• Universal Robots delivers high double-digit growth again

    Jürgen von Hollen, the new president of Universal Robots

    Jürgen von Hollen, president of Universal Robots

    Universal Robots has continued its rapid expansion worldwide with a growth rate of 62 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

    The company that pioneered and commercialised collaborative robot technology continues to leverage its first mover advantage and market leadership position.

    Cage-free, user-friendly collaborative robots of all sizes have now become the market driver within industrial robotics.

    The 2016 annual result of Universal Robots is a testament to that market growth, with revenue reaching $98.4 million and delivering a profit of $13.7 million before tax.

    President of Universal Robots, Jürgen von Hollen, considers net income to be satisfactory and expects revenue growth of 50 per cent or greater in 2017, which means that the company will stay on target to reach $148.6 million by the end of 2017.

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    Von Hollen says: “We need to stay ahead of the curve and drive innovation in everything we do. Scaling the business to continue to deliver growth year-after-year is a key priority. Compared to 2015, we have more than tripled our investments in 2016, especially in R&D, enabling us to maintain our product leadership position, and allowing us to offer the cobot technology platform of choice.

    “Equally important has been our continued investment of more than 50 per cent into the Universal Robots staff resource base in 2016, extending our capability, know-how and reach globally.”

    Universal Robots continues to gain market share in developing markets, doubling its global presence with local offices in 11 countries, up from 5 offices in 2015.

    The company is now represented with a presence in the USA, Spain, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, China, Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. The company also continues to scale a strong distribution channel covering more than 50 countries worldwide.

    Eight years after Universal Robots sold its first cobot, the global collaborative robot market has entered a new phase of growth. Before the invention of the cobot, automation of manufacturing facilities was limited to highly structured tasks.

    As a result, many industries had to rely on hand assembly for the more dynamic and flexible functions in their production processes. However, with the arrival of collaborative robots, companies are now able to apply flexible, easy-to-use, safe technology allowing them to scale and grow their businesses.

    Von Hollen says: “Our technology has been an enabler for all companies – not just large corporations – to integrate automation into their production processes. What also differentiates us has been our focus on growing a global eco-system of technology partners in our UR+ platform.

    “The UR+ platform offers customers access to application solutions leveraging a global developer resource base that is continuously innovating.”

    As a first mover and leading cobot manufacturer, Universal Robots has been able to rapidly grow its global market share, taking advantage of the impressive growth of the market to date.

    “We are committed to grow our market share as the collaborative robot market experiences continued, explosive growth over the coming years as small and medium businesses adopt cobot technology,” says von Hollen.

    In the spring of 2015, Teradyne, a leading supplier of automation equipment for test and industrial applications, acquired Universal Robots. The close collaboration between Teradyne and Universal Robots has allowed Universal Robots to leverage Teradyne’s global coverage and capabilities.

    From roboticsandautomationnews Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • Generic HART DTM Sets Up in Seconds

    The Certified Generic HART DTM R6 from ICS GmbH can be configured within seconds to work with all HART field devices in a plant. This DTM supports HART protocol releases 5, 6 and 7 and provides user interfaces in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Look for tutorials on for configuring a 2 click point-2-point solution on a tablet.

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    From automationworld Monday, April 18, 2016
  • Schneider Electric Transforms Its Software Project Services

    Now serving the market with the combined software offerings of Schneider Electric and Invensys, Schneider Electric saw the need to make its software project services more efficient in light of growing requirements for increased multi-site, global software rollouts.

    A key aspect of the Schneider Electric’s new project services offering is its Global Delivery Services organization, which supports the company’s Avantis, SimSci, Wonderware, Ampla, Citect, and OASyS DNA products. More than 870 professionals offer technical support, as well as project consulting and implementation services.

    A key aspect of the Schneider Electric’s new project services offering is its Global Delivery Services organization, which supports the company’s Avantis, SimSci, Wonderware, Ampla, Citect, and OASyS DNA products. “We want to create game changing software,” said Rashesh Mody, senior vice president of software services and support, “and we will support that with our global services and practices, customer support, and ecosystem partners. Our Global Delivery Services currently has more than 870 employees and is growing rapidly with its offering of technical support, as well as project consulting and implementation services.”

    Stan Brubaker, project manager for Schneider Electric, explained that the company’s end-to-end delivery operating model reaches from the project design and execution phases to building on success post implementation. The design phase includes due diligence, contract and commercial management, as well as early delivery involvement, Brubaker explained. Project execution focuses on delivering the “right processes, the right people, and the right tools,” he said. To deliver this, Schneider Electric uses a standard project execution methodology (InRIM), quality systems, global and regional governance structure, and global practices and competency development. Following implementation, Schneider Electric continues engagement with clients to review lessons learned and identify continuous improvement opportunities.

