Month: April 2017

merger and acquisition puzzle pieces

ABB to acquire B&R Automation – Our view

ABB to acquire B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH) for an undisclosed sum to close ABB’s historic gap in machine and factory automation. Key points B&R delivered a revenue CAGR of 11% over the last two decades and annual sales of >$600 million (2015/2016). ABB commits to B&R’s growth strategy,...

/ April 19, 2017
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Intelligent Automation – a Boon for Industrial Automation Vendors?

Intelligent Automation is an emerging trend of extraordinary scope and implication. Consequently, we are seeing the term being applied to a broad array of industries and applications, from medical and financial services to agriculture and logistics. Intelligent automation can be clearly divided into applications that automate things in the physical...

/ April 18, 2017

Autonomous mobile robots deliver with a strong presence at Automate

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are set to be the fastest growing type of industrial service robot. Manufacturing companies and end-users requesting more flexible and automated material handling solutions, and an increasing volume of suppliers offering ever-broader AMR product lines to the industrial (and related) segments continue to signpost the rapid...

/ April 18, 2017
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UAVs offer solar industry benefits, but at a cost

The use of UAVs (or drones) in the solar industry has been limited to date, though has the potential for change. Two of the biggest opportunities for deploying UAVs in this sector are for the surveying of sites and roofs to allow for quicker and more accurate solar installation design,...

/ April 18, 2017
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Drone artificial intelligence is key enabler as investment dollars flow

Commercial drones – those used for precision agriculture, mining, site inspection and other applications – are big business. They are a key tool for improving efficiency and safety whilst reducing overheads. But problems exist: how can drones be piloted safely and is there a way to magnify their impact yet...

/ April 17, 2017