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While collaborative robots still account for only a tiny proportion of industrial robots worldwide, there is no doubt that as the workplace continues to become more automated their use will increase exponentially.

Accordingly, collaborative robot developments never seem to be far from industry headlines, as borne out by the two news stories in this edition of CDA's eNews.

Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
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Universal Robot launches next-generation cobot technology

Collaborative robot pioneer, Universal Robots has launched its new flagship e-Series collaborative robots at Automatica 2018. The result of the company continuing to improve its ground-breaking technology, the e-Series includes technology advances that enable faster development for a wider variety of applications, offers easier programming and meets the latest ISO safety standards.

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Brammer Buck & Hickman rebrand unveiled

Leading industrial supplies specialist, Brammer Buck & Hickman, used this year's Hillhead show to unveil its new brand identity. The bright, bold logo has been designed to further unify the Brammer Buck & Hickman brands and to create a simpler, bolder and more modern brand identity.

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Worldwide industrial robot sales increase by 29%

The initial findings of the World Robotics Report 2018, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) show global sales of industrial robots reaching the new record of 380,550 units in 2017. This represents an increase of 29% compared to the previous year (2016: 294,300 units). China saw the largest growth in demand for industrial robots, up 58%. Sales in the USA increased by 6% and in Germany by 8% compared to the previous year.

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Interconnect & electromechanical supplier of the year

Harting is celebrating after winning the Interconnect and Electromechanical Supplier of the Year award at the Electrocomponents Supplier Summit in Amsterdam.

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Collaborative robot alliance

Omron Corp. and Taiwan-based collaborative robot expert, Techman Robot Inc. have formed a strategic alliance in the area of collaborative robots. Through this alliance Omron will globally market and sell Techman's TM series of collaborative robots under a co-branded logo, starting in the second half of FY2018.

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LD-Series - Digital i2C pressure transmitter without PCB

The LD-Series digital i2C pressure transmitter without PCB from Keller.

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A flat motor for high torque

maxon's new brushless EC 90 flat motor with 1 Nm features maximum torque in a compact design. This and all other drives in this series of motors are now also available with cables.

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Weidmüller PROtop power supply

Designed for high-end applications, PROtop is a powerful, efficient and innovative new power supply for the most stringent demands, with pluggable PRO COM communication module

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Emerson to buy Aventics

Emerson has agreed on terms to acquire Aventics from Triton for a cash purchase price of €527 million. Aventics is a global leader in smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications, while Emerson is a leader in fluid automation technologies for process and industrial applications; the Aventics acquisition will significantly expand Emerson's reach in this growing $13 billion market.

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Yaskawa expands in Europe

Following the construction of the first European robot factory in Kocevje, Slovenia, Yaskawa is pursuing its expansion strategy in Europe. The company is planning to build more new facilities in Slovenia for the production of inverter drives, servo drives and servo motors.

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