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    A unique aspect of Schneider Electric’s global project services is its system integrator partner program. Brubaker pointed to system integrator partners such as Autoware and its work with Barilla Pasta, Callisto Integration and its work with Nestle, and Avanceon and its work with Colgate, as prime examples of the types of services Schneider Electric can offer through its system integrators to industry on a global basis.

    Schneider Electric’s Customer FIRST program for support and maintenance allows customers to select the level of support they need. Brubaker explained that services in this program range from online technical support and training seminars to version upgrades and revisions as well as license replacement.

    Outlining the success of several companies that use Schneider Electric support services, Brubaker cited:

    Carlsberg Group and support around its MES software implementation that addresses corporate excellence programs on Lean, OEE and sustainability; reduced cost of regulatory compliance; reduction of inventory, energy costs, machine downtime and overtime and labor costs; and improving operator performance through real-time visibility into manufacturing KPIs.
    Merck and the support it needed around a weighing solution tied to recipe execution and its ERP system. Schneider Electric’s support program services and partners helped deliver the weighing solution across Merck—allowing for future extension into MES functionality, ensuring IP protection, and providing a real-time overview of production and inventory management.
    Helping Sempra Energy convert its LNG import terminal in Louisiana into an export terminal through a dynamic simulation study of the project. Using simulation, Schneider Electric was also able to help Sempra Energy identify mistakes in equipment design and control early in the process to reduce capital expenditures and commissioning time. Schneider Electric support also provided an engineering study to verify design integrity and safety.
    Playing an integral role in the launch of the Operational Excellence project at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) water utility. By deploying Schneider Electric’s Avantis software across nine sites, the department was able to comply with regulatory preventative maintenance plans and improve overall customer satisfaction by enabling field workers to access information on site with mobile devices to address problems directly.

    From automationworld Monday, June 26, 2017
  • Nord drive solutions from 20,000 to 200,000Nm

    Nord Gear has extended its portfolio of industrial power transmission systems with the addition of new drive solutions offering torques between 20,000 and 200,000Nm.

    The systems are available with a frame or swing base and according to the company, can replace or complement the large scale gear units in some applications. The solutions have been optimised to ensure maximum resistance against radial and axial loads, as all bearing seats are integrated into a single piece gearcase. Users can select from a wide range of modular gear units and components and adapt the configuration to specific application requirements for a maximum output of up to 1 megawatt.

    From eurekamagazine Tuesday, January 18, 2011
  • UK project will aid research into next gen electric motors

    R&D project will aid research into next gen electric motors

    Cobham Technical Services has entered into a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and Ricardo to carry out research into the design of next generation electric motors for low carbon emission vehicles.

    As part of the three year initiative, Cobham will develop multi-physics software and capture the other partners’ methodology in order to design, simulate and analyse the performance of high efficiency, lightweight electric traction motors that eliminate the use of expensive magnetic materials.
    Using these new software tools, Jaguar Land Rover and Ricardo will design and manufacture a prototype switched reluctance motor that addresses the requirements of luxury hybrid vehicles.
    The project is one of 16 collaborative R&D programmes to have won funding from the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with total investment amounting to £1.5million.
    Kevin Ward, director of Cobham Technical Services, said: “Design software for switched reluctance motors is at about the same level as diesel engine design software when it was first introduced. Cobham will develop its existing switched reluctance motor capabilities to provide the consortium with enhanced tools based on the widely used Opera suite for design, finite element simulation and analysis.”
    In addition to expanding various facets of Opera’s electromagnetic capabilities, Cobham will investigate advanced integration with its other multi-physics software to obtain more accurate evaluation of model related performance parameters such as vibration. “Design throughput will also be enhanced via more extensive parallelisation of code and developing an environment which captures the workflow of the design process,” noted Ward.
    At the end of the project, improved design tools and processes are expected to be in place to support rapid design and help accelerate the uptake of the technology into production.
    Tony Harper, head of research at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is important to understand the capability of switched reluctance motors in the context of the vehicle as a whole so that we can set component targets that will deliver the overall vehicle experience. Jaguar Land Rover will apply its expertise in designing and producing world class vehicles to this project, with the aim of developing the tools and technology for the next generation of electric motors.”

    From eurekamagazine Thursday, June 14, 2012