Metal and Polymer Additive Manufacturing Markets: AMR Shares Latest Monthly Insights

In order to keep tabs on an industry seeing explosive growth, it’s critical to rely on the best sources available. Just launched in September, Additive Manufacturing Research has quickly become one of these go-to resources, as the team — with experience gleaned from significant experience with SmarTech Publishing — offers insights each month into aspects of the additive manufacturing industry, pointing out key trends and forecasts. AMR’s recently published bulletins for November again offer expert views, as the firm notes that their service is predicated on:
Continuous market data and forecast updates
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Robotics and Automation

Epson's Latest High-Power-Density GX-B Series SCARA Robots Designed to Revolutionize Automation Now Available

Epson America, Inc. | January 10, 2024

The new Epson Robots GX-B Series SCARA robots models engineered to help users develop powerful automation solutions easily, are now available. The GX-B Series delivers optimal performance and is equipped with industrial-rated safety features, taking SCARA robot performance to the next level with ultra-high performance and flexibility for today's medical device, electronics and consumer electronics markets. "The latest GX-B Series is our most advanced lineup to date, enabling integrators to meet a wider range of customer needs with high-performing, reliable solutions that fit seamlessly into workflows for a range of industries," said Scott Marsic, group product manager, Epson America, Inc. "These new SCARA robots are powerful, automation solutions with a low total cost of ownership, expanding opportunities for our partners." Leveraging four decades of expertise, the GX-B Series robots are built to meet precise automation demands that help manufacturers tackle the most demanding tasks. Offering multiple arm configurations, handle payloads up to 10 and 20 kg, high throughput and high payloads, the GX10B and GX20B's versatile features empower machine builders to conquer challenging applications with leading-edge precision. Making the robots even simpler to program, the GX-B Series robots seamlessly integrate with the Epson RC+® industrial Automation Development Software, use advanced GYROPLUS® vibration reduction technology to provide fast production speeds, smooth motion control and fast settling times and are powered by the RC700E next-generation controller with powerful motion control to enhance productivity. Additional features include Ultra-high performance and flexibility — high throughput with heavy payloads and multiple arm configurations for the most demanding tasks with leading-edge precision Fast cycle times — high acceleration, smooth motion and fast settling times to maximize throughput with proprietary GYROPLUS vibration reduction system, plus no ringing or overshoot1 Ultimate ease of use — intuitive and feature-packed Epson RC+ development software helps create powerful solutions with a simple user interface, integrated debugger and advanced 3D simulator Low total cost of ownership — includes battery-less encoders and Epson RC+ software with no recurring license fee; rich suite of safety features with RC700E controller SafeSense™ technology — standard and advanced safety features can allow for increased productivity and worker protection while potentially minimizing machine footprint due to the reduction of physical barriers Optimized footprint — table, wall- and ceiling-mount options; GX10B has 650 and 850 mm reaches available; the GX20B has 850 and 1,000 mm reaches available; longer Z axis available on both models Built for demanding environments — Standard, Cleanroom (ISO3)2 and ESD, and Protected IP65 models available Advanced integrated options — Vision Guidance, Parts Feeding, Force Guidance, Conveyor Tracking, Fieldbus and API.NET Industry 4.0 ready — advanced OPC UA for robotics connectivity provides next-level integration and monitoring About Epson Robots Epson Robots is a global leader in PC-controlled precision factory automation, with well over 150,000 units sold worldwide1 and a product line of hundreds of models of easy-to-use SCARA and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC-based platform. Building on four decades of experience, Epson Robots delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. About Epson Epson is a global technology leader whose philosophy of efficient, compact and precise innovation enriches lives and helps create a better world. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson's goal is to become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.

