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Photo highlights from the Automate tradeshow

More than 400 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees travelled to the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., where cobots, machine learning, virtual reality and other manufacturing technology were spotlighted. Check out our photos!

Centre Stage Q&A: Carole Franklin of the Robotic Industries Association

Manufacturing AUTOMATION chats with Carole Franklin, director of standards development at the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), to get her thoughts on common robot safety misconceptions.

ABB and IBM partner in Industrial AI solutions

At Hannover Messe 2017, ABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s digital offering — ABB Ability — with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to “unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure.”

Schunk wins Hermes Award at Hannover 2017

This year’s Hermes Award winner is German company Schunk GmbH & Co. KG. The prestigious industrial technology award was presented the company during the Hannover Messe opening ceremony by Germany’s minister for education and research Johanna Wanka.

Sandvik and PARC partner to advance digital manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant says it is strengthening its capabilities in digital manufacturing by signing a research agreement with PARC, a Xerox company. The deal means PARC will provide Sandvik with a footprint in Silicon Valley and R&D resources in digital manufacturing.
Featured News 

CRIQ, Festo open “Canada’s first” cyber-physical laboratory

The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Festo have opened what they say is Canada’s first-ever cyber-physical laboratory, describing it as an investment that will give Quebec-based manufacturers access to a “real factory of the future.” » Learn more
New Automate 2017 products 

Cobot promises flexible task automation

Yaskawa Motoman debuted the HC10 human-collaborative robot, describing it as a six-axis robot that can work safely with, or in close proximity to humans by stopping the robot in the event of contact with an operator. » Learn more

Software for the new digital factory

CENIT presented its “powerful and efficient” FastSuite edition 2 at Automate 2017, describing it as a high-performance digital factory software. » Learn more

Robot offers safety-certified monitoring and control software

ABB announced that its IRB 1200 material and machine tool handling robot is now available with SafeMove2, which enables humans to work alongside robots with payloads ranging from 6 kg to 800 kg. » Learn more
Event Calendar 

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Location: Milton Keynes, U.K.
Date: April 27, 2017
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Partners in Prevention

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: May 2-3, 2017
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RAPID + tct Show

Location: Pittsburg, Penn.
Date: May 8-11, 2017
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Industrial IoT, Big Data Summit

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 24-25, 2017
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Western Manufacturing Technology Show (WMTS)

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: June 6-8, 2017
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