Ann Arbor, Michigan – Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.
Valued at $1.6 billion, a total of 27,685 robots were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28% in units and 19% in dollars from 2013. Robot shipments also set new records, with 25,425 robots valued at $1.5 billion being shipped to North American customers in 2014. Shipments grew 13% in units and 6% in dollars from the previous records set in 2013.
The automotive industry was the primary driver of growth in 2014, with robot orders increasing 45% year over year. Non-automotive industries also performed well throughout the year, growing 7% in total from 2013. The standout non-automotive industries in 2014 in terms of order growth were plastics and rubber (25%), semiconductor and electronics (21%), and metals (16%).
According to Alex Shikany, director of market analysis for RIA, the fastest growing applications for robot orders in North America in 2014 were arc welding (+58%), spot welding (+57%), assembly (+16%), and material handling (+11%). 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.
“This is an extremely exciting time to be involved in the robotics industry,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. “Record sales performance, groundbreaking innovation, and increasing consumer interest all make the robotics industry so dynamic.”
Burnstein noted that the RIA and its parent group the Association for Advancing Automation are seeing the impacts of the growth in demand for automation in events like the upcoming Automate 2015 trade show. “With six weeks to go, the exhibit floor at Automate 2015 is already over 70% larger than our 2013 event,” he said. “This growth is attributed to the fact that leading automation companies are reaching out to small and medium sized customers, many of whom are just now beginning to explore automation. This group makes up the core of the Automate 2015 attendee base, and early indicators are that the attendance in 2015 will be more than 50% higher than two years ago.”
Automate 2015, the industry’s leading event, will take place March 23-26, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event 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.
About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent some 800 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, please visit our websites: A3; RIA; AIA; MCA.
Source: Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Cleveland, Ohio – December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.2 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 7.2% from November’s total and up 20.3% from December 2013.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent about 80% of the U.S. market for cutting tools.
“The 2014 calendar year closed with a flurry and the overall growth in the cutting tool industry reporting was 5.0% year over year,” said Tom Haag, president of USCTI. “This is an indication that our market is steady and strong despite some volatility in the monthly statistics this past calendar year. December was a reflection on the auto industry perpetuating its strong growth while aerospace markets continue to work on an enormous backlog. The December sales closed a year with a strong message that manufacturing is still driving growth in our economy.”
Disputanta, Virginia – As a supplier to the global medical device, aerospace, defense, and energy industries, RTI International Metals delivers vertically integrated solutions, which include a full range of titanium mill products and precision engineered assemblies and sub-assemblies across the entire supply chain. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, RTI offers a full complement of titanium mill products, extruded shapes, formed and 3D-printed parts, as well as machined components. The company’s products fly on the most modern airliners, help defend troops, assist in retrieving oil and gas from ocean depths, and sustain life in operating rooms around the world.
“Multidisciplinary efforts that leverage industry, academia, and government resources and expertise are key to solving the manufacturing industry’s most challenging problems. RTI is pleased to join the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)network of partners working to develop new products, services, and solutions that meet the needs of the most demanding applications. We bring a long history of innovation in metals fabrication and component production, and we look forward to collaborating with our peer members,” said Kate J. Jackson, chief technology officer, RTI.
Joseph F. Moody, CCAM president and executive director, said, “As an innovator in the field of titanium and specialty metals research and manufacturing, RTI’s vision and thought leadership will benefit the CCAM members and drive collaborative new research and manufacturing developments.”
As a Principal Industry Member RTI International Metals will participate in generic research at CCAM’s state-of-the-art facility in Prince George County, Va.
CCAM is a research consortium that brings together world-class manufacturers, Virginia’s top universities, and the NASA Langley Research Center.
The CCAM industry and government consortium now numbers 28 members, including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Alcoa, Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon Metco, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Blaser Swisslube, EOS, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF Machining Solutions, Mechdyne, National Instruments, RTI International Metals, Inc., Spatial Integrated Systems (SIS), and the NASA Langley Research Center. Academic partners are the Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Tech.
CCAM is based at a 62,000ft2 facility that has computational and engineering research labs, high bay production space and commercial scale equipment, and specialized equipment and tooling for research in surface engineering, manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, machining technologies, composite materials processing, and welding and joining.
Leveraging the combined strengths and capabilities from CCAM and the network of university, industry, and government partners, CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization, accelerating new developments to market.
Minneapolis – Medtronic Inc. official have received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE),for the Medtronic Enterra(R) II System. The system is used to treat chronic, intractable (drug-refractory) nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis of diabetic or unknown origin when more conservative treatments fail or cannot be tolerated.
Gastroparesis is a serious and debilitating condition with no known cure in which the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all. It has many possible causes and is of particular concern to the increasing U.S. diabetes population, as it is estimated to affect about five percent of people with diabetes.
Medtronic Enterra Therapy consists of a small medical device called a neurostimulator, which is implanted under the skin, usually in the lower abdominal region. Two insulated wires, called leads, are implanted in the stomach wall muscle and then connected to the neurostimulator, which delivers mild electrical pulses through the leads to stimulate the smooth muscles of the lower stomach. After the device is implanted, the doctor uses a handheld, external programmer to noninvasively adjust the neurostimulator and customize the stimulation to each patient's needs. Medtronic Enterra Therapy can be turned on and off at any time using the physician programmer.
While Medtronic Enterra Therapy has been available to patients since 2000, the new Enterra II System improves the therapy by providing physicians with greater system flexibility and ease of use. The Enterra II System features improved programming software, improvements to the system's battery-life indicator, and a customized tool that simplifies implantation of the device for physicians.
Henry P. Parkman, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, and Director of the GI Motility Laboratory at Temple University Hospital, is one of the first to use the Enterra II System. Neither Dr. Parkman nor any member of his immediate family has any financial interest in Medtronic.
"Enterra Therapy is an important option for people suffering from the severe effects of gastroparesis, including chronic nausea and vomiting," said Dr. Parkman. "The new advanced system simplifies the implantation process and is easy to program."
"Medtronic Enterra Therapy is a well-established treatment option, and we are pleased to make the new Enterra II System available to physicians and patients," said Linnea Burman, vice president and general manager, gastro/urology therapies at Medtronic. "These therapy enhancements are the latest examples of our ongoing commitment to provide physicians with a therapy that eases life-altering gastroparesis symptoms and enables patients to more comfortably participate in the things they enjoy."
Source: Medtronic Inc.