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Smart Factory

Rockwell Automation and Michelin strengthen their collaboration in the digitalization of manufacturing

Rockwell Automation | December 15, 2023

Rockwell Automation, Inc the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, announced it has strengthened its collaboration with. Michelin, the French multinational tire manufacturing company, focusing on digital innovation across Michelin's manufacturing processes. With more than three decades of collaborative history, this new step signifies a strategic evolution from traditional automation to a digital-focused effort, underlining a commitment to continuous innovation. Key initiatives of this collaboration include Modernizing traditional manufacturing equipment through digitalization Integrating advanced analytics and data science tools at the operational and plant levels, utilizing a wider partner ecosystem, including Kalypso, a Rockwell Automation business Boosting operational reliability and efficiency through digital solutions Frank Kulaszewicz, Senior Vice President, Rockwell Automation, said: "This new step is a testament to our evolving relationship with Michelin. We are eager to build on our historical collaboration, leveraging our combined strengths to face future industrial challenges and drive forward digital innovation. It marks a new chapter in our journey, deepening our commitment to Michelin's digital transformation in machine automation, and solidifying the mutual trust between our companies." This collaboration between Michelin and Rockwell Automation is comprehensive, covering multiple aspects of digital transformation. Joint efforts in prototyping and testing will validate the feasibility and effectiveness of new ideas, and enhance the efficiency of R&D initiatives, laying the groundwork for ongoing co-innovation and co-development. "Our strengthened commitment allows us to fast-track our digitalization strategies through this sustainable innovation collaboration," said Nicolas Jaunet, Manufacturing Engineering Vice President, Michelin. "Our combined expertise will accelerate our manufacturing to scale up innovation through smart technology while creating greater people skills and a more attractive work environment." About Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation, Inc. is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 29,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries.

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Manufacturing Technology

Mouser Electronics and Panasonic Industrial Automation Announce Distribution Agreement for Integrated Solutions and Sensors

Mouser Electronics | December 19, 2023

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest electronic components and industrial automation products, announces a distribution agreement with Panasonic Industrial Automation. With over 40 years of design experience and a strong reputation for quality, Panasonic Industrial Automation offers a range of technically advanced sensors, programmable controllers, human-machine interfaces, and servo motors and drives. According to the agreement, Mouser will offer customers Panasonic's selection of integrated solutions for a variety of automation markets, including automotive, semiconductor, packaging and bio-medical. Panasonic Industrial Automation offers an extensive portfolio of technically advanced products, such as the EX-10 ultra-slim photoelectric sensors, now available at Mouser. These sensors offer a built-in amplifier in a slim 3.5 mm package and reduce power consumption by up to 35% when compared to conventional sensors. With an IP67 waterproof rating and bend-resistant cable types, the flexible sensors are suitable for the positioning of PCBs, checking for the absence of capacitors in trays, and detecting ICs and wafer cassettes. The PM U-shaped micro photoelectric sensor, also available at Mouser, reduces the risk of sensor malfunctions due to wiring errors. The PM Sensor has three protection circuits: reverse supply polarity, reverse output polarity, and output short-circuit. Additionally, the sensor features a beam emitting and receiving distance of 6 mm and beam marks for easy adjustment. The Panasonic Industrial Automation FP0R programmable controller is a pocket-sized device providing large data memory and program capacity in a small package. The FP0R programmable controller is ideal for small switching cabinets and other limited spaces, offering ultra-high-speed processing of 80 ns/step. The Panasonic Industrial Automation FD reflective-type fiber optic sensor boasts tough, high-quality fiber, reducing the risk of breaking and bending during installation. Product types include threaded, square head, cylindrical, sleeve, flat, small spot, oil resistant and more. Panasonic Industrial Automation FD reflective-type fiber optic sensors can be bent with precision and used on moving parts. As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world's widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship™. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers' designs, Mouser's website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information. Engineers can stay abreast of today's exciting product, technology and application news through Mouser's complimentary e-newsletter. Mouser's email news and reference subscriptions are customizable to the unique and changing project needs of customers and subscribers. No other distributor gives engineers this much customization and control over the information they receive. About Mouser Electronics Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on New Product Introductions from its leading manufacturer partners. Serving the global electronic design engineer and buyer community, the global distributor's website, mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 6.8 million products from over 1,200 manufacturer brands. Mouser offers 27 support locations worldwide to provide best-in-class customer service in local language, currency and time zone. The distributor ships to over 650,000 customers in 223 countries/territories from its 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facilities in the Dallas, Texas, metro area. About Panasonic Industrial Automation Panasonic Industrial Automation provides a broad portfolio of products and over 40 years of design expertise, offering integrated solutions that fit into various automation markets, including automotive, semiconductor, packaging, and bio-medical. This company features a strong reputation for quality, an established organization of highly experienced professionals, and technically advanced products.

