VTEM, is already available. Festo Dashboards also visualise plant conditions and even artificial intelligence is no longer far removed from becoming a reality in process automation.

The future of the chemical and plastics industry: Renewable Carbon

Nova-Institute - nova-Institute publishes a comprehensive background paper on renewable carbon: definition, strategy, measures and potential. The twelfth edition in the nova-Paper series outlines the cornerstones of the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.

METAV 2020 reloaded to open its doors in March 2021

METAV - "Following the success of the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf with its sensible and effective hygiene rules – compliments to our fellow organisers there! – we are more than confident that we, too, will be able to make a resounding success of METAV 2020 reloaded," says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) in Frankfurt am Main.

Jungheinrich acquires stake in Magazino

Jungheinrich - The Hamburg-based company Jungheinrich AG has acquired a stake in the Munich-based robotics start-up Magazino. Representatives from the two companies signed the corresponding contracts in Dingolfing, near Munich, yesterday. At the same time, Jungheinrich and Magazino agreed on a broad strategic collaboration and intend to combine their skill sets in the field of mobile automation.

New initiative to replace fossil with renewable carbon

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) - Eleven leading companies from six countries founded the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) in September 2020 under the leadership of nova-Institute (Germany). The aim of the initiative is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. More than 100 experts support the initiative personally. Companies, start-ups and institutes are welcome to join the initiative as a member.

7th axis quickly extends range for robots

igus - igus now offers a ready-to-connect 7th axis that will allow a robot to move over a distance several meters and includes a maintenance-free drylin ZLW toothed belt axis with a corresponding adapter plate, switch cabinet, cables, and software integration. For easy integration of the axis and the robot, igus has developed two adapter kits for robolink and UR robots. They enable fast and cost-effective low-cost automation.

Anticipating Fully Autonomous Operations by 2030

Yokogawa - Yokogawa Electric Corporation revealed the results of a global end-user survey on the outlook for industrial autonomy, which shows that 64% of respondents from companies in process industries are anticipating fully autonomous operations by 2030. The survey provides an in-depth view of future trends in automation and autonomy, business priorities, and technologies being deployed in key process industries.

Nokia accelerates Industry 4.0 transformation with added Nokia Digital Automation Cloud functionality

Nokia - Nokia today announced new added value features and digital automation enablers for its Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless networking platform. Enhancing Nokia DAC’s industry-leading private 4.9G/LTE and 5G connectivity, the new features offer an expanded portfolio of Nokia apps as well as a growing ecosystem of IoT modules and industry connectors essential to Industry 4.0 implementation.

Fast and powerful IRB 1300 for confined spaces

ABB Robotics - ABB is extending its family of small six-axis industrial robots with the launch of the IRB 1300, to meet demand for a faster and more compact robot able to rapidly lift heavy objects or loads with complex and irregular shapes. The IRB 1300 dramatically improves cycle times with class-leading lifting ability, reach and path accuracy, in a smaller footprint to enhance productivity and production-line flexibility.

Hexagon furthers autonomy in agriculture

Hexagon - Hexagon’s Autonomy and Positioning division has launched its first autonomy positioning and sensing kits for the agriculture market and validated these solutions in its new autonomous research and development tractor. Through collaboration between its leading brands NovAtel and AutonomouStuff, both part of Hexagon, their autonomous positioning and sensing kits were developed as part of Hexagon’s Smart Autonomous Mobility solutions portfolio.

LyondellBasell Successfully Starts Up New Pilot Molecular Recycling Facility

LyondellBasell - LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, today announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara, Italy, site. LyondellBasell's proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for use as a feedstock for new plastic materials.

From Biopaste to Bioplastic

University of Freiburg - A viscous biopaste that is easy to process, solidifies quickly and is suitable for producing even complex structures using the 3D printing process has been developed by a research team headed by Prof. Dr. Marie-Pierre Laborie from the Chair of Forest Biomaterials at the University of Freiburg. The wood-based biodegradable synthetic could potentially be used in lightweight construction, amongst other things.

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