North American Robotics Market Sets New Records ANN ARBOR, MI — Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association, the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 35% in units and 22% in dollars over the same period in 2013. Robot shipments to North American customers through September totaled 18,490 robots valued at $1.1 billion, breaking the previous record set in 2013 by 5% in units and 2% in dollars. Sales activity continued to be especially strong in the automotive industry, with orders up 48% year-to-date over 2013. Non-automotive industries, such as electronics, food and consumer goods, and metals also posted double digit growth in the first nine months of the year. “The robotics industry in North America is having its best year ever in 2014,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. “Along with record performance, we are seeing more interest in robotics and related technologies than ever before.Companies of all sizes continue to recognize that automation makes them stronger global competitors. It’s also interesting to note that as robot sales boom, U.S. unemployment continues to fall, and is currently at its lowest level since July of 2008, further evidence that robotics helps save and create jobs.” “We’ve seen substantial growth in robot applications across the board,” said RIA Director of Market Analysis Alex Shikany. “Spot Welding (76%), Arc Welding (39%), and Assembly (29%) applications have recorded the highest year over year growth through September.” RIA estimates that some 230,000 robots are now at use in United States factories, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use. The record year for robot sales is also having a positive impact on Automate 2015, the industry’s leading event, which takes place March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago. “With five months still to go, the exhibit floor at Automate 2015 is already over 40% larger than our 2013 event,” Burnstein said. “We also expect a record number of attendees at the show as companies all over the world will be coming to find new automation solutions.” Burnstein said that Automate 2015 also features the International Symposium on Robotics, which was last held in the US in 2011. For complete details on Automate, which is held every two years, visit the Automate Show website at www.automateshow.com. BUSINESS NEWS MVTec Software GmbH has started an international road show to mark the launch of the new version of its flagship product HALCON. On the “HALCON 12 World Tour,” the company joins forces with its distributors to present the latest functions of the machine vision software. The tour began last week at the “MVTec Days” in Munich, where distributors from all over the world gained an in-depth understanding of HALCON 12. They will now pass on this knowledge to the software users.The tour will pass through more than 15 countries on three continents. HALCON 12 offers many improvements where hardware support is concerned, as well as an optimized programming environment.These new features will benefit developers of machine vision solutions as well as the applications themselves by boosting performance.The release also sets new standards of performance and usability in machine vision technology due to more robust 3D vision processes, improved optical character recognition (OCR), optimized sample-based identification (SBI) and an easier-touse camera calibration. MVTec works with qualifi ed distributors all over the world. They represent MVTec in their respective markets and assist companies with the implementation of complex machine vision projects. HALCON is used in a wide range of industries and imaging applications including surface inspection and quality control, the semiconductor industry, medical technology and security systems. “Our partner network brings us close to our customers and their needs in the different countries,” says Dr. Olaf Munkelt, managing director of MVTec. “Highly trained sales engineers provide professional support. Our partner program and the HALCON World Tour with its seminars and workshops are important components of this approach.” For more information on MVTec Software, visit www.mvtec.com. ADLINK Technology announced the opening of demo room developed in collaboration with Intel at ADLINK’s Shanghai Operations Center as the kick-off event for a newly-signed collaborative technology strategy. Combining Intel’s latest development technologies with ADLINK’s established design capabilities, this new era of cooperation aims to deliver advanced, cutting-edge switching, transcoding, and deep packet inspection solutions for the next iteration of the intelligent edge cloud computing platform.The demo room will exhibit smart access applications on edge computing servers, ATCA servers, and network appliances, and Edge Computing & Smart Access provide clear, direct demonstrations of the latest advances in edge computing / SDN technology. With nearly two decades of manufacturing and design experience in industrial telecom and ethernet switching and computing manufacturing, ADLINK is now proud to announce its new cooperative framework with Intel.The demonstration and testing lab will be dedicated to combining ADLINK’s extensive application design experience with Intel’s latest generation of networking and communications technology, with an initial focus on the application of innovative edge computing technologies to specific industrial solutions.With the established reputation of ADLINK’s reliable, rugged ATCA and CompactPCI servers for industrial telecommunications and mobile Ethernet, ADLINK aims to push forward the future of mobile telecommunications, working with Intel to develop the next generation of industrial-grade networking and telecom appliances for intelligent edge computing smart access applications. At the same time, ADLINK is also demonstrating two new platform products in its edge computing and edge computing system infrastructure.First, there is the CSA- 5100/5200, a combined SDN switch and next-generation firewall that provides Deep Packet Inspection as well as Network Functions Virtualization capabilities. Intended as part of a full systems solution, the CSA-5100/5200 may be paired with its new rugged edge computing and smart access server, the HXC-1000. The HXC-1000 is squarely aimed at providing innovative server functionality to a wide variety of industrial suppliers for applications under harsh environment in outdoor and harsh environments, including edge networking equipment for mobile access, mobile content delivery networks, cable modem termination systems, as well as military/ agriculture applications. “Moving processing and data storage away from a centralized location to the edges of the network can improve performance of online commerce sites,” said Jim Liu, CEO of ADLINK Technology, “Through a collaboration with Intel, ADLINK will enable the application ready intelligent platform to enhance user experience through the last mile. With this new strategic understanding, ADLINK moves beyond providing simple hardware building blocks for today’s emerging edge computing architectures, to instead developing fully-formed, application- ready intelligent platforms that integrate rugged, reliable hardware platforms with fast, intelligent, and highly efficient software applications for tomorrow’s edge computing & smart access telecommunication solutions. For more information on ADLINK, visit adlinktech.com. Allied Vision Technologies has appointed sales managers in France and the UK to support its long-time partner, Stemmer Imaging. Christophe Moreau has been Allied Vision Technologies‘ Sales Manager in France since September 1, 2014. Moreau has a 25-year track record in the French machine vision industry and was Sales Director, then Managing Director, of Stemmer Imaging France. “I used to work with Allied Vision Technologies back then and enjoyed the very open and trustful collaboration,” said Moreau. “I look forward to continue and deepen this relationship from the AVT side for the benefit of our French customers.” Alastair Slater has been in charge of the British and Irish markets since May 2014, and has worked many years as a sales manager at Stemmer Imaging UK. Because of this experience, Slater is already well acquainted with AVT’s products and technologies as well as the local machine vision market. “I am delighted to join the AVT team and to offer our British and Irish customers even better service.” Slater said. The new positions show Allied Vision Technologies‘ commitment to the British and French markets.Stemmer Imaging France and Stemmer Imaging UK remain AVT’s official distributors. Our intention is not to substitute them, but to gain a deeper insight of the local customers’ needs in order to deliver better solutions and services together with Stemmer Imaging.” said Braun. For more information on Allied Vison Technologies, visit www.alliedvisiontec.com. ASSOCIATION NEWS As an integral part of the social program around the VISION trade show for many years, International Vision Night will return on November 3, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. Located in the heart of Stuttgart, just a stones` throw away from Stuttgart central station, the international machine vision community will gather for the EMVA networking event at the trendy restaurant AMICI with adjoined Club Lounge on the first floor. As an accompaniment to the eagerly anticipated show days, the International Vision Night on the evening prior to the VISION opening will offer a mixture of networking and celebrating in a laidback atmosphere. And since the international machine vision scene has already arrived in Stuttgart, this evening offers the unique opportunity to meet, talk to, and enjoy the company of business partners, colleagues, and friends. EMVA-members and non-members are cordially invited to join the relaxed get-together of machine vision experts from all over the world. More details on the event and how to register for the International Vision Night 2014 can be found at www.emva.org/VN2014.
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