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Robotics and Automation

Formic Releases New Software That Makes Everyone A Robotic Automation Expert

Formic | January 23, 2024

Formic Technologies, a provider of Robotics-as-a-Service automation for US manufacturers, announced the release of a suite of software tools to accelerate and simplify the deployment of robotic automation systems for businesses with no internal expertise, while also empowering their existing workforce to thrive and grow with the new technology. The Formic software is based on data and experience gathered from hundreds of thousands of hours of real production time across the Formic robot fleet - from state-of the-art Fortune 500 production facilities to small 30 person local manufacturing plants. Formic’s software enables operations teams and delivers results for every business size. The Formic Core operating system makes working with robotic automation solutions as easy as using your smartphone, Apple CarPlay, or Netflix. The intuitive multilanguage touchscreen UI allows all existing employees to operate Formic robots and program the equipment to meet production needs - all without any advanced training. At the same time, the software transforms the robot into a “smart system” capable of automatically adjusting to new obstacles in the vicinity of the robot, connecting to any new peripherals, and monitoring all sensor data, production rates, uptime, cycle times and more. “As the labor shortage continues to impact US manufacturing to the tune of more than one million jobs going unfilled in 2023, business leaders need to figure out how to get more out of what they have,” said Formic CEO, Saman Farid. “Formic Core makes it simple for business leaders to adopt automation by leveraging the existing capabilities of their workforce to streamline production while improving safety, quality, and throughput - all without any required capital expense.” All of the process information captured by Formic Core feeds into the powerful Formic Colony 2.0 performance dashboard. This command center software monitors total system performance across a wide range of deployments and uses AI to analyze the data coming from all robots, enabling predictive analysis of anomalies and preventative operations to minimize downtime and even prevent it. This data is accessible to facility owners and operators in real-time through the Formic App available for download on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Formic's technicians can use this data and the remote system access provided by the new software to resolve issues from a distance, enabling a swift return to production should any stoppages occur. While the Formic Colony toolkit is primarily leveraged by the Formic operations team to service customer deployments, it is also available for larger businesses to use internally with more advanced teams responsible for automation systems in multiple locations. The Formic FAST software suite enables the Solutions Engineering team to provide robotic system specification, quoting, and augmented reality (AR) demonstrations faster than ever before, reducing design and deployment times from months to weeks. This accelerated service delivers a best-in-class customer experience by expediting the path to greater productivity on the production floor. “Advanced automation has historically been elusive for all but the largest manufacturers,” said Shahin Farshchi, General Partner at Lux Capital. “Formic is changing that. By leveraging advanced AI and proprietary algorithms, Formic has automated the labor-intensive and expensive process of automating a work cell, and makes automating as easy as hiring workers for all logistics and manufacturing companies - large and small alike.” With the addition of these new software products, Formic now boasts a full complement of $0 CapEx robotic automation solutions, powerful workforce enabling software, a complete system monitoring platform, and solution identification, augmented reality, and simulation software to deliver US manufacturing businesses scale and growth. Formic is building a robotic workforce that can be used in every American manufacturing facility, with the aim to bring prosperity and abundance by making everyday items easy to produce and deliver. About Formic Founded in 2020, Formic makes robotics and automation accessible for all US manufacturing businesses. The Chicago-based “Robotics-as-a-Service” company delivers robotic automation for a low hourly rate, including 24/7 monitoring, 100% maintenance coverage, and guaranteed performance without the need for large, risky capital investments. Driving continuous improvement in safety, quality, and throughput is now possible for every business. With 7x growth in production hours YoY, Formic is currently entertaining Series B funding.

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