Automation

Industrial automation equipment/robotics seeing strong growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 25th, 2014

It looks like 2014 is going to be a banner year for the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, after two sluggish years. Two reports reveal that 2014 is off to a healthy start as the global market for industrial automation equipment is gaining strength. IHS Technology reports that two factors account for this: strengthening economies and technological innovations, both of which are expected to boost demand.

Innovative automation tool delivers adhesive-free seat assembly

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Punching and edgefolding are cleverly combined into a single finishing step for a back-injected seat-back cover in a process developed by Frimo, located in Sontra, Germany, for plastics processor Karl Hess GmbH und Co. KG (Hess; Burbach-Wahlbach, Germany).

Sepro America to install robots and conduct training sessions at Batavia, IL

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Sepro America is taking its robots and automation expertise closer to customers, with the installation of equipment and scheduling of a three-day training class in suburban Chicago. The site is expected to be the first of several facilities positioned in other regions of North America.

Nine-year-old students have fun creating robots from plastic parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Several months back, Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site in Spain became a little more lively due to a group of special visitors -- students from the Escolapias school in Logroño. The site regularly conducts visits for various groups, familiarizing them with the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced there.

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

ResTech Plastic Molding announced merger of its two Connecticut divisions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 14th, 2014

ResTech Plastic Molding LLC (RPM) announced the merger of its two Connecticut-based divisions: Northeast Mold & Plastics of Glastonbury, CT, acquired earlier this year, and Tech Atlantic of Berlin, CT, acquired in April 2013. Acquisitions and the merger of the Connecticut facilities reflect RPM's manufacturing strategy to build an industry-leading manufacturing platform.

China biggest robot market in 2013

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 15th, 2014

In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, representing an all-time high and 12 percent growth over 2012. And China, faced with skyrocketing labor costs, overtook Japan to become the world's largest market, with almost 37,000 industrial robots were sold.

Wittmann Battenfeld USA: Customers want ‘one-stop shopping'

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 13th, 2014

While it can be difficult to pinpoint the No. 1 trend in the plastics industry, Wittmann Battenfeld believes that 'one-stop shopping' is at the top of the list.  

Solid growth for plastics machinery shipments in Q1

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2014

Despite the harsh winter weather and the resulting lackluster growth in the U.S. economy, business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) recorded another quarter of solid growth in Q1 of 2014. According to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $300.5 million in Q1.

Slideshow: Scenes from Chinaplas, part two

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 29th, 2014

Also at the pre-show press conference, Stanley Chu, chairman of Adsale Exhibition Services, talked about the current state of the Chinese manufacturing industry. Many reports show that the manufacturing sector of the world's second-largest economy is losing steam due to weak investment, industrial production and export numbers, according to Bloomberg.

"We are facing the rising cost of labor as the worker's salary keeps increasing," Chu said.

As such, more companies are investing in automation, which Chu said was evident at Chinaplas